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Prepare Your Vehicle

When preparing to ship your valuable vehicle across the country, it is best to take steps to ensure a safe and successful move. While our drivers are responsible for transporting the car to its new home, it is up to you to prepare the vehicle for transport before the driver’s arrival.

Prepare Your Vehicle

We have outlined everything that needs to be taken care of before pickup day. By following these easy steps, you will avoid many of the issues that can arise in transit:

  • Carry out any necessary car maintenance. Have a mechanic check your fluids, brakes, battery & electrical systems to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. Check that the tires are properly inflated, and repair or seal any fluid leaks. If repair is not an option, make sure to let us know if you have fluid leaks to avoid leaking onto someone else’s car.
  • Wash the exterior. A spotless exterior is important for the next few steps of the car shipping process. If you give the car a good clean now, it saves you work upon delivery. Plus, it is always nice to have a clean car.
  • Complete a visual inspection. Check for any existing dents, scratches, discolorations, or paint chips. Cleaning your car before inspection was a crucial step, as dirt, dust, and grime can hide these marks. It is unlikely that your automobile will become damaged in the shipping process. However, it is better to be prepared to recognize any possible new damage.
  • Photograph the car for your records. In addition to noting any existing damage, you may want to photograph any scratches, dents & paint chips. Take the pictures from various angles and ensure they are of good quality. You can use the images, in combination with any notes, to assist in completing the condition report. It may also be beneficial to note the odometer reading of your car. Your automobile should not be driven often during transport, except to get your vehicle on and off the transport truck.
  • Secure the vehicle exterior. If you have any removable parts, you will want to either secure them or remove them from your vehicle altogether. This includes such items as removable ski, bike, and luggage racks. Consider retracting antennas, and folding in side-view mirrors as well as removing any custom spoilers. If your vehicle is a convertible, ensure that the top is secured enough to prevent weather damage.
  • Remove personal items. Clean out your automobile’s interior, including the trunk of all personal items. Do not forget to grab your GPS and car charger in the process. Removal of personal items eliminates the risk of theft, loss or damage. During transport, your vehicle may move around a bit. Therefore, personal items, left in your car could get tossed around, causing unnecessary damage to your car and to the items themselves.
  • While all personal items should be removed for insurance and safety purposes, some items can be kept in your vehicle. These items include the spare tire, emergency kit, jack, and hand tools.
  • Deactivate or remove automatic parking passes or toll tags. You are not going to need these items doing transport. If you leave your toll tag on your vehicle, it may collect the fees of every toll that your car passes through.
  • Note any special quirks or mechanical problems with your vehicle and notify us prior to the pickup of your vehicle. Although your car will be driven minimally during auto transport, these notes will be important for driving your car on and off the carrier.

These steps may seem tedious and unnecessary now. However, they will save you time and money in the long run. Not only will your car be ready for the arrival of the driver, but it will be ready to drive safely upon delivery at it’s new home.