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10 Helpful Tips to Prepare for Car Transport

The idea of shipping a vehicle a long distance can feel intimidating. Where does one even start with this process? And who can you trust to transport such a prized possession? After all, it is your car. Well, don’t fret. We’ve put together a little checklist so you’re plenty prepared to tackle this transportation process.


Get Started Right Away

Getting a vehicle shipped across the country takes time. Unfortunately, car carriers have to abide by speeding laws just like any other car on the road. Knowing that the journey can be long, it’s best to schedule your transport trip as soon as possible. Below is a sampling of estimated time frames:

In-state Delivery: 1-3 days.

Up to 1000 miles: 3-5 days.

1000-1250 miles: 4-5 days.

1250-2000 miles: 6-8 days

2000-3000 miles: 7-9 days.

3000 Miles and Above: 9-11 Days.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Sending your car on a long trip is reason enough alone to get it all cleaned up. Both on the inside and out. Plus, having a sparkly clean vehicle will show any of its permanent dents, scratches, or other damage. You’ll want this noted before turning it over.

Furthermore, cross-country or multi-state travel can be long, and at times, quite bumpy. Therefore, it’s best to make sure there are no loose items floating around inside the vehicle. With the sometimes bouncy ride you want to ensure nothing is able to be broken. Among the items to be mindful of are air fresheners, pocket change, and electronics like phone chargers.

Examine Your Vehicle

Be sure to conduct a careful review of your vehicle. This way you can identify any blemishes or damage before handing off your car to be shipped. In the interest thoroughness, it’s wise to all check your tire pressure and under the vehicle. All car leaks should be addressed prior to its long-distance.

Get Rid of Personalized Accessories

Custom additions to the car like spoilers and antennae are excellent personal touches but are susceptible to loss or damage. Rather than risk loss, it’s best to remove them prior to shipping.

Take the Step to Empty the Tank

In contrast to rental car services, for shipping, it’s actually best to situate the car at a quarter tank of gas or even less. The more fuel the more weight to the cargo which is less desirable. Since the car is simply being dropped off, fuel is not really necessary.

Select the Pick-Up Option

By choosing Door-to-Door transport, the driver can pick the vehicle directly up from your home or another nearby location. Though, depending on your whereabouts, the Door-to-Door option is not always available. See, not every neighborhood allows for these kind of trucks.

Conduct a Formal Inspection with Driver

The driver will do an examination of the vehicle at the time of pick-up. It’s important that you communicate with the driver about any current damage. You’re the most familiar with the issues of your automobile. Please make sure the driver is aware of them.

Be Sure to Take the Step of Locking the Car and Disarming the Alarm

There’s no need for anybody to enter your vehicle during the shipment process. Consequently, make sure it’s locked before it’s loaded on the truck. Even more importantly, disable the alarm so it doesn’t get activated every time the truck hits a bump during the long trek.

Take a Deep Breath, Be Patient

The most important part of the shipment process is ensuring the safety of your vehicle. With that in mind, it’s key for you to remain patient during this time. Weather and road conditions can be unpredictable and alter shipment time-frames. Plus, there are regulations preventing trucks from going too far in one single day. Before the carrier leaves, you’ll be given the driver’s number. This way you can contact them directly to track your car’s whereabouts. Dispatch agents are also available.

The Final Step is Retrieving the Vehicle

It’s your responsibility to coordinate with the driver regarding when and where you can pick up your vehicle. Make certain that the designated pick-up spot can be accessed by truck. Generally, parking lots and wide streets are selected.

Once you meet the driver with your vehicle, do a full inspection with him. At that point, update the Bill of Lading if it’s required. Note: the Bill of Lading is the contract between you and the driver and works as your receipt.

There you have it, make sure you do all of these and the process will be a breeze!