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Mistakes to avoid when shipping a car

Mistakes to avoid when shipping a car

Like many other drivers, you may find shipping a car to be a daunting task. Because all you want to do is find a company to transport your vehicle fast and safe! You simply want to talk to someone, pay for the car shipping service, hand over the keys, and let others take care of the rest.

Some of you might be imagining various scenarios where things go awry. But when you book with a highly rated company like Corsia, there will be nothing to worry about.

Also, they say that learning from others mistakes is a great way to save yourself a great deal of time, money, and pain. To avoid pulling your hair out, see what others have been doing wrong when shipping a car and learn from their pitfalls.

5 mistakes to avoid when shipping a car

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Choosing a shipping company based on price only

We are addicted to bargains. But does the cheapest price always mean the best deal? Not when it comes to shipping a car. Car transport has its own rules that you should follow if you are looking for a stress-free experience.

Many companies will offer a discounted price just to get your business. And most won’t have the means to transport your car within the promised time frame or at a stated price. Don’t fall for the lowest bid. Look into the company you are planning to trust with your prized possession. Otherwise, you put yourself at risk of losing money, your precious time,.. and temper!

Paying a non-refundable deposit

At last, you’ve settled on a company. Now, they are asking you for a deposit. A non-refundable deposit. If you’ve never shipped a car before, you trust this is how it works. Besides, what can go wrong? There is no way in the world you would lose that deposit. Wrong!

Some companies charge a non-refundable deposit even in the event your vehicle is not moved. Therefore, before you share your credit card number with the car transporter, make sure the deposit is fully refundable in case the company fails to deliver their services as promised.

Also, learn about the shipper’s cancellation policy. Often, you have to follow a certain procedure to make sure you don’t end up on the losing side due to failure to understand a policy.

Not being thorough when preparing your car for shipping

First, think twice before you decide to ship your personal belongings inside your car, including the trunk. No carrier will take responsibility for damages caused to your vehicle’s interior by the items you didn’t remove or for theft of the latter. In certain situations, the carrier may even confiscate or dispose of your personal items without further compensation to you.

Second, remove or secure safely low hanging spoilers, accessories, and loose parts that may cause damage to yours or others’ vehicles. Even if you’ve shipped a car before, left a few items inside, or forgot to secure that spoiler and nothing happened, it doesn’t mean it will always be this way. You know how they say, better be safe than sorry.

Not inspecting your vehicle

Although it’s not very likely your vehicle arrives with damages, you shouldn’t skip pre-shipping and delivery inspection. If you are in a hurry or it’s getting dark outside, it may be tempting to just sign off without inspecting a vehicle. After all, we always think that no misfortune can touch us. But, if you forgo this step, you will be ineligible for any damage claims, should you discover damages after you’ve signed on the dotted line.

Not insuring your vehicle

Ask your shipper for a copy of insurance certificate, which should include coverage amount for liability, workers comp, cargo limits, and deductible, if applicable. Make sure your vehicle is getting enough coverage during shipping, especially if you are transporting a luxury or collectible car. Also remember, car shipping companies insure your vehicle during transport, but not the personal belongings left inside the car.

Not reading car shipping terms and conditions

Although no one likes to go through lengthy legal documents, it’s essential you do familiarize yourself with car shipping terms and conditions. By failing to read the terms and conditions, you keep yourself in the dark about your rights and responsibilities. If you really don’t feel like reading the document, ask your car shipping provider to walk you through the main shipping terms.

At Corsia Logistics, we want you and your car to have a flawless and stress-free car shipping experience. For a free no-obligation car shipping estimate, fill out our online quote request. To speak with one of our logistics experts call (818) 850-5258. Happy car shipping!



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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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.