Make your auto moving experience a good experience
The first thing you need to do is figure out when you want to ship your car. We recommend booking your auto delivery order at least 21 day in advance of when you need it to be picked up. If you don’t have the luxury of time, at least 10 days should do the trick.
You are now ready to pick your car delivery service. Get online and get quotes from as many companies as you want. Get quotes from both auto transport brokers and auto transport carriers, then decide which type of company best suits your particular car hauling needs. J&S is primarily a vehicle carrier with our own fleet of trucks, but we are also a licensed broker which gives us the flexibility to meet your car moving needs, whatever they may be.
Once you’ve done your research and chosen your car transport service, the next step is to prepare your car for transport. Different auto transport companies have different requirements, but a general overview of what you need to do can be found in our article, “How do I get a car ready to transport cross country?” Make sure to find out what your particular transport company requires.
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires you to give a set of keys to the auto transport driver. This is also common sense. If they don’t have the keys, how can they load and unload the vehicle? If you have an older model vehicle, this may mean in addition to the ignition key, a door lock key and perhaps a glove compartment key. Make sure this is an extra set; you don’t want give up your only set of keys, right?
You should also make sure the car is in good working order without any fluid leaks if at all possible. Your car may be on the top of the auto transport trailer, and you don’t want to drip on the cars below. Conversely, if your car is on the bottom, you don’t want someone else’s car leaking on yours.
Even though your car is going to be transported on a trailer, leave no more than 1/8 of a tank of fuel in the vehicle. Also, turn off the car alarm if you have one and give instructions to the auto transport driver on how to turn it off just in case.
If you have an automatic toll reader, disable that as well; you wouldn’t want it racking up toll charges as your vehicle makes its way cross country.
If you have any accessories or antenna that sticks out a bit from the chassis of your vehicle, remove them if at all possible. This would include CB and radio antennae, luggage racks, bike racks, and ski racks.
The best thing you can do to prepare your car for shipping is to wash the vehicle. This makes it a lot easier to do the vehicle condition report you and the transport driver will do at pickup. Once the car is delivered you and the driver will do another inspection to make sure no new damage occurred during transport.
By following these simple suggestions, when it comes time to ship your car, you and your vehicle will be ready for a successful transport. Book your order with J&S today!