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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:
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.
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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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.
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 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.
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.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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