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Shipping an Antique Automobile Safely

Shipping an Antique Automobile SafelyTodd spent many years saving money to buy a vintage car. He wanted one that looked nice and was as close to mint condition as possible. He finally found a beautiful 1939 Ford Coupe in candy apple red and as shiny as a diamond. This was the car he had searched for and was happy to find it at a bargain of a price. Just a few months after purchasing the car, Todd received word from his boss that he was going to have to relocate to the West coast and supervise a new office. After living in Florida his entire life he now had to uproot his home and family in order to move. This also meant he had to find a way to move his 1939 Ford Coupe in a way that would guarantee no damage along the way.
After searching online Todd found Car Shipping Florida and gave them a call. Their staff was friendly and seemed to be very knowledgeable about shipping antique cars like the one that Todd had. He felt a sense of security just from speaking to the representative on the phone who answered his questions and gave him great transport advice. The representative did tell him that shipping a classic car like his needs to be done carefully to make sure the car remains in tip top shape during transport.

Type of Transport

>The Car Shipping Florida customer service representative explained the various types of transport available for cars. He told Todd that while many people will choose open transport, even for antique cars, that enclosed transport from Florida all the way to the West coast would be safer for the Ford in order to preserve the condition of the car. If Todd chose open transport there would be a chance that debris from the road could collide with the car during transport and potentially cause damage and having to repair damage on an antique car can often be very costly even for minor damages.

Damage Insurance

Automobile transport companies like Car Shipping Florida are fully insured to cover damages that may happen during transport. The coverage that was explained to Todd was enough to fully cover his car value in case anything happened. Often with antique cars the coverage will be slightly lower than the true car value and you will want to speak to the representative to see what options you may have to add more coverage.

Points to Ponder

Shipping a car is not a difficult service to find. There are some things you may want to know about when trying to find the best company for your antique automobile. These points can make sure your antique car transport goes seamless and stress free:

Inspection: When the driver arrives to pick the car up he will do a complete physical inspection to check for signs of damage alongside you. Take this a step further though and take pictures, or, preferably take a video of the car. Be sure the film or video is time and date stamped.

Pricing: We all enjoy saving money and finding ways to keep cost for everything as low as possible. When it comes to automobile shipping, especially when it’s an antique car, cutting cost can also cut service. Don’t jump at the lowest price offered. Instead, check the services and how the representative treats you when you speak to them.

At Car Shipping Florida we know what an investment you have made when you purchase an antique car and we work hard to make sure your investment remains in the same condition upon delivery that it was when the moment it was picked up. We work with only professional transport carriers that will ensure safe driving and handling of all motor vehicles that we ship and we always stand behind our customers to provide the best transport services in Florida and nationwide. When you need to have your antique car shipped anywhere in the United States or overseas, be sure to give us a call for the most competitive pricing and most of all, the safest transport services in the industry.

Worry Free Online Auto Shopping

Worry Free Online Auto ShoppingScammers work very hard to make sales online and never produce legitimate products to the people they scam money away from. This goes for electronics, jewelry, household goods and yes, even automobiles. The old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true” holds a lot of bearing, especially when shopping online. While you may actually find someone who really needs to sale something of value for a very small price, the majority of those advertising small prices for valuable merchandise are most likely going to take your money and run. If you see a $280,000.00 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish listed on a website for sale for a mere $5000.00 you should know immediately that something is seriously wrong with the ad, or with the seller.

How Scammers Advertise

Scammers will offer bargains that seem exceptional and difficult to pass up. They know how to target people, especially automobile shoppers who are looking for a good deal on a car. They’ll go to genuine automobile sales sites and they will copy every bit of information about a car from the engine specifications to the color of the car and if there are any scratches, dents or rust spots on the car. Once they have this information, they’ll list the same car for sale on another site. Websites like eBay, that people use daily to make purchases, are often sites that these automobile scammers will use to lure unsuspecting patrons into their phony sales. When you find a car that is priced far lower than it should be, contact the person who is selling it and make arrangements to meet face to face to check the car in person.

Genuine sellers will be more than willing to meet you as they know that no one is going to buy a car sight unseen. Scam artists will never meet in person. They will tell the potential buyer that the car is in storage awaiting delivery but they will send you pictures. They will promise money back guarantees if the customer decides they don’t want the automobile once it has been delivered. Often times the scam seller will create a phony website as well as have a phony number for potential buyers to contact. These sites are frequently made to look like websites of legitimate automobile shipping companies. When people go to the site to pay for the car or they make a phone call to speak to someone, the scam seller will answer the call and identify themselves as a representative of the company. They use names of legitimate automobile transport companies because that way they can tell the potential buyer that the car is sitting there ready to ship to them. People have no idea they’re being scammed until the car they just spent $5000.00 on never arrives and suddenly the phone number has been disconnected and the website is taken down.

Ways to Spot an Online Automobile Scam

It really isn’t too terribly difficult to spot an online auto sale scam as long as you know what to look for. These scams are listed on many websites including eBay, Craigslist, Motor Trend and many others. Look out for the following scam tactics:

  • Wire Transfer- The seller will say they need the money sent via electronic transfer because it makes it easier for them to collect as opposed to checks, debit or credit card or online payment systems. Wire transfers are typically anonymous payment transfers and scammers will usually want to remain anonymous at all times.
  • Seller Recently Transferred to Work Out of the Country- Sure, there is always a chance that someone just recently had to relocate to Puerto Rico or Costa Rica for work, but when it comes to selling their car they tend to do so far before they actually move. Scammers will tell you they just moved and did not have time to sell the car prior to the move and since it is sitting in a garage or an automobile shipping terminal they can no longer afford to pay for storage and reluctantly, must sell at a far lower price than what the car is actually worth.
  • How Low is the Price– When a seller tries to sell a valuable motor vehicles for $5000.00 or less you can almost guarantee it is a scam. This pricing is not just about trying to make someone think they have made the deal of a lifetime, but it also assists the scam seller on the off chance that they are caught in the scam. There are fewer legal penalties around the globe for lower amounts of robbery. Yes, robbery. Scamming someone for their hard earned money on a car that does not exist is in essence, robbing that person.

Many people find that when purchasing a motor vehicle, the best, and most reliable way to do so is the good old fashioned way of physically going to check the car in person and driving it to make sure the engine runs as it is supposed to. While online shopping from legitimate companies or individuals is usually safe and secure, automobile shoppers need to beware of scammers who are lurking in the shadows of websites for unsuspecting people to rob.


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Prepare Your Vehicle to be Shipped

After you have selected and secured a reputable auto transport company, you will need to prepare your vehicle to be shipped.  Because each auto transport company differs slightly, it is in your best interest to verify the proper steps directly with the company your select.  However, the following steps are a good starting point.

  1. Remove your personal items:  If you are moving, it may seem like a great idea to pack your vehicle full of things you need to also arrive at your final destination in order to save yourself some additional shipping costs.  Unfortunately, this is not a good idea for a number of reasons.  Most auto transport companies are not insured to cover your personal items, and many are not even licensed to have them aboard, so they will instruct you to remove them prior to transport, delaying the departure time, and messing up the shipping schedule.  The additional weight of your items in the vehicle can also put your over the pre-determined weight limit, which can lead to hefty fees and/or also cause delays.
  2. Wash your car:  This one may seem counter-intuitive, especially if your vehicle is being shipped in an open container.  However, prior to departure, the driver will be assessing your vehicle from front to back, top to bottom, making note of any scratches or blemishes already present, and a clean car is much more easily inspected.  A proper inspection will ensure there are no damage disputes when your vehicle arrives at its final destination.
  3. Protect Aftermarket Add-ons:  If your vehicle has any aftermarket alterations, you will want to make sure they are properly secured, or even removed, so as not to suffer any damages during transport.  Especially items, such as spoilers, that may extend the shape and size of your vehicle, and make it more likely to be scratched or dented.
  4. Ensure Gas Tank is LOW:  You will want to leave your vehicle with approximately 1/8 tank to ¼ tank prior to pick-up.  A full tank increases the weight of the vehicle which can lead to delays at weigh stations, and additional fees for you.
  5. Make Sure Battery is Charged:  Because your vehicle will need to be started after a prolonged period of disuse, depending on the shipping time, a fully charged battery will ensure there are no issues when it needs to be started back up at the final destination.

Again, confirm with your auto transport company additional steps for preparing your vehicle for transport prior to pick-up, but by following the steps above, you should be well prepared to having your vehicle shipped with no issues.

Delays in Shipping

More often than not, when shipping a vehicle, you will receive a range of time/days indicating the vehicle’s arrival at the final destination.  Customers often wonder what contributing factors would go into delaying the transport of their vehicle.  Unfortunately, there is a quite a variety of components that can cause the delay, many of which are completely unavoidable and unpredictable.

Weather Conditions:

The most inevitable of these factors would be unforeseeable weather conditions.  Whether, the vehicle is making the journey across country, or even across the ocean, weather can be extremely unpredictable.  Anything from snow which can cause road blocks, to a hurricane which can halt or delay a ship’s progress, there is simply no way to avoid these acts of God.  In some cases, alternate routes may be available, while in other situations, the transport driver may be forced to simply wait out the storm.

Weigh Station Lines:

Another inescapable issue can be long weigh station lines which can delay the transport of a vehicle across country.  Because these wait times cannot be predicted or avoided, the transport driver could be subjected to dealing with longer than average delays.

Flat Tires or other transport maintenance issues:

Although auto transport companies strive to keep their transport vehicles in exceptional condition, flat tires and other mechanical issues are unforeseeable and can cause temporary delays, especially depending when on route they are discovered and remedied.  While a flat tire may only push back arrival time a couple hours, a more serious mechanical issue in a rural area could cause a longer set-back.

Customer Reliability:

Unfortunately, sometimes the delay can be attributed to the customer.  If a drop off is scheduled, and the customer arrives late, it can easily throw off the entire transport schedule by hours or more.  Also, incorrect paperwork presented at pick-up can slow down the process and delay the vehicle being released.

Although, no one can have a direct influence on weather related or other unforeseeable circumstances, make sure to hold up your end of the deal by being prepared and on time, and be aware that a range of dates for arrival allow for a more accurate prediction.  Be wary of an auto transport company that provides the exact time and date of arrival because these often lead to tenuous expectations.

Costs of Shipping a Vehicle

There are many factors that go into determining how much an auto transport company will charge to ship your vehicle.  For someone who is not familiar with the process, the first step of obtaining a quote can be very confusing if you do not know what to expect.  It is always in your best interest to request a breakdown of the fees for each quote you obtain, so that you can more easily compare apples to apples when shopping for the best rate.  You should also be aware of the main components in determining the costs of shipping.

Contributing Cost Factors

  • Size of Vehicle– Larger and heavier vehicles are usually more expensive to ship as they take up more room and weigh down the transport truck, so you can expect to pay more for a heavy-duty truck than a compact sedan.
  • Type of Car Carrier– The most popular option for shipping a vehicle is to use an open container, but sometimes, you may determine an enclosed carrier is a better option for your car.  If that is the case, you can expect an increase in costs, simply because the carrier type provides much better protection against the elements.
  • Condition of Vehicle– If your car is non-operational and cannot be driven on to the carrier, the costs will increase significantly because you will require a truck with the proper equipment to load and unload a non-working vehicle.
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Location– Although the distance itself plays a large part in determining cost, the location of drop-off and pick-up also weighs heavily in the calculation.  More remote areas are more expensive than central locations, and you will find that you can save yourself some money if you are able to be flexible with beginning and end locations.
  • Terminal Use– If you are unable to have your vehicle dropped off immediately prior to shipping or picked up immediately after arrival, you may need to use a terminal for temporary storage.  The fees for terminal use vary by location, but the longer your vehicle will be in one, the more you can expect to pay.

If you gather all the relevant information pertaining to the above factors prior to requesting information, you will receive the most accurate and detailed quote.  If you are unsure about any information, feel free to ask your shipping company to elaborate.  The testimony of a great shipping company should be the willingness and ability to fully service their customers and handle all questions or insecurities.

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