Transporting vehicles from one place to another is not an easy task. Auto transport companies deal with hundreds of vehicles each day and there is much work involved in preparing the vehicle for transport. As a vehicle owner, you can do your part to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for transport, thereby reducing the additional time that would otherwise be taken to handle the process.
Tips To Prepare Your Vehicle For Transport
- Be sure to wash the vehicle before you hand it over to the shipping company. This will help you a lot during the inspection of the vehicle as dust and dirt can hide bumps and scratches. When your vehicle is clean, it is easier to inspect it for damages and insurance.
- Clear out the interior of the vehicle. If things are left jostling around, they can damage your car. Therefore, remove anything that isn’t buttoned down or fixed to the car. This includes loose change, power cables, chargers and even air fresheners.
- Remove all alarms or disable them. Subtle movements can set off the alarm while your vehicle is in transit, and this is not going to go well with the driver of the truck if it happens.
- Make sure that the tank of the vehicle is empty. Remember that your vehicle is being transported to your new home and not driven, and you do not need to add to the weight and risk of transporting the car by adding fuel to it.
- Check the undercarriage for any noticeable leaks before you get your vehicle loaded into the truck. If you notice a leak, get it repaired so that it does not result in oil dripping on to the vehicle just below yours.
- Check for tyre inflation to make sure that there is no risk of damage to it. If the tyres are under inflated or over inflated, the risk of damage is just as much as when on roads.
- Remove all custom accessories from your car before it is loaded into the truck. This will prevent the risk of anything breaking in transit. This includes car stereos and mobile accessories that might have been fitted.
- Finally, when your vehicle is loaded into the truck, be sure to lock it. This will reduce the chance of any sort of theft while it is in transit.