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Preparing a Car for Transport

You are solely responsible for preparing your car for shipment. Getting your car prepared for transport ensures that everything goes well with your shipment. It does not take too much time; however do get some additional tips from your car mover.

Prevent damages and claims

Getting your car adequately prepared for transportation is the easiest and best way to avoid damages and also to ensure that delivery is done on time. The first step is to check for any damage that may be pre-existing and document the same. This can be easily done in four steps:
  1. Get the car thoroughly washed
  2. Keep written records of any cosmetic damage including nicks, dings and chips.
  3. Get close-up photographs of any existing damage of the car as well shots from different angles of ay damaged.
  4. Chronicle the written record and the photographs.
Check the car and the trunk and make sure no personal items are left behind. An insurance policy of the moving company does not cover items that are left inside the vehicle, so make sure you clear out your car completely.

Check for mechanical issues

The next thing to be done is to check that your car is free from any mechanical problems so that it can be safely transported. Cars that have mechanical issues are more likely to cause unforeseen damages and delays, so do make sure that these few basic maintenance checks are carried performed before your car is shipped out:
  1. Inflate the tires properly and ensure that the battery is fully charged.
  2. Make sure all the necessary fluids are topped off and the gas tank is emptied to less than a quarter or even one-eight of its capacity. A tank that is almost empty helps decrease the total weight of the car and moves the shipment along faster.
  3. For at least a few weeks before the shipment, keep a constant check on the vehicle and make sure the driver is aware of any mechanical problems that may exist.
  4. All mechanical problems as well as any special steps that are needed for driving your car onto as well as off the trailer or any problems stopping or starting your car should be documented and these instructions given to the driver.
Prepare for on and off loading

Finally, your car needs to be prepared for loading off as well as on to the trailer or truck of the car moving company. Take necessary steps to protect the exterior as well the interior of your car so that your car can be transported safely and easily.

If your car is a convertible, it is important that the top should be well sealed and secured to prevent damage from moisture, debris or air. If the top cannot be secured, make sure to provide some extra protection by adding a tarp that is wind-resistant.

Mirrors should be folded back and antennae retracted. All specialty items including spoilers, ground effects or fog lights should be removed or secured. The radio faceplate should be removed if possible.

Last but not least the car alarm should be disabled. If it cannot be disabled make sure your driver has detailed, written instructions on how the alarm is to be turned off in the event that it gets accidently triggered off.