The most important aspect of shipping your vehicle is choosing the transporter that is right for you. You can get a background on the carrier offering to transport your vehicle by looking at their profile for qualifications and feedback score, as well as services they offer. You may learn more about these transporters by obtaining upfront quotes, or listing your shipment for auction.
Create Your Vehicle Shipment Listing
To attract the best and most qualified carriers to your auto shipment, you need to provide all the details in your shipment listing. Describe the make and model of your car, as well as any modifications like spoilers or larger tires in your listing. Let them know your exact time frame for pick-up and delivery, as well as the type of service you need. Also, you must disclose if your vehicle has any mechanical issues. Most transporters can still transport non-running vehicles if they can roll, brake, and steer, but they have to know in advance in order to be properly prepared.
Pricing Methods on uShip
There are several ways to price your vehicle shipment. Pricing will depend on how much time you have to receive bids and how you want your vehicle shipped.
One option is to book with providers who publish their rates on uShip. Simply enter the year, make, and model of your car for upfront quotes from registered carriers. Once you have reviewed these quotes, you can send carriers booking requests for your vehicle shipment.
Most people list their vehicle shipments for simple auction. To do this, specify your shipment details, the duration of the auction, target price and maximum price. This will match you up with providers who will bid on your shipment.
Receiving Quotes from Car Shipping Companies
Quotes will filter in within the duration of the auction as carriers and transporters log on to uShip for loads. Carriers will post questions on your shipment’s page about the details of your shipment; remember that it is in your best interest to answer these. If a transporter with extra space who is going through your area asks a question, you can save some serious money by answering it quickly and accepting his bid.
Booking Your Shipment
You will need to choose among the transporters who have bid on your shipment. You will be ready to accept a bid once you have:
- Answered all questions asked about your shipment
- Found a carrier you feel comfortable with
- Reviewed the feedback on the carrier’s profile
- Checked out the MC and DOT numbers of your carrier
At this point, you will accept the bid you like and start the booking process. Go to your shipment page and click the button by your chosen carrier’s name to confirm their booking. Then, you will be prompted to review the details of your shipment and their bid. If applicable, you will be prompted for a service charge and deposit with details on how to pay (by credit card or uShip payments). Once your payment is confirmed, you will receive an email with your carrier’s contact information, their terms and conditions, and instruction for the next steps.
Each company has their own protocol, but most will contact you within a few hours.
After Vehicle Delivery
We encourage all customers to leave feedback for carriers. Feedback helps future customers make their decisions, so be sure to log on after the shipment is completed and rate your provider. We love to hear stories about shipments and a glowing recommendation is the best way to thank your transporter for great service.