What You Need to Know Before Shipping Your Vehicle

October 22, 2018

You have invested a great deal into your luxury auto, exotic auto, or classic car. Beyond the financial investment, your vehicle is your passion. Although you want to take your auto with you on your next business trip or an extended holiday, you are hesitant to ship your auto. We don’t blame you! Luckily, the auto experts at Parc Fermé are here to help.

In addition to our state of the art, climate and humidity controlled auto storage facility, we offer white glove transportation service for your car. Whether you need us to simply pick up your auto for storage or you need us to transport your vehicle to a location out of the country, we can help.


Here’s what you need to know before you ship your luxury auto.


Research Industry Experience

Research any auto transportation company you may consider hiring. Start by researching what previous clients have to say about their experience. Was their vehicle well cared for while in their possessions?

Every exotic vehicle and supercar is unique. Be sure to ask if they have experience transporting your brand of auto. At the end of the day, client testimonials provide an accurate portrait of a company’s reputation and experience.


Make Your Scheduling Needs Known

Transporting a vehicle is not the same as shipping a package. Shipping a car takes a great deal of care and expertise, especially when shipping a vehicle internationally.

If you need to ship your vehicle, be sure to plan ahead. Once you settle on a transport company, you’ll determine the timeframe required for loading and delivery. While unforeseen delays may happen, a reputable transportation company will back their delivery with a guarantee. Additionally, your transportation company will ensure there is a trusted representative available to receive the vehicle when it arrives at its predetermined location.


Insurance Coverage and Liability

Your standard auto insurance probably won’t cover shipping your car across the country or internationally, so make sure your auto transportation has adequate insurance coverage to protect your vehicle while it’s in their morespace storage care. Find out exactly what level of coverage your vehicle will have while it’s being shipped.

A reputable transportation company will have a Certificate of Insurance. This certificate shows coverage amounts for liability, workers comp, cargo limits, and deductible if applicable. It’s important to note that most broker companies do not carry their own insurance policies.


Ready, Set, Ship

Once you’ve determined who will ship your vehicle, it’s time to prepare your auto for shipment.

Inspect Your Vehicle – A shipping company will usually check a vehicle for damages, such as dents or scratches by conducting a walk-around evaluation before your vehicle is loaded for transportation. However, it’s always advisable to inspect your vehicle before it’s picked up for shipment. This works to protect your investment.

Prep Your Vehicle – Make sure there is fuel in the tank and that your battery is fully charged. Depending on where you are shipping your vehicle, check the antifreeze levels to ensure it’s adequate for the climate you are shipping to. For example, if you are shipping to a cold weather climate and your vehicle is not properly prepped, it can result in a cracked engine block or other problems. Of course, not everyone has time for these preparations. The experts at Parc Ferme can handle these details as well.


Global Logistics

Our ability to collect and deliver your vehicle is not limited by national boundaries. At Parc Fermé, we offer a worldwide full logistics service. Whether you need to have your vehicle relocated to Europe for the summer months, or you want to have your latest purchase shipped back home from elsewhere to the GCC, we can help.

We work closely with several aviation companies, including Emirates SkyCargo, whose ‘white glove’ door-to-door service is a perfect match for our high standards. Additionally, if you’ve purchased a new vehicle from another location, we’ll help handle all of the logistics. Not only can we handle the delivery, but we can also help you register and insure your auto. It’s all part of our white glove service.

If you are interested in transporting your vehicle, contact the professionals at Parc Fermé. We’ll handle all of the details so you can kick back and relax while you wait for you vehicle to be delivered. Schedule your appointment today!