How To Prepare Your Car For Auto Transport 

How to prepare your car for transport

Once you’ve scheduled auto transport, there are a few things that you need to do to prepare before the carrier arrives to pick up your vehicle. Transporting a car needs some coordination, but don’t worry – Metti International is here to help you make sure that everything goes smoothly during the pickup and drop off of your vehicle. 

Provide a Reliable Phone Number 

When you’re preparing your car for automobile shipping, it’s important that you give the dispatcher a good phone number that you can be reached at. When your car is close to delivery or your drop off date is delayed, they will call you to let you know.

Don’t Cancel Your Insurance Policy

We recommend keeping your car insurance during your scheduled automobile transport to make sure that it’s covered if any damage is done. It’s much better to be well prepared, and you can always cancel once your car has been delivered to your new home. 

Make Two Sets of Keys

Never schedule automobile shipping without making an extra set of keys. You’ll give one to the driver and keep the other set with you in case the set you gave the carrier is misplaced. 

Remove All Personal Items From Your Car

Prior to transporting a car, always make sure that you remove all personal and valuable items from the car. Most auto carriers will not accept vehicles with visible items in them and protect your car’s windows during its journey. 

Keep Gas In Your Vehicle

It’s recommended to have a ¼ tank of gas in your car at the time of pickup. This will make sure that you have enough gas to get to your final destination if the vehicle isn’t dropped off at your new home. 

By following these simple pieces of advice, your car shipping experience should go smoothly. And remember, if you ever have any questions throughout the process, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to the dispatcher or driver.

Metti International Is Here to Help! 

As a finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), we are here to help make the process easy to ship your vehicle and happily walk you through how to fully prepare your car to be transported.

For a free quote, call Metti International today at 866.620.1776 or request one online! We look forward to working with you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.