Moving Your Car
If you are moving a long way from home, then you may need to have one or more of your cars moved professionally. While the process isn’t overly complicated, there are a few things you are going to need to do in order to get your car ready for the move. Here are some of the things you should remember to do before your car gets picked up to be delivered at your new home.
Turn Off the Alarm
While this may be easier said than done, if you are having your car transported via truck, it is necessary. Not only because you don’t want to have a dead battery when your car shows up at your new home, but you also don’t want to make an enemy of the truck driver who has to listen to your alarm during the trip. If you are unsure how to do this, check with your manufacturer’s manual, or call a dealer who should be able to help you out.
Keep the Tank Empty
No need to top off your car’s tank. It isn’t being driven to your new home; it is being carried! As a matter of fact, you want to have as little fuel in the tank as possible. Not only will this cut down on the weight of the vehicle as it is transported, it also cuts down on the chance of something going wrong during transport. Gas is flammable after all!
Check Your Tire Air Pressure
Just like you wouldn’t want to drive around with over or under inflated tires, you don’t want to have your car transported in the same manner. Check to see what the proper amount of air pressure in your tires should be and inflate (or deflate) them to that pressure. It is the best way to prevent damage from occurring to the rims or even other more important (and expensive) parts of the drive train and suspension.
Give Your Car a Bath
What is lurking beneath all of the road dirt your car has accumulated? Dents, scratches and other blemishes can easily be hidden by a thin layer of road dirt. That also means that you won’t be able to see if there is any new damage to your car once it has been unloaded at your new home.
If your car is cleaned up before it is loaded, then you will be able to see if there was any damaged caused. Cleaning before loading also gives you the opportunity to write down any existing damage, so you know that it was not caused by the moving company.
Don’t forget to clean out the inside of your car as well. Transport might jostle around your car, and any loose items may bounce around causing damage to the inside.