Top 10 Ways to Prep Your Vehicle for Car Shipping

We’re asked on a daily basis, what’s the best way to prepare my vehicle for shipping?  Well, we’ve taken all of the advice we’ve ever sent to our clients and we have compiled it here into an easy to ready article.

Whether we pick up your vehicle or when you drop off your vehicle at our facility, please consider the following:

  1. Remove all personal belongings from your Car. Personal effects are not permitted to be shipped for safety reasons but the following items are considered to be part of the vehicle:
  • Children's car seat when securely affixed.
  • Jumper cables and minor tools (factory items, properly stowed)
  • Driver Manual
  • First-aid and/or emergency supplies kit
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Spare tire and tire changing tools (properly stowed)
  • Car cover, including bra
  1. Does your vehicle not start? Check to see that your vehicle is in good running order. Non-runners will not be accepted for shipment. Vehicles must be in full operating, road worthy and in safe condition. Tires, battery and a working emergency brake and no fuel/oil leaks are important to ensure smooth handling during shipment. Remove all loose items and personal belongings from the vehicle.
  1. Disable your Alarm system. All Alarm systems must be disabled prior to shipment. Please inform us of any security features, starting instructions or details pertinent to the handling of your vehicle. Leave a written copy on the front seat of the vehicle and advise our driver.
  2. Road Clearance should be at least 4 inches. Vehicles must have a minimum road clearance of 4 inches to safely load and unload.
  3. Repair all broken, loose or rusted parts. No aerosols, motor oil, windshield washer fluid, combustibles or spare fluids can be shipped.
  4. Put some gas in your tank. Your gas tank should be one quarter (1/4) to one half (1/2) full. Top up all other fluids. During colder months be sure your car is properly winterized. External auxiliary fuel tanks are not permitted
  5. Remove any mounted accessories. Any accessories not permanently mounted to the vehicle should be removed. Be certain the jack, wheel-nut key and spare tire are properly stowed.
  6. Be Organized. Photocopy all documents; don’t leave your originals in the vehicle. A photocopy of the vehicle registration should be placed in the glove box. (Original is not required).
  7. Own a truck? Have a Cop or Canopy? Caps/Canopies on pickup trucks must be properly bolted to the box of the truck to ensure safe delivery.
  8. Are you green? Is your vehicle Electric? Electric vehicles should be fully charged before being shipped

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