Looking for some car transport tips to make the pickup process better? There are many things that can cause delays when it comes to getting a vehicle picked up. Different shippers will often have different ides of what you can do to keep your wait times low. But, there are a few common factors that everyone can do to help speed up the process.
While you won’t be able to affect your pickup windows all that much, you can ensure faster loading and unloading times by following a few simple guidelines. Read more to learn what you can do to help make your car transporter’s job that much easier and make your pickup and delivery days go more smoothly.
Car transport tips to make your pickup go smoothly
Only have a quarter of a tank of fuel in your vehicle. This often requires customers to empty a portion of their tank, and the best way to do this is to go on a nice drive.
Having more than that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it is a weight thing. Any amount under a quarter tank won’t affect the overall weight of the truck too much. It should also give the driver enough fuel to get the vehicle onto and off the truck, and enough for you to get to a gas station after delivery.
Car transport companies have to meet certain weight limits, and fuel is heavy. If a truck is overweight, they have to sit at the weigh station while their truck is inspected. This takes time that many carriers don’t have.
Also, make sure that your vehicle is completely clean prior to pickup. If there is anything in the cab of the vehicle when the car transport driver arrives, he’ll make you clean it out. Remember, car shippers are not licensed to carry household items. Some will allow a few things in the trunk, but nothing in the cab. Make sure that the cab is clean prior to car transport and that you report any junk in the trunk.
On shipping oversize or modified vehicles
Oversize vehicles can make it challenging to ship a vehicle. If you happen to be shipping a vehicle that is large or modified, let your shipper know. Also, have the dimensions on-hand when you start your shipping process. Size and weight are important factors in your price, and lying about what you’re shipping or how big it is will only cause problems at pickup.
By giving your shipping agent the full dimensions of your vehicle – and not everyone will have to, just people shipping overly large or modified (read: lifted or extended) vehicles – you ensure that you’re getting not only accurate quotes, but that a truck is found that can physically haul your vehicle. There’s nothing worse for you or your car transport driver than him arriving only to find they can’t load your vehicle.
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We hope these car transport tips have helped. If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, let us know! Take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive a free, guaranteed quote right away. We use only top-rated, licensed and insured car transport carriers to move our customers’ vehicles. We are fully licensed and bonded and have decades of combined experience in the industry. So fill out our quote form or call us today and see what American Auto Shipping can do for you!