Auto Transport Checklist
Using an auto transport company to move your car for you is not that big of a deal as long as you are prepared. Just like anything else in life, if you are not properly prepared to meet the challenges, then those challenges just become even more stressful. Preparing a good auto transport checklist can save you from having any unnecessary headaches down the road. Use this checklist to make sure that your car shipping experience goes as smoothly as possible.
Clean your car!
It might seem like an odd thing to add to your auto transport checklist, but by cleaning your car, you will be able to see any possible exterior problems on your vehicle. These should all be noted before your car is delivered into the hands of the auto transport company. As part of the cleaning process, you should also remove any personal items from the inside of your vehicle. These will not be covered under the vehicle shipping insurance.
Get your motor running.
Make sure that your vehicle is mechanically sound. Everything from the motor, to the head lights should be inspected. If there are any problems with your vehicle, make a note of them before shipping.
If your car has any type of leak make sure that it is repaired prior to shipping. If your car leaks oil, or any other type of fluid on to another car, you may be held liable for any damages.
The keys please!
Make sure that you have made copies of all the keys that are needed to operate your vehicle and open any doors. Supply yourself with the originals, and give the auto transport company the duplicate set.
Is your battery fully charged?
Check out your battery and make sure that it is fully charged before you drop your car off. Also make sure that your battery is mounted properly, and has no possibility of moving.
Does your vehicle have an alarm?
If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, make sure that you either disconnect the alarm, or shut it off prior to shipping. Just imagine your alarm going off while your car is being shipped. That would be a little frustrating for the auto transport company.
Strip it down.
It is also a good idea to remove any exterior accessories from your vehicle. Retract the antenna, and remove items like: bras, grill covers, spoilers, and spare tires.
Go for a joy ride.
This is one time when you need to burn off some gas. When you deliver your car to the auto transport company, make sure that your vehicle only has about ¼ of a tank. Go for a joy ride, and burn off that excess gas if you can.
If you are moving your vehicle to a new climate, preparing it for the new climate changes before the move is always a good idea. Give it an oil change, a fluid change, or anything else that may be required by the new climate.
This auto transport checklist will make transporting your vehicle so much easier.