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Crucial Things to Know When Prepping Your Car For Transport

Are you handing your car over to a car shipping company but aren’t sure what you need to do to prep it correctly? Our quick and informative guide will teach you the basics, so by the time you drop it off, it’ll be a smooth and stress-free process.

Inspect Your Car For Damage

First things first: inspect your vehicle from top to bottom for any existing damage like scratches, dents and/or discoloring. It’s always a good idea to wash your vehicle before shipping it—that way, you’re able to easily see any minor damage to your car. Take photos of any dents, etc. for your records. Unfortunately, scratched paint and dents can occasionally happen while your car is being transported. Should that happen to your vehicle, photos taken during the pre-shipping ‘prep’ process will allow you to accurately fill out the Bill of Lading (a report of inspection you’ll be required to sign when you drop your vehicle off).

Remove Any Loose Parts and Valuable Items

It’s important to do whatever you can to minimize your car’s risk of injury before it makes its journey—no matter how short or long its drive may be! Fold your side mirrors in, place your antennae in the trunk, and secure any loose parts before shipping it off.

Give It a Maintenance Check

If you’re transporting an inoperable vehicle, may sure to tell your transport carrier before dropping it off. If your car is in operable condition, it’s important to give it a maintenance check before handing it off. Get its mileage checked, top off all of its fluids and make sure your vehicle has a full battery charge.

At Ship A Car Direct, we pride ourselves on taking care of our customer’s vehicles with as much care as would with our own.  Whether you’re have a everyday or vintage vehicle, we’ve got the perfect transport option and carrier for your unique needs! Contact us today and learn about our damage-free guarantee!

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