How to Ship a Moped
Mopeds tend to be smaller and lighter than other motorized vehicles, so shipping your moped can be easier and more affordable than you might expect. Choosing to ship through uShip simplifies this process even further. With thousands of transporters searching uShip daily to help fill empty truck space, the site provides you with options, expertise advice and competitive pricing. With uShip, you can easily find transport companies that specialize in motorcycle and moped shipping even if you’re pressed for time.
There are several different methods of moving a moped. When choosing a moped carrier, first you should decide what trailer types you will consider. You may receive offers for open or enclosed transport and driveway service. It is important that you understand what each of these services entails so that there are no surprises at pickup or delivery. Open transport means your item may be partially or entirely exposed to the elements. However, it can be a cheaper option than you will find with enclosed transport. Enclosed transport means your moped will be secured within a covered trailer. This may be a better choice if it is important that your moped be completely protected from rain, dirt and other road debris. Finally, driveaway service is just what it sounds like – the transporter will personally drive your moped to its destination. This is fairly uncommon with long distance moves.
You also may be presented with bids that include door-to-door and transport only, aka terminal-to-terminal services. Door-to-door may not mean your moped will arrive at your doorstep. Many moped and motorcycle transporters use large trucks and trailers that simply cannot be driven through residential areas. You may be asked to meet your transporter at a shopping center parking lot or dealership. These arrangements should be expected and prepared for prior to drop-off. Some shipping companies use terminals. This means you must arrange for someone to drop your moped off at one terminal and pick it up at the terminal closest to its destination. You will usually find that this is the cheaper option of the two.
Once you have a firm grasp of your preferences, you will be ready to accept a bid. Make sure to read each transporter's feedback, and understand your options for insurance coverage before choosing a carrier.
Before your carrier arrives, it is important that you prepare your moped for transport. Taking a few precautions will help ensure a safe and successful delivery. Arrive early if you are dropping the moped off, and be prepared. The driver should inspect the moped for pre-existing damage and note this on a report. Make sure you agree with the inspection and sign the report. At delivery, be ready with your carrier’s preferred method of payment and carefully inspect your moped for any damage. More than likely, your moped will arrive in perfect condition. If there is a dispute or claim, follow the steps outlined in your contract.