The way in which you prepare your car for shipping is very important. If not correctly prepared, you could end up spending a lot on repairing your car when it arrives at its’ destination. The steps you need to take are not difficult, but are very necessary.
The first thing you need to do is to write down every ding, dent, scratch, cracked window, etc. that the vehicle already has. This is necessary so that you can determine whether any damage has occurred to the vehicle while it was in the process of shipping. This is one of the most important preparatory steps, so make sure you do a complete job. After making your list of defects, wash your car completely.
Take everything out of your vehicle. While it is not likely that anything will get stolen while the car is being shipped, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially if you are shipping your car on an open trailer. Double check between and under seats, and also in the trunk, for any missed items.
Next, make sure your alarm is completely disabled. This ensures that the handlers do not accidentally set it off and have no idea how to turn it off. This will make the employees of the car shipping company you are using very happy.
Only leave about a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle. The less your car weighs, the better. This also leaves one less thing that can be stolen from your vehicle during transport.
If you have any removable accessories, such as running lights or fog lights, remove these. Also remove your antennae if possible, and fold your side-view mirrors back, as well.
Convertibles are tricky to ship, especially on open trailers. Make sure the top is up, and try to seal any gaps to keep moisture and the elements out of the interior of your car. If you are especially worried about this, you can secure a tarp over the top to protect your convertible even more.
Make sure your vehicle is in good running order before shipping it, just in case something happens and it needs to be moved. The battery should be fully charged, oil changed, radiator filled, tired fully inflated, etc. If your vehicle leaks any type of fluid, make sure to tell your shipping company beforehand so that they do not put your car on top of a double-decker open trailer. You could be liable for any paint damage to the cars below yours otherwise.
Once your vehicle arrives, check it extensively against the lists at the beginning of preparations to make sure nothing occurred during shipping. If all of these steps are taken, you should have no problem shipping your vehicle.