Preparing for Vehicle Shipping to Alaska
Vehicle shipping to Alaska is something that we have talked about several times before on our blog, but there’s always more to discuss, because there’s always more to do in the auto transport industry. You likely know some of the basics about shipping a vehicle overseas, notably that it will be picked up and trucked to the port, where it will then be loaded onto an overseas cargo container and shipped to the port in Juneau, Anchorage or Fairbanks, depending on the company and the services they are providing. It usually takes a couple of weeks to get a vehicle to Alaska, as it has to be trucked to the port, where it waits to be loaded, then it has to be physically transported, which can take a week or two depending on weather conditions.
That’s the basic version – we’ve talked some about the longer version, but in this blog post we’re going to discuss some of the things that you need to do to actually prepare for vehicle shipping to Alaska. These tips will translate to any overseas shipment, though, including shipments to Hawaii and other U.S. territories. One of the most important things that you can do is clean your vehicle – completely – before the carrier shows up to pick it up. Absolutely zero items are allowed in the vehicle – not only is it against the rules to put household items in a vehicle you are shipping, but sending those things through international waters is actually illegal. You could theoretically get in quite a bit of trouble for it.
You’re also going to want to make sure that your vehicle is in top shape, including making sure that the tires are inflated properly, there’s only a bit of fuel in the tank and that it can properly roll, brake and steer. If your vehicle can’t do these things, you want to make sure to tell someone as soon as possible so they can let you know what to do moving forward. These things are important because your vehicle is going to be on a vessel that has to traverse the brutal Atlantic Ocean, and during the fall and winter months that can lead to some seriously rocky waves. Having a vehicle that is up to snuff can help prevent damage to equipment and itself during the journey.
If you are interested in vehicle shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or any other overseas U.S. territory, you should take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto transportation quote request form. It’s completely free, takes only a minute or two of your time, and nets you multiple free quotes in your email inbox from some of the best auto transporters in the industry. They know and understand how vehicle shipping to Alaska and Hawaii work, and they are well versed in the process so they can answer questions and give you an accurate free quote any time. If you have questions about our services, or would rather speak to a live person over the phone, you can contact us any time at 800-930-7417 and speak directly to one of our agents.