It is a time consuming task to find a reputable auto transport company that would transport your car from one place to another responsibly and carefully. Once you have hired a reliable car transporter, you need to prepare the car for the transit. The vehicle should be properly inspected for any kind of snags or scratches. Make sure to keep the gas tank to ¼ for lessening the weight. Also the vehicle transport company should be informed of any type of leakages or starting troubles of your car.
The car transport company must have given you a defined time and date for the vehicle pickup. Make sure that you are on time to meet the driver and the meeting point should be clearly defined and easily accessible for both parties. The truck used for transit would be quite large for narrow lanes. If you delay the pickup by coming late, you are causing inconvenience to other customers as well. So it is better to be on the spot on time.
It is not a wise thing to leave the car with the car transporters without taking any proper documents. Be sure that you get an original inspection report prior to handing over the keys. The report must contain information on pickup and delivery, car’s current mileage and more importantly the present condition of the car like pre existing scratches and dents, cracked glass/ mirrors, general paint condition etc. This report should be kept safe as it would be of great use during car delivery. During car delivery, the person receiving the car should essentially have this report with him for cross checking the vehicle’s condition.
You must be punctual not only while handing over the car but also during the vehicle delivery. Reach the defined location early so that there would not be any delay for other cars sitting on the trailer. As and when the car arrives, you need to do a slow and methodical inspection of the vehicle with a copy of the original inspection report. Compare the condition of the car with the report and check if there are any cosmetic or discernable mechanical damage that was not noted in the original inspection report. It is important to check underneath the car as well. If you locate any damage that is not present in the original report, note down each of the incidents and make sure that the driver signs it. Never accept a vehicle until and unless you have clearly inspected it. It is not advisable to accept the vehicle at night unless there is enough light to do proper inspection.
Even though car transport is basically a trouble free process, chances are there that damages may occur and it is important to understand the process of receiving compensation for the damage. Once you have found some damages that have happened during the transit, make sure to note it down and get the driver’s signature. Contact the vehicle transporters and they would verify the claim raised by you. If the claim is proven right, the company would reimburse for the damages.