Quick Guide to Preparing Your Vehicle for Transportation

Did you know that properly preparing your vehicle for transport will give you a good start with more security and higher level of safety.

The second release of data from the 2016 census paints a picture of an incredibly mobile population, in which one third of young Australians aged 20 to 29 change address every 12 months and two thirds move every five years.

For the population as a whole, 43.4 per cent changed address in the five years before the 2016 census, up from 41.7 per cent in the five years before the 2011 census.

So, if it’s your turn to move, chances are, you won’t want to leave your car behind.

While it might take some prep work, it’ll all be worth it when you don’t have to go through the process of purchasing a new vehicle at your new destination.

Don’t know where to start when you need to prepare your vehicle for transportation? Then keep reading, as we’ll give you a complete guide on what to do!

Give the Car a Good Wash

Part of the auto transport process is checking over your vehicle both before and after it’s in transit.

You’ll go through thorough inspections with the driver so you both know what damage is preexisting. That way, if your car somehow gets damaged while it’s being transported, you’ll know exactly where it is.

If your vehicle is all dirty and dusty, then some scratches and dents can be hidden. Be proactive and give your car a good wash so that all preexisting damage is easy to spot.

Don’t Forget About the Interior

Don’t just give the outside of your car the VIP treatment. The inside needs a good clean as well. And this isn’t just to give the driver a good impression either.

You see, while your car’s in transit, it might go over some bumps and other jarring motions. When that happens, whatever’s not secured in your vehicle can go flying and cause damage.

So when you prepare your vehicle for transportation, do a thorough clean inside. Get rid of everything that’s loose, such as change, drink cans, pens, etc.

Also, if you have any electronics, you’ll want to unplug them and either put them in the glove compartment or pack them in your boxes. This includes the cables, as these can come loose and damage your car too.

Check for Oil & Fluid Leaks

You don’t want your car leaking dangerous fluids while it’s in the back of a truck. Even worse is that the carrier can refuse to take your car if it’s leaking badly.

So way before your moving day, take a good look for any leaks that might be coming out of your vehicle. Get down and look at the undercarriage with a light.

If you find any leaks, get them fixed up as soon as possible so your vehicle is good to go.

Don’t Fill Your Fuel Tank

No, that’s not a typo: you shouldn’t fill your fuel tank up all the way before using a car transport company.

While it may not seem like much, imagine if every car had a full fuel tank. This can quickly add up and make the hauler a lot heavier, which ends up costing more in fuel.

As a result, those costs are passed onto you, which makes the service more expensive.

All you need is enough fuel to drive to and from your pickup and drop-off locations. The less fuel you have in the tank, the better.

Check Your Tyre Pressure

Vehicles aren’t driven while they’re in transit, which is why so many people don’t think about tyre pressure.

The truth is, it’s very important to check your car’s tyre pressure.

If they’re under or over-inflated, damage can happen when your car’s either being loaded or unloaded. So make sure you take a look at your owner’s manual and get your tyres to the right pressure.

Disable Alarms

This might seem like an obvious one when it comes to how preparing your car for transport but you’d be surprised at just how few people remember to disable car alarms before handing it over to the carrier.

So make sure you stay on their good side by double-checking (or even triple-checking!) that you’ve turned off the alarms before your vehicle leaves your possession. Otherwise, it can really annoy a driver if there’s an alarm sounding in the trailer that they can’t do anything about.

Remove Accessories

Are you someone who likes to show off their car by putting lots of accessories and after-market parts on it?

While that can certainly help your vehicle stand out from the crowd, you will have to remove these things before shipping it.

Again, this is to protect against damage. These things can possibly break off and leave you scrambling to find the same parts and accessories again.

So do yourself a favor and secure these things prior to transporting your vehicle. It’ll take a little extra work, but it’ll be worth it to protect these pricey belongings.

Lock up Your Car

Last, but not least, you should lock up your car. Considering there’s no need for anyone to access it while it’s out of your hands, this shouldn’t be an issue with the auto transport company.

With enclosed carriers, it’s not as much of a worry. But if you’re using an open carrier, then you’ll want to protect against possible theft. While locked doors won’t stop a determined thief, they can remove the temptation from most.

Know How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Transportation

By knowing how to prepare your vehicle for transportation, you’ll make things a lot smoother and easier on yourself. You can get a more detailed vehicle preparation guide here.

From giving your car a thorough wash to checking the tyre pressure and removing accessories, be sure to take the time to prep your car. By doing so, it’ll be a better time for both you and the carrier.

When you’re ready to move your car, or would like to do a quick check of pricing, request a car transport quote today.

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Customer Success Story

Why Car Transport Services Exists Today!

When I had to move my car from Melbourne to Perth, the journey of finding the right transportation service felt almost as daunting as the 3,400 km drive itself. Through trial and error, a bit of luck, and a few missteps, I learned a great deal about how to select the best service for such a task. Here’s my experience, and I hope it can guide you smoothly through your own process.

Start with Research

The first thing I learned was the importance of research. Initially, I made the rookie mistake of choosing the first service that popped up in my Google search results. Big mistake. The company had hidden fees I hadn’t anticipated, and the service was far from satisfactory. What I learned was to dig deeper. Read reviews on multiple platforms, ask for recommendations from friends or family who’ve undertaken similar moves, and don’t skip on checking the forums where real customers discuss their experiences.

Check for Licensing and Insurance

One good decision I made was ensuring the company was licensed and insured. Insurance is important. Transporting a vehicle across such a long distance has its risks, and you want to ensure that your car is covered in case of any mishaps. Verify the transporter's accreditation with transport authorities and ensure they have valid insurance that covers your vehicle during the transit. This gave me peace of mind, knowing my car was in safe hands.

Compare Quotes

Getting multiple quotes was another area where I initially faltered. I assumed all prices would be roughly the same and didn’t bother shopping around. However, after a pricey quote from the first company, I decided to get several more. The price differences were significant, and some companies offered more comprehensive services at lower costs. Always compare quotes from at least three to five companies. This not only gives you a better idea of the price range but also allows you to negotiate better terms.

Understand the Service Types

I wasn’t aware initially, but there are different types of car transport services: door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal, open carrier, and enclosed carrier. Each has its pros and cons. I chose an open carrier for its cost-effectiveness, but in retrospect, considering the long journey across Australia, an enclosed carrier would have been better to protect my car from the elements. Understanding these options beforehand helps in making a more informed decision based on your needs and budget.

Communication is Key

One of the best decisions I made was selecting a company that had excellent communication practices. They provided updates at every major juncture of the journey, which eased my anxiety. Ensure that the company you choose has a point of contact who is reachable and willing to update you throughout the process. This is vital for peace of mind and to ensure that any issues are quickly addressed.

Timing and Flexibility

I learned the hard way that flexibility is key when transporting a car such a long distance. The initial service I chose promised a delivery within a week, but it ended up taking more than two weeks, which disrupted my plans significantly. Ask about the expected delivery times and check if the company can offer guarantees or compensation if they exceed the estimated delivery times.

Avoid Rush Decisions

A bad decision I made was rushing into booking without fully understanding the terms and conditions. This led to unexpected charges for additional services I wasn’t aware I had agreed to. Take your time to read the fine print or have someone else review it. Make sure you understand every aspect of the service contract.

What I Wish I Knew

If I knew then what I know now, I would have placed more emphasis on checking customer feedback about their post-service experience, especially regarding how companies handle damage claims and disputes. Knowing a company's track record in these areas can save you from potential headaches if something goes wrong.

Open vs Enclosed Car Transport

Open car carrier with new vehicles

Open Car Transport

Open car transport involves shipping vehicles in an open-air trailer, exposing them to weather and road conditions.

This method is cost-effective and widely available, making it a popular choice for transporting vehicles quickly and economically.

The main benefits include lower costs due to multiple vehicles being transported simultaneously and quicker delivery times. However, the downside is the potential risk of damage from environmental elements and road debris.

moving cars in an enclosed car carrier

Enclosed Car Transport

Enclosed car transport uses fully enclosed trailers to provide maximum protection for vehicles against weather, theft, and damage during transit.

This method is preferable for high-value, classic, or luxury vehicles requiring extra security. Enclosed transport is more expensive and less readily available but offers higher insurance coverage and peace of mind.

Specialised services include GPS tracking and expert handling, ensuring vehicles are delivered safely and discretely.

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