Most automobile modifications require the shipping transporter to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate your vehicle. Normally, the prices you see online are meant for vehicles that haven’t been modified. This is why most modifications will attract extra charges apart from the normal shipping charges on the transporters website. So, if your truck has a lift kit or oversize tires, you can ship it, but you need to let us into these details so that we can prepare an accurate shipping cost for you.
In an effort to make a vehicle more personable, and to also enhance its performance, many car owners modify their vehicles. Lifting the car is among the most common changes that car owners make. One of the major reasons why car owners, and especially truck owners lift their vehicle is to install taller tires that are sturdier that can withstand more wear and tear. Some car owners do it for aesthetics and performance.
Apart from lift kits and oversize tires, inform your transporter of any other modifications such as whip style antennas, over extended mirrors, undetachable roof racks, any mechanical issues and any other issues you feel are special to your vehicle.
You should prepare your track for shipping in advance as this gives you ample time to notice any mechanical issues and repair them before the shipping date. Keep reading to learn the essential of preparing your truck for shipping.
Remove custom products and personal items
Your truck will go through inspection where it will be loaded and unloaded several times while in transit. Consequently, the truck will most likely travel unlocked. For safety concerns, therefore, remove any DVD players, TVs, radio faceplates and custom stereos from the truck and ship them separately. Remember, your transporters responsibility is to deliver your truck and not your personal items. And again, truck transporters are licensed to transport automobiles not goods, so to avoid penalties, transporters won’t transport your truck if it has any personal items. Also, the automotive transporters insurance covers the vehicle and not any other items. And the last reason why you should remove all your personal items from the truck is because they will add to the weight of the truck thus impact on price and speed of service.
Prepare the truck for transport
Though your truck will be driven minimally to load it, it should be mechanically sound and in good driving condition. Although inoperable vehicles can be shipped, you must inform the transporter beforehand so that they can make the necessary arrangements. That said, it’s imperative to perform the necessary maintenance checks before the pickup day. This list entails necessary preparations for your truck.
- You must top off all fluids in the truck
- Ensure the battery is fully charged and the tires fully inflated.
- Since an almost-empty tank will cut on weight and keep your shipment moving quickly, run down your gas tank to an eighth or a quarter full.
- Keep inspecting the truck for a few weeks before shipment. Inform your transporter in case of arising mechanical problems or leaks. Automotive that are leaking are never placed on the top rack of the carrier since they will drip on the vehicles below. For multi-carriers, trucks are usually on the lowest rack.
- You should have an extra set of keys from the truck so that you will give the driver one set and remain with the other.
- If the truck has mechanical problems and requires special steps to start it on and off, document these and hand them over the driver. Also, write down any other peculiarities needed when handling the truck.
- Prepare the truck for the new climate by giving the driver what it needs. Things such as some transmission oil and engine coolants.
- Before loading the truck, make sure your transporter has working contact details to reach you throughout the trucks relocation.
Have you secured everything? Are all your personal items out? Have you informed your transporter of any modifications in your truck? After making sure all these are complete, the next and the last thing is to make sure you’re present on the day of offloading so that you can sign the bill of landing to confirm the condition report of your truck. If you’re not available on the offloading day, you can always send a trusted representative to stand in the gap.
We ship everything from trucks to luxury vehicles and other automotives. In case you have more questions, feel free to contact us.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.