1. How can I find a reliable car shipping company?
Many car transport companies can be found online. They will often claim to have a lot of services to try and stand out among others. However, in the end, it turns out they make promises just to get attention. In fact, some services are not even available and the company can’t ship on the dates of your choice. Therefore, you have to be checked carefully. Research auto transport companies’ reviews on independent websites like www.yelp.com. Another thing, you have to make sure the company has proper license and insurance. Also, it is better to rely on a company that has years of experience and a good reputation. All of this will help you make the right choice.
In addition do not base your choice merely on the price, since the low price is not a guarantee for high-quality service. Besides, there are many scammers who attract people with their low prices.
2. How Can I Get a Quote?
It’s very simple! To get a quote just fill out the Free Request Form on our home page or call us (858) 367-3933.
3. How much does it cost to ship my car?
The total cost of your car shipping depends on the following components:
- Type of vehicle: weight and size
- Type of trailer: open or enclosed
- Distance/mileage: amount of miles between your ‘to’ and ‘from’ places
- Location: metro or rural area
- Modifications: lowered, lifted, larger tires, racks on top, etc.
- Seasonal variations: seasonal supply and demands change on certain routes
4. How Do I Prepare My Vehicle For Transport?
Try to clean out your vehicle of all loose items as much as it is possible. Do not put valuable items in the vehicle. Hardly is anything ever stolen, which is astonishing, but why tempt, right? Have only about a quarter tank of gasoline. Give the auto shipping carrier a set of keys and inform him of anything special or unusual as nobody likes surprises like dead batteries, etc.
5. How does the whole transport process work?
To start you would need to request a quote, which can be done by filling out the Form on our website or giving us a call. After receiving your quote we review it and one of our dispatchers gets back to you with scheduling and pricing information. Afterward, the driver and the person releasing the vehicle will both sign this Bill of Lading, and a copy will be left at the vehicle point of origin. The same Bill of Lading will be used to re-inspect the vehicle at the final destination before being released. Again, both the driver and the person receiving the vehicle will sign this Bill of Lading, and a second copy will be left at the destination point. The driver will keep the third copy.
6. What methods of car shipping services do you offer?
San Diego Auto Shipping offers the following methods of car transport:
- Open car shipping
- Enclosed car transport
- Expedited car shipping
- Door-to-Door car transport
7. What is the difference between open and enclosed transport?
Open car shipping is the most common vehicle transport method. A vehicle on this is unprotected from outside elements such as rain, sun, dust, etc. However, it is a safe and secure method of transporting your vehicle. New cars are delivered to sellers by an open trailer. With open car transport, you have the choice to request top load for additional protection.
Enclosed transport is often desired for possessors of collector cars and used for classic, luxury, vintage, custom and sports cars. In case of enclosed car transport, the vehicle is not exposed to weather elements and flying objects and stops possible rock chips.
8. What is Door-to-Door auto transport?
This means that the truck driver will pick your vehicle up and drop it off as close to your desired destination as he can legally and safely get. Many cities have restrictions on large trucks that forbid them from driving into some residential parts. Transport trucks are huge and need a lot of space to maneuver and turn around. So if access to your desired destination is restricted by slim streets, low-hanging trees, speed bumps or tight turns the truck driver may ask that you meet the truck at a large parking lot nearby such as a grocery store. You will receive a call straight from the trucker if these additional preparations are necessary.
9. What is expedited car transport?
Expedited Car Shipping means that your vehicle will be picked up as soon as possible. When you choose our expedited Shipping Car Transport service your vehicle becomes a priority for pick-up. Therefore, sometimes we require our truckers to reschedule other pickups so that they can be able to carry out expedited orders first.
10. Can I put personal items in my vehicle?
We do not recommend that you do, as additional items may get damaged or cause damage to the vehicle, but you may place items in the trunk that weigh no more than 100lbs at your own risk.
11. Can I ship huge vehicles with San Diego Auto Shipping?
Yes, you can. San Diego Auto Shipping transports vans, trucks, as well as buses.
No, personal items are not insured during transport and auto transport carriers are not licensed to transport household goods.
12. What other vehicles can I transport with San Diego Auto Shipping?
In addition to cars, vans, and trucks you can ship the following vehicles with San Diego Auto Shipping as well:
- Military equipment
13. Do I have to be for pickup or delivery?
No. You don’t personally need to be there but it is highly recommended that you have a representative at both pickup and delivery if you cannot be there personally. The representative must be at least 18 years of age. At both pickup and delivery, you or your representative will need to examine the vehicle and mark any damage on the Bill of Lading before signing it. At pickup, you are looking for any pre-existing damage and at delivery, you will note any new damage that occurred during transport.
14. Is My Vehicle Insured And What Paperwork Can I Expect?
Yes, your vehicle is insured. It is our job to make sure that is so. A bill of lading is a detailed list of a shipment of goods in the form of a receipt given by the carrier to the person consigning the goods at pickup and at delivery.
15. Will my vehicle be driven by someone?
No, it will only be driven onto the trailer and off the trailer. Your vehicle is assigned one carrier. It means it will stay on the same trailer during the whole transport from origin to destination. Please note trucks/trailers may have breakdowns, in this case, you will directly be notified and your vehicle will be loaded onto another trailer.
16. Can I get a quote if I don’t know the exact address?
Yes. Enter the most-specific information you have. If you have a zip code use that. In case you only know the city we can still calculate a quote that is as correct as is possible if we had a zip code. If you only know incompletely where it is being shipped to or from, use a major city you think you might be transported to or from to get a good idea of what it will cost.