The Dos and Don’ts of Car Shipping

Transporting a car is a necessary service for many people that are moving far distances. If you are having your car shipped, it is important that you properly prepare your vehicle. There are a variety of “do’s” and “dont’s” that need to be understood before shipping your car.

Do Have Your Car Serviced 
Before you ship your car, you should have it professionally serviced. This process should include getting an oil change, checking the battery, and making sure all fluid levels are appropriate. Doing this will ensure your car is ready once it arrives at the destination.

Don’t Ignore Insurance 
Many people do not think about their auto insurance when they are shipping their cars. Unfortunately, not all policies will cover your car when it is in transit. It is important to confirm that you have appropriate insurance in place when shipping your car.

Do Check for Damage 
When you are going to take your car in, you should make sure that you check your entire car for damage. You should make not of every scratch and dent and then have this confirmed by the transport service. This will help to confirm any subsequent damage took place while the vehicle was in the hands of the transportation service.

Don’t Forget Your Personal Belongings 
Before you are taking your vehicle in to be shipped, you need to carefully make sure that all personal belongings are removed. If you do not have them properly removed, they could easily be lost or damaged during the transportation process. You should make sure that all items, not matter how small, are completely taken out.

Do Check the Tires 
Before you take your vehicle to the auto transport service, it is important to check your tire pressure. If tire pressure is too low, the tire could deflate to the point where the entire vehicle will be rested on the wheels. Since this can cause damage even when the car is not in motion, you should make sure that you have plenty of tire pressure before shipping your car.

Don’t Fill Up Gas all the Way
While you will want to make sure that you have good tire pressure, you do not necessarily need to have a lot of gas. Ideally, you should not ship your car with more than half of a tank of gas. If you have more than this in the tank, it could increase the chances of a leak or other issue.

Finally, it is important to simply follow the rules. All car transportation services have a set of rules that need to be abided by before shipping your car. If you do not follow these rules, the transport service may not be held responsible if there is any damage.