How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Auto Transport
Two years ago, the auto transport industry was valued at $95 million. Although it took a slight dip in 2021, experts have projected that it might be twice the value recorded earlier by the end of this year. This is not surprising as they help many people move their cars from one place to another, when driving isn’t an option. This is great news for the industry, especially for clients looking forward to using such services. The question, though, is, how do you get your vehicle ready for auto transport? These are tips worth knowing before going ahead with it.
- Disable the vehicle alarm
Car alarms have sensitive sensors that get triggered by the slightest movement. Because your car is due for auto transport, it is usually recommended to disable the alarm before it is conveyed. This is to prevent the blaring of alarms that may inconvenience the auto transport company. In many situations, the auto transport company makes it a requirement before moving your car. However, if they don’t, it is advisable to do so to avoid the inconveniences it could cause the truck driver.
Additionally, a car alarm that goes off incessantly can run down the battery. The last thing you want is for your vehicle to arrive only to notice a completely rundown battery. You can detach the car battery to disable the alarm. You can also choose to remove the fuse, which also effectively disables the alarm. Some clients unlock the car doors to temporarily disarm the alarm until it arrives at the final destination. For security reasons, however, this option is not always recommended.
- Check for leaks
Many auto transport companies are strict about leakages from clients’ cars. When they realize at the last minute, they may refuse to transport your car. If you’re lucky, your deposit may be refunded. If not, you lose your initial payment altogether. Aggressive leakages can be a hazard to the truck or container transporting your vehicle. Sometimes, more than one car is transported at a time. Therefore, the risk of a leaky car can be a danger to the other vehicles. If an aggressive leakage is detected late, the auto transport company may hit you with a hefty fine.
It is recommended to perform a thorough check of the vehicle at least three days before the final move. If you cannot inspect it yourself, it may be wise to call a mechanic to run these checks. Finally, do not fill the gas tank before the move. A full tank makes the vehicle heavier and more dangerous to convey on a truck or container. The best thing to do is leave very little fuel or what’s left in the reserve tank. When your car arrives in good condition, you can fill it up.
- Be prepared for any eventuality
The truth is that anything can happen during the transportation process. It may not necessarily be due to your inability to prepare the car adequately. However, the car is a machine and can develop mechanical problems at any time. Should this happen when the vehicle arrives at the final destination, you might need a towing service to move it. However, the dynamics change if the auto transport service causes the damage. For example, if your car was damaged due to their negligence, they are responsible for paying or repairing it. This, therefore, makes it crucial to assess the transporting company’s liability clause before making any initial payment.
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