Auto Transport Tips: Charge the Battery
When you’re transporting a vehicle, especially an older one, you should always make sure that the battery at least has enough charge on it to start the vehicle. A car battery is one of the most common reasons why vehicles don’t run come transport time, and that can end up costing you more to transport. If the vehicle you are shipping is not running, it will need to be hauled by an auto transporter that is trained in the operation and use of a winch – as well as one that has one. Believe it or not winching a vehicle onto the back of an auto transport carrier is anything but easy, and thus shippers that use them will charge more to do so, as it takes time away from their job and gives them a lot of extra work to do.
This can all be avoided – usually – by making sure the battery is charged up, and if it’s dead either charging it enough to get it loaded or else finding a new battery to replace it. Batteries are, on the whole, cheap, and they’re certainly cheaper than having an auto shippers winch your vehicle onto the truck. Of course, when it comes to finding out what’s stopping a car from starting, the battery is one of the first things most people check. If there are more problems that are stopping your vehicle from running, sometimes the non-op shipping fee is unavoidable. But at the very least you can do some quick checking and find out what exactly is causing the vehicle not to start; if it is the battery, a simple replacement could save you a lot of money come transport time.
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