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I've said this before and I'll say it again: be very careful. I got a recommendation from my moving company for a auto transport company to move my previous vehicle. It turns out that company was a broker that arranges for various regional haulers to keep handing off your car until it gets to your destination. My car arrived on an open car trailer covered in chemicals, dirt, and grime so it was impossible to inspect upon arrival. Once I washed it I found the paint had been etched almost completely through in a giant splatter mark. All but one body panel required repainting. I suspect a car above it let loose with brake fluid or something highly corrosive, then the wind spread it alll over my car. The transport broker refused to even acknowledge the pre-transport inspection sheet and claimed my car was in that condition prior to the move. They insisted I would have to take them to court to get any reimbursement. The scamming ability of these places has been well-documented on various news shows since then. My lawyer said I would need pictures and a witness at the time of pick-up and delivery if I had any hope of going to court.

After that experience I was loathe to use another auto transport company. When I bought my Insight I bought a one-way plane ticket and drove the Insight the 1150 miles back home. Total cost of the trip: $150, including the plane ticket, fuel, and a hotel room halfway home, plus using up a weekend.

Good luck!
 

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Right - the moving company referred you to *** a broker **.
That's a red flag
Yes, if only I'd known then what I know now..... :roll:


I found a transport that ... is fully insured
The transport company I used was fully insured. The only problem was I couldn't collect. Take lots of pictures at pickup and at delivery and have a witness if possible. Otherwise it's your word against theirs.

Some transporters use enclosed trailers which would protect the car from road debris, but costs more. Otherwise, the manufacturers use white sheets of some material to protect the finish on open trailers. Maybe find out from the dealer what that is and where to get it.
 
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