How to Choose a Reliable Car Transport Service
September 1, 2015
Whether you’re moving across the country, shipping an antique vehicle to a car show, or transporting vehicles for a movie shoot, it is important to do your research when choosing a vehicle shipping company in Canada. But what kinds of things should you look for in a reliable, trustworthy transport service?
Does the Company Own its Equipment?
If a company owns and operates its own transportation equipment rather than brokering it out to a third party, it is a very good sign that it’s reputable. Look for a company who provides images and information about their equipment so you can insure they offer the features that are necessary for transporting your vehicle. Many companies advertise as though they are a transport company but they do not own any equipment, only a desk with a phone.
Do they Provide Transport Insurance?
Make sure the company also provides insurance on its services. By having insurance, you can be sure that your car or motorcycle will be transported safely and successfully and that you are taken care of should anything happen in the shipping process. At TFX International, we value your vehicle and understand that it may hold more than just monetary value, but also sentimental and achievement value. With specialized handling, our drivers make sure that your vehicle is properly taken care of and that it arrives in pristine condition.
Is it Possible to Track the Movement of your Vehicle?
The company should have a computer system in place in order to track your vehicle. Throughout the shipment process, you will have peace of mind knowing where your vehicle is and when it will arrive at all times. Should there ever be a question of delivery time; the company should be able to provide you with exact details.
Does the Company Offer Discounts that seem too good to be true or ask for money up front?
When considering a company with car shipping services in the USA and Canada, it’s important to consider every detail, including cost. It’s important to make sure you trust what you’re paying for, and what you’re getting in return. At TFX International, we provide reasonable rates for high-quality service and will do all we can to work with you and provide a quote based on your shipping needs.
Many companies [mostly brokers] ask for money up front and they often make promises they cannot keep. They do that because they are farming the job out to someone else to do the work. Once they have your money they don’t have to keep that promise.
Is there a Storage Facility where you can Visit?
Having a place to go and see the operation of your vehicle shipment is of the utmost importance. Transparency in business practices ensures that your business, and your car, is safe. If the company offers a storage facility, be sure they have an enclosed facility that protects your vehicle and preserves it through the storage term. TFX International offers both long and short-term storage options and values transparency in all its business operations.
Is the Company Well Equipped to Ship Across the Border?
If you need to ship a vehicle from Canada to the U.S. or vice-versa, avoid a potential headache by making sure your carrier is well versed in customs clearances and is bonded if necessary. At TFX International, we are well-equipped to safely ship your vehicle and its contents across the border with minimal interference. We have an in-depth knowledge of US and Canada customs clearances, work visas and documentation. We will work with you to prepare the appropriate Canadian and US customs documents, as well as assist you with clearing bonded cars through the border if required.
Are the Drivers appropriately trained and licensed?
Once your vehicle is on the road to its destination, it rests in the hands of the truck driver. It’s therefore crucial that you make sure he or she has undergone extensive training and is knowledgeable about loading procedures and the necessary processes for transport. A reputable company such as TFX International ensures that all drivers are properly trained and licensed as well as very safety conscious. At TFX International, we are licensed as a Canada and US customs bonded carrier and are permitted for all provinces and states. We have extensive insurance in place for the vehicles and cargo we ship. For more information about our licensing and post audit customs-bonded designation, contact us today at 1-888-415-3158.
Does the Company Ship in Special Situations?
If you’re interested in transporting rare show cars where special handling is required make sure that the carrier is experienced. This is where integrity and high-quality service is of the utmost importance. When time is of the essence and the cargo is of high value, you want to be sure you’ve put your trust in the right people.
Wondering where you can go to check off all the concerns on your list? Look no further than TFX International.
With friendly and experienced staff, specialized equipment and a keen attention to details, TFX International has you covered. As a Canada-USA customs bonded carrier, we have a fleet of state-of-the-art tractor-trailers to transport your vehicle year-round. Whether you have a sports car or a large, customized truck, our trailers are designed to accommodate any vehicle.