How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Car Shipping

So you have decided to ship your vehicle to save on the hassle of driving. This will reduce the wear and tear on your car or truck and you won’t have to be putting on all the extra mileage. More people are starting to ship their vehicles in order to save time and stress. Below is a list of things you need to do before and during car shipping.

Metti International’s Tips When Moving a Vehicle

1.Verify your assigned carrier has an active phone number for contacting you at origin and destination.

2.If your vehicle is not running, be sure and let your transportation company’s dispatcher know as soon as possible.

3.Do not cancel your insurance policy.

4.Ensure that you have two complete sets of keys for your vehicle. Only one goes to the driver.

5.Make sure that your vehicle is completely emptied of any personal items prior to your car shipping.

6.Replenish coolants etc. prior to shipment, especially during inclement weather conditions. Carrier is not responsible for mechanical problems or batteries.

7.Disconnect all after market alarms that are not factory installed.

8.Remove any non-permanent items such as ski racks etc.

9.Remove or retract any antennae.

10. Have less than one-quarter of a tank of gas in the vehicle, but ensure that it is not completely empty (gas light should not be on).

11.Take pictures of your vehicle when the driver is doing the inspection and verify he writes the mileage at pickup and delivery.

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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.