Whether you're moving across the country or across the world, you want to make sure all your things get to your new home in one piece.
Shipping your motorcycle is the best way to move your vehicle safely. When looking into how to ship your motorcycle, you'll probably come across both motorcycle transport carriers and brokers. You can work with a carrier directly, but brokers offer a lot of benefits. Read on to find out more.
Carriers are the actual motorcycle shippers. They help motorcycle owners move their bikes across the country or around the world. Depending on how big the carrier is, you may be able to pick up or drop off your motorcycle at distribution centers all over the United States. They may also offer door-to-door transportation, where they load and unload the vehicle at places you choose.
You can work with a carrier rep to get a quote and plan your shipment, or you can choose to work with a broker instead.
Brokers are different from carriers because they don't actually do the shipping. Instead, they act as a representative for motorcycle owners and use their network of approved carriers to help you find the best schedules, routes, and rates for shipping your bike. The broker's customer service rep will talk to you to find out what you need and how much you can spend so that they can match you with the right carriers. Once you've chosen a carrier, the broker will set up your shipment with the carrier directly on your behalf.
So, why should you work with a broker instead of a carrier? Brokers have many benefits, some of which are listed below.
Most brokers have access to a network of thousands of carriers around the nation and can locate one near you that meets your timeframe, preferences, price, and any other criteria you specify. The broker contacts and screens carriers on your behalf.
In other words, you don't have to use a certain mode of transportation or set of routes and may be flexible. Brokers find a carrier that fits your needs so you don't have to work within the limits of a carrier. Brokers make sure you discover the carrier who can carry whatever you need, whether you are working under a tight deadline, want door-to-door delivery, or have a vintage bike with a sidecar.
Understanding the many levels of coverage may be difficult and daunting. Federal law requires all motorcycle transport providers to have proper insurance coverage depending on the goods being delivered. While carriers must have liability insurance, this coverage does not cover real vehicle damage. You will almost certainly want supplemental cargo insurance to cover damage caused by a rare shipping mishap.
Because motorcycle transport brokers are well-versed in these various insurance types, they can explain your options, share recommendations, and provide you with increased peace of mind in knowing your bike is covered and that you will not be responsible for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs if an unlikely accident occurs while in transit.
Finding carriers, contacting them, obtaining price quotations from each, and comparing to decide the best choice all take a significant amount of time. Motorcycle transportation agents handle the whole procedure from start to end. They will organize all arrangements for you, expedite shipping, and check the reputations and insurance options of carriers.
If you decide to work with a carrier, you will have to spend a lot of time finding and narrowing down options, then getting quotes to compare prices. You still can't be sure you're getting the best deal. Since brokers work with a lot of carriers, they can get you multiple quotes from a variety of carriers to find the best deal.
The best motorcycle transport brokers will put you in touch with a designated representative who will work through the details with you. As experts in the field, they know everything there is to know about shipping a motorcycle, including the most important things to think about when making plans and the pros and cons of different carriers. They also have more tools to deal with emergencies. For example, if a carrier broke down or got into an accident, a broker could set up for another carrier to pick up your car and finish the trip much faster.
Are you ready to start? US Star Trucking is here to assist you throughout the whole process. We will help you find a reliable carrier for your motorcycle shipment, plan the details of your transport, and make sure everything goes smoothly. Learn more about our motorcycle transport solutions.
Call us today at 865-730-4992 and we'll be glad to help you.
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