When it comes time to ship your small vehicle, you must make adequate preparations well in advance. In order to make the process go smoothly, it is in your best interest to plan ahead and follow these tips.
Find a Good Match.
Not all auto transport companies are well-equipped to handle small vehicles, so it is important to do your due diligence prior to making a commitment. Research companies who have a specialty dealing with small vehicles, because otherwise your car or utility vehicle may not receive the proper care. Compare quotes from a variety of transport companies before narrowing down your choices, and then go with your gut when making the final call. Professionalism is important, but reputation and experience are even better indicators of a reliable transport company.
Prepare Your Vehicle.
If your small vehicle has any after-market customizations, it may be beneficial to remove them prior to transport. Most transport companies will also require you to run your gas tank to less than ¼ a tank, in addition to draining other fluids and removing all personal belongings. Make a note of any cosmetic damage and take pictures for your own records to ensure your small vehicle arrives in the same condition in which it was picked up.
Patiently Await Transport.
You will save money if you allow a flexible date range for pick-up, as well as delivery. So, if you are not set on a specific date or timeline, definitely use that discount to your advantage. Remember that even if your small vehicle is street legal, oftentimes the wear and tear of driving it cross-country, or any distance at all, negates the savings so many believe they will receive by avoiding professional transport. Remember also that a legitimate auto transport company will be insured for the value of your small vehicle so that you are fully covered in the unlikely event that the unexpected should occur during transport. Rest easy and trust that your small vehicle will be safely shipped to its final destination in the hands of an exceptional transport company.
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.