Every licensed and reliable auto transporter will treat your prized possession with the utmost care, yet insurance is a must. Statistics show that less than 5 percent of vehicles arrive with any damages whatsoever. Still, it is very important to make sure your car is insured from the moment it’s picked up to the time it’s dropped off at its final destination.
Car Shipping Insurance
All car transporters are legally required to have liability insurance. This information can be verified with the US Department of Transportation. You need to do a search by name and all information will be displayed.
When you call to place an order, confirm the existence of these policies and their amounts with your agent. You can request the Certificate of Insurance, which should include coverage amount for liability, workers comp, cargo limits, and deductible if applicable. Corsia Logistics team works only with the highest safety rated carrers so you have peace of mind when shipping a car.
It’s important you feel comfortable with the coverage. When you are in the process of choosing an auto shipper, here are some questions you may want to ask your agent:
- What is the minimum liability covered by the carrier’s insuarance?
- In case of a total loss, how is the value of my car determined?
- Do I have to pay any deductible should any damages occur?
- Are personal items inside the vehicle insured?
Car shipping companies insure your vehicle during transport, but they do not insure any personal belongings left inside the car. So if you were thinking to kill two birds with one stone and ship your guitar collection inside your vehicle, think twice. You can load up to 100 lb free of charge in your trunk, but they are not insured. It is possible to arrange for your additional items to be transported inside your vehicle for an extra fee, but this fee will only cover additional weight, not any possible damage. Your personal belongings may be protected under your home insurance policy. To find out, talk to your home insurance agent.
Your own auto insurance company may also offer coverage while your vehicle is in transit. Get in touch with them to get the details of your policy. If you are a classic car collector or have a luxury vehicle, you may want to look into an “umbrella” policy which will top off your existing insurance coverage.
What if your car arrives with damages?
In the unlikely event your car arrives damaged, note all the visible irregularities on the Bill of Lading, have the trucker sign it and give you a copy. It is important that you do the inspection at delivery alongside the truck driver. This is your only opportunity to inspect and report damages. If the delivery happens to be at night, make sure to inspect your car under bright lights. Bring a flashlight with you, so you don’t miss a dent or scratch. Take pictures of any damages that might have occurred. Contact your car shipping company and file a claim.
To learn more about the coverage you get when shipping with Corsia Logistics, call us at (818) 850-5258. Ask us how to get your car ready for shipping ask about the cost to ship a car and ask us all about auto transport. We explain how the process works and offer the best option for your vehicle and budget. Browse our FAQ for more information. To get a quote, refer to our online car shipping quote request form. Thank you!