Are they registered with the Department of Transportation (DOT)?

Whether you are moving to another state or recently bought a vehicle from an online retailer, you will need to hire an automobile transport company. Getting your vehicle to its final destination is much easier – and cost effective – with this type of service than picking it up yourself.The initial work by you is to make sure you are not dealing with a company that will drive off with your vehicle. Literally. If you are looking to ship a vehicle across the country, there are many questions that you should ask to guarantee you are dealing with a reputable company. Here are four to get you started.

Are they registered with the Department of Transportation (DOT)?

A company that offers services to transport vehicles across state lines, or anywhere for that matter, needs to be registered and have a legitimate DOT number. You can also check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website for the transport company’s Motor Carrier number. Never entrust the safety and care of your vehicle with a company that does not have these two numbers.What are their transport rates?As with any service, you want to know how much it will cost to transport your vehicle. Rates vary, so it is a good idea to get at least three comparison quotes. Additionally, make sure you fully understand what is included in the rates. Some companies may have add-ons for services you thought were inclusive.Do they offer insurance?Most likely, the standard personal auto insurance you have will not cover a cross country transport. Therefore, you need to know whether the shipping company has adequate insurance to cover your vehicle. Request to look at their insurance documents. If coverage seems inadequate, ask if it is possible to increase it. Your peace of mind is worth any additional costs.What do you need to do to get your vehicle ready for shipping?Typically, you will need to turn over all keys to the shipper while your vehicle is being transported. Household items are prohibited while the vehicle is on the road to its destination. Another suggestion for preparing your vehicle is to have no more than a quarter tank of gas. This way, the shipper avoids surcharges for the extra weight that will be passed on to you.Taking time to ask these questions before hiring a transport company is worth having a guarantee that your vehicle will arrive to its destination safely.