TO KEEP IN MIND WHILST TAKING ON VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION
It is safe to say that less than 5% of vehicles transported sustain any measurable damage. Help minimize the risk associated with transporting your vehicle by knowing how to prepare a car for transport, here are a few tips.
Pre-Transport Car Preparation Checklist
Preparing for Transport:
1 Remove ALL personal belongings (with the exception of standard vehicle equipment such as the spare tire and jack).
2 Remove coverings such as spare tire cover, grill cover or car cover.
3 Remove non-built-in, after-market, and custom products (such as bike, luggage or ski racks; radio, CD, TV or DVD interfaces; spoilers, ground effects, fog lights and bumpers; car phones; garage door openers; parking passes and toll tags; GPS systems).
4 Make sure the battery has a full charge and is secure in the mounting bracket.
5 Make sure that the tires are properly inflated.
6 Make sure to repair any leaking or mechanical issues; if you are unable to do so, notify your transporter beforehand.
7 If transporting a convertible, secure the top as tightly as possible.
8 Top off all fluids in the car
9 Run down your gas tank to between ¼ and ½ full
10 Disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems
11 fully retract or remove all antennas
12 Fold down side car mirrors
Preparing Your Records:
1 Make a personal, date-marked record of any chips, dents, scratches or other cosmetic damage.
2 Take date-marked pictures of the car from several angles as well as close-up shots of any damage.
Preparing for Inspection:
1 Thoroughly wash your vehicle.
2Document mechanical problems and write down any special steps needed to drive your car on and off the trailer (including problems starting or stopping your car). Give these instructions to your driver.
3 Verify the driver’s official notes about existing damage on the Bill of Lading.
OPEN CARRIER TRANSPORT
CLOSED TRANSPORT (ALSO CALLED ENCLOSED TRANSPORT)
This way of transport keeps your vehicle with the most protection available, away from the elements and weather. If you are shipping a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette with original paint, then enclosed transportation is the way to go. Other trailer types will be cheaper, but sometimes the cheapest option isn’t what works. We will provide the option to move your car either by enclosed or open trucks and trailers. Transporting using enclosed car transport keeps away your vehicle from all the things it may encounter on the road, such as dirt, debris, moisture, and harsh weather conditions.
Enclosed transport is ideal for classic cars, vintage cars, expensive sports cars, model cars, customized and race cars. Moving high value vehicles requires special work to secure and safe keep them during the shipping process.