How To Ship Your Car Via A Car Hauler

20 July 2016
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Shipping your car via a car hauler is one of the most affordable methods of moving a car long distance. But unlike shipping through boat, there are a few additional concerns. A car hauler will keep your car stacked safely with other vehicles and will drive it from place to place. You just need to protect it from the conditions on the road.

Make Sure You Purchase Shipping Insurance 

Your auto insurance could have no or limited coverage when it comes to shipping. Very basic insurance is generally offered by the shipping company when shipping a car. In the case of car shipping, it's a good idea to get as much insurance as possible. You can also check to see if you might have additional insurance through a credit card or bank account.

Consider Replacing Your Tires

If your tires are older, it's a good time to replace them. This is especially true if you suspect there could be damage such as a slow leak. While your car isn't going to experience any significant damage while traveling, it's still going to be supported on those tires while being transported. If there's a slow leak or other damage, the tire could go flat during transportation and could damage the rim. If your car's tires are in good condition, they should still be filled and pressure tested before shipping.

Empty Your Vehicle Out

The more items you remove from your vehicle, the less likely you are to experience issues later on. It's not always possible to anticipate the temperature extremes or other environmental issues that your vehicle will encounter during shipping. Something as simple as leaving cleaning solution in your trunk could lead to a burst bottle and mildew when you finally get your vehicle back.

Wax and Cover Your Vehicle

Waxing your vehicle will protect it from dust, dirt, and other road debris that could become trapped between the car's finish and the vehicle cover. While on the road, the vehicle cover may move and flap in the breeze. If there is dust and dirt trapped underneath it, it can slowly scrape and dull the finish. Additionally, it's important that you cover the vehicle very securely. If a strap becomes loose, the cover itself could damage the car.

Your shipping company should have directions regarding how to prepare your vehicle for shipping with them specifically. Follow these instructions carefully and your vehicle should arrive safely in the condition you shipped it in. 

For more information, contact professionals like Wrightway Auto Carriers.