Moving a vehicle cross country is no simple matter. In this text we’ll be discussing the important matters of auto preparation that needs to be done before the auto hauler comes to your address.
Our goal is to aid you and prepare you for what is about to come and what to expect when working with auto-transportation services.
How to make the experience more pleasant for both parties
There are two sides to the story of moving a car across the country – one is your side, and the other is the side of the transportation company. As a transportation platform, UStrans connects you with the professionals, at a reasonable rate, and within the expected time-frame, so you can have your vehicle transported safely.
For personal comfort
The entire reason people use our service is for convenience, comfort and time-management. Here are some things you should do before the vehicle transport comes to your address, in order to keep the operation as smooth and optimal as possible.
Take detailed photos of the exterior of the vehicle
For your peace of mind, it’s important to take photos of the exterior of the car, so you have detailed, visual confirmation of the condition you sent out the vehicle in. While all transportations companies which we use, have vetted personnel and well maintained trucks and trailers, road conditions, vandalism and accidents may cause superficial damage to your vehicle.
Ensure you have all possessions removed or in a lockbox
If this is a personal vehicle which you want transported, you might have personal possessions inside, which you would like to be transported along with the car. Ensure that everything is gathered in a single lock-box which does not get in the way of the transportation personnel, this will keep everything neat and tidy and will guarantee your belongings’ condition.
Be available when the transport vehicle arrives for pick up
One of the biggest issues transportation companies face, is that the client does not have the car ready for pick up, or that they are not available for the day of said pick-up. Make sure that you are present at the address which you’ve set as the pick-up location so you can release the vehicle.
If you are not present, then the vehicle cannot be move onto the transport and the transportation company will charge you extra for the delay.
For the transportation company
The preparations should also consider the standards of the transportation company, which coincide with some common sense tips. These considerations are related to the type of trailer you’d prefer, the size of the vehicle, any hard deadlines you may have and the overall convenience of the pickup.
Inform us of the condition of the car
The condition of the car is quite important. It’s vital to know, prior to booking, if the car is operational or if it requires mechanical assistance with moving.
Check if the battery is working, if it has enough gas, if there’s a flat tire or anything which will impede the car from getting itself onto a flat-bed trailer. It’s also important to notify us what sort of clearance the car has, meaning does it have sport suspension and how low to the ground it is.
This will allow the transportation company to adapt their trailer to the safe transportation of the vehicle to the end destination.
Let us know if you have hard deadlines
Hard deadlines work both ways – for pick-up and for delivery. In case you have a deadline which must be met i.e. you are traveling and cannot hand over the vehicle, or you need the vehicle at a set date, then you should definitely mention this when booking.
Select the proper trailer variation
There are several trailer variations, which are suited for different size and types of vehicles. Low clearance, exotic super cars have lowered sports suspension which is not suited for the steep, open trailer ramps.
If your vehicle is a high value car, it’s best that you book a closed trailer which has a lift feature. It will protect the car from any inclement weather and it will ensure that the auto is fully safe when picking up and releasing.
For more detailed information, you can contact our customer service team, who can assist you with the preparation process and provide the necessary information regarding your auto transportation deadlines.