Auto Transport Checklist
In order to make sure that your car is safe and secure, we have compiled a few recommendations to make sure that you have a superior car shipping experience.
Clean your car
Cleaning your car should be the first step taken. This ensures that you are able to see any damage present before shipping. If you do notice any damage before shipping, be sure to document it so that you have physical evidence. We recommend photographic evidence with a date a time stamp.
Get your motor running
Before shipping your vehicle, make sure your car is running correctly and is mechanically sound. Test every system in your car, from the motor to the wipers and headlights. Note any system that is not working correctly BEFORE shipping.
Check for leaks
Note any type of leak BEFORE shipping. We strongly recommend resolving these issues BEFORE turning your car over to a shipper as you may be liable for damages caused by the leak.
Make copies of all keys
You should retain the original keys for your car and supply the shipping company with copies. DO NOT give a shipping company sole custody of all keys! Because of the internal electronics in many modern car keys, replacements can be expensive should they be lost.
Check battery charge and condition
Make sure that your car battery is adequately charged, and in proper working order. Check the mounting of the car battery to ensure there is no possibility it may become lose or move about the engine compartment.
Check your car alarm
If you have a car alarm installed, make sure it is disconnected before you have the car shipped. Car shipping companies may not be in a position to properly disarm an alarm system, resulting in damage to your property.
Remove any aftermarket accessories
If you have aftermarket accessories that are loose or may be removed, make sure they are properly uninstalled. Make sure the car’s mirrors and ante are properly retracted to prevent damage.
Burn off or remove all fuel from the car
If your car is going to be in the shippers hands for a relatively short period of time, then leave the car’s fuel tank no more than ¼ full. For long term storage, make sure all fuel is emptied from the tank and fuel systems prior to moving and/or storage.
Prepare for changes in climate
When moving a car to a new climate, make sure to change engine oil and engine fluids. You vehicle’s owner’s manual will have specific procedures for your make and model of car. We ALWAYS recommend consulting your manual or car’s manufacturer for proper maintenance and prevention procedures.