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Basic Auto Transport Need-to-Know

When you’re transporting a car it’s best that you are prepared for what you’re about to experience. Transporting a vehicle is not something to be undertaken lightly; it’s important that you budget accordingly and make sure that you have another means of transportation while your vehicle is on the truck being shipped. When your auto transport representative calls you and lets you know that your vehicle has been assigned to a truck, you should make sure that you do not wash it. You should clean the interior of your vehicle – make sure there is no trash, personal items (unless your representative specifically told you that personal items were allowed in the cab of your vehicle), loose change, sentimental or valuable items, etc. in the car. However, you should leave your vehicle’s exterior dirty, as the dirt and grime already on it will help prevent minor scrapes and scratches as your vehicle is trundling along the highway on the back of a big truck.

Your carrier will have some paperwork that you should read and make sure you understand before you sign it. You should stay with the carrier throughout the loading and unloading of your vehicle, and make sure that both you and the driver do a thorough inspection before it is loaded and again after it is unloaded. The inspection is important because it is your evidence of damage if you need to submit a claim. Damage during transport is rare, but it does happen on occasion and it’s always best to be prepared. And lastly, make sure that you have the appropriate means of payment for your carrier upon delivery. Carriers will only accept cash, cashier’s checks or money orders – no personal checks or traveler’s checks or anything like that.

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