Door To Door Auto Vehicle Transport – Vehicle Preparation
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.
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“My car has arrived! The driver delivered about 4:00 pm this afternoon. Considering I called you about this auto transport move on Friday morning and it is now delivered over 500 miles away and it is only Sunday, this was an amazingly quick move. I have purchased several cars online, but I have never had auto shipping experience that was this fast and affordable. Thanks for making this move a great experience. I will call you on all future moves.” – Roy
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"Our vehicle transport experience with Door To Door Auto Transport was very positive. The couple that actually transported the car were very friendly and kept in touch with us so that we knew exactly when the car would be picked up. If I ever need a vehicle shipping company again, I will call Door To Door Auto Transport." – Shari
"I used Door To Door Auto Transport simply because of their good reviews. I was very nervous to transport my car but I did not have time to deliver my daughter’s car to her. This was my first experience shipping a vehicle and I was impressed! They picked the car up and delivered it earlier than I planned! They picked the car up on Thursday and they delivered it at 1:00a.m. Sunday instead of Monday during working hours. We did not expect this and it turned out to be good for us. The transport overall was very fast. Lola was very good and pleasant. The price was just right." – MyLe
"Linda was very nice and genuine and Door to Door did what they said they would do. The transactions were quick and easy and the driver actually arrived much earlier than I expected. Auto shipping across the country is expensive, so regardless of price (which this was one of the cheaper ones I found), if you want the job done well, go with Door to Door!" – Reggie