For many people, the car shipping process is an unfamiliar one. Before you book your vehicle to be transported across the country for your household move, here are some simple tips to help the process run as smoothly as possible.
If you’re searching for an auto shipper online, you will quickly realize that there are hundreds of auto transport companies out there. With so many options in front of you, you may be inclined to just go with the cheapest rate and call it a day. When comparing prices online, pick up the phone and call the company. If you can’t get someone on the phone now, you may not be able to get them on the phone once they have your car.
As you make preparations to move across the country, make tweaks to your vehicle just like you would for yourself to ensure it is able to perform in its new climate and conditions. To prepare your vehicle to run efficiently in its new destination, be sure to research climate factors and tips for cars in that region. This may include checking or changing the engine coolant, transmission oil, and other fluids.
While it may sound like a convenient idea to pack up your car with household items and clothes, this can increase the weight of your car, as well as be a hazard to the hauler driver or other drivers on the road. To ensure no items are moving within the vehicle, you should remove all personal items from the car. This includes CD players that are not built-in, garage door openers, car phones, toll tags, etc.
Before your car is picked up, you should be sure it is clean and ready for inspection. When the hauler driver arrives, he or she will inspect the vehicle for scratches, dents and marks. If your car is not clean, there may be discrepancies that can inhibit your ability to make a claim should anything happen during transit.
If your vehicle has been modified to include a 4x4 lift kit, camper shell, lower vehicle clearance, or similar modification, you will need to disclose that information when you schedule your vehicle to be picked up. Modifications like the ones listed may require additional assistance or special preparation.
When preparing to ship your car, it may seem easier to keep your spare tire cover, grill cover and luggage rack intact. However, vehicle shippers will need you to remove these additional pieces before loading your vehicle on to the hauler. To save time and make the pick-up process as easy as possible, you should remove all covers, racks and other accessories from your car before your vehicle shipping partner arrives.
Your vehicle’s gas tank has an effect on the weight of your car as well as the overall weight of the car hauler. To ensure the hauler transporting your vehicle meets weight requirements for the load, please ensure your vehicle has between one fourth and one half of a tank of gas when it’s picked up.
Plants, hazardous materials and firearms are forbidden by law to be transported. If you store any of these items in your vehicle, please check your trunk, glove box and other compartments so that you can remove them before your vehicle shipper arrives.
While you may feel the need to keep your alarm system engaged while your car is transported across the country, a sounding alarm can disrupt the truck driver and create added time to the transport. Disarming your vehicle’s alarm system during transit will ensure the driver of the hauler will not run into any issue with disarming faulty alarms.
When your vehicle shipper arrives to pick up your car, don’t forget to provide him or her with a set of all keys your car might need, including glove compartment and trunk keys. If your car needs to be moved so another car can be unloaded or inspected during transit, these will come in handy.
The first time you ship a vehicle can be a stressful process, however if you do your research when selecting a vehicle shipping partner and follow the tips provided above, the process should be a simple and worry-free one.
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