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Business Profile: Chicago's Auto Transport

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About Auto Transport:

Chicago's Auto Transport has over 20 years of experience in the car transport industry shipping cars safely and on-time all over the Chicagoland area and the United States. Auto Transport's business is based on connecting customers with carriers for all types of vehicles, including compact cars and motorcycles to boats and oversized RVs. Auto Transport can ship your vehicle via highways or overseas. (Worth reading: Tips on Transporting Your Car and Shipping a Classic Car)

Where Does Auto Transport Pick Up Your Vehicle:

Due to the fact that most of Auto Transport's car transport trucks are 75 feet in length, it is impossible for them to get into most residential areas. Low hanging wires, narrow streets, and municipal ordinances are just some of the obstacles. Auto Transport asks its customers to work with the truck driver assigned to their vehicle to arrange a mutually acceptable place to meet to load and unload the vehicle. Neighborhood shopping centers generally have large enough parking lots to accommodate the trucks.

Does Auto Transport Require Vehicles to Be Insured:

Auto Transport insures your vehicle for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on Auto Transport's car company transport truck. Occurrences not covered are clearly listed on your Shipping Order and on the Bill of Lading upon which your car is shipped. A condition report is done on pick-up. The person turning the car over and the truck driver both sign this report and a copy is given to the party delivering the car. This same report is presented upon delivery of the vehicle at its destination and you should compare the car to the report thoroughly at that time. If, for some reason, you feel that some damage has occurred, you must note it on the report before you sign it and before the driver leaves. Any claims made after this time will not be honored. We do have auto enclosed transport vehicles for specialty transport needs, like classic car or exotic transport.

About Auto Transport's International Car Shipping:

To most people, international car shipping seems more intimidating than shipping a car domestically. Perhaps it’s dealing with customs and the additional paperwork, as well as the longer time in transit. Additionally, aside from the price of the shipping and insurance, there are potential hidden costs. Some jurisdictions levy taxes or duties on vehicles being imported into the country. These taxes and duties vary from country to country, but can be expensive in some cases. There may also be different environmental and safety standards in the country you’re importing to. This can mean the added cost of mandatory inspections and tests. In a worst case scenario, it can even mean that your car will not be allowed on the road, despite the fact that you went to the trouble and expense of shipping your vehicle overseas. There are some basic tasks you should take care of in order to prepare your car for international shipping such as ensuring you have the car’s legal title, proof of insurance, and registration handy. If you don’t own the car, you will need a notarized letter from the lien holder authorizing you to ship your car overseas. These are legal requirements for vehicle export out of the United States, outlined in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations in Title 19. You should also remove all personal belongings from the vehicle; ensure that your vehicle’s gas tank is less than 25% full; and document any prior damage to your vehicle, taking pictures if necessary. (Suggested reading: Preparing Your Car to Move)

About Auto Transport's Pick-ups and Drop-offs:

One factor that Auto Transport notes that will affect your car transport rates are door-to-door vs. terminal-to-terminal shipping. With door-to-door service, vehicles are picked up from your desired pick-up point and dropped off at your desired destination. With terminal-to-terminal shipping, your car must be dropped off at a specific drop off point and picked up at from a specific terminal as well. One issue to note with door-to-door auto transport is that the large trailers used to haul cars generally cannot access residential areas due to narrow streets, low overhanging wires, and municipal by-laws. However, arrangements are usually made for pickup and drop-off at a nearby accessible location that’s convenient for the customer, such as a shopping mall parking lot. While terminal-to-terminal shipping may save money, customers generally prefer door-to-door service. Pick-up terminals can often

For More Information on Auto Transport:

For more information on Auto Transport, including rate quotes, you can call 888-506-0565 or visit Auto Transport's Web site.
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