Whether purchasing a car from another state or moving to another state, knowing how to ship your car will save you time and money. Shipping a car from one state to another can be stressful if not dealt with properly. This will explain how to find a transport company, how to get your vehicle ready for the move, and tips to ensure the transaction goes smoothly.
When searching for an auto transport carrier it is important to know what services you need and what services are out there. Research is key. You will need to know basic information such as year, make, and model of your vehicle, pickup location, and drop off location. In addition to basic information you should ask yourself if you have a need for enclosed auto transport. Many auto transport carriers offer this service. This keeps your vehicle shielded from dust, weather, rocks and debris from the road. Enclosed auto transport is ideal for antique vehicles. You should also let the auto transport carrier know if your vehicles is not currently running. A vehicle is considered “inoperable” if it does not start, roll forward and in reverse, turn or steer, or stop when the brakes are applied. Most companies can still transport your car if it is inoperable but will need to know ahead of time so proper equipment is available. Shipping inoperable vehicles may cost slightly more due to this.
Before your car can be transported there are certain things you must do to prepare for the move. You will need to remove all personal effects from your car. It is illegal for carriers to transport cars with household items. It should be known that insurance will not cover loss or damage of goods left inside the vehicle. You should service your vehicle before transportation. Your car should not be leaking any fluids. The gas tank should have a minimum of (1/8) tank of fuel, but no more than (1/4) tank of fuel. All alarm systems must be disconnected, disabled, or turned off. You will need to remove radios, cassette decks or CD players that are not built in, car phones, garage door openers, E-Z passes, non-permanent luggage racks, bike racks, and ski racks. All exterior spare tire covers, grill covers, or car covers must be removed as well and may be locked in the trunk. The next step is the inspection. Your carrier will perform a complete inspection and make a report which you must sign before transporting your vehicle. It is important to carefully inspect your car to ensure it arrives in the same condition it left in. When your vehicle is delivered you will need to sign off on this report. Any damage done during the move will need to be reported immediately so it is important to check your vehicle thoroughly when it arrives.
We also have some tips to ensure your move goes smoothly. Make sure you know exactly how much is covered should there be any damage to your vehicle. We also suggest that your car is clean inside and out. This will make the inspection process faster. A dirty vehicle decreases the ability to perform a quality inspection. Shipping a car to another state does not have to be a difficult process. By knowing what you need and what is available you can have peace of mind while it’s moving!