Preparing Your Vehicle for Transport

Preparing Your Vehicle for Transport

To avoid unnecessary delays and potential damage during transport, there are a few things you should do in order to prepare your car, truck, or van for shipping. Some of these tasks are obvious and you would probably do them anyway. Others are less obvious, but still important in order to make sure that your vehicle rolls off the carrier in the same condition it was when it was driven on board.

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Remove Unnecessary Items

The cell phone charger in the glove box, the jump starter box in the trunk, and the car seats in the back seat might have become a normal part of your car’s functioning, but you need to take them out before the car is shipped. It is important to remove any extra weight sources, since added weight puts pressure on the car’s systems and could damage them when it is on the truck. Besides, you never know when you might need one of the items normally kept in your car, and once it is loaded you will not have access to it again until the trip is over.

Check Systems

Try to schedule your fuel usage so that the tank is less than a quarter full at shipping. The other fluids, however, should be filled to the correct levels, just as if you were going to drive it on a long trip. If there are any mechanical problems or tricks to running your vehicle, don’t forget to tell the shipper! Unknown mechanical issues can create a very dangerous situation during loading or unloading onto the carrier truck. Also, it is critical to notify the shipper of any leaks, as the other cars on the transport could be damaged by leaking fluids from your car.

Don’t forget about your car alarm! Remember to disable it or else make sure the transport company knows how to avoid setting it off.

Document Your Car’s Condition

After a transport job, arguments frequently arise between shippers and customers about whether damage occurred during shipping. To eliminate this confusion, take photographs of your car from different angles and then compare them to the car at the end of the trip to determine whether they match. Check the functioning of the engine, wipers, lights, and other systems to make sure that they are working immediately before transport. Ideally, a representative of the shipping company should be with you during this process to act as an additional witness.


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