How to Prepare Your Car for International Shipping

Auto shipping can be a tricky part of long distance and International shipping and moving. Whether you are moving from state to state or to another country, you will inevitably be forced to decide whether or not to ship your vehicle with your other possessions.

Many men and women partner with long distance moving companies for auto shipping rather than driving it across the United States themselves or purchasing a new foreign car when they arrive overseas.

Luckily, with today’s technology and a booming auto transport industry, finding a way to ship your vehicle should be no problem. When you do find the right company for your needs, it is important that you prepare your car or truck for shipping.

The following is guide for owners who are shipping a car from one location to the other.

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Wash the vehicle, both inside and out

When you are shipping a car from one place to another, it is very important that you monitor your vehicle for any damage. After all, you do not want to spend your hard-earned money on these services only to incur even more expenses to repair damage from the shipping process.

By cleaning your vehicle, it will make it easier for you to notice any damage or imperfections that might result from possible negligence on behalf of the carrier. Of course, it never hurts to send your car off to its new location looking pristine and new, either.

Go over your car, taking notes and photos

Take note of your vehicle’s current condition so that you can make an accurate determination on whether or not it was damaged during transport. Your records will only be thorough if you keep detailed notes accompanied with photos.

During this process, you should be on the look out for things like:

  • Door dings
  • Scratches
  • Dents
  • Chips in the paint
  • General auto body damage

Offer these notes and photographs to the carrier so they can file it away, as well.

Empty your vehicle

You are paying for auto transport, not the transport of personal items. For this reason, you will want to empty your vehicle completely. This is a good idea for two reasons.

Shipping a car to a new location is an easy and safe process, but you can never be too careful when it comes to theft.В  If you want to eliminate the potential for theft of valuable items like a cell phone, GPS or DVD player, then remove them from your vehicle. During auto transport, a number of individuals inspect your vehicle.

  • Furthermore, loading your vehicle with personal items might constitute a violation of your agreement with the moving company. When you pay for car shipping and then load your vehicle with personal items, the carrier might not feel it is their duty to move those items for you.

Make sure your car is operating properly

During the auto transport process, professionals will drive your car a little bit. It never hurts to make sure your vehicle is in perfect driving condition. This also lets you arrive at your new location knowing that your car will be ready to roll.

Some common car care tasks include:

Properly inflate your tires

  • Change your oil
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Make sure it has gas (but only a half tank)

The professionals will take care of shipping your car, but it always helps to be prepared!

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