Preparing your car or truck for shipping

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 22.01.2011

Preparing Your Car Or Truck For Shipping

Shipping your vehicle, for a first time auto shipper, can be a bit of a chore. There are however some steps that you can take to make your auto sipping experience run much smoother. Shipping a car or truck can be fast and easy if you follow these simple steps:

Make sure that your car is clean. This will help you and the shipping company easily inspect the car together to note any existing damage on the car. Knowing the exact condition of the car at pick up is important. This will make the final inspection run much more smoothly.

Check to see that your car is running properly. This means that the car is in working condition and that the battery has a charge. There may be reason for your auto transporter to move your vehicle from one place to another. While they will likely have a means other than the cars own power to do this, it is easiest if the car runs. If your car does not run make sure to notify your shipper before pick up.

Remove all exterior attachments. This includes bike racks, spare tire covers, and even your car antenna if it does not retract. This is for the safety of your car, the other cars on the car carrier, and anyone driving on the highway near the car carrier. Anything that can easily be knocked off, or that can damage another car on the carrier should be removed. You should also remove any personal belongings that may be inside the vehicle. This includes global positioning systems, removable radios, and anything else that can reasonably be removed. The shipping company’s insurance will not want to be responsible for anything other than your vehicle and chances are that they won’t be.

Make sure that your car does not leak fluid of any variety. Be sure to check your coolant, brake fluid, oil, and any other fluid that your car may have. Your car may be on top of a car carrier and leaky fluids could drip onto lower cars. Some fluids are vary harmful to the environment and other cars and you wouldn’t want to have your vehicle damaged by someone else’s leaky car. Make sure that you show the other vehicle owners the same respect that you expect from them.

Have your keys ready. If there is a separate key for the trunk or anything else on your vehicle make sure to turn over a complete set of keys when you drop off your car or truck or when it is picked up from you. It is also important that you make sure that you disarm or, even better, disconnect your alarm system.

When you prepare ahead of time shipping an automobile does not have to be a difficult task. If you follow these quick tips before shipping your car, truck, or van you should save yourself some time and possibly some unneeded headaches.

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