When it comes to moving your vehicle from one state to another state, there are two main options available to you. You can transport your car on your own, or hire an auto transport company that does all the work for you. Both options have their pros and cons, and finding the right one can save you both time and money. In this article, we’ll explore both options in detail so that you can find the right solution for your needs when transporting your car to or from New York City.
Step 1: Call a Professional Service
The very first thing you need to do is call a reputable car shipping service and let them know where you’re located, where you want your vehicle delivered, when you would like it there by, and what kind of vehicle you have. Be sure to clarify if they can accommodate an enclosed carrier if needed. (If your transport is going international, make sure they are aware of any restrictions or regulations in that country.)
Step 2: Reserve Your Vehicle Shipping Company of Choice
There are plenty of car shipping companies out there. You want one that is affordable, reliable, and trustworthy. Check online reviews, call their customer service line (be warned: many auto shippers will try to get you off of their website and onto a phone call), and make sure they have a good reputation with customers.
Step 3: Obtain Necessary Paperwork
When you ship a car to New York, there are some documents that you’ll need. The first is proof of insurance. Without valid insurance, no company will transport your vehicle (for liability reasons). However, unlike many other states and countries, your current insurance policy may not be sufficient for car shipping. That’s because while it may cover liability issues while driving, it might not cover damage done in transit.
Step 4: Pack Your Car Correctly
It’s important not only that you have all your necessary items in your car, but also that they’re packed properly. Your car will be on a high-speed transport truck and it needs to be secured tightly. Check out our post on how to prepare your vehicle for shipping for more details.
Step 5: Drop Off Your Vehicle at the Shipping Depot
As you near your destination, it’s time to drop off your vehicle. Be sure to follow any directions provided by your shipping company. If they tell you that you must drop off at a certain time of day, be prompt.
Step 6: Schedule Your Delivery Date and Time
After you’ve hired a car transport company and decided on a pickup date, it’s time to schedule your pick up and delivery. Most auto shipping companies will pick up your vehicle on a Friday afternoon and deliver it Monday morning. You can also choose a night transport if your schedule allows, but keep in mind that these options may cost extra. When scheduling, make sure you are firm about when you need your vehicle delivered by. You can usually do so without paying an extra fee.
Step 7: Unpack Your Vehicle Upon Arrival
Most of your vehicle’s goods will be packed into cardboard boxes and sealed with heavy-duty tape. It’s important that you open each box carefully and check for damage before signing off on your delivery receipt. The most common kind of damage happens when a driver uses a pallet jack incorrectly, snapping off corners and edges of your belongings.