Protecting Yourself from an Auto Shipping Scam
Choosing to hand over the keys to your car for shipping can be tough. After all, your vehicle is important to you. If you own a vintage car, motorcycle or another one-of-a-kind vehicle, the decision could make you anxious.
If you have never used a car transport service, it is completely understandable to be weary of handing over your keys to a stranger. There is a possibility that your vehicle may be damaged or worse, that you are scammed out of money and your vehicle is not shipped properly.
Accredited automobile transport companies should be your first choice when choosing a transport service. To avoid being scammed, do your research, trust your instincts and understand the differences between the companies you are considering.
Check their References
While you might not be able to go in and ask for an accredited automobile transport company’s references, you can find information online. Check the company’s online reviews on Google, TransportRankings or other review sites. You can also check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. Even if a company has a bad review, you will want to note how they responded to the negative criticism.
Trust Your Gut
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a quote seems too low, the company may try to charge you more upon delivery or contact you midway through the shipment to say the cost of shipping has increased and unless you pay, your car will be held. If something about the quote, company or personnel you are dealing with seems fishy, do your research and find out if the company can be trusted.
Always Read the Fine Print
Always read all the details in your vehicle shipping contract and watch for any possible hidden charges. If you are unable to understand some of the language, ask a logistics specialist to explain everything to you. Again, trust your instincts, if the personnel says they cannot explain the contract, this is a red flag. Make you sure you are dealing with accredited automobile transport companies, not brokers, which contact shippers for you rather than do the work themselves.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company, drivers, shipping procedures, costs and anything else that comes to mind. You should know exactly who you’re leaving your vehicle with.
American Car Transporters has an A rating from the Better Business Bureau, a 5-star rating on Transport Reviews and has achieved numerous positive reviews on Google. We provide ourselves on providing the high-quality customer service.
When you are seeking accredited automobile transport companies, look no further than American Car Transporters for all your vehicle shipping needs.
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