If you ever wanted to avail the services of an auto transporter, then be sure about its reliability. Since there are both legitimate and non-licensed auto movers operating in the field, you are advised to check before booking a mover. Otherwise, chances are that you will become a victim of scammers or unprofessional companies. That means, both your car as well as money will be at risk. So to avoid it, you will have to find out a way to check accreditation of your mover.
You can do it by adapting different approaches, but utilizing the official SAFER database system offered by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the best way to access record of auto transporters. The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System enables U.S citizens to access auto moving company’s identification, legitimacy, insurance, safety record and so on over internet. The SAFER database is a module of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that currently entails records of interstate movers operating in United States.
Following is what you can verify about your auto transporter from SAFER database system:
In order to verify your company with SAFER System, you should first know its official name or USDOT number. If the mover is not providing you the DOT number, then avoid doing business with it. Once you have the number, you should enter it in SAFER search bar to check registration. Following is what you expect in return of your search:
- Invalid DOT number, means the company you are dealing with is not registered with Department of Transportation.
- Inactive DOT number, means Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has asked it to stop operating in U.S because of rule violation.
- Active DOT number means it is properly licensed and insured with USDOT and FMCSA.
All auto transport companies are required to carry a minimum of $50,000 liability amount to insure the cars of customers. SAFER system enables people to check the liability amount that your auto transport company carries.
Safety Record/Safety Rating
With this system, you can also know the safety record of your company. It will help you to determine the experience of past customers with it. Besides, you can know the type of complaints and conflicts people have had with the particular company. In short, it will give you an insight of safety ratings that will enable you to understand where it stands in U.S auto transport industry.