Auto Transport1. Is auto insurance primary or secondary for the shipper?
Secondary and primary insurance do not exist. Most carriers hold $700,000 to $1,000,000 combined single limit insurance and insurance of $250,000 per incident. This insurance covers damage done to your vehicle once it has been picked up, and removed from the transport truck (in transit) - there is no other insurance. The auto transport carrier is the main and only coverage.
Exception: Automobile personal contents are not covered by any carrier insurance and in most cases if lost, stolen, or otherwise will not be covered. We strongly recommend that you do not transport personal belongings in you automobile.
2. Should I pay more money for a lower deductible?
Absolutely not! - Most carriers have deductibles between $200 and $2,000. Regardless of damage done to a vehicle you should never have to pay a deductible either way. If a carrier requests additional fee for deductible they are only attempting to get a higher price.
3. What size carrier should I use to transport a vehicle on? (3, 5, 6, 8, or 10 car carrier)
The actual truck/trailer size doesn't matter. Sometimes you will get faster service with the smaller carrier. However that is not always the case. This is a judgment call if you feel confident in your transporter selection then the size does not matter.
4. Will the auto transport take long?
Shipping time all depends on the moving company, weather, road conditions, etc. Listed below are some very basic ideas to help you along. Make sure however you contact your broker/carrier for their actual scheduled times.
East Coast to West Coast - approx. 7 to 14 days
Midwest to East Coast - approx. 5 to 8 days
South to the North - approx. 5 to 8 days
All shipping times are estimated and do not base your transport on these examples without first contacting your broker/carrier for assistance.
5. Why does a truck (S.U.V) shipment cost more?
Weight is a determining factor. This is why there is a small price difference between $50.00 and $200.00 for a regular truck or SUV.
6. What type of paperwork do I need to ship my vehicle? Insurance, Title, Registration, etc.
All that is required for your shipment is a signature and inspection with the driver at pick up. This will also be done at delivery. This walk around will allow you and the driver to verify if any damage exists at pick up and delivery.
The only time that you will need to give the driver any Insurance, Title, Registration, etc. is when your vehicle is being shipped out of the country or Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or US Territory.
7. How does the process work?
You should receive a call from the transporter anywhere from 10 to 48 hours in advance of your pick up date. The driver will arrive, review the vehicle with you and load it on the truck. The reverse happens at time of delivery. If your vehicle has been lowered or has a high clearance, it is your responsibility to notify the broker/carrier and the transport carrier prior to arrival of the transport carrier. If they are not notified the transport carrier may refuse to take your vehicle or will want a liability waiver from you to hold them harmless if there is any damage.