Shipping a truck across the country is a great way to avoid causing damage to it or increasing its mileage. This is why many professionals in the sales and trade of automobiles will hire an experienced shipping company to handle the relocation of their vehicles. Luckily, these services are cost effective and cheap. Many dealerships will benefit from discounts when they ship multiple vehicles out to the same location at once. However, even without a discount, the rates for shipping a truck cross country are very reasonable and you’re likelier to save money by hiring an expert than you are renting all the necessary equipment to deliver the truck on your own.
Once you’ve found a truck shipping company you trust and you have a date locked in place, start preparing your truck for its journey cross country. The type of shipping process you selected for your truck will determine exactly how the vehicle must be prepped for its delivery. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to prepare the vehicle so that it remains safer as it travels with the transporter.
Tips to Get Your Truck Ready for Delivery.
- Wash the outside of the truck so that there is no dirt or debris. It should shine in the sun and all markings the vehicle may suffer from should be visible.
- Clean out the entire inside of the truck. Make sure there isn’t anything that doesn’t belong with the vehicle left inside. If you chose container shipping methods, this isn’t necessary. Otherwise, make sure you clean out the interior the best you can, leaving only floor mats, a spare tire, and a car jack. Any extra weight may raise the price of the shipping service.
- Take pictures of any damage already done to the truck. Take pictures of its inside and outside. You can refer to these pictures after the shipping process has concluded to see if any further harm was done to the vehicle while it was in the care of the transporter.
- Check all fluids and make sure the fuel tank doesn’t read above a quarter of a tank. Fill all tires with air.
- Gather any documentation asked for by the transport company. This may include the vehicle's title and registration as well as your license.
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.