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Protecting Your Car With Auto Shipping Insurance

Aug 17, 2007
Before you set a date to have your car shipped to its new location, either domestic or foreign, you should consider buying auto shipping insurance from the company you plan to use. Shipping insurance will protect your car in case of damage during transport or theft. Having extra insurance can offer you peace of mind while your car is in transit.

But not all auto shipping insurance policies are the same. Check with your shipping company to see if they offer a primary or excess insurance policy. A primary policy will cover damages to your car regardless of what your regular auto insurance will cover. An excess policy will only cover what your insurance company will not. Before purchasing either policy, be sure to call your auto insurance company to see what types of damages are covered under your current policy and then make a decision from there.

If you are transporting an antique or classic car, you may want to purchase extra insurance so that the car is covered completely. Buy enough coverage to cover the blue book value of the car. If possible, find an auto shipping company that specializes in shipping these types of vehicles. They usually use cargo units that are made to protect cars that are of greater value.

When shipping a car, you should take pictures of the car before it is loaded onto the truck. You should also conduct an inspection with the driver and write down previous body damage or scratches. This will help later on if you find new damage to the body of the car. Protecting your car begins by buying auto shipping insurance, but you will have to be proactive in making sure that you are able to file a claim and get the money you deserve if damage occurs during transit.

Choosing an auto transportation company may not seem too difficult, but you should get a few car shipping quotes and compare prices as well as service. Compare the cost of auto shipping insurance as well. This will save you money in the long run. Once you have chosen a company, make sure that you receive all paperwork and have the car inspected to make sure that it is running properly before shipping it.

After your car arrives at its destination, inspect the outside of the car to make sure that it is not damaged. File a claim immediately if you find damage to the body of the car. Depending on which policy you purchased, a primary or excess policy, you may have to contact your auto insurance company as well.

In most cases, your car will arrive in good condition. But by taking the proper precautions, such as buying auto shipping insurance and inspecting your car before the trip, you will be able to ensure that your car will be safe during transit.
About the Author
Idan Lavi used to be the owner of a professional Moving Company in New York City, making him the ideal author for a guide on moving just about anywhere.
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