PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR TRANSPORT

Posted On: Tuesday July 1st, 2014

You have selected a carrier and your car is set to be shipped - an important thing to do is to prepare your auto for shipping. This is important because it will help to protect your vehicle during transport and help you avoid some expenses or headaches later on.

You can check your auto insurance policy to see if the car will be covered while in transit. Be sure to speak with the broker about coverage as carriers are required to have certain limits on their policies. It is also good to know if your car will be shipped on an open or closed carrier.

It is recommended that you wash the car exterior of your car and clean the interior. Doing this will make it easier for you to inspect the car when it is picked up and also when it's delivered. Record and photograph any damage observed during your inspection even though you will receive a Bill of Lading.

It is wise to remove custom items such as stereos or DVD players or CDs and DVDs as well as personal items.-It is also recommended that you remove toll tags and parking passes if possible that might be charged in error while the car is being transported. It is crucial, as well, to disengage the alarm system.

Perform a maintenance check so your car will be ready to drive once it is delivered. Make certain that the battery has a full charge and that the tires are properly inflated. Carriers require a gas tank that is no more than one quarter full and also remember to check that no fluids are leaking.

Finally, for on- and off-loading, provide a little more TLC by folding back mirrors, retracting the antenna, and wrapping removable parts (like spoilers, fog lights, and side mirrors) with a protective covering.

Remember - whatever you can do to make this any easy process will be helpful.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING FROM PEOPLE YOU SPEAK TO WHO SAY THAT:

  • WE HAVE OUR OWN TRUCKS
  • WE GUARANTEE PRICING
  • WE GUARANTEE THE PICK UP DATE
  • WE HAVE A TRUCK RIGHT IN YOUR AREA or
  • WE NEED A DEPOSIT UP FRONT
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