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Bauer & Son Moving:  Auto Transport Guidelines

 

Moving your Automobile:

Before Pick-up

Steps to Prepare your Car for Shipping

Wash your car thoroughly even if will be shipped on an open trailer. You want to be able to note any chips, dings, nicks or other cosmetic damage accurately.

Remove any personal items from your car. Most vehicle shipping companies are not licensed and thus cannot legally carry any personal items in vehicles they transport. It will also not likely be covered by insurance.

Shut off and or disable the car alarm. It is impossible to be well versed in all of the alarm systems available today, make it easy on the company and disable it.

Don't top off your gas tank, keep it low, in between 1/8th to 1/4th of a tank as this saves quite a bit of weight which the auto transporters appreciate.

Please make sure to secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items from your car such as ground effects, spoilers, fog lights. If you have wide mirrors fold them back and lower and remove/retract the antennae if possible.

If possible, always ship convertibles with the top and secured properly. Try to seal any holes or open seams in the top to prevent air or moisture from causing damage. If you cannot raise the top, you should attempt to cover it with a secure fitting tarp that can resist high winds.

Make sure the battery is charged, that the tires have proper inflation and top off all of the fluids on the vehicle and let the drive know if there are ANY leaks. Cars leaking oil and especially brake or transmission fluid should NEVER be on the top of a two deck open trailer. This is to prevent leaks onto the paint of vehicles below.

Prepare a careful list of any operational problems or steps necessary to start, stop, or drive your vehicle on and off of the trailer.

Do a Thorough Vehicle Inspection: Document Its Condition

In order to ensure any claims of vehicle damage are accurate and enforceable, make a complete report of any pre-existing damage your vehicle may have. You may want to go as far as taking pictures (and dating them) of the vehicle prior to shipping it.

 Pick-up

Meeting The Truck: Be On Time

Make sure you are on time to meet the driver and that your meeting spot is clearly defined and easy to get to for both parties. Remember the size and maneuvering restrictions for the truck. Not meeting the truck can delay delivery for not only your vehicle, but also all of the other customers whose cars are sitting on the trailer.

Releasing Your Car: Do the Paperwork

Prior to leaving your car with the car shipping company, be sure you receive an original inspection report. This report provides pick-up and delivery information, the car's current mileage, and most importantly documents the condition of your car at time of pick-up - pre-existing scratches and dents, cracked glass/mirrors, general paint condition, etc. Keep this report and use it when you receive your vehicle. If you will not be receiving the car, you should send a copy of this report to the person who will be.

Delivery

Meeting The Truck: Be On Time

Make sure you are on time to meet the driver and that your meeting spot is clearly defined and easy to get to for both parties. Remember the size and maneuvering restrictions for the truck. Not meeting the truck can delay delivery for not only your vehicle, but also all of the other customers whose cars are sitting on the trailer.

Accepting The Car: What to Look For On Delivery

When your car arrives, make sure that you do a slow, methodical inspection of the vehicle with a copy of the original inspection report in hand. Look for any cosmetic or discernable mechanical damage that was not noted in the original report. Make sure you look underneath the vehicle as well. If there is any damage not on the original inspection report, note each incident of damage as exceptions and be sure the driver signs it. Avoid accepting your vehicle at night, unless you can view it under good lights.

Should Damage Occur: Steps to Take

Car shipping is typically worry free, and the vast majority of vehicles are shipped with out incident or damage. However, damage does sometimes occur and it is important to understand that process of receiving compensation for the damage. If damage occurs, and you feel it is directly attributable to the shipping process, note all damage on your inspection report (see item above), obtain the driver's signature, and contact your car shipping company. The car shipping company should then work with you to reimburse you for verifiable damage done to your car.

 

Thank you for visiting Bauer online and we look forward to assisting all your moving needs!

 
 
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