Misconceptions about auto transport are common, which leads many people to be wary about taking advantage of the services offered by ocean freight forwarding companies.
Our goal with this post is to debunk those myths so you can make an informed decision when it comes to hiring a company to transport your vehicle.
Top 8 Myths About Auto Transport Demystified
Auto transport myths are problematic for both shipping companies and customers. How can you make a smart decision about their services when you listen to outdated or outright false information? That’s why we’ve come up with this blog to debunk common myths about auto shipping.
Myth 1: All auto transport companies are the same
Although all auto transport companies are in the same business, assuming that they’re all the same is a misconception.
Like other industries, auto shipping has good and not-so-good companies. It’s your responsibility to look for shippers with a track record of on-time deliveries, guaranteed customer satisfaction and strong reviews.
Myth 2: Auto shipping quotes aren’t accurate
One shipping company hitting you with hidden charges is unfortunate, but it doesn’t mean they all do. When you ship any motor vehicle internationally, you should get an accurate shipping quote. This is based on the shipment’s size and weight, the distance it needs to travel, how soon you need it delivered and the mode of shipping.
Myth 3: Shipping heavy motor vehicles is impossible
Not so. With Ro-Ro (Roll-On/Roll-Off) shipping, you can transport heavy-duty trucks, construction equipment and other heavy machinery internationally. Unlike container shipping that uses cranes, Ro-Ro shipping uses vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks and ATVs. They’re loaded (rolled on) and unloaded (rolled off) from the vessels on their own wheels, minimizing the risk of damage.
Myth 4: You should choose the lowest price when shipping a vehicle
While budget is an issue when it comes to shipping cars overseas, it shouldn’t be your only criteria. Choosing the lowest bidder, for instance, can leave you with a bad service experience and even a damaged vehicle, because you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean you should necessarily choose the highest quote either, though – another common auto transport myth. Evaluate online reviews and the track record of the individual company before trusting them to transport your car.
Myth 5: You can only ship operable vehicles
A car doesn’t necessarily have to be in operating condition to be shipped. True, some auto transport companies don’t ship inoperable vehicles, but many ocean freight forwarders ship vehicles that can roll, even if the engine doesn’t start. This type of shipping can be more expensive as it requires special equipment and training.
Myth 6: Tracking your shipment is impossible
All reputable car shipping service providers share tracking details with their clients.
Myth 7: Preparing a car for shipping is difficult
When you choose auto transport, you need to prepare your car for shipping – not a difficult task. Here are a few steps to follow.
- Wash and wax your car carefully.
- Disable the alarm.
- Lubricate seals and door locks.
- Check tire pressure and tread depth.
- Remove loose accessories and store them safely.
- Check your battery.
- Leave as little fuel in the tank as possible.
- Lock your car.
- Give the keys to your auto transport representative.
Myth 8: Shipping a car is more expensive than driving it
Driving your car cross-country isn’t cheaper, safer or faster than shipping it. Traffic, distracted drivers, bad weather, stops to refuel and eat, and motel stays can make it dangerous and expensive to travel. You risk not only your car but your life. You will also have to take out time off work, making shipping a better choice than driving your car yourself.
If you believed these misconceptions, we’re glad to debunk them. After all, these myths can make it hard to trust any car shipping company. Now you can make the most of your international auto transport experience. Have any other doubts? Get in touch with us.