How Most People Search for Auto Carriers
The vast majority of auto carrier companies are small businesses owners. So marketing their business is not their specialty, but transporting vehicles is. Because of this, customers rarely if ever reach these carriers directly.
The first time someone is looking into shipping their vehicle, they get onto a search engine (Google for example) and type in various types of keywords like “Car Shipping” or “Auto Transport Companies.”
The Results They Get Are Surprising
The search results can be somewhat surprising. Normally, you’ll find listings inviting you to use a company to get 3 or more quotes. These ads are run by companies that know nothing about car hauling but are good at getting people’s inquiries which are referred to in the auto transport industry as leads. They get these leads by their understanding of search engine’s algorithms and consistently getting top positions on page one of the search engines results.
They sell these leads to companies that specialize in auto transport shipping. Selling to as many as they can for a few dollars per lead. The more freight brokers they can sell these leads to, the more they make.
So what does the potential car shipping customer experience? Calls and plenty of them by all types of freight brokers. That sounds really good on the surface but creates confusion for the customer. Often, these endless and annoying calls keep coming in long after the shipping customer has decided who there are going to ship their car with.
The Best Solution
The best way to avoid this bothersome scenario is to call a freight broker directly. We suggest contacting the Better Business Bureau either by phone or inquire through their website for referrals of quality auto transport brokers. Another easy, safe and reliable way is to call Metti International Vehicle Transport and Car Shipping, an A+ rated and Torch Award winning company at 866-620-1776 to get a free quote and answer any questions you may have.
The Best Way to Find a Quality Car Carrier or Auto Transportation Company
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Frequently Asked Questions
Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.
As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.
Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.
Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.
Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.
The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.
Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.
Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.
Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.
Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.
Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.