The Interstate Mover’s Guide to Car Freight
When you’re moving interstate, sending your car off with a shipping service is honestly your best option. Have a look here to see why. Many people believe that their job ends after booking the delivery. For smart movers, it doesn’t…
Evaluate Your Own Vehicle
Take the time to go over your vehicle with a fine-toothed comb. Give it a wash and record any chips and scratches for your own records. Take pictures of each side of your car, paying special attention to any existing damage to your vehicle. Date these photos and present them to your service provider. They will likely do their own inspection so make sure their survey report reflects the condition of your vehicle as it should prior to shipment.
Is Your Vehicle Ship Shape?
Check for anything that may be loose, like roof racks or the car’s bumper bar. These things can cause trouble — and often delays — with your vehicle during the initial inspection at the freight depot. Ensuring that everything is fastened tight will avoid these problems and ensure your vehicle gets a smooth passage to its destination.
Mechanical Issues Cause Delays
It is your responsibility to deposit a car that is functional to the freight depot. This means that mechanical issues and damages should be assessed and fixed where necessary. A routine maintenance check at your local mechanic should be enough to ensure your shipment goes off without a hitch. It’s also a great time to get a professional assessment on the vehicle for insurance purposes, even if the service provider will do their own check.
Discuss with the Driver
Any problems with your car that can’t be fixed prior to departure need to be flagged with the freight driver. Add the complications with your vehicle to the written documentation and make sure that the company understand each impediment prior to shipping.
Pull the Plug on Your Petrol
Most freight companies will require you to have minimal petrol in your tank for the safety of the freight drivers. It also reduces the weight of your car, which can make your transportation safer.
Boost Your Battery
You want your car battery to have as close to full charge as possible so that delays aren’t caused by your vehicle if it doesn’t start. This can be costly and it’s an easy problem to avoid.
Top Up Your Tires
There can sometimes be foreign objects on the floor of a shipping yard which can cause accidental perforations if your tires are below their recommended air pressure. Avoid punctures by topping up your tires before dropping your car off with the shipping company.
Remove All Personal Items from the Car’s Interior
Your personal items will not be covered by transport warranty. Make sure you remove anything valuable to avoid damages. To read more about why you shouldn’t keep items in your car, click here.