It is necessary to schedule shipping of your car at least a month before you move. This gives enough time for your auto-shipper to arrange for a car mover carrier to pick up your car. You have to ensure that your car is properly insured before handing it over to the car mover for moving. There is a bill of lading, an official document which is signed by you as well as your driver testifying that the car has been thorough inspected and checked for damages and scratches. The same happens upon the delivery of the car at the destination location as well.
If you or some one authorized to receive the car on your behalf is not available to receive the vehicle from the car carriers, then it will be stored in a well-located storage unit, which you could pick up at a convenient time. You would have to bear the extra charges. You can get auto transport quotes that include this fee before you hire a company.
There are some auto- shippers who require a deposit, there are others who ask for payment in advance and there are others who do not require payment in advance. If you give a deposit, the amount due is always required at the time of delivery. Your own car insurance policy may cover your vehicle in transit; make sure to contact your insurance company to find out more information about it. Check the extent of coverage in insurance through the auto-shipping company.
When your car is delivered, you have to inspect it thoroughly. After all it is your vehicle! There is a condition report which is given by the car shipping business which you could go through. You could check for alterations in mileage and look for any damage under every part of your car including under the car and roof of the car. If you do find any discrepancies, make sure to state them on the condition report you received on pick-up of the car, and have the driver sign the document.
Refrain from accepting your vehicle at night or at a location that does not allow you to easily examine different parts of your cars. The signed documentation is of utmost importance. If you find problems in your car and you have the required documentation signed, to back it up, then the auto-shipping company will definitely try to sort out the dispute in your favor. If the auto-shipping company is not giving you compensation for the fault at its end or if you feel that you have been treated unfairly, you could file your complaint with agencies like Better Business Bureau (BBB) Department of Transportation (DOT) or even seek legal advice.