The Importance of Taking Marine Insurance When Shipping Your Car
Posted on August 23, 2013
Most of the time, shipping your car will go well and it will be delivered in the same condition as you left it. But occasionally, it may have been damaged in transit, and this is why you should always take marine insurance before shipping your car.
Marine insurance will cover your vehicle for damages and loss while it is in transit or in storage, and can be arranged from door to door, port to port or door to port, depending on the service you book with your shipping company. Whether you are shipping a vintage vehicle or your good old car, it is as precious to you and you definitely don't want to consider not having insurance in place.
Although most shipping companies will be able to organise it for you, it isn't normally included as standard in quotes, so your car won't be automatically insured unless you specifically ask for it. It is therefore essential that you clarify with the shipping company whether they have included insurance in their price, the level of cover it gives your vehicle as well as any exclusion to make sure that it suits your needs.
Some of your personal insurance policies, such as your regular car insurance or your home insurance, may cover some of the journey, so it is always worth talking to them first. Should you need to make a claim, you will need to provide evidence of the damage done to your car. You must therefore take close-up photos of your vehicle just before you entrust it to the shipping company, inside as well as outside. Don't go overboard, but make sure that you have photos of your whole car and that they are clear. These, against photos of the damages, will allow you to make a claim.
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