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Valuation Coverage

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Your car valuation refers to the estimation of your car value by a registered valuer. The result of such an assessment is usually a written document (appraisal). The valuation of your car may be necessary when you want to benefit from a more comprehensive coverage. As a rule, when offering insurance for your car during […]

USDOT Number

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A USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number is an identification number that every carrier involved in interstate commercial transportation must obtain from the FMCSA.  In case the company does not handle interstate cargo, a motor carrier identification obtained at a state level is generally enough. Through granting USDOT numbers,  FMCSA implements compliance with their safety […]

Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport

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Terminals are storage facilities for cars (aka towing/flatbed services).  When opting for such services, you are responsible for getting the car to a terminal, from where it will be picked-up by the carrier.  The carrier will transport it to another terminal close to your destination location from where you will be able to pick it […]

Open Auto Transport

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The open auto transport alternative is the most common one.  If you have spent any time on US highways you have already seen such trailers at work. These trailers have one or two open air levels on which cars are loaded and secured. Open auto transport advantages: This option is cheaper than the enclosed transport […]

Motor Carriers

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You have already seen them operate whenever you have met those huge trucks with cars on top running down the highway. Carriers can be open and enclosed and offer either door to door or terminal to terminal services. They are required to obtain both a USDOT number and an MC number from FMCSA.  They are […]

MC Number

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Motor carriers and brokers that need interstate operating authority can obtain this from the FMCSA in the form of an MC number, also known as a docket number. Unless they operate only under local or state regulations,  the MC number is a must in order to exist as an auto transport business. Using the MC […]

Insured Car Transport Company

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Whenever you hand your goods (including your car) to a second party, you should first check what coverage you are offered in case of damages. Motor carriers are required by the FMCSA to hold both liability and cargo insurance. Auto transport brokers do not need cargo insurance, since they do not own any trucks and […]

FMCSA

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Consider FMCSA your primary and official island of security and information whenever you feel overwhelmed by the car shipping choices that you have to make. What is the role of FMCSA? FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is an administration within the Department of Transportation (DOT) whose declared objective is “to promote safer driving within […]

Enclosed AutoTransport

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  For those who want some extra protection when shipping their car, there is the enclosed auto transport option – the safest car transport alternative.  It is most often used to transport classic/exotic cars or vehicles with brand new/custom paint jobs, but it works for any other car that you want to fully protect. What […]

Door to Door Auto Transport

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The most common option that auto transport companies offer is door to door services.  This means that the carrier will pick up or deliver your car directly to your location (and not to a terminal).  The pick-up or delivery area may be your home or another location of your choice. What happens if my residential […]

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