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How To Prepare A Car For Shipment When Moving

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When you're moving a great distance, sometimes it's not feasible to drive your car the entire distance yourself. Instead, you can have it shipped so that it's at your new home when you arrive. If your car is not properly prepared for shipping, it can become damaged or worn. Thankfully, there are a few fairly simple things that you can do to prepare your car for shipment when you do decide to move.


The first thing that you should do when you decide to have your car shipped is to document the condition of your vehicle. The best way to do this is to have the entirety of the vehicle cleaned, both inside and out, and then take pictures. Make sure to document any existing damage, no matter how minor, and go over it with the company that's moving your car. This way, you can accurately locate any damage that may occur during the move.

Remove Accessories

After documenting the condition of your vehicle, your next step should be to remove any removable accessories from your vehicle, as well as any personal items that may be inside. This includes taking out your GPS and any digital media storage, as well as exterior accessories like bike racks or tow bars. This prevents these items from being damaged or stolen in the move, as they are smaller and can be shipped separately. Also be sure to remove any important documents from your glove compartment, like the owner's manual and insurance information, just in case.

Top Up Levels

Make sure that the fluid levels of your vehicle are topped up, such as coolant, oil, and brake fluid and ensure that your car battery is charged. It's a good idea to check the air pressure of your tires as well. If they aren't at recommended levels, either top them off yourself or head to a mechanic to have it done for you. When it comes to the gas tank, check with the company that's moving your vehicle: some don't mind the fuel level, while others want your car to be below a certain amount. Finally, if you are moving to a colder climate, you may want to consider changing your tires to snow tires before shipping. As a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to prepare your car for the weather that you're heading into, not the weather you're leaving behind.

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