Transporting a car can be difficult to prepare for without the proper knowledge. There are a few things that you should do before your car is ready to go. Here, we’ve provided you with a small guide on how to prepare your car for transport.
Before the day of transport
After setting up a date for transport, you will want to do a few things for your own peace of mind and to help with the actual transportation of the vehicle. The first step is to wash your car, as dirt and grime can hide any damage your car may incur during transportation. Any dents or scratches would be harder to see both before and after the transfer. You might also wish to consider enclosed car shipping to provide another level of protection during the move. It is wise to take pictures of your car before the transport, so you have a record of its condition. You will need to clean out your car of any loose objects as well. These items often bounce around and shift during the move, causing additional damage.
The next biggest thing to do is to address any car problems you might be having. An engine problem can cause large holdups and other issues during the transportation of your vehicle. You will also need to address any leaks, as they can cause damage to other cars in transit. Just as you do not want a car dripping on your car, we want to stop your car from dripping on others.
Day of the transport
There are a few things you should do right before you leave your car for transport. First, do not fill up your gas if you can avoid it. You only need enough gas to get the car to and from the pickup locations—any more will weigh down the car. You do not need to worry too much about this, though, as it will not damage your car. You will also want to remove any toll tags, as they can still activate if your car travels through a toll. This will save you money and headaches, as you will not need to pay for any extra tolls you did not use.
Hopefully, we have helped you understand how to prepare your car for transport with this guide. There are some other steps you might want to take before shipping your vehicle, as well. For instance, you might want to remove all your custom mods and record your mileage. These steps are more optional, as they should not impact the transportation of your car that much. It can be very helpful to plan a transport date a few weeks in advance to give yourself and the transportation company enough time to get ready.