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How To Prepare Your Car For Transport On Moving Day

What's in this article?
  1. Preparing Your Car For Transport On Moving Day
  2. Wash Your Car
  3. Inflate Tires Properly
  4. Clean The Interior And Remove Clutter
  5. Do Not Fill Your Gas Tank
  6. Inspect The Car
Inspect The Car

Preparing Your Car For Transport On Moving Day

Having a moving company on moving day to transport your car can be a welcome relief. Fatigue from weeks of planning and packing other belongings cannot allow you to drive across different states. Moreover, shipping the car reduces wear and tear as well as fuel utilization. In the same way that you prepped your household goods, you must also get your car ready. On moving day, the shipping company staff will load the car into a truck and deliver it to your new destination.

Follow the tips below before the movers come for the vehicle:

Wash your car

Have your car washed thoroughly in a nearby auto cleaning garage. Alternatively, clean it yourself and save the cash. The rationale behind this action is that when transported clean, you can quickly identify damage during shipping.

Inflate tires properly

Transporting a car with over-inflated or under-inflated tires poses the same risk as those faced by those driving under similar circumstances. Having low or high tire pressure can damage your tires. Problems occur when the shipper is loading or unloading the car. By inflating your vehicle tires accurately, you avoid possible costly repairs that were not in your budget.

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Prepare Your Car For Transport On Moving Day

Clean the interior and remove clutter

Despite being safely fastened to the floor of the automobile carrier, you cannot rule out jostling on some road patches. If you leave some things inside, the movement will toss them around. Therefore, clean your car’s interior. Also remove all stuff that lies loose such as the coins you kept as spare change, air freshener, shoes, and umbrella.

Do not fill your gas tank

Avoid filling up the tank with gas. Despite the desired motive, a full gas tank not only makes the car heavy but also adds weight to the entire consignment. The auto transporter might end up picking a fine at the weighing scale and decide to pass that cost to you. Leave a sufficient amount to allow for loading and offloading from the trailer.

Inspect the car

Inspect your car one last time once you have cleaned both the exterior and interior. Check for paint chips, dents or scratches. Take photos using a digital camera or just use your smartphone. Make sure you date the images. Save copies on a desktop and send yourself an email with the pictures as an attachment.

Moving day brings excitement as well as anxiety. You can focus so much on packing your belongings such that you forget the car. Wash it to enable you to stay on the lookout for minor damage during transit that is not easy to spot on a dusty car. Check that your tire pressure is correct; not too high or low. Remove anything that loosely lies inside the vehicle. Since you will not be driving, auto transporters load it into their car carriers specially made for that purpose. A full tank translates to additional weight. Check the vehicle one last time paying attention to dents and scratches. Take photos for comparison purposes.

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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.

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