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Preparing Your Vehicle For Transport

Prepare Your Car for Transport

Helpful tips to prepare your car to be transported:

So the time has come, you’re vehicle will soon be loaded onto an auto carrier to be shipped. But do you need to do anything beforehand? What should you do to prepare your vehicle prior to transport? No fear, we have compiled a list of tips to help your auto shipment go smoothly.

  • Get a quick car wash – While you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on this car wash, it is good to have a clean car. Why? You will be asked to preform an inspection of your vehicle before it is loaded onto the carrier. Dirt can sometimes mask scratches and scuffs on a vehicle. It is important that the inspection at the origin is accurate to ensure that both you, the customer, and the driver are protected from any damages along the way.
  • Fix any leaking fluids – This is especially true if you are shipping your car on an open carrier because your vehicle may be above another. No one wants to receive their car with oil spots and paint damage from a leaky car that was also on the truck. Since you may not know if your vehicle will be on the top or bottom rack of the carrier and this spot may change throughout the shipment, it is best to follow the old saying: “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” Fix your leaky fluids and hopefully karma will protect your car’s paint from the leaking fluids of another.
  • Have a bit of gas -Don’t go fill up your gas tank in preparation for the shipment. In fact, it is better to have somewhere between an eighth and a quarter of a tank of gas. This is because you will obviously need gas in the vehicle start the ignition in order to load and unload the vehicle. You don’t want to have a full tank of gas because this will add extra weight to the truck. While it might not directly affect your vehicle, it could mean your shipment is delayed if the truck is found to be overweight.
  • Tie down or remove any loose or low-hanging parts -Drive a convertible? Make sure the top is adequately secured at the time of shipment. Have a loose fender? Make sure it isn’t going anywhere or consider removing it. Aftermarket kits added to your vehicle? Consider removing them. Stuff in the bed of your pickup? Remove it. While it may seem silly, parts flying off of vehicles is a common problem.  If there is anything on your vehicle that seems like it may detach at highway speeds, remove it. You don’t want to be responsible for any damage or accidents caused by something that fell off of your car.
  • Do not put extra stuff in your car -I know it is very tempting to use your car as a method to ship those extra car parts or last few boxes while you’re moving, but don’t. And if you do, get approval first. Why? Yet again the weight issue, each truck has a specific amount that they can weigh. When they go through weigh stations and are overweight, they are fined and sometimes detained. Also, carriers that transport automobiles typically do not have an authority to transport freight. They can be fined and detained if they are found carrying freight. A driver can also refuse to transport the extra ‘stuff’ and even your vehicle if you insist that they take on the liability of more than your vehicle.