Take photographs of the car from every angle prior to handing it over to the car shipping company. Do not settle for merely taking one or two long shots of the car. In fact, if you can see the entire car in the photograph, then it is not detailed enough. Rather, make sure that you take close-up shots of every single surface of the car which could be scratched, dinged or broken – which is to say, every single surface. Make sure that the photos you take are digital, because printed photographs do not carry the same digitally embedded signatures which helped to prove the date and place that the photos were taken. If, God forbid, your case ever ends up in civil court, the digital photos will go much further toward proving your case then printed copies will.
Consider timing. If the item being shipped doesn't have any urgency, it's a good idea to ship ground. Shipping large packages long distances can be very expensive and not really worth it when the item that is being mailed won't be used for a few weeks anyway. Even small businesses can take advantage of cheaper shipping by stating that they use ground shipping and that customers can pay more to upgrade to faster shipping options.
After narrowing your list of options down to two or three companies, get on the phone with them or meet up in person to talk about the specifics of the services they offer. Talking to a live person will let you know what kind of company they are, and thus, how reliable they can be. It is also a good opportunity to figure out if they have any special offers or discounts available, or whether or not they can pull some strings or give some special treatment.
When looking for a company to provide shipping service price is something that needs to be examined. A person should get quotes from different companies to find out which company offers the best price. There are some things that a person may have to adjust on their end as well if they are looking to save some money. If the car is going to be delivered right to the person it is going to cost more than shipping it to a port. From the port the car would still have to be moved so this is something to consider. The destination is going to play a factor in cost and how far the car has to travel. The dates on which the car has to be shipped and if any kind of special services are needed such as enclosed transportation.