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Get Your Car Ready for Its Big Move

Just like you carefully packed your dishes and valuables for your home move, take special care with your car before moving it.

Auto transport companies generally mandate that you prepare your vehicle before you pick it up. Here are the steps to take to assist you in your preparation.
  1. Prior to shipment, your vehicle will be inspected. You must be present for the inspection because this is when you will sign the bill of lading as well as a vehicle condition report. It is important you attend so you can rest assured that your auto shipper has all the necessary information.
  2. Your car needs to be working properly. Some auto transport companies will agree to transport inoperable vehicles, but only for an additional fee. In fact, it's a good idea to have your vehicle serviced before the ship date to make sure everything's OK.
  3. Before loading your vehicle, inflate your tires to their recommended pressure. This is done to ensure safe loading and unloading without causing damage to your tires.
  4. Check the antifreeze levels in your radiator to protect your vehicle in severe weather conditions.
  5. Empty the inside of your vehicle. The law prohibits leaving items in your vehicle while it is being transported. Only items necessary for your vehicle to function, such as spare tires or jacks, are allowed. If you happen to leave goods in the trunk or elsewhere and they become damaged, your auto transporting company is not liable.
  6. You will need to have a complete set of keys available to give the shippers when your vehicle is picked up.
  7. All antennas and roof racks should be removed.
  8. If you happen to have an EZ-Pass device or other automated toll-paying device, it must be removed from your vehicle.
  9. If your vehicle is connected to an alarm system, it should be disabled before you hand it over to your auto transporter. This is done to prevent the alarm from activating while your car is in transit.
  10. Do not fill up your tank on shipping day; less than half a tank of gas when transporting your car.

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