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How to Prepare your Car for Shipping

Are you moving and planning on taking your vehicle with you? Then it would probably be wise to hire a company to ship your car instead of driving it yourself all that way. You will be happy to learn that Long Distance USA Movers offers reliable auto transport services. But do you know how to prepare a car for shipping before giving it to your chosen company? It’s easy, simply follow these steps and you can’t go wrong.

Start Preparing Your Car for Shipping by Washing It

The first step you should take to prepare your vehicle for the auto transport company is washing it. Be as thorough as possible. The reason behind this is not purely aesthetic. A clean car is easier to inspect for damage, which is precisely what your next step should be.

Check the Vehicle for Damage

Once the car is clean, carefully inspect it to check for any forms of damage. This can include scratches, tears, dents, rust, or pretty much any other imperfection. Make a list of everything you notice and take photos. Once you get your vehicle back, it will be easier to determine whether there is any new damage to the car. Just to be sure, you should also give a copy of the list with the photos of the damage to your auto transporter.

Remove Personal Belongings, Custom Gadgets, and Flammable Products

Your next task is to remove pretty much anything that can be removed from the vehicle. This especially includes personal belongings of higher value, either monetary or sentimental. Make sure you didn’t leave anything in your trunk or glove compartment and remove any custom-made add-ons. It is also strictly prohibited to transport any illegal or flammable products along with your vehicle, so remove them as well. Don’t forget: a car shipping company is licensed to ship cars, and that doesn’t include pieces of furniture in the trunk or valuable belongings.

Final Steps Before Shipping

Although the majority of work has been done now, there are still a few minor tasks you should make sure to take care of. These include topping off all fluids, checking if the brakes work, leaving only one-quarter of the gas tank full, checking the air in the tires, and doing a general checkup for leaks. 

Prepare for Auto Transport in Advance

It is crucial that you start the preparations a couple of days in advance. You never know what could go wrong, so it is a good idea to have a few days of extra time just in case. There are several things that, although unlikely to happen, could surely hinder the whole transportation process.

Relocation Problems

If you are moving your home, the car transport process will likely be directly tied to the moving process. This means that any issues arising on the moving side could impact the transport of your car. 

A Boss You Don’t Like Won’t Give You Leave

If you haven’t signed up for free days on the shipping dates, you might end up being stuck at work. This means that you won’t be able to be present for car pick-up and/or delivery. But don’t worry, you can always assign someone else to do it for you. All you have to do is let us know in advance.

Worst Case Scenario: Cancelled Vehicle Shipping 

Although this practically never happens, it is still a theoretical possibility. Your shipment might get canceled or postponed if, for example, the auto carrier breaks down or if the weather conditions make it impossible to drive. 

Have you taken all the steps to prepare your vehicle for shipping? Then what are you waiting for – give our moving company a call and let us do the job for you. Our car transport services are convenient, quick, and reliable, just like our moving, storage, and packing services are. Give us a call today to find out more and get your price estimate. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

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