If you think it is a quick process to prepare your car to be professionally moved across the country, think again. You need to make sure that you are going to properly analyze the car for some weeks before shipment happens. In the event that there are mechanical problems or leaks a professional auto transport driver needs to know this. If there are leaks, these cars need to be put on the bottom racks in carriers with dual layers so that they do not damage other cars. If there are special steps that are necessary when driving cars off and on trailers you have to put them down in writing.
Something else that you need to do is to properly prepare the vehicle for the loading process. This includes both loading off and on the car from and to the transporter’s truck. The truth is that the better you will prepare the vehicle, the bigger the chances that there will be no damage and the delivery will happen on time.
In the event that your car is a convertible you have to make sure that the top is properly secured so that damage caused by moisture, debris or air will not appear. If the top cannot be secured then you might want to seriously consider using wind-resistant tarps. The mirrors have to be folded back and the antenna retracted. All the specialty items like spoilers, ground effects or fog lights have to be removed are secured properly. The same goes for the radio faceplate. In addition, it is really important to pay close attention to the car alarm. If it goes off in the middle of the trip then you will most likely end up with no more battery and this is definitely something that you do not want to see happening. Just turn off the car alarm before the shipping starts. Do not make the mistake of just using the switch. You should actually disconnect it to make sure that no problems will appear. In the event that the car alarm cannot de disabled you should offer written and detailed instructions about how the auto alarm can be turned off if it starts.
The last thing you need to prepare is yourself. Remember that there is a need to have patience and delays can always happen. The company will give you a precise time for both pick-up and deliveries but there is always the possibility to be faced with different problems that nobody expected. You need to be patient and understand that such things happen. In addition, we recommend that payment terms are always properly clarified before the transport parts. Most companies are going to require a deposit that can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of the entire value of the trip. If this is the case, make sure that you use a CC to make the payment in the event that disputes are necessary in the future. If this cannot happen, at least get some sort of proof that the payment was done.
In the event that you want to make any claim you have to remember that you have to do it fast. As soon as the problem is noticed you need to quickly try and solve it as any delay can lead to problems in the court. Proof is important but not really when you wait too much till making the dispute.