For a lot of people, the car is seen as one of the defining marks of a person having financial freedom and stability. It offers owners the privilege of traveling comfortably wherever they want, whenever they want in exchange for a moderate investment of their time and money as it inevitably depreciates. For a select few, however, cars are more than just a way to get from point A to point B at their whim. These kinds of luxury cars hold value beyond the purely functional; they were designed to hold aesthetic, sentimental, an emotional value much like a painting or sculpture. As such, it isn’t unreasonable for one to care for their high-end cars like their own flesh and blood.
So, say you find yourself in a situation where you will be moving into a new home on the other side of a country, if not abroad. Although it would be quite the adventure traveling cross-country with nothing but you, your car, and the open roads, the powers that be prevent you from doing so – maybe your breed of luxury car isn’t really built for cross-country treks, or maybe you just want to keep it in showroom condition for as long as possible.
So how do you go about transporting your luxury car across great distances without getting so much as a scratch on it? We’ve got a step by step guide for you to do just that.
Step 1: Shop around.
-To get your car from point A to B without starting its engine, you’ll need to hire a car transporter, of which there are many. You can check out Reef Group as a great starting point. However, a little bit of research will go a long way towards choosing the right one for you, so we’ve compiled a list of the things you should look out for to help you find the right car transporter for you:
-Vehicle enclosure: Vehicles can and are transported using one of two common vehicle enclosures – open-air enclosures and closed containers, both of which are relatively self-explanatory as far as their names go. Open-air enclosures are usually lighter trailers that are fenced off on all sides. Closed containers are usually shipping containers that have been modified to fit larger vehicles or have additional features such as interior climate control. Closed containers naturally give the car more protection from the elements, but at higher prices than open-air trailers.
-Delivery scheme: Car transporters vary quite widely in terms of how they handle the actual shipment of the car. Be sure to ask to have their delivery scheme explained to you, and make a note of some of the key details such as delivery lead time, estimated travel time, and whether your vehicle will be delivered directly to your new home or simply dropped off at a local shipping terminal.
-Pricing: As with all things in life, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and compare the prices among car transporters to find the one that represents the biggest bang for your buck. Because we are dealing with luxury cars, however, it is important to not pinch pennies and make sure that your car transporter of choice offers the best amount of protection for your car while in transit.
Step 2: Safety first.
By this point, you will have narrowed down your choices to a number that can be counted on one hand. The previous step, however, only deals with the details on the surface level. This next step will be digging a little deeper.
As the owner of a luxury car, you are probably already aware of the risks of having a third party transport your car out of your sight. Even if you do have complete trust in your car transporter, there is no denying the possibility of something happening on the road that could damage your precious vehicle.
If you are having second thoughts about these risks, it is time now to dig into the fine print and read through what insurance is applied to the car during transit. A reputable car transporter will often have an insurance policy that is applied to your car to account for any damages the car may sustain throughout the delivery process. Some car transporters may also offer extended insurance coverage for an additional fee; if they do not have this but you want more peace of mind, you can ask your car insurance provider about the coverage of your own car’s insurance policy.
Step 3: Save the date.
Once you’ve made the phone calls, done your homework, and weighed your options, you will have found a reliable and safe transport company for your car. At this point, all you’ll need to do is fill out the necessary paperwork, set the date for pick-up, and of your car goes to its new location.
With a bit of research and preparation, you can have your precious vehicles sent anywhere without a hitch, ready to take on new adventures with you at the helm.