Nowadays, it is a very much common affair to move forward from one place to another in search of a good career opportunity or any other personal reason. Whenever you think of relocating to a new place, naturally you need to shift your belongings as well as your vehicles. A professional Movers and Shippers service can easily make your job done for the shipment of your household items but the process of shipping vehicles is a bit complicated.
To transport your vehicles to a long distance location or cross country relocation you need to hire a commercial transport truck or trailer. These transport trucks are enormous in sizes and their handling procedures are totally different from regular on road vehicles. Though commercial trucks are the best way of auto transportation, yet it is very important to be very careful while driving vehicle loaded transport trucks on the road as there must be some other passenger vehicles too on the road.
Therefore, in this article we will focus on some of the predicaments that must be followed while preparing your vehicle for transportation and also its intact and secured arrival to your desired destination.
Here are some tips listed below:
Preparations for shipping
The very step to make a perfect shipping of your vehicle is to prepare the vehicle for transportation. You must wash your vehicle properly if you are willing to receive it as you desire. Proper cleaning makes the existing scratches of your vehicle clearly visible as dirts and dusts may cover them. Certainly take pictures of each and every previous scars before handover the vehicle to the shippers. Those records would help you to identify further injuries that might be occurred in transit.
Along with the outer part you should clean your vehicle belly too. Vacant your vehicle's belly from all kinds of extra attachments. Those accessories may wobble due to bumpy roads. The unnecessary things may hit on the vehicle's windows and break them.
Furthermore, use an anti-theft vehicle tracking mechanism to your vehicle in order to protect it from getting stolen during transportation.
Knowing the shipping methods
There are mainly two types of transportation process. Such as, open trailer shipping and the other is enclosed transportation. The former process is cheaper than the later one. There are chances of damage to the vehicles in open trailer transportation as the vehicles are secured with chains in open shipping, whereas, in enclosed shipping the vehicles are tied with wheel nets or nylon straps. Moreover, open shipment is prone to be affected by weather, road debris or theft. But in an enclosed shipping system, the vehicles are perfectly secured inside the container truck with customized locking mechanism to the trailer's door.
Book your vehicle's transportation in advance if possible as there might be delays in shipping in case of coastal area transportation. Avoid shipping your vehicle during summer season or holidays as those are the pick time for most the auto transporters. There are chances of mishandling of your vehicle because of much rush. So, it is suggested to schedule the shipping at the beginning or end of the year.
Verify the different transporters pricing and payment process
Do your homework about the different transporters before hiring one as this is the hardest part of vehicle shipping to choose the most efficient one. Check out their customer reviews and experiences to choose the best one for your vehicle. Arrange the quotations from different transporters and verify their costs along with the additional factors. Moreover, choose shippers according to their customer communication services, insurance coverage, price reasonability etc.
Get an insurance policy for your vehicle
Make an insurance policy for your vehicle, as the insurance will bear almost full amount in repair in case any accident happens during transportation. Also, ask your shippers about their insurance policies and verify if there are any added costs included along with the policies. Some people assume that having insurance adds extra expenses to the shipping but most of them are compelled to pay a much higher amount when transporters deny to pay allowance for shipping damage.
Check for tyre pressure and leakage (if any)
It always suggested to not fill the vehicle fuel tank with more than ¾ portion of the tank. Filling extra fuel may increase your vehicle's weight and you might need to pay for extra weight. Moreover, check your vehicle's undercarriage clearance to identify if there is any existing leakage. Keep your vehicle's tyre adequately inflated in order to avoid extra wobbling during loading or unloading the vehicle to the truck bed.