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Car Shipping Checklist

Car Shipping Checklist

,When shipping a vehicle, especially for the first time, it’s easy to get lost in details. Luckily, we’ve put together a few high points to help you tick all the boxes and start your vehicle shipping journey without feeling overwhelmed.

Car shipping checklist

  1. Find a vehicle shipping company. This is the first step in your car shipping journey. Most people search for local companies. First-hand recommendations are a great source. You can start by asking family, friends, and colleagues. If that yields no result, turn to Google for help. In your search for an auto transport company, you’ll come across brokers, carriers, lead providers, and auction websites. We recommend you to stay away from the last two.
Learn how to find a car shipping company or, since you have found us, give us a call at (818) 850-5258 or request your free, no-obligation quote online.
  1. Request car shipping quotes. Next step – request quotes from at least three different companies. Multiple quotes, from multiple companies, will give you the chance to compare prices and figure out the average, which usually is the realistic current market price.
  2. Ask about an insurance policy. Especially, if you’re shipping a highly valuable vehicle. To operate legally, every carrier has to have an insurance policy that will cover any possible damages. Inquire about the limits of coverage.
  3. Hire a reliable auto transport company. To avoid car shipping scams, make sure you hire a licensed and insured company. Check their USDOT and FMCSA license numbers and make sure they are active.
  4. Decide on pick-up and delivery dates. When you book your car shipping service you have to decide on pickup and delivery dates. Keep in mind that these are always estimates. Should you require guaranteed dates, it will often cost more.
  5. Choose between open and enclosed auto transport. Enclosed auto transport prevents all weather and road elements, including possible rock chips, storms, and dust from harming your vehicle. However, open auto transport rarely presents a problem and is usually more affordable. Discuss your options with your vehicle relocation expert.
  6. Read your contract. With most auto transport companies, the contract is the confirmation email. In this email, you will find the terms and conditions. You may also have access to terms and conditions on your auto shipper’s website.
  7. Prepare your vehicle for transport. This is an important step after you have booked your service. To sum it up, you have to clean your vehicle inside and out and remove any loose parts, so the driver can perform an inspection.
  8. The inspection report from the driver. The Bill of Lading is an important document that also serves as an inspection report. At pick up and delivery, inspect your car together with the carrier driver and make sure to note all the irregularities on the Bill of Lading. In the unlikely case of damages, you will need the document to file an insurance claim.
  9. Establish transit time. The auto transport company will give you approximate transit time after pick-up. However, keep in mind that unforeseen delays may happen; therefore, you will only get an estimated time of transit.

We hope this car shipping checklist helps to make your vehicle shipping journey a breeze. To learn more about the industry, browse our website and review our car shipping guides. You can request your free, no-obligation quote online, call us at (818) 850 5258 or chat with us online. Our logistics experts are here daily to help you with your vehicle shipping needs.

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Simon Moore
Great company
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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
Elizabeth Woodward
High five's all around!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
Carrol Tiffany
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
Definitely recommend
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
Top notch
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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Geet Mp Haryana
Reliable, efficient
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
Csaba Kovesdy
Truly positive experience
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
Highly recommend
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
Excellent Organization
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.