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Depending on where your live, hurricanes are simply a fact of life. Whether they occur frequently or not, hurricanes can ravage certain areas, especially ones that are unprepared. Cars can suffer a significant amount of damage from hurricanes since being exposed to the elements means that they can suffer flood-related damage or be the victim of fallen objects.
So if you're aware of a hurricane that's approaching or live in an area that's prone to them, the following tips should help you to prepare your car for a hurricane as much as possible:
If you're like most people, you probably keep your vehicle's registration in the glove compartment. Since water damage can occur during a severe hurricane, you should always remove any important documents, such as your registration, insurance, and so forth. Store them in a safe place where they can't get damaged. Replacing many of these documents can be a tedious and drawn-out affair. If you lose your insurance documents, for example, this will make the claim process even more difficult.
Another important tip is to make sure that you park your car in a safe location if you're aware of an approaching hurricane. While the ideal place would be inside of a garage, if you don't have one, the next best place would be right next to a large building. A building can help to shield the car from strong winds and debris.
*Make sure to never park your car next to any power lines or below a tree, since branches can easily fall and damage it.
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Do this as far ahead of time as possible. If a severe hurricane strikes an area or is about to, reaching a gas station can prove to be extremely difficult, not to mention will also consist of long lines. Plus, supply routes may be cut off, meaning that fuel might be in scarce supply. Always make sure that you have as close to a full tank as possible.
Another thing that you can do is to fill up a couple of extra gas cans as well just to be on the safe side.
It's always a good idea to be 100% certain that your auto insurance policy provides coverage for any hurricane damage, rather than just collision damage. You will need comprehensive coverage to cover the hurricane-related damage. While calling your insurance company after the fact to try and expand your insurance coverage will not be possible, if you live in an area that's susceptible to hurricanes, make sure to call ahead of time. Having comprehensive coverage will give you peace of mind in the event of any damage that occurs to your car.
For insurance purposes, it's also a good idea to take pictures of your car's exterior and interior. In the unfortunate event of damage occurring to your car, you'll be able to show “before and after” photos, which will make winning your insurance claim a much easier process.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, has many additional tips that you can follow in the event of a hurricane. Visit their website at: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
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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.
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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