Preparing Your Vehicle for Transport
After you get your auto transport rates there are many things you will want and need to do in order to prepare your vehicle for transport by an auto shipping company. Basically, you will be doing many of the same things to ship your vehicle as you would to prepare it for a long trip.
You need to remove all loose exterior items such as decorative antenna toppers and unattached truck bed liners. Check all fluid levels and the air in all of the tires. You can leave your spare tire and jack in the car, but remove as many personal items as possible. Only leave about 1/4 of a tank of gas in the vehicle. Give your vehicle a good washing. This will allow for the most accurate inspection and photos prior to shipping.
The auto transport carrier driver may need access to your vehicle in order to load or unload it. Ask your auto transport company about this. They may want you to leave at least one door unlocked so the driver may access your vehicle. Another consideration is any alarm system your vehicle may have. It will need to be off for the shipping process of your vehicle. In some cases, you may be asked to leave one window open a crack.
Ask your auto transport company for their recommendations and guidelines as to how they need you to prepare your specific vehicle for shipping. They may provide you with a list. If not, take careful notes and ask any questions you have as they go over everything with you.
If your vehicle has any specialty parts or is unique in any way, be sure to disclose this to your auto transport company so they may best advise you as to how to properly prepare, protect, and ship your particular vehicle.