Your automobile is understandably a cherished, and important, possession. Not only do autos require special care when moving, but auto transport is subject to specific regulations that you should be aware of prior to your move. The information below details how to prepare for transporting your auto.
Determine How You Want to Transport Your Auto
When it comes to auto transport, there are two shipping options available. You will need to choose whether you want to transport your auto in an enclosed truck or open car carrier. Both options are safe, but an enclosed carrier will protect your auto against the elements during transportation. If you decide to transport your auto in an enclosed carrier, you will likely pay a premium. As such you will need to consider the level of service you want, relative to your moving budget.
No matter how you transport your auto, if you are moving with a van line that has a network of agents (as is the case with Holman Moving and United Van Lines) you may be able to cut costs by dropping it off yourself at your origin agent’s location and having it shipped directly to a destination agent’s location. You can then pick your auto up at the destination agent’s location.
Auto Transport Protection
Most movers assume liability for auto transport and offer different levels of valuation coverage. It would be up to you to decide the level of coverage that you need. If you transport your auto with Holman Moving as part of your household goods move, you will receive $30,000 of valuation coverage at no charge. You will be asked to pay a premium if your auto requires additional coverage.
Take pictures of your auto before transport to document its condition.
Preparing Your Auto for Transport
It’s important to prepare your auto for transport in order to minimize potential problems during the move. Unless you are transporting a non-operating car or truck, such as a classic car, it is wise to have your auto serviced ahead of time so that you can be sure it will run and stop when it needs to during the move. Always check your fluids, battery charge and tire air pressure before transporting an automobile.
If you have any fluid leakage problems, they should be fixed prior to transport. If it can’t be fixed, make sure the moving company knows about it in advance so that that the driver is aware of it and your auto doesn't get placed above another auto in transit, causing damage.
You will need to tie down or remove any bolted on accessories, including roof racks, spoilers, mirrors, bicycle racks, etc. Remove or lower any antennas as necessary. If you have an E-Z pass device remove it before shipping. Disable your car alarm to prevent it from going off by accident during transport.
Remove any items from the auto prior to transport, including a mobile GPS system. This is critical. Shipping personal effects inside an auto being transported is against the law in the US and the moving company will get fined. You can have a spare tire and a jack in the car if necessary.
You will have to provide the auto transport company with keys, so make sure you have a spare set for yourself.
Finally, you can only have a quarter tank of gas or less in the auto for transport. If there is more gas in the tank, the auto transport company will not ship it.
Transporting Your Auto
Once your auto is prepared for transport, your job is done. You should know that if your auto is being transported in an enclosed container, it will be floor loaded and tied down using the truck’s side logistics. If it is being transported on an open carrier, your auto will be tied down to the actual truck.
At Holman, we are experts in auto transport. Contact us for a free auto transport estimate at no obligation to you.