The Final Auto Transport Checklist
Shipping a vehicle is a big deal. From start to finish it’s time-consuming, long, expensive, and nerve-wracking, and that’s understandable; trusting something literally worth thousands of dollars to a complete stranger is never easy. But there are a few things that you can do to make your auto transportation that much easier for you and for your auto shipper, and one of those things is to have a “final auto transport checklist.” The final checklist is a list of things that you need to have completed or on-hand with you when your carrier shows up to pick your vehicle up. Carriers don’t like to waste time; their time is literally money, and the more they spend it idling around waiting for a customer to get all their ducks in a row, the more upset they’ll be because they’re losing money. Having all your ducks in a row will help mitigate that, and it’ll make everything a lot smoother for you.
Make sure that all your tires are properly inflated. You’d be surprised at how little people think of tire pressure, which is funny because of all the parts of a car, the wheels and tires are the most important because they’re literally touching the road at all times. Proper tire pressure and inflation is important when shipping a vehicle, too; improperly inflated or under-inflated tires can lead to weight imbalances, improper loading and chaining of your vehicle (to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere), and difficulty – and potentially damage – during the loading and unloading of your vehicle. Of course, many of these are worst-case scenarios, and likely will never occur – but it’s important to maintain your vehicle properly, and while damage due to improper tire pressure may seem a bit far-fetched, stranger things have happened in this industry.
Other things that you’ll want to make sure you’ve checked off your list are only having a quarter of a tank of gas in the vehicle when it’s ready to be picked up. Fuel is heavy and a full tank of gas can add a surprisingly large amount of weight to an auto transport truck. This is also part of the reason why no items are allowed in the cab of the vehicle – nothing in the front or back seats, in other words. Auto transporters can’t be over the maximum-allowed weight when they weigh in; there’s a lot of fines and a huge messy process they have to go through if they do. This is why we implore you to do your part to keep the weight of your vehicle to a minimum (obviously you don’t need to strip it down or take the doors off or the engine out or anything); the less your vehicle weighs over the expected amount, the better off you’re going to be and the faster everything is going to go for everyone.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck. You can start right here! To the left is our free online quote request form; all you have to do is fill it out, which takes less than two minutes, and you’ll get multiple free auto transport quotes e-mailed to you from reputable, reliable auto transportation companies. We clear all our shippers for reliability for you and that includes making sure they are fully licensed, bonded and insured. We also make sure they have high standings with the Better Business Bureau and we do background checks on all prospective advertisers to ensure that they have maintained a high level of service throughout their years of service. If you have questions about our process, our companies, our website or just the auto transportation industry in general, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents. You’ll be glad you did.