5 Things to do to get your vehicle ready for auto shipping.
Shipping your car but don't have a clue on how to do it? Follow these 5 simple steps to get your vehicle ready for auto shipping:
1. Do Your Research
Google has all the answer to which auto shipping company is the best for your needs. You will usually find what you're looking for as you get to the company websites. If not, then you can call them directly to discuss some specific quotes. See what other people are saying about a particular auto shipping company. Are they rated highly on trusted review sites such as Better Business Bureau? Do they respond in a timely manner in case of emergencies?
2. Brush Up On The Auto Shipping Process
At the least, you should have a working knowledge about what an auto shipping company does, and how they ship out your vehicle from start to finish. Transit time is relevant in this case. Other features such as Next Day Pick-Up is usually around 3 to 5 days (depending on your location), but there's no guarantee. Almost all great auto transport companies have standard regulations and requirements. Print out a list of the requirements and follow them. Ask questions if some are unclear to you.
3. Perform A Maintenance Check
Your vehicle should be in good condition before you send it off for transport. If this is impossible, then let the automotive shipping company know in advance so they can make the necessary preparations. Here's a checklist to get you started:
- Tires should be fully inflated and the battery should have a full charge.
- Run the gas tank to an eighth or quarter full. A light tank is easier to transport, making the shipping process faster.
- Top off all fluids.
- List down mechanical problems. Don't forget to include any special instructions for when they're driving it on and off the vehicle trailer. Give it directly to the driver.
- Inspect your vehicle for any mechanical issues or leaks the week before shipment.
4. Remove Personal Items and Custom Installs
You should know that your car will undergo a number of loading, unloading and inspections before it arrives at the final destination. Deactivate and/or remove all parking passes or toll tags that could accumulate charges as it passes through checkpoints.
Remove detachable CD players, radio faceplates, GPS systems, mobile TVs and custom stereos to minimize theft. Check and see if there's any personal items that aren't covered by insurance. Any packed items should be taken out as well to prevent it banging and shifting during transport.
5. Prepare For On and Off Loading
Convertibles should have the top up and secured to prevent moisture and air from coming in. It also prevents debris from entering your vehicle. For extra protection, you can install a wind-resistant tarp on top. Don't forget to fold back your mirrors and retract extensions such as antennas and the like. Specialty items such as spoilers, ground effects and fog lights may be removed, then put back later.
Last but not the least, deactivate your car alarm. As a side note, you can leave instructions on how the driver can turn it off in case it gets triggered.