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How to Reduce the Risk of Damage in Transit

What's in this article?
  1. Ensure The Vehicle Is Packed Safely
  2. Immobilization For Safety Measures
  3. Providing Safety For Both The Inside And Outside Of The Vehicle
  4. Alternate Methods To Protect Your Vehicle During Transport
  5. Check The Weather
  6. Don't Discount The Possibility Of Attempted Carjackings
  7. Always Verify Information With Past Customers
  8. Common Damage During Transport
  9. Arrange Necessary Paperwork
  10. Conclusion
How to Reduce the Risk of Damage in Transit

It should come as no surprise that people desire to transport their vehicles with as little transit damage as is humanly possible, given the magnitude of the investment and purchase involved in doing so.

However, successfully moving an expensive car requires more than selecting the appropriate shipping firm. If you took additional steps, it would help ensure that your vehicle is transported securely and without incurring any damage.

Transporting a vehicle across the country is almost always an expensive ordeal. The risks of transit damage become even more significant when you are transporting high-end vehicles.

When transporting a vehicle, the following are some of the safety measures that should be observed.


Ensure the Vehicle Is Packed Safely

When the vehicle is not in motion, it should be secured with safety restraints such as chains and straps and loaded onto an open bed or trailer.

If you are transporting the vehicle using a truck, you should make sure that the cab is clear of any items that could move around. Use ropes and netting to keep everything in place.

Moving a pricey vehicle may be difficult, especially if the vehicle in question is a collectible classic, such as an American muscle car.

Take special care around on-ramps and other structures of a similar nature. Put some protection materials like wood or rubber on any sharp corners that could cause harm to your vehicle, especially those corners that are on the outside of the vehicle.

Immobilization for safety measures

To begin, a significant number of clients are concerned that their vehicle may shift from side to side or even be rotated 90 degrees while being transported due to road bumps. Because of this, immobilization is one of the most effective methods for keeping a vehicle safe.

Once the vehicle is loaded into the trailer, a shipping company will frequently employ a number of tie-down ratchets or wheel straps as an additional layer of safety precaution.

In terms of the method, the majority of car carriers employ a configuration with two in the front and two in the back.

During transportation, it is very important to ensure that the stress points and sensitive sections of the car are protected.

When it comes to shipping cars, professionals at reputable companies know which parts of the car need special care and how to give it. This is true no matter what size or shape the car is.

The make and model of the automobile are, of course, another reason for the particular mountings and directions that are given.

When transporting vintage or luxury automobiles, shipping companies take care not to add any unnecessary weight to the vehicle.

On the other hand, in order to bear the additional force, heavier vehicles such as military trucks call for ratchets and straps that are both thicker and more robust.

Some prospective customers are concerned about road debris flying up and hitting their automobiles when they are driving down the road. If a stone is kicked up by the cars in front of the carrier truck, it could hit the front of the rig and cause damage.

Usually, it is the front end of the truck that is susceptible to damage by road debris. The vehicles that are on the carrier behind it are safe.

Some customers, due to their misgivings, request a car cover because they are concerned about the possibility of their vehicle being damaged by road debris.

However, there's no surefire way to keep a car covered while it's being moved. If a customer tries to attach a cover to their vehicle using straps or other fasteners, it's possible they will cause the very harm they are hoping to avoid.

Some external variables, such as the strength of the wind when the vehicle is in motion, may cause some of the cover's corners to get dislodged or for a strap to become untied and flap against the car.

Providing Safety for Both the Inside and Outside of the Vehicle

During the shipping process, you will want to ensure that every exterior component of your vehicle is given adequate protection. To ensure this, if your vehicle has any components that can be removed, you should either fasten them in place or take them out totally.

This includes items that can be removed quickly and are secured using means such as tape, bubble wrap, or covers. You might want to think about making the antennas retractable and folding them into the side-view mirrors.

Do not forget to clear the interior of the vehicle as well; this is quite important. Because the roads are so uneven, the automobile is prone to jolting and shaking when traveling over extended distances.

Remove any accessories that have a weak hold, such as air fresheners, spare change, pens, cables, and so on. By removing these items, you will lessen the likelihood of the automobile being damaged, as well as of the contents being misplaced or damaged while traveling.


Alternate Methods to Protect Your Vehicle During Transport

What additional measures do top-tier vehicle shipping firms take to guarantee that your vehicle will reach its destination without suffering any damage?

To begin, the driver is responsible for guiding you through any necessary vehicle checks during both the pickup and delivery processes.

During these vehicle inspections, you will be asked to look over your car carefully and make notes about any damage you see. Moving firms for automobiles typically advise having your vehicle detailed before it is picked up.

Doing so will allow you to get a clearer view of the state of your vehicle and make a more accurate record of any dents or other distinguishing features. The same applies to the inspection done when the car or vehicle is delivered.

Companies take these precautions to ensure that your vehicle will be delivered in the same condition in which you left it with the driver.

Check the Weather

Transporting a vehicle of any kind amid adverse weather is always fraught with risk. Even if you take the necessary precautions to protect your vehicle from the weather, an accident may still occur anywhere along the route due to the added weight of snow and ice combined with severe winds.

It may be more prudent to postpone your cargo for another time if the weather is terrible.

Don't Discount the Possibility of Attempted Carjackings

The majority of organizations that export automobiles are legitimate and owned by trustworthy individuals who are concerned with the well-being of their customers.

But remember that there will always be exceptions to this rule, so you should never let your guard down. Before your car is sent, you should exercise caution and notify the firm of anyone who looks suspicious who you see near it.

Carjackers who make a living out of it typically have a network of contacts within the shipping company who assist them in locating desirable vehicles.

You can avoid this by having photographs taken of your vehicle before it is sent and by maintaining in-depth records of its registrations, which can reveal information about the locations where it is typically kept.

If the car you requested is not located nearby, you can ask the service firm to send you images of it via e-mail if it is available. If something untoward occurs, you have evidence of the date and time when the business claims to have dispatched the vehicle.

Always Verify Information with Past Customers

If you have never transported your vehicle before, you should learn as much as possible about the firm that will be handling the shipment.

Get in touch with the company's former customers and question them about their experiences with the company's services, including how effectively their vehicles were protected during shipping, what other preventative measures should be taken while shipping an expensive vehicle, and so on.

Try to get in touch with at least three or four of your chosen company's past customers.

Common Damage During Transport

The following is a list of some of the most common forms of damage that could be sustained when transporting your vehicle:

  • It's possible that a piece of debris on the road could puncture one of your car's tires or that the tires could just wear out and become ineffective over time. Your vehicle will have a much harder time arriving at its destination in one piece if it does not have new tires.
  • Hail damage is a possibility while your car is in transit. It is possible that the amount of money required for repairs could end up being significantly higher than the price that was paid for the vehicle initially.
  • Even your engine may be at risk, and if it were to be damaged by water or if it became submerged, it is possible that you would require a whole new engine in order to bring your vehicle back into working order.

Arrange Necessary Paperwork

When getting ready to ship a car, one of the most important tasks you need to undertake is to make sure you have all of the required documentation in advance.

This comprises forms required by customs, documents required by insurance, and registration papers. In addition, if you have all of this paperwork ready to go, it will help speed up the process and make sure that there are no delays when your car is being moved.

On the other hand, not having this paperwork in place could mean long periods in storage, during which there is a risk of your vehicle being damaged.


If you want to ship your car to another state, you should always use a reputable shipper. We will take care of everything, from loading to unloading, as we have been doing for years. We at A-1 Auto Transport are a superb option for shipping your car, period.

We can ship your car either openly or in a closed container, depending on your needs. Also, our network of carriers covers the whole country, so we can always find the best way to ship for you.

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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. 

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