Moving Your POV
When it comes to PCSing with a POV things can get a little tricky. Check out these tips to help you to choose the best way to PCS with your POV.
Choosing A Company To Move Your POV
PCSing is stressful enough just getting your family from one duty station to the next. Depending on your destination, moving your POV long distance can cause additional complications; if you have more than one POV, things have a tendency to get even more complicated! You may be faced with the difficult question, do you really want to drive both vehicles to the new duty station? If you choose not to drive both, you will need to ship one of them, and guess what? The military will not pay for you to ship your second vehicle, which is why you need to find the best deal possible. Sometimes shipping your POV with a professional long distance mover can cost you more than driving it yourself. However, shipping your POV with a professional vehicle transportation service could save you a lot of time and hassle–especially if you want to keep your family all together in one vehicle.
Here are the things you need to remember when you choose to ship your POV:
- Research multiple transportation companies. You will want to make sure you look them up on Yelp, Google, BBB, and ask around. Unfortunately there are fake reviews out there, so be sure to gather as much information as possible.
- Ask all the companies if they offer a military discount. Remember you need to save as much $$$$ as possible.
- Find out how the companies are insured: what sort of damage will they cover in the event of an accident or damage to your vehicle while in transit. You do not want something to happen to your POV and find out after the fact the transportation company will not cover it.
The Estimate For Moving Your POV:
The moving company you choose will be able to provide you with an estimate for moving your POV only after they know the following things:
•Moving Distance (this will be door to door)
•Make and Model of your POV
•Condition (This will be Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor)
•Weight (You will find this out by asking your insurance company)
•Size (This will be the size of your POV i.e. SUV)
•Insurance coverage (Full or Liability)
Before you allow the transportation company to drive away with your POV, make sure they have performed an inspection on your vehicle, and provided you with a signed document detailing your POV’s current condition (as of the day you signed the report). This way, even if your POV is damaged (which we hope it will not be damaged in the move), you’ll be able to prove to the transport company and/or insurance that the damage was not your fault. Your insurance company (for example we have USAA) will rely on this report to calculate how much the transport company is responsible for if they have to get involved. Lastly, ensure you clean your POV out completely! Most transport companies will not take responsibility for any lost items left in your POV. This is why you need to remove all personal items.
Just remember to always do your homework and double check the company you choose to ship your POV. We had to use a moving company when we PCSed from Monterey, CA to Fort Bragg, NC in 2012. I was very happy with the results and everything went smooth… Trust your gut, make sure you follow all the steps, and try not to stress too much!