Get Your Vehicle Ready For Transporting
So you’ve decided to transport your car, what’s next? Now it’s time to prepare your vehicle for transporting.
Preparation of your vehicle is fundamental in ensuring a smooth car transporting experience for you and for our carriers. With proper preparation, you minimize the risk of damage to your vehicle and prevent any additional costs that may occur. We’ve put together the following information and advice to prepare your vehicle for transport. (Checklist print out)
Note Pre-existing Damage Before Transporting
No one knows your vehicle better than you. You’re the first to know about any scratches, dings, and dents on your car when they happen. Noting all pre-existing damage on your vehicle will make it easier for you and carrier to identify new damage on your vehicle if it may occur.
- Wash Your Vehicle: Thoroughly washing your vehicle’s exterior gives you and drive a better visual of any pre-existing damage. You will notice anything that has occurred to your car before transporting by touching it everywhere.
- Record Damage: Take notes of pre-existing damage for your records. Later you will share and compare your notes with the driver.
- Take Pictures: Get pictures and a video (with dates) of pre-existing damage. Be sure to also take pictures of your car from different angles.
- Get Driver Acknowledgement: Share your notes of pre-existing damage with the driver. Have driver acknowledge damage on his bill of lading/inspection report.
No Personal Items Allowed During Transport
By law, vehicle transport companies are not authorized to transport any personal or household items in vehicles they’re transporting. Although some carriers make the exception of allowing under 100 lbs. of items confined in the trunk space, placing personal objects in your car is completely up to your discretion and will not be covered for loss.
Before you leave personal items in your vehicle consider the following: • Items Are Not Insured: Your vehicle is fully insured bumper to bumper against any negligent damage once it’s on our carrier; however, personal items in your vehicle are not.
- Damage to Items May Occur: Vehicles are not completely motionless while in transport. There is small scale movement on the car that could be forceful enough to damage sensible items.
- Carrier Can Deny Transport: If carriers feel a vehicle is not ready for transport because of personal items in the vehicle, carriers can choose not to take the vehicle.
Other items we strongly recommend removing are:
- After Market Items: Unless your vehicle is equipped with these items, we suggest removing custom car stereos, sound systems, TV’s, DVD players, GPS systems etc.
Antennas: Remove or fully retract antennas.
Passes:Carriers transit through numerous tolls as they make their way to delivery. Avoid toll charges by shutting off or removing toll passes from your car.
Operable Condition For Loading And Unloading
During transport, cars are loaded and unloaded various times from the carrier. This is normal procedure to accommodate the other vehicles on the carrier and distribute their weight accordingly. Unless you and our transport specialist discussed your vehicle is inoperable beforehand, all vehicles must be operable and remain operable while in transit which means vehicles must be able to come on and off the carrier on its own power.
A mechanical inspection of the following items should be performed.
- Brakes: Vehicle must have a fully functioning brake system including the emergency brake.
- Battery: Batteries must have a full charge and remain charged. If you’ve had previous battery issues we ask that you replace the battery.
- Ignition: If there’s a process or trick to starting up your car you will need to give those instructions to the driver.
- Gas: Due to safety and weight restrictions we ask for the gas tank to be no more than 1/4 full.
- Tires: Tires need to be fully inflated and must roll.
- Fluids: Top off all vehicle fluids such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and coolant. Check for any fluid leaks. Fluids could leak onto other cars on the carrier and as a result, damage their exterior paint.