How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Transport


Transporting your vehicle can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time. However, with the right preparation, the process can be smooth and stress-free. Here at Send It Car Shippers, we’re committed to making your vehicle transport experience as seamless as possible. Here are seven steps to prepare your vehicle for transport:

1. Personal Items

While it might seem convenient to pack your vehicle with personal items during transport, we advise against it. Your vehicle is fully insured during transport, but this insurance does not cover personal items. Anything you leave in the vehicle is at your own risk. Generally, items under 100 lbs are acceptable, but anything more needs to be disclosed before finding a driver. Extra items can result in additional fees, and not all carriers are licensed to transport household goods. Also, remember that the driver needs clear visibility through windows and mirrors to safely load and unload your vehicle.

2. Vehicle Modifications or Issues

If your vehicle has been modified in any way, such as being lifted or lowered, or has racks or protruding tires, we need to know. Similarly, if there are any mechanical issues or if the vehicle doesn’t steer, drive, or have keys, it’s essential to inform us. These factors can affect the price and the transport process. Transparency from the start ensures a smoother experience.

3. Gas Tank

Try to leave less than a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle. Weight is a significant factor for truckers, and a full tank can add unnecessary weight. Some carriers may charge an extra fee if the tank is too full.

4. Remove Toll Tags

All our transports include toll charges at no extra cost. Be sure to remove your toll tag to avoid accidental charges during transport. If your tag is charged, you can dispute the charge with the toll company. Once they verify that your vehicle was on a truck, the charge is usually dismissed.

5. Document Vehicle Condition

The driver will conduct a 21-point inspection at pick-up and delivery. We recommend that you also take a video and/or pictures of your vehicle’s condition during pick-up and delivery for your records. Accidents are rare, but having documentation can be invaluable if one occurs.

6. What to do with Your Keys

Assuming it is operable, your vehicle may need to be driven onto the auto transporter for the loading process. It’s advisable to lock it, once loaded, for added security. The transport driver will need a set of keys in the event your vehicle has to be moved or unloaded from the transporter. If you don’t possess a spare set, it might be a good idea to get one made. We advise not to handing over your only set of keys to the transport driver.

7. Sign the Bill of Lading (BOL)

The auto transport driver will get in touch with you before arrival to confirm that your vehicle is ready for transport. It’s necessary for you or another responsible adult to be present when the driver arrives for the vehicle inspection and to sign the bill of lading. This document serves as a legal contract between you and the car shipment company. It also serves as a receipt, offering legal protection for your auto shipment. It details

What is a BOL?
A Bill of Lading includes:

  • The origin and destination of the transport.
  • The vehicle’s condition at pickup
  • Any mechanical issues with the vehicle.
  • The vehicle’s condition at delivery

Upon your car’s arrival at the delivery location, a second inspection and sign off will be carried out with the driver.

Getting your vehicle ready for transport need not be an intimidating task. By adhering to these steps, you can ensure a seamless and worry-free experience. At Send It Car Shippers, we’re committed to guiding you through each step of the process.

Reach out to us today to discover more about our services and how we can facilitate your vehicle transport requirements.

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