Auto Transport Tips: Clean Your Car
When you are transporting a vehicle, you need to make sure that the entire cab of it – i.e. the front and back seats and floors, under the seats, etc – is entirely clean and free of trash, debris, or personal belongings. Not only is this a polite and courteous thing to do for the person who will be shipping it, but it’ll do a few things for you: for starters, a completely clean cab will deter anyone from trying to break into your vehicle while it is parked on the truck, because there’s nothing inside for anyone to grab. Not only that, but auto transporters aren’t licensed to carry household goods – this means that if they are stopped and the vehicles they are transporting searched, they could get fined because your vehicle, in essence, made them break the law.
Of course, any auto transporter will tell you before your vehicle is loaded that you have to clean it out, but drivers are usually on strict schedules and don’t like to be kept waiting. This is why we recommend you have your vehicle completely clean before your transporter arrives to pick your vehicle up, though we feel we must mention that you should only clean the cab of your vehicle prior to transport – don’t wash it. Washing a vehicle just prior to pickup is considered…well, not a bad idea, but it’s also not a good idea either. Dirt and grime actually helps to form a protective layer between your vehicle’s finish and the daily weather that your vehicle will experience come transit time; by leaving it there, your vehicle will be better protected from all the little things that can dent and ding a vehicle’s paint job. Some transporters will actually wash your vehicle prior to delivery – but don’t expect that to be standard.
You can get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies simply by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. You will get ten different quotes from companies that we pre-screen for reliability for you. We make sure all our affiliate companies are licensed, bonded and insured, and we make sure that they are all in good standing with their customers and the government. You can also call our toll-free number at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live representatives if you are interested in getting some of your questions answered before you even start the quote gathering process, which is completely fine too. Just remember to be polite to our representatives as well as the reps you will talk to when you book your order with your transportation company.
Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.
He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.
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