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If you are planning on hiring a company to transport your vehicle from one place to another, then you need to take heed of the things you should do to prepare that vehicle. Car shipping is not difficult to schedule and use, but it will take some time to go through the process that will eventually result in your vehicle arriving at it's new home. The entire process will begin when you are a few weeks out from needing the services of such a company, when you research and find the one you plan to use.

Having decided on a company, you will be left to prepare the vehicle you are shipping according to the stipulations set forth by the car transporters. Every shipper has it's own rules, but there are some that one company has that are the same for all the companies throughout the country. Here are some of the most common requirements that you will have to take care of when you want to ship your car.

Inspecting Your Car You must get your vehicle inspected by a licensed mechanic before it will be allowed to be loaded on the car transport truck. There are a few reasons for this, but the most important is safety to the driver of the transport and the other vehicles that are being shipped with yours. Your car should be safe and free from any leaks that might end up causing issues with the paint or other components of cars on the same transport. Be sure to get this inspection in writing and keep a copy of it for yourself.

Damage and Condition Proof When preparing your vehicle for shipping you should create a list of details that outline the overall and detailed condition of the vehicle. If you've added something to the car, make sure to note that. If there is some special modification to the vehicle, be sure to write that down too. Finally, if you have any existing damage, be sure to list that as well. At the same time, be sure that you take pictures of the vehicle so that you can prove what existed prior to shipping and what it looked like after shipping just in case you need to file an insurance claim after your vehicle is delivered.

Remove Everything From the Car
Did you know that the heavier your vehicle is when it is being shipped, the more money you are going to have to pay to ship it? It's true. Most car transport companies will not tell you this up front, but there are ways to save money when using car shipping services. Running your gas tank low and emptying the vehicle of anything you are able to remove from it will help drive your cost lower. It is always a good idea not to run the tank too low, so experts recommend keeping it at around a quarter of a tank for good measure.