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QUser Question

What do I need to do to prepare my vehicle for shipment?

How do I get my vehicle ready to move?


Preparing to Ship Your Car

It is best to make some simple preparations before your car is placed on to the trailer.  Below are some tips to help make your transport go smoothly.

  • Wash Your Vehicle: Your carrier-driver will need to inspect your vehicle and take pictures if necessary. This is for your benefit as well as the carrier.
  • Lower Your Antennas: Antennas should be removed from the vehicle or lowered if possible. Temporary antennas need to be removed entirely.
  • Provide Keys: U.S. Department of Transportation requires that one set of all keys for the vehicle be provided to the carrier, including the ignition, trunk, and glove box keys.
  • Disable Your Alarms: Alarms should be turned off for transport. If there are special instructions required to start a car in order to disarm the alarm, please inform your Nations representative so they can note it on your dispatch sheet, which will be given to the carrier-driver.  The carrier is not responsible for drained batteries resulting from an alarm that has not been turned off.
  • Removed Detachable Racks: Remove any luggage, bike, or ski rack that is not permanently attached to the car.
  • Check for Leaks: The vehicle cannot have any obvious fluid leaks.
  • Secure Your Battery: The vehicle battery must be secure in the mounting bracket.
  • Remove Covers, Spoilers, Fairings, Air Dams or other low handing items: All exterior spare tire covers, grill covers, or car covers and hanging items must be removed from the vehicle. Your vehicle will be loaded on a truck that will bounce up and down…low riding items could incur damages if not prepared properly.
  • Pre-existing Damages:  Carriers will not be responsible for damage caused by any pre-existing condition or for parts that may come loose in the moving process. Carrier is not responsible for preventable damage caused by Acts of Nature. Examine your vehicle carefully before signing the Bill of Lading. Any damage not noted could end up costing you money if not reported at the time of pick up or delivery.
  • Remove Personal Items: Do NOT leave or transport anything valuable in your vehicle. We are not responsible for anything loose inside your car, including cell phones, radar detectors, garage door openers, E-Z Pass, removable radios, household goods, sunglasses, etc. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibits the carrying of personal items on a truck licensed only for carrying automobiles. Stored personal items can also increase the overall weight of your vehicle, and could cause damage during transport. Any items left in the vehicle are subject to removal upon inspection at state line check points by the DOT.
  • Gas: The gas tank must have a minimum of 1/8 tank of fuel, but no more than 1/2 tank of fuel. The carrier may have to move your vehicle more than once to accommodate other cars that are being transported.

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