Car Moving Tips
on where you are moving to, you might want to use professional auto mover to transport your car. This might
prove cheaper than driving to your new home or even selling and buying a car.
The following topics will help you better understand this process:
the right auto mover
your car for shipping
pickup and delivery
How much will it cost?
Paying for moving your car
How to save on your move
Auto move insurance tips
the right auto mover
When choosing an auto mover:
It is important to verify the valid licensing of each
company. Check that the mover's license is valid and active with the
appropriate transportation agency, such as the state or Federal Department Of
Examine the mover's credentials and track record by
checking with the Better Business Bureau or any trade organization the
transporter is a member of. Such organizations include the Employee Relocation
Council, American Moving and Storage Association, Household Goods Forwarders
Association, and others.
Check to see if the company owns trucks or is only a broker that represents many haulers.
Insist on a written agreement and read it carefully. Ask
questions if you are unsure of any item.
It is important that you take the time to check
Always make a value decision. Remember the old saying: "you
get what you pay for".
your car for shipping
When you prepare your car for shipping, make sure to
follow those guidelines:
Personal Possessions: Do not leave personal possessions of any kind in
your car. †The transporters will not be
held responsible for any personal items stored in vehicle that are lost or
stolen. Of course spare tires, car jacks, and other standard items that can be
found in a trunk of a new car are not a problem. Make sure anything left in the
car is tied down securely.
Alarm: Shut off and or disable your car alarm. If your car alarm
were to go off during transport, it may pose a problem to the transport company
to turn it off.
Gas: Keep the gas tank filled under a quarter of a tank. It reduces the
weight of the car, and transporters will appreciate that. Cars and motorcycles
that are shipped on the moving van should be completely drained of fuel. In
addition, motorcycle batteries should be disconnected.
Cosmetic Damage: Wash it thoroughly so you can record any cosmetic damage
Loose Parts: Secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items from
your car such as ground effects, spoilers, or fog lights.
Mirrors and Antennae: If you have wide mirrors fold them back. Lower,
remove, or retract the antennae if possible.
Antifreeze: When moving in winter, make sure that there is a
sufficient amount of antifreeze to protect your automobile against severe
Batteries, Tires and Fluids: Have a charged and
relatively new battery, properly inflated tires, and make sure all fluids are
at adequate levels.
Leaks: If you have ANY leaks from your car, be sure to tell
transporter so that he will position you car properly. Cars leaking oil and
especially brake or transmission fluid should NEVER be on the top of a two deck
open trailer. This is to prevent leaks onto the paint of vehicles below.
Convertibles: Always ship convertibles with the top secured properly.
Seal any holes or open seams in the top to prevent moisture damage. If you
cannot raise the top, consider closed container shipping.
Paperwork: You should keep a photocopy of your registration and
insurance paperwork for the vehicle in the glove compartment.
Operational Problems: Prepare a careful list of any operational problems
or steps necessary to start, stop, or drive your vehicle on or off the trailer.
When preparing your car for shipping, make a thorough vehicle
inspection. In order to ensure that any claims of vehicle damage are accurate
and enforceable, make a complete report of any pre-existing damage your vehicle
may have. Dated pictures can be a very effective in making claims on damage
Vehicle Condition Report:
When the transport company picks up your vehicle, a
Vehicle Condition Report must be completed and signed by you and the driver. The
condition report or other document used by the car mover should include:
current mileage, pre-existing damage of any type including: glass, scratches,
paint, dents, and so on. This report is important in case any disputes arise.
When your car is delivered, make sure to methodically
inspect it. Use the condition report given to you at pick up and go over all of
Look for damage not mentioned on the original report.
Check for changes in mileage and check every part of your car carefully. Look
for obvious damage or changes to the car's condition
that may have occurred during the shipping.
If there are any discrepancies, make sure to note them on
the condition report you received on pick-up of the car, and have the driver
sign the document.
You should avoid accepting your vehicle at night or at a
location that does not permit you easy access to inspecting all parts of your
It is absolutely essential that you perform a thorough
examination of your car as described above. Remember that once you have
accepted your car, your signed documentation is what protects you.
If problems arise, reputable auto moving companies will
work out disputes with you in an amicable fashion, but you must have all
documents at hand.
Pickup and Delivery
You should schedule your auto shipping at least 4 weeks
before you move. It will give you enough time to make arrangements with the
auto mover to pick up your vehicle.
Make sure to get a 3 day guaranteed window for the pick-up
and delivery dates of your car. Insist on having it in writing.
If you are not available, you should arrange an
alternative authorized party such as neighbor, friend or relative you can trust
to transfer the vehicle to the auto mover.†
Make sure that if you or an authorized party is not
available to receive your car, that it will be stored in a secure storage
facility where you will be able to pick it up at a more convenient time. This
may be subject to additional charges. If you require a specific date for delivery,
many auto movers can accommodate you and store your car at a terminal for an
5. How much will it cost?
6. Paying for moving your car
7. How to save on your move
8. Auto move insurance tips
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