How to Prepare Your Car for Shipping
While it may not be the most pleasant experience, vehicle shipping is sometimes necessary, whether you are moving, going to an auto show, or shipping it for sale. For many automobile owners, shipping can seem hazardous and stressful. However, it doesn't have to be. You can do a few things before shipping your car across the county or to the other side of the globe, things that will give you peace of mind during the whole process. Without further ado, here is how to prepare your car for shipping.
Perform A Close Inspection
Do a check of your vehicle in the days before loading to protect yourself and ensure you and the auto shipping business are on the same page. Make sure that your car is in good working order. Take photographs of your vehicle from every angle and note any damages. You'll have visual proof and documentation of the vehicle's condition if you have any issues later. Record any dings, scratches, dents, or other minor damage and write down where those damages are.
The best thing you can do to prepare your car for shipping is to take pictures to be sure it arrived in the same state that it was shipped.
Repeat the procedure when your car gets to its destination. If you are not there, you can have someone else do it. Examine the vehicle for paint chips, new scratches, or dents to determine if you need to make a claim. You'll have supporting proof for any damage claims with your earlier images. Auto-shipping providers will assess your vehicle to look for any existing damage. The information will be documented on the vehicle's inspection report or Bill of Lading. You and the company's representative will sign the BOL to demonstrate that both parties agree. This protects both you and the firm from erroneous damage claims.
Protect Your Vehicle
When you ship your car, it will be transported whit a specialized motor vehicle carrier. There are several kinds of motor vehicle carriers. From open transport vehicles to enclosed cargo trucks. Both of these forms of transport are divided into three subcategories:
- Single vehicle
- Single level; multi-vehicle
- Multi-level; multi-vehicle
If you have a vintage, premium, or antique automobile, a covered trailer may be preferable to an open trailer. Choosing the top level of any multi-level transport carrier will shield your vehicle from any fluids that may leak from other cars and road debris that may be kicked up during transit. This will all depend on the type of vehicle you want to transport. You may also want to consider placing your vehicle cover if possible. If you choose an open transport carrier, you may add some protection to your outside without spending a lot of money. Just make sure you can fasten the cover down securely.
Store The Unnecessary Parts Or Your Vehicles
When you decide to ship your vehicle, you need to do the opposite of packing. To make your car as secure as possible, you should remove anything unnecessary. It would be best to take out all personal things and valuables from the vehicle. It would not hurt to do a thorough cleaning of the inside of your car so that you don't forget anything. The car transport business is not liable for the contents of your vehicle, and you don't want anything to be damaged during the loading and unloading procedure.
Rent a storage unit for all of the extra car parts you take out of your car to keep them safe.
Once you remove any car parts that are not essential for the car's use, you will need to store them and ensure to keep sensitive pieces safe. You should do this because the carrier may have difficulties due to the additional weight. Fuel, time, and stability in a huge transport truck are all reliant on the weight ratio of the cargo, and if everyone left stuff in their vehicles, the weight of the shipment might be jeopardized.
Make Sure You Have The Right Amount Of Fuel In The Tank
You must have enough gas to drive the car once it arrives at its destination, but not so much that it adds too much weight to the carrier.
You may think that your vehicle does not need any gasoline since it will be parked for the duration of the journey. That is, for the most part, correct. However, you may want to have a quarter of the tank full. We must mention that depending on the state of the car and how old it is, the amount of fuel you will need may vary. It ensures that you can pick your car up after it reaches its destination without adding too much weight. If you are not the one picking up the car, make sure you communicate with the receiver about how much petrol will be in the tank at the time of pickup. Depending on how far they need to drive the car, they'll know sooner or later whether they need to refuel.
Additionally, to preserve the life of your battery, the auto shipping firm may request that you disconnect it before shipping. Even if the shipping company doesn't ask you to turn the battery off, you may want to do it anyways. This ensures that your vehicle will be ready to drive at the time of pickup and that you will not be trapped with a dead battery. However, if you detach the battery, be sure to speak with the carrier. They'll know it needs to be reconnected when it arrives. If the battery has been disconnected, discuss it with the individual picking up the car, just as you would with fuelling.
Now you know how to prepare your car for shipping. It takes some time and planning, but it's not that difficult once you know what you need to do. If you are interested in making a car donation go to cars2charities.org to learn more about how to donate your vehicle. To donate your vehicle is a fast, easy and free process! Contact Cars2Charities today at 855-520-2100.