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One of the most common mistakes people make when shipping their vehicle is not properly preparing the vehicle for transport. This can include not removing all personal items from the vehicle, not checking for fluid leaks, and not making sure the battery is fully charged. These simple steps can help prevent damage to your vehicle during transport. 

Reputable Transportation Company 

One of the mistakes people make is not choosing a reputable auto transport company. Choosing a company with a good reputation is important. It will ensure that your vehicle is in good hands and will arrive at its destination in the same condition. It’s also important to ask for recommendations from friends or family and research the company online by reading reviews and checking the Better Business Bureau (BBB). 

Additional Insurance Coverage 

Additionally, many people make the mistake of not purchasing additional insurance coverage for their vehicle during transport. Your car insurance may cover your vehicle while it is being shipped. The specifics of your coverage will depend on your individual policy. It’s always a good idea to purchase additional insurance coverage, especially if you’re shipping an expensive or luxury vehicle. 

Clarification and Understanding 

Another mistake people make is not asking enough questions or not reading the contract carefully. People should ask about the company’s insurance policy, method of payment, and any other information they need to know before making a decision. It’s also important to read the bill of lading, which is a document that serves as a contract and a receipt for the shipping services, and understand the terms and conditions in it. 


Finally, many people make the mistake of not properly budgeting for the cost of shipping their vehicle. They may not consider the additional costs that can come with shipping a vehicle such as taxes, tolls, and additional services such as door-to-door delivery. It’s important to budget for these costs in addition to the cost of the shipment itself. 

In conclusion, shipping a vehicle can be a complex process and there are many things to consider. Avoiding these common mistakes and properly preparing your vehicle can help ensure that your vehicle arrives at its destination safely and in the same condition as when it was picked up. 

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