5 Tips for Preparing Your Car to Ship Cross-Country

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When you find yourself moving cross-country to begin a new job, after retiring from your job, or to be closer to family, one of your biggest concerns may involve how to get your car to your new destination. For most people, this sounds like it will be quite a challenge. However, since there are numerous companies that specialize in transporting cars cross-country, the process is actually much more simple than people expect. Yet prior to sending your car on its way across the country, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the trip is as easy and safe as possible. If you're in the process of arranging for the cross-country transport of your car, here are five important tips to always remember.


Have a Nearly-Empty Gas Tank


Before you have your car loaded up on its trailer by the transport company and sent on its cross-country journey, always try to make sure it has a nearly-empty gas tank. According to most experts, this means your car should have a gas tank that is no more than 1/4 full. In doing so, this will allow your car to be as light as possible during transport. But more importantly, this will decrease the chances of any gas leaks coming from your car. Should this happen during the trip, it is possible you could be held liable for various damages to the transport trailer as well as any other vehicles that may be getting transported with your car.


Get Your Car Checked by a Mechanic


Prior to transporting your car cross-country, always take it to your mechanic for a thorough inspection. This should include making sure everything is in good working order, checking your vehicle's battery, and perhaps topping off various fluids. In addition, make sure you get verification in writing from your mechanic stating what was done to the car prior to shipment as well as its condition prior to being transported. Thus, should any questions arise along the way, you'll have documented proof from your mechanic that all was well on your end.


Remove Any Personal Items from Your Vehicle


If there is one thing you don't want to realize once your car is on its cross-country trip, it's that you left important personal items inside the car. Therefore, before the trip, always make sure you have removed all personal items from your vehicle. Along with the chance these items may get lost or stolen during the trip, many transport companies will refuse to ship cars that contain personal items due to liability issues. Along with this, any personal items lost or stolen during the trip won't be covered by insurance, so this will add insult to injury.


Take Photos of Your Car


In the event your car gets damaged during the cross-country trip, always make sure you have photos of it taken before it was loaded up for transport. By doing so, this will help resolve any disputes that may occur between you and the transport company. Should you have the need to file an insurance claim for your car's damages, having these photos on hand will make it far easier for you to get the situation resolved as fast as possible.


Disable Your Car's Alarm


Finally, always remember to disable your car's alarm system before it is loaded up for transport. If you don't, it is likely it will go off at some point during your car's cross-country trip. If this happens, it will not only drain your vehicle's battery, but also force the transport driver to stop and attempt to shut it off.


Since you want your car's cross-country trek to be one that is dull and hassle-free, always make sure you follow the five tips mentioned above. By doing so, you can watch your car get loaded onto its trailer and have full confidence it will arrive at its new home safe and sound.



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