Do you intend to move your vehicle into your new place but too busy to drive? Car transport companies are there to transport our vehicles but can we trust them enough? Can they transport our car without dents and scratches? Yes, we do have doubts when it comes to trusting others and taking care of our belongings. But in order for us to have our vehicle delivered as what we expected, it’s important to first prepare your vehicle for the shipping process. Here are some helpful tips for you in preparing your vehicle for shipping.
- Go and have your Car, Washed!
It is important to first wash your car. Why? Because this helps the car to keep it in excellent condition. It prevents contaminants that may adhere your car, such as dust, dirt, pollen, tree sap, bug guts, salt, air-borne pollutants.
But cleaning your car could also help you in identifying scratches and dents before you have your vehicle transported by auto shipping companies. You can make a written record of any chips, dents, scratches or other cosmetic damage. With this, you can easily notice damages that may cause by the car transporting company while having your car shipped.
- Clean and De-Clutter the Vehicle’s Interior
During the shipping, expect that your vehicle will be inspected, loaded and unloaded numerous times. You should clean the interior and remove everything that is not pinned down. Removing all of your car’s’ electronics and their supporting cables, custom stereos, after-market video and DVD players, TVs, GPS Systems, radio faceplates and detachable CD players could reduce the risk of theft.
- Disable Alarms
We all tend to install alarms on our car to prevent it from carnappers or theft but since you will transport your car with an auto transport company, you better turn off or disable your alarm as it causes loud noises when bumped or touched into something that they consider harmful or dangerous. Loud noises could distract or annoy the truck driver which could give you a problem.
- Do Not Fill the Tank
You don’t need to fill up your gas tank as your car will be transported and will not be driven. With an almost-empty tank, your vehicle will be lighter and helps to keep a smooth shipment.
- Check for Leaks
Before your vehicle loaded onto the delivery truck, you have to check leaks or mechanical problems and make sure that the driver knows. If ever there are some leaks, the auto transport company may refuse to do the service. And if your car will be placed on the top rack of a multi-car carrier, fluids will drip on the vehicles placed below.
- Remove Custom Accessories
Car accessories can often extend into areas while in shipping, so to prevent the risk of something damaging, make sure you remove personalized parts or accessories before the vehicle is loaded onto the delivery truck.
Also, fold back your mirrors and retract the antenna. Any specialty items, like fog lights, ground effects or spoilers should be secured or removed.
- Lock the Vehicle After Loading
To reduce the risk of theft while it is being delivered, you should lock your car once it is loaded onto the car shipping truck as there is no reason for it to be opened up until it is delivered.
To be sure that your vehicle is intact and damage-free, better ensure to prepare it before have it transported by a car transport company. By knowing how to prepare a car for transport, you can minimize the risk associated with transporting your vehicle. We don’t just buy cars to let people know that we could afford it, we bought it because we need it for work or for our family get away. So, you better take care of your wheels, as what the quote says,“Money can’t buy happiness but it’s better to cry in a Lamborghini.”
- Paris Smith, Car Transport Express
This guest post is contributed by Paris Smith, who writes about- Helpful Tips in Preparing your Vehicle For Car Transport for Cartransportexpress.com.au.