Guide to Preparing your Car for Shipping

Shipping your car for whatever reason is easy if you know what you are doing and have the right professional support. So, after conducting your research and ensuring that you have found the best car mover to transport your vehicle, you need to prepare it for shipment. Yes, car shipping is more than just picking it up and delivering to your preferred destination.

To make it easy for us to handle the relocation and do it within the regulations in place clients are required to ensure that their vehicles are ready for the transportation. The following are some of the things you can do to prepare your car for shipping.

Clean and wash the car

The first thing to do is to make sure that your vehicle is clean before handing it over for transport. Besides the obvious reasons for cleaning, you will need to make sure that you see all the dents and scratches on your car before shipping, and later on, after shipping. A clean car will be easy to inspect after delivery to check for damages caused by debris and rocks on the road if any.

Applying a fresh layer of wax to your car after washing is meant to protect its paint from debris, grits and road salt. You want your car to be in the same condition it was during pickup, and these actions will contribute a big deal.

Empty the vehicle

Cars are best transported when empty. As such, make sure that you remove all your personal belongings from the car and hand it over when empty. This is aimed at preventing damages on the vehicle caused by the bouncing around of the stuff in the car during transportation, and to ensure the safety of valuables. An important step to take before transporting your vehicle is ensuring that you lock all the doors as well. This will add to its security.

Take photos of its exterior and interior

After ensuring that the car is clean and waxed, take clear and quality photos of the inside and outside of your vehicle before you have it transported. This is to serve as a record of the condition of the car before you handed it over to the carrier for transportation. In many instances, these photos are used when making insurance claims for damages caused by the shipment.

Tighten or remove the loose parts

If you have any loose parts on your vehicle, it is important that you tighten or remove them, this includes the antenna. Since your car will more likely be transported with other vehicles, ensuring that there are no loose parts is aimed at reducing the risk of damaging other cars on the carrier trailer. Also, since the vehicle will be jolted, the loose part might drop or cause damage to your car creating unnecessary expenses.

Leave only a gallon in the gas tank

Depending on the requirement of the carrier you choose to use, vehicles in transit are supposed to have empty gas tanks. This is a requirement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – motor carriers should not carry any hazardous materials. The little gas I the tank, about a gallon is meant for use after delivery. It should be enough to take you to the nearest gas station. So, if by the day of transport, you still have gas in the tank, you can opt to drive around to burn the tank off.

Check the insurance

Since your vehicle will be vulnerable to a number of perils on the road during transit, you want to make sure that it is adequately covered. Every transporter is required to have insurance to cover the vehicles they transport. You need to take time to go through what the insurance covers, with your insurance agent, and seek clarification where you need any. As such, do not sign any documents before confirming that you are covered where it matters most.


At Nexus Auto Transport, we value the security of our client’s vehicle and encourage them to ensure proper preparation before handing them over for transport. What’s more, you can get instant yet anonymous quotes with exact prices for your auto shipping services. Unlike many sites that require that you provide personal information to get quotes, the calculator on our site provides anonymous quotes.

The only information you will be required to input include the model, make and year of your vehicle, and the locations for pickup and delivery. Better yet, you can call to get your quote. In addition to the quote, the calculator will give you the possible dates for pickup and delivery to help you plan appropriately.