Most people believe that auto transport is a simple. Just put the car on the trailer and that is it. But while you don’t have to do anything more than pay, the shipping process is rather lengthy and preparation is key. If you don’t properly prepare your vehicle for car transport, it could end up costing you money in damage and time, fixing what happened during vehicle shipping.

Here are some things to help you get your car ready:

1. Remove personal belongings from the car during vehicle shipping.

Auto shipping companies require it because it is the law. In fact, the US Department of Transportation can give up to a $10,000 fine for a car shipping company that does not abide by this.

2. Clean your car before Vehicle Shipping.

We recommend this before auto transport because your car will be visually inspected before transporting. The cleaner your car is the more likely the driver and you are to spot dents, dings or scratches. After your car is delivered, the same inspection will be done.

3. Should I keep insurance active during car transport.

Vehicle transport companies are required to carry insurance for issues, but the insurance has a lot of fine print that you should look over before auto shipping that eliminates them from liability. The more insurance the better. You can request a copy of their insurance before transport.

4. Have about a quarter tank of gas before car shipping.

The reason is weight. Obviously, your car should only be used to load and unload. We recommend that you take a picture of the mileage and the gas tank before vehicle shipping.

5. Auto transport companies may charge extra for non-factory add-ons on.

This is true for vehicles that are oversized, have added things such as a luggage rack, winches or lights on a 4×4. All these add-ons add weight and take away valuable space during car transport.

6. Turn off any alarm or security systems during vehicle transport.

It’s not that your car wont be safe, it’s that the alarm may go off and drain the battery!

7. Leave a good working number with your contact during auto shipping.

Car shipping companies typically contact you with status updates or exact delivery times. A number is also important in case of emergencies.

8. In cold temps, ensure antifreeze and other fluids are duly checked before vehicle Shipping.

Auto Transport companies are exempt from responsibilities when problems occur and may charge you if there are problems during car shipping. This also includes engine damage on frigid temperatures.