Auto Transport Tips: Preparing Yourself for Transport
The process of shipping a vehicle is hazardous and time-consuming, as anyone who has shipped a vehicle (or driven or ridden in a car transport truck) can attest to. It takes a lot of time, effort and coordination to get a vehicle picked up and also delivered in a timely manner, and the car shipping carrier is only responsible for their job – you need to make sure that you do yours, too. Part of that is knowing your pickup and delivery locations and preparing yourself for your shipment, including knowing what to expect at both pickup and delivery and what you will need to make everything run more smoothly. In this blog post we’re going to discuss more about what you can do to prepare yourself for having a vehicle shipped – hopefully, you’ll end up saving some valuable time and even more valuable money.
The first thing you want to make sure you do is know your pickup and delivery locations, and – more importantly – how to get to them. While many vehicles that are shipped door-to-door actually are shipped door-to-door, there are many places that a car transport truck simply can’t get to, and if your pickup or delivery locations are like that you’ll need to find alternative locations to release and pickup the vehicle at. Usually customers who are shipping long distances are either moving – which means they’ll fly out after their car is picked up to receive it at the delivery location – or they’re selling a car, in which case there will be a different person upon delivery.
Either way, you’ll need to know where you have to take the car if your carrier can’t get to your chosen pickup or delivery location. The carrier often wont know the layout of the area you’re shipping from or to, which means they’ll either be familiar with only a small area of the city – usually a big store off a major interstate, but otherwise they’ll either rely on you to give accurate information for pickup and delivery or else use a GPS, which truthfully is much more common today than it was a decade ago. GPS has been a godsend for car shippers because they now have access to easy-to-navigate maps that they can use to more easily find locations for pickup and delivery.
Once you and your shipper decide on a pickup or delivery location, you’re going to want to make sure to get there as soon as you can. Your carrier will call you when they are near to the pickup or delivery location, usually an hour out, and this is after they give you your 24-hour notice that they always give as they approach your town or city. It’s important that you keep yourself available and near your phone, since your carrier will also give you pertinent information regarding potential pickup or drop off locations for your vehicle. There are a lot of other things you can do to prepare your vehicle as well, almost too many to go into; try to keep your tank at 1/4 full to avoid any overweight fees, and also make sure to clean the cab – both front and back seats – so you don’t waste time doing it later. For more information and tips on preparing a vehicle, visit our Auto Transport Tips post category for more.
If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, we here at American Auto Shipping can help. If you fill out our free online quote request form to the left of this post, or anywhere else minus our household moving section, you can get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated car shipping companies completely free of charge. We clear all our advertisers for reliability ahead of time, which means we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. Not only that, but we make sure they are all five-star rated with the BBB and Transport Reviews, among other websites, which means you’re getting quotes only from the best auto transporters in the industry. If you have further questions, have concerns about the auto transport industry, or just want to speak to a live person to get started on the car transport process, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.