Preparing Your Vehicle For Auto Transport Services 

Make auto transport a breeze by knowing what you can do to speed up the process

by Jean  Angelil Friday, April 01, 2011
(Dover, DE) – Hiring auto transport services to ship your vehicle to long distances will require preparing your car for the journey. It is not a good idea to wait for the auto mover to knock on your door and take your vehicle without considering the condition of your vehicle prior to shipping. Unless your vehicle is in the proper state for traveling long distances, you cannot successfully ship the vehicle. By prepping your vehicle before shipping, you ensure that your car will be moved safety as well as maintaining protection for your property.

It is important to note that most auto transport services will only insure certain factors about the vehicles they move. Owners are expected to take care of the rest of the shipping details before the journey.

For a successful move by auto transport services, car owners are advised to empty their vehicles of all personal belongings. Note that most auto transport companies do not offer coverage for theft and damages caused to personal effects within the vehicles during shipping. Removing personal belongings help lighten the load of the vehicle itself, potentially reducing overall shipping costs. Also, auto transport services are not meant to carry more than a certain weight limit, so you would want to make sure that your vehicle stays within the guidelines of the auto movers.

Preparing the exterior of the vehicle is just as important as prepping the interior of the vehicle, especially if it is being shipped to great distances. You want to make sure that no damages will result from the move. If there are any cracks or chips on your windshield, it must be repaired before being shipped. These cracks could easily spread especially if the car is subjected to high wind and in cold weather. Most auto transport services refuse to ship vehicles on long journeys unless certain parts of the vehicles pass inspection. Check for rust on the undercarriage of your car and make all the necessary preparations before subjecting your vehicles for inspection. This way, you cut the inspection time in half.

Calculate the total shipping costs is another vital step in shipping preparations. The entire journey will be subject to fees, including the paths taken to deliver the vehicle to its destination. It is important to remember that the longer the car is shipped on major highways, the less expensive the delivery charge will be.

Both car owners and auto transport drivers will be in charge of evaluating the state of the vehicle before and after shipping. A report will be filled out, indicating the precise condition of the vehicle before it was loaded for transport. When the auto transport services deliver the vehicle, the initial report will be evaluated once more.

If there are damages caused by shipping the vehicle, the auto shipping company’s insurance will provide coverage for repairs. A company that provides ample insurance coverage is a sign of reliability. This means the auto transport services you chose is committed on delivering your vehicle in top conditions, anywhere in the country.

Jean Angelil is a regular contributor and researcher for http://eautotransportservices.com, an online-based information source focused on providing relevant tips and articles about proper car shipping.

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