If you have already made the decision to transport your vehicle using an auto shipper, and have all of your other ducks in a row regarding which company you’re going to use, then it’s time to prepare of the move. While moving a car when hiring trained professionals is actually the easy part, there are still some things that need to be taken care of before we can get it on the truck and haul it away. Doing these will save everyone time and save everyone the hassle of revisiting requirements.
While we wish it were just as simple of throwing any car in any conditions on one of our trucks, there are some requirements that we need to take care of before getting it on one of our trailers. Because our transport trucks are ten-car capacity, open car haulers, we need to make sure we get the right cars in the right order. We also need to make sure the car is operational, as we’re not equipped to transport inoperable vehicles.
Things to take care of before shipping your vehicle include:
- Make sure your vehicle is empty- While you may think it’s a good idea to take out two bird with one stone by packing your vehicle with a bunch of your personal belongings and shipping it to your destination, it’s actually not allowed. DOT regulations are pretty clear when stating what it is that we can legally transport, and we are not licensed to transport anything other than vehicles.
- Take a look at the fuel gauge- We prefer that we transport vehicles with ¼ tank of gas or less. This has to do with weight, as logistics is all about weight. The fuel in a vehicle can be a lot of the actual weight in a car, so having less fuel means that we can calculate our shipping costs better, especially when going long distances.
- Have a pickup spot worked out- While this is our job when coordinating a pick up for your vehicle, you also may know a good spot when needing to get your car on the truck. Because our trucks are 80 feet long and 14 feet high, we do not go into residential neighborhoods for a pick up. The details are typically worked out and we pick up at a nearby parking lot or shopping center.
Once you have these items complete, we can go ahead and get your vehicle transported where it need to be.
Contact us today to learn more!