Guest Post by our partners at uShip.com
Purchasing big ticket items from online auction houses can often mean shipping incredibly large, heavy items across the country. How do you get a 29,000 pound excavator from an auction lot to the work site? Follow these simple steps to make sure your oversize lot gets where it needs to go.
1. Contact the Auctioneer About Your Items
After placing a bid in an online auction, check to see if the auctioneer plans to provide shipping for your items. Some auction houses will already have a streamlined process for shipping larger purchases, but you should confirm both the timeline and the service they plan on using. If your items are particularly fragile, like antiques or collectables, you may want to do a bit of homework on how your items will be packaged and handled. Some marketplaces, including Proxibid, partner with uShip to provide the best possible shipping options for items you buy at auction.
2. Get a Quote
Once you’re confirmed on the size and weight of your purchase, you can solicit quotes via phone or on a transport site like uShip. If you’re getting quotes over the phone only, don’t feel obligated to offer your phone number to the carrier — you can always call them back with the quote they provide, or solicit competing quotes from other companies. Thankfully, uShip takes phone calls out of the process and makes selecting a transporter far faster and easier.
Shipping your item from Proxibid is as easy as clicking “Shipping” on Proxibid’s homepage or on any listing page. You’ll receive an instant estimate, and the option to pull in your shipment information so certified carriers can bid for your business. After receiving quotes, you can compare them by reviewing the transporters’ carrier profiles with first-hand reviews and feedback ratings from past customers.
3. Stay in Contact with the Carrier
When reviewing quotes from carriers, make sure they offer a plan of communication throughout the haul. Some carriers will offer online geo-tracking, while others provide updates over the phone throughout the job. You’re welcome to ask for updated delivery times from your carrier until the lot is delivered.
This article was contributed by our friends at uShip. uShip is the world’s largest and most trusted transportation marketplace, primarily serving the freight, household goods and vehicle shipping markets.