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Preparing Your Car for Interstate Transport

Sometimes it just isn’t convenient to drive your vehicle to a new destination when relocating. Perhaps you are flying and need your vehicle at the final destination, or you are driving another vehicle and want your other car, truck or SUV towed along for the ride. Whatever it is you are looking for, you need to make sure your car is read for interstate transport. Now, you can always contact your vehicle transport company to see what is required by them specifically, but there are some general needs you should take care of to ensure your vehicle is ready to cross state lines.

Vehicle Lighting

Depending on how your vehicle is going to be moved, you need to make sure all of the lighting works on your vehicle. This includes your turn signal bulbs, headlights, running lamps and even your license plant lights. If you have anything that is burnt out, replace the bulbs yourself or take them in to have the bulbs replaced. Some lights are rather easy to replace, while other bulbs might require you going in through the trunk or the hood of the vehicle. If you are not comfortable with this, you can have your local oil change service center install the new lights, or you can go to the dealership and they can do it for you as well.

Interior Cleaning

You know the random odds and ends you have in your car and trunk, just in case you are on the road and you need some extra work clothes, running shoes, a shovel or just about anything else? Be sure to remove these items from the trunk or the interior of the car. You don’t need these items bouncing around the vehicle while it is being towed. Outside of small items you might want to leave in some useful things like jumper cables, rubber straps or necessary equipment for the car itself, clean it out and make sure it is prepped and clean for the journey.

 

Washing Your Car

Despite it most likely collecting a little residue and dead bugs along its trip, your car should be fairly clean at the start of its journey. Considering your auto transport company is accountable for any damage or alterations done to the vehicle while it’s being transported, having a clean car in the beginning of its journey will make it easier to use as a benchmark for inspection later on.

 

Leaving Gas in Your Car

Having gas in your car while its being transported long distances will add extra weight, and in turn potentially extra cost to your shipping fee. The recommended amount to leave in your gas tank is about 1/8 full, leaving just enough for the company to move it on their own if necessary, but also relieving them of a few extra gallons that could slow down their trip.

 

Check Your Battery and Inflate Your Tires

Ensuring your car battery is charged and your tires are inflated properly will give the company, and yourself peace of mind when it comes to the thought of having to drive the car rather than tow it. While this shouldn’t be a problem with most car transporting scenarios, it is good to make sure of these things. In the long run, you will have your car in tip-top shape upon getting it back at your new destination.

 

Ready to Ship Your Car Across State Lines?

If you are preparing for state to state auto transport, or coast to coast, you need to make sure your vehicle is prepped properly and ready for the journey. No matter where you are going or how far the journey is, with the help of Number 1 Auto Transport, you can make sure your vehicle is ready for anything. So, give us a call or fill out a contact form and let us help you get your car where you need it to be.

 

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