Antifreeze Levels – if you’re shipping into the frozen regions of the north, be sure to check your antifreeze. This will help protect your vehicle’s cooling system from freezing up and damaging your motor.
Battery – make sure your battery has a good charge and that your vehicle starts prior to the driver’s arrival. This will help avoid unnecessary delays and last minute headaches for you.
Check Tire Pressure – be sure your tires are inflated to their recommended pressure prior to transit, this will help ensure your vehicle has as nice a ride as you’d want to have.
Disable Your Alarm System – if you can’t disable your alarm system prior to transport, please provide your driver with proper instructions.
Don’t Overpack Your Vehicle – we realize that it’s convenient to pack your items in your car for a long trip, but auto transport carriers aren’t licensed to carry household goods. They’re also not responsible for lost or damaged items that are packed inside your vehicle. While we strongly discourage packing personal items in your vehicle for transport, we suggest that if you do, pack them securely and keep it to a minimum. This also helps cut down on transport delays caused by overweight tickets at the DOT weigh stations.
Fuel – no more than a ¼ tank is preferable. That should be plenty to get you to a gas station at your destination and it helps cut down on transport delays caused by overweight tickets at the DOT weigh stations.
Special Instructions – if your vehicle has any special options or starting instructions such as; battery cut-offs, fuel switches or valves, key fob alarm controls, etc…, please leave an instruction sheet in your vehicle for the driver to reference.
Please Be Ready When Your Driver Arrives – our drivers are coordinating multiple stops with multiple clients across multiple states around the country, and by Federal law, are limited to only 11 hours of driving in a 14-hour period. They are also required to take a 10-hour break between shifts. This means that typical scheduling is very tight in order to ensure that your vehicle is delivered safely and on-time. They should be in contact with you at least 24 hours prior to pickup and/or delivery. Please advise them of any previous appointments or engagements so they can plan their stops accordingly and keep to schedule. And please keep in mind – weather, traffic, delays at prior stops, and many other variables play a factor in our drivers staying on schedule. So, please be as flexible with your schedule as possible.
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