Shipping A Car – A Step by Step Process

People often dread shipping cars because they perceive the process to be complicated and often aggravating. But the reality of car shipping is that it is actually neither. Car shipping is rather straight forward. Just like any other process, be that making your bed, fixing a sandwich, or literally anything else that can be broken down in small chunks of work, car shipping can be done with just a few simple steps. We guarantee that following these steps will ensure successful car shipping:
  1. Clean the exterior of your car – Your car needs to be clean so that a proper insurance inspection can be conducted. 
  2. Remove all personal goods from your car – While it is sometimes the case that a driver will allow you to transport personal goods in your car during car shipping, it is technically illegal to do so. You should remove all personal goods from your vehicle before shipping!
  3. Remove or disable your car’s alarm system for transport – Just imagine for a second that you’re a hauler moving a 10 car load on an open car carrier. Suddenly, a car alarm goes off on one of cars. How do you get to the offending car…? There’s an easy way, and then there’s a hard way. Drivers WILL disable your alarms by any means necessary. They may not always be so kind as to offload the cars in front of yours to disable your alarm. Read between the lines and DISABLE YOUR ALARM!
  4. Run your gas down to at least 1/4 tank – It’s not always necessary to run your gas down to a quarter-tank, but it is always acceptable. If you’re trying to avoid the hassles of shipping a car, be proactive and make sure that your car’s tank is only 1/4th full before shipping.
  5. If your vehicle has removable modifications, such a body kits, spoilers, and so on, remove them – These sorts of modifications can complicate your shipping. With certain modifications, such as suspension drops and body kit modifications, you may actually need to use enclosed car transport. If you can remove these modifications, it is suggested that you do so before shipping.
  6. Retract all retractable car components (including antennae and folding mirrors) – This is a pretty simple profilactic step; lower your antennae! There is no sense in risking accidental damage to your antennae. Simply detatch or retract any and all retatchable components of your vehicle.
  7. If Shipping a convertible, ensure that the top is properly attached and secured - This is a very important, yet often overlooked. Convertibles are generally stored on the top deck of auto transport carriers and auto transport trailers to avoid drip damage. Thus, the only line of defense between the interior of your convertible and the elements is the top. If the top isn’t secured properly and the driver doesn’t notice,  you could possibly lose the top AND ruin your car’s interior.
  8. Ensure that your vehicle is able to start, steer, roll, and brake – Some do not realize that the operability of a vehicle makes a difference between how and if it can be shipped. If your car runs, then you’re good to go. If not, it needs to at least roll, stear, and break, and you must also notify your auto shipper that your car is inoperable.
  9. Document your vehicle’s condition - If your car is undamaged before shipping, you need to have documentation. Although every car moved by American Auto Move is subjected to a full inspection before being shipped. If you’re not using American Auto Move or a company that performs full inspections before shipping, you need to document your vehicle’s condition.