Before You Ship a Car or Vehicle
We don’t want to blame a
vehicle transport company for destroying your car after discovering
that it does not work anymore. It is important that you take the
necessary precautions before shipping you vehicle. Blaming someone
else won’t do you any good and it definitely won’t
solve the problem. Did you inspect your car before you had it
It is a MUST that your vehicle
is operational. If your vehicle is not then additional fees will
be charged. It is also important that you let the transport company
know of any changes or modifications you have made to your vehicle.
Any modifications such as, camper shell, 4x4 lift kit or the vehicle
has been lowered. The ground clearance between the ground and
the vehicle must be at least 4” – this is to safely
load and safely offload your vehicle. A working phone number must
be given to the vehicle transport company so you, the client,
can be notified and reached as long as your vehicle is not in
your hands. Transit times, depending on the time of year and the
destination and origination of your particular move will vary.
On your quote and on the order confirmation papers it will indicate
the estimated transit time.
Before preparing your car for
shipping you have to make sure that your car has no leaks, whatsoever.
Also, the car’s battery must be mounted securely in the
bracket. When taking the vehicle in for inspection, it is important
that it is clean, because a dirty vehicle decreases the visibility
in able to perform a proper inspection. You have to make sure
that there is a minimum of 1/8 of fuel in the gas tank, but no
more than a 1/2 tank of fuel. What is also suggested is that alarm
systems are to be disconnected, turned off or disabled. Any type
plant and any hazardous materials CANNOT by law be transported.
Your vehicle is to be prepared for changes in climate. It will
be your duty to include transmission oil and engine coolants.
Car covers, spare tire covers and grill covers are to be removed.
A set of your car’s key is to be given to the vehicle transporter.
Personal belongings, excluding the car jack and spare tire are
to be removed. The antennas have to retracted or removed. Non-permanent
luggage such as ski racks and luggage racks are to be removed.
Any radios, CD players and cassette decks not built into the car,
garage door operators and car phones are to be removed.
You, and if you are unavailable,
a representative has to be present at the time of the inspection
of delivery and/or pickup. You or a representative is held responsible
for the confirmation of your vehicles condition. This is to be
done before the driver of the company leaves you. A bill of lading
and a condition report is to be signed by you or a representative
at the origin and the destination. Any damage to your vehicle
will be noted by a representative of the company at origin on
the bill of lading. The same applies if there is damage done to
your vehicle on delivery.