As a dealership owner, preparing your vehicles for shipping is a critical step in the car shipping process. Proper preparation ensures that your vehicles are transported safely and securely, minimizing the risk of damage or loss during transport. In this blog post, we’ll provide a checklist for dealerships to prepare their vehicles for shipping.
Clean Your Vehicles
Cleaning your vehicles before shipping is essential to ensure that any existing damage is visible and documented. Thoroughly wash and detail your vehicles, paying close attention to the exterior and interior. Take photos of any existing damage, such as dents, scratches, or other issues, to document the condition of your vehicle before transport.
Remove Personal Belongings
Make sure to remove any personal belongings from your vehicles before transport. Personal items can shift during transport and damage your vehicle or other vehicles in transit. Additionally, car shipping companies are not responsible for any personal items left in the vehicle.
Check for Mechanical Issues
Ensure that your vehicles are in good working order before transport. Check the engine, transmission, brakes, and other mechanical components to ensure that they are functioning correctly. Fix any mechanical issues before transport to minimize the risk of damage during transit.
Disable Car Alarm Systems
Disable any car alarm systems before transport to avoid any unnecessary alarm triggers during transport. A continuously sounding alarm can drain the battery and cause damage to your vehicle during transport.
Lower Fluid Levels
Reduce the level of fuel in your vehicle to no more than one-quarter of a tank. Lowering fluid levels reduces the weight of your vehicle and minimizes the risk of fuel leaks during transport.
Secure Loose Parts
Make sure to secure any loose parts, such as side mirrors, antennas, or spoilers, to prevent damage during transport. Remove any aftermarket accessories that are not permanently attached to the vehicle.
Check Tire Pressure
Check the tire pressure of your vehicles before transport to ensure that they are properly inflated. Proper tire pressure helps to prevent damage to your vehicle during transit.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Notify your insurance company that you’ll be shipping your vehicles, and make sure that your insurance coverage is up-to-date and sufficient to cover any potential damage during transport.
Why Choose Rite Way Transport for Your Car Shipping Needs
At Rite Way Transport, we understand the importance of preparing your vehicles for shipping. We offer comprehensive preparation services to ensure that your vehicles are ready for transport and arrive at their destination in the same condition as when they were loaded onto the trailer. Our team of experienced professionals will work with you to determine the appropriate preparation services for your vehicles and provide you with peace of mind during transport.
Proper preparation is crucial for ensuring the safe and secure transport of your vehicles. At Rite Way Transport, we understand the importance of preparation and offer comprehensive preparation services to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our preparation services and get a quote for your car shipping needs.