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Vehicle Shipping

Vehicle Shipping Vehicle shipping or auto transporting is the process of transporting vehicles from one place to another through various modes of transportation. To transport the vehicles such as cars, trucks, caravans, motorcycles, boats etc., most of the people look for cost effective professional assistance provided by the various vehicle transport companies.

Vehicle Shipping Services

Types of Vehicle Shipping Services

The vehicle shipping services include door-to-door vehicle delivery, terminal-to-terminal delivery and roll-on-roll-off deliveries.

Door-to-Door Vehicle Delivery

The door to door relocation services are the most popular for residential moves. However, when door to door vehicle transportaion is done, it doesn’t always mean that the truck will make delivery right at the client's door. The vehicle is brought as close to the pick-up or delivery point as possible in terms of law and safety. This is because the shipping trucks may be as long as 75 feet and the drivers need a lot of space for managing them. If the access to customer's house is restricted by certain hindrances like trees or tight turns, the truck has to stop at a nearby parking place from where the owner can get the delivery of the shipped vehicle.

Terminal-to-Terminal Delivery

The shipping companies have their offices or depots at a place in a city which is termed as terminal. The customers, according to the final agreement, leave their vehicles at the terminal nearest to their house from where they are moving and pick up from the terminal nearest to their new house in another city or state. Generally, these services are much cheaper.

Roll-on-Roll-off Delivery

Roll-on-Roll-off, often referred to as RORO or ro-ro are ships that carry wheeled cargo like automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers or railroad cars during international relocations. The vehicles to be transported are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels. There are also lift on-lift off (lo-lo) ships which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

Types of Vehicle Carriers

A vehicle carrier is mainly a cargo trailer on which the vehicle is loaded and transported to the new destination. One can choose from among two major types of cargo trailers- Open trailers and Enclosed trailers

Enclosed Trailer

This type of container is covered and as such gives additional protection to the vehicle. However, it is expensive than an open auto transport but the value lies in the fact that it saves the vehicle from outer elements like climatic conditions and road hazards. The varieties of such kind include six-car enclosed trailers, four-car enclosed trailers and two-car non-stacking enclosed trailers. Multi car trailers are also there for over sized cars.

Open Trailer

The container here is open thereby it do not gives any protection to the vehicles from weather conditions or other outer elements. It is cheaper than covered auto transport. When open cargo trailers are chosen for vehicle shipping, one must always pay added attention to the provisions of insurance coverage offered by the vehicle shipping companies. A better insurance plan takes care of any damage caused by the shipping company during the relocation of vehicles.

Vehicle Shipping Process

The vehicle shipping companies usually follow a similar process to transport vehicles.

That is only a general overview of the vehicle shipping process. There can be changes in the above procedure according to the policies followed by a company.

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