Pick the date. Before you even start calling around for quotes and browsing through the internet for different car transport companies, it is very important you pick a date of when you would like to ship the car, or at least have an estimate timing. Car Shipping prices vary according to the season, just like flying. The price you pay in January will be not the same as flying in May. To have a more accurate idea as far as prices, availability and delivery times dates are a must to set up your transportation.
Car Specs. Most customer looking to ship a car when asked what type of car say a "regular car". This is an invalid answer. A regular car for you might be a mid-size sedan while for another customer it is a small compact convertible and the only common thing between these two cars are the fact they are both cars. Besides the fact that each make and model is different, every owner customs their car to his own needs or likes. Low clearance, spoilers, big rims, dually, over sized fog lights, and many other modifications change the shape and size of the car completely. Slots on a carrier are made for factory made models with no modifications. If your car has such specifications, make sure you tell your agent while booking as certain modifications needs specific accommodations and safety measure in order to transport properly. Also, extra fees may incur.
Locations. Drivers usually stick to main routes and work from there. It is understood that not every person requiring the car transport service lives around these main routes and some locations will be farther away. That is not an issue. Drivers will go wherever they have to in order to provide the service, however, exceptions apply. Places like gated communities, narrow streets, or streets covered by trees are not reachable for drivers. Remember they are not only driving an 18 wheeler but carrying cars on top of it. They need far more bigger clearances than a regular city car. Places over 70 miles from main routes will incur on extra fees.
Items in Car. Car Transport as its name states it, is a service that transport cars, not furniture or personal belongings. Do not fill up your car with things, drivers will not take cars that are packed, and if they do, be sure to receive an extra charge. Taking personal items in a car is a risk not only for the owner of the vehicles but the driver as well. Transporters have to pass through various security check points and weigh stations. If for some reason your car does not pass inspection due to the things you that are inside, driver will be charged fees and will be forced to leave car behind. Further storage fees will run by customer. Make sure you check with your agent what are their policies regarding personal items inside the car to avoid later inconveniences.
When you are planning to transport a car, make sure you take in account all these basic factors, once the booking is in process your agent will provide with all the details for the transportation so you can sit back, relax and simply wait until your car is delivered at your door.