When you’re an avid motorcyclist, nothing gives you more pleasure then getting out on the open road and exploring the countryside. But when you’re moving to a new home, you might want to consider shipping your bike to your new destination rather than going the distance on two wheels. Cheap Motorcycle Shipping wants to ensure that you choose the right company for the job and have some basic guidelines for you to follow including answers to some frequently asked questions such as “does someone need to be present when the drivers pick up my motorcycle?”
What steps should you take when shipping your motorcycle?
When you’re shipping a motorcycle, you’ll have a choice of shipping it in an enclosed trailer or an open trailer. Shipping it in an enclosed trailer offers the most protection. However, open trailer shipping is considerably cheaper. Here are several more suggestions:
- Get several shipping rates estimate, so you can determine the best value for the money.
- Schedule your service to coordinate shipping with your moving time frame.
- Take several photos of your bike from different angles and document any dents, dings, scratches, or other types of damage that exist.
- Prepare your bike for shipping (see below).
- Although we do provide insurance coverage, it might not cover your bike’s full value. So, it’s in your best interest to consider buying additional insurance coverage.
Hiring a trusted transport company like Cheap Motorcycle Shipping ensures that your bike will be safe and secure while in transit. When we handle your motorcycle shipping needs, you can be assured your bike will arrive in the same condition as when we picked it up at the point of origin.
How long will the shipping process take?
The total transportation time frame for motorcycles takes 15 business days on average although it can vary from 10 to 20 days. We pick up most of our shipments within 5 to 10 business days and usually have them delivered between 5 and 10 business days after pick-up. You’ll receive a more accurate time frame with the tracking information we send you.
Will we contact you when the driver is on the way to pick up your bike?
Yes we will. Our dispatchers will normally contact you within 24 hours (1 business day) prior to the driver picking up you motorcycle. In most cases, they will specify an approximate time for anticipating their arrival.
Does someone need to be present when the drivers pick up my motorcycle?
No, you don’t have to be present. However, someone that is at least 18 years old and can sign our contract (Bill of Lading) must be. Thus, if you’re unable to be there, make sure a family member or trustworthy friend will be. This will help to avoid unnecessary and untimely delays in the shipping process. Someone must also be present to accompany the driver as they inspect the condition of your bike prior to loading it onto their trailer. This is done to ensure that if there are scratches or dents on the motorcycle, these are mentioned before the motorcycle is shipped.
Can you leave your motorcycle parked in your driveway and sign the contract and other paperwork later?
Unfortunately, we cannot allow this for security reasons. Our driver must meet with a “live” person so they can sign the paperwork and be with them as they inspect your bike. If our driver confirms the pick-up time with you and shows up as scheduled, someone must be there. If no one is there to meet them, you could be charged an “attempt” fee. However, a driver may be able to wait if they’ve been properly notified in advance but a per-hour wait fee may apply. These costs are discussed before we start the process so you will made aware of these fees.
How much will it cost to ship your motorcycle?
The average for shipping a motorcycle domestically is roughly $500 while the cost to ship it internationally will average between $1,000 and $2,000. However, there are certain factors that can influence your cost including:
- additional insurance coverage
- fuel surcharges
- motorcycle size and weight
- shipping distance
- shipping speed (how quickly you need it delivered to your new location)
- transportation method requested (enclosed vs. open trailer)
If applicable, you’ll be charged for international shipping premiums, luxury or vintage motorcycle accommodations, etc. These costs are case specific and will be given to you in writing before the contract is signed. We do not have hidden charges but ensure that all costs and estimates are transparent and discussed in detail before you sign us up as the shipping service for transporting your motorcycle.
For more information regarding shipping your motorcycle contact Cheap Motorcycle Shipping at (888) 230-9776 or visit our website at your earliest convenience.