It's here: your moving day! After all the preparation you put into locating car movers, going through an inspection, and cleaning your car, it's time to experience one more challenge – the passing along your car and leaving it in someone else's hands for a few days. Follow our tips to make moving your car as smooth and stress-free as possible.
• "Work" with your car movers by showing up on time and arriving with a clean car that is ready for shipment. If you are not able to be present with the car shippers designate someone that your trust, who will be authorized to take your place. Be sure that your chosen representative knows exactly what to do and which valuation liability or insurance plan you have selected. Make sure that the person you pick knows that they may have to sign documents and/or pay any fees that you may be responsible for.
• Exchange phone numbers where you can be reached and how you can directly reach the auto vendors while your car is in transit. Leave your cell phone connected throughout moving day.
• The driver will contact you or the destination agent at least 24 hours prior to expected arrival time. It is your responsibility to contact the destination agent if you cannot be reached.
• Upon arrival, review all paperwork and details with the car shipping vendor. Make a final inspection before the operator leaves. It is your responsibility to make sure your car is in the same condition it was when you left it.
• After your car has arrived, you will have to sign an inventory sheet, acknowledging the receipt of your vehicle. Document any loss or damage on the inventory sheet and report this to the car movers, immediately. Make sure you have your reference number when calling the moving company for questions or concerns.
• Pay the car movers. In general, payment is accepted as cash, traveler's checks, money order, cashier's check or a credit card. Personal checks are unusually not accepted. Unless other arrangements were made in advance you are expected to pay upon delivery.