Terminate Your European Auto Breakdown Policy Without Charge

Usually, motor vehicle insurance in Europe is an annual term. Unless otherwise specified, the term is only completed a year from the date taken out. This description refers to the natural life-span of an European car insurance policy.

If you need to cancel your European auto-insurance contract car officially, the cancellation must be arranged in writing, within a period no less than 30 days before the insurance policy is due to expire. If you miss this deadline, insurance companies tend to continue the auto-insurance policy automatically for another calender year.

However, after the expiry of the date of cancellation, there may be another chance to bring the policy to an end. European auto-insurance premiums tend to be adjusted yearly in line with EU automobile insurance industry regulations.

This adjustment is carried out by an independent body to obtain the insurance statistics on accident incidents and car traffic damage. As an example, if due to an increase in traffic incidents in the region you reside or visit, your EU car insurance premium increases, this will bring about what is known as “extraordinary right of termination.”

In most circumstances you will receive a written notice from your European auto-cover provider telling you of the fee increase. No later than a month after receiving this notice of an increase in your premium, you can execute your right to cancel your policy via the extraordinary right of termination clause..

If you are simply renting a vehicle during your trip to Europe, the auto-leasing company will have the cost of auto-insurance included in your hire rate.

How One Auto Transport Broker Avoided Credit Card Fraud

Auto transport broker avoids car ring…

Credit card fraud uses handicap relay.

It was a bright, sunshiny day as I started the coffee that morning. Splashing my face with warm water, running a brush through my hair I hurried to get into the office. The phones were already ringing off the hook and it was only 7 AM.

Slipping into my jeans I half-way jumped, half-way ran to grab the phone. It is so much easier to answer the call than to pull the messages later. It also is much better customer service to answer before the third ring. As I caught my breath and answered the call, the voice on the other end of the line caught me off guard.

Innocent operator assist in progress…

“This is the operator with XYZ Company. I have a relay assisted call for the owner of the company. Is he available”?

“Yes, I am the owner of Bullseye Auto Transport. How may I assist you today” was my reply. The operator apologetically began to relay questions to me on behalf of the transport customer.

I assumed he was either deaf or dumb because he could not speak to me personally. The process was tedious and time-consuming. All the while, the phone continued to ring in my ear. Those customers left a message and I would call them back.

Excitement began to rise up within me. An order of this size would be very good for business. The operator read the typed message. The customer needed to move 24 cars, all mid-size sedans. He wanted them transported from point A to my terminal.

The customer wanted storage fees included in the auto transport quotes. Not being able to receive the shipment, he wanted to prepay using a credit card. I stopped the operator cold in her tracks.

I advised the customer that we do not store customer cars. We also do not accept credit cards to pay in full for a load of that size. Now I started to get a little suspicious.

It seemed that the customer was not reading the operator’s text. He came back at me with yet more questions and requests. He totally took charge and was ignoring my reply. The next direction was to put an extra $1,500.00 on the credit card.

The relay continued. Please have the cashiers check mailed to them. Finally, they would send their company driver to my location to pick up the cars.

Yet again, I replied that we do not accept credit cards for a load of that size. We do not store customer’s cars at our terminal, nor do we put additional funds on a credit card. Still yet, we do not mail a check to the customer.

This cloak and dagger relay through the operator took place over sixty minutes. Finally I took control. When I advised the operator that it was evident the customer was not legitimate the line was disconnected. She advised me he had hung up and the call was finished.

Untrained auto transport broker learns hard way…

Let us go back to the beginning a moment. I want to share with you some of the warning signals I should have noticed but did not.

Regular customers who call for auto transport quotes are looking for information first. They normally have never shipped a car before. They do not know the terminology. Most car shippers do not know the steps involved in nationwide auto transport either. Therefore, a normal conversation will last anywhere from five to ten minutes max.

The majority of customers want to pay a deposit first. When delivering the car, the customer pays the balance to the driver. Cash on delivery is the preferred method of payment for nationwide auto transport.

In six years, we have only delivered to a storage terminal two times. Both were for legitimate customers who shipped a single car. Never would we ever charge more on a credit card than for services rendered. I can thank my banking background for that knowledge.

That was the first attempt to rip off an auto transport broker by the car ring. Thank goodness, I had learned the art of asking questions. By getting to the bottom of the real answers it saved our company money. It also saved a lot of heartache and our auto transport reputation.

Auto Transport Frequently Asked Questions

Auto Transport is a sample process if you do your homework. Ask a lot of questions to the auto transport company you decide to ship with. Here are some important questions that I try to answer for you base on my research and knowledge of the business.

Q: How does car shipping works?

A: First, get a quote online, then call your chosen company and ask lots of questions, then book your transport, when your order is booked company will contact you when a trucker is available and will call you 4 to 24 hours in advance of your pick up date.

Q: Do I have to be present when you pick up my vehicle?

A: Either you, or a designated person, have to be present upon pick up of your vehicle to sign a contract “bill of lading” which is an inspection that the driver performs with you to review if there is any damage on the car before loading it on the truck, the same is done upon delivery.

Q: How do I pay, and what types of payments do you accept?

A: Auto transport brokers do charge a minimum deposit usually through a major credit card, and the balance is paid to the driver upon delivery of our vehicle, cash, cashier’s check or money order.

Q: What is door-to-door transport?

A: Door-to-door means that the auto transport company arrange for pickup and delivery at the address you specify (subject to accessibility and local laws). You do not have to go to a terminal to pick up or drop off your vehicle, unless you pre-arrange it.

Q: Can you arrange a terminal service?

A: Terminal services can be arranged, however, terminals do charge additional fees and therefore, I recommend door to door service whenever possible to avoid unnecessary charges.

Q: Can you ship inoperable or unusual vehicles?

A: Absolutely. Some auto transport companies specialize in unusual vehicles such as antique, classic and collectible cars and accommodate oversized vehicles. For inoperable vehicles, let them know at the time of booking so they can dispatch a special carrier.

Q: Are Auto Transport Company registered and bonded?

A: Yes, they maintain a surety bond with the federal government pursuant to 49 U.S.C. ยง13906(b) and are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Q: On what kind of transporter will my vehicle be carried?

A: Most are transported via multiple car carriers, the same type used to transport new vehicles from the manufacturing plant to dealerships.

Q: How many days in advance do I need to arrange for my vehicle to be picked up?

A: I recommend that you book your order 7 to 10 days in advance, however if you need to move your car immediately, some companies will work with you on an individual basis to accommodate your needs.

Q: Is my vehicle insured during shipment?

A: Yes, your vehicle is insured from the time it is picked up until the time it is delivered.

Q: Can I ship personal items in my vehicle?

A: No for many reasons: the department of transportation does not allow the transportation of “personal items” in a vehicle that is being hauled by an auto carrier, items packed in your car are not covered by the motor carrier’s insurance (only your vehicle is).

Choosing Top Quality Auto Transport Company

It is very important to choose auto transport companies very carefully. You should always remember that your car is one of your most valuable possessions. Therefore you should choose the top company which can ship your car undamaged from source to the destination.

There are so many companies which can transport your vehicle. This is the reason why it can sometimes be quite difficult to choose the right company. But today with the help of the internet you can surely perform a good research and find the best company in your locality.

There are different companies for state to state transport and cross country transport. There are certain rules and regulations regarding auto shipping. Before you choose the company you should have a clear idea about these rules and regulations. These rules tend to vary from one state to the other.

If you know the rules then you can be sure about the fact the company is following these rules properly. Other than the rules it is also important to find the best auto shipping quotes. You should not end up paying more than the actual price.

It is true that different companies offer different quote. The quotes differ along with the quality of the service. Some of the companies even offer certain benefits over the other companies and this is the reason why they charge a higher rate.

It is very important to understand the factors that lead to the fixation of the quotes. The first thing that comes into consideration is the distance that needs to be covered. If the distance is more the price charged will automatically be more.

Other than this, the size of the car or the vehicle is also an important factor in deciding about the quote. If your vehicle is bulk and takes too much space then it can increase your price. Sometimes these companies also charge more for the delicate and costly cars.

These cars need special attention and special care. This is the reason why the companies make a hike in price. If you have a classic car then you should be ready to pay a higher price than the normal. The pickup method is also responsible for deciding the quote.

There are usually two methods popular for pickup. One is door to door and the other is terminal to terminal. If you take a door to door service then naturally the price will be higher.

This is the reason why lots of people who have regular cars tend to go for the terminal to terminal service. There are certain common myths regarding auto shipping. There are people who think that they should avoid the brokers and deal directly with the company. But this is a misconception.

It is always better to deal with the company through the broker because these brokers can help you get certain discounts. They have a special relation with the companies and the companies tend to provide them with more discounts than normal. So choosing a good broker can help.