Vehicle shipping tips help customers best prepare their vehicle for safe, fast international transport
AutoGo Auto Transport. provides vehicle shipping services around the world. These services are offered to individual, commercial and military personnel. In an effort to make the vehicle shipping process seamless, integrated logistic dispatchers at AutoGo Transport recommend to customers several tips to prepare their car for shipping.
First, AutoGo advises customers to remove all personal belongings from their car before shipping. The purpose of this is to avoid losses or damages to these items and to help the vehicle clear customs more easily. When shipping freight overseas, customs officials will do a through inspection of each unit. Non-essential car items will have to be removed prior to the port acceptance of the unit. The only items acceptable for shipment in your automobile are those tools and accessories normally attached to the vehicle, or permanently installed in the dash, doors, rear deck, or console. For example, if not bolted in then the item should be removed.
The vehicle should be fully operational, if it is not, then it could require specialized shipment procedures such as a container. Vehicles must be in operating condition when tendered for shipment, with a working emergency brake, and must either be licensed or qualified to be licensed for operation on public streets or highways.
Vehicles should be delivered with ¼ tank of gas. Port personnel will make sure your vehicle is ready to go when it reaches its destination. If you are shipping a vehicle powered by an alternative fuel -propane, electric, natural gas, etc – contact the port authority in advance for special shipping instructions. Automobiles shipped in northern climates, especially during the fall and winter months, should have the proper amount of antifreeze.
Vehicles with propane tanks for auxiliary uses must be delivered for shipment with the propane tanks empty of any liquid or fumes. The empty tank must be tagged and certified as "gas free" by an authorized propane dealer or service company. All fire extinguishers must be removed as per federal regulation.
AutoGo also recommends customers disconnect their car alarms before vehicle shipping. This is done to keep the car alarm from going off and draining the battery during loading, transport, and unloading.
When arriving at port be prepared with the following documentation.
• Name, mailing address and phone number of the shipper and consignee. The consignee is the person to whom the automobile is being shipped. Most of the time, the shipper and consignee are the same person.
• General information about your automobile - year, make, model and license number, VIN number
• Be prepared to show a copy of registration or purchase papers
• Port of discharge - know which port your car is destined.
At the Port Facility leave a set of keys for the ignition, trunk door, gas tank, and any other locking compartment. The Department of Agriculture inspects all compartments of your vehicle, and will detain any vehicle without a key to a locked compartment.
Please retain possession of your automobile registration document - you will need it at the port of discharge.
The final recommendation from AutoGo Transport is to get transportation insurance on the vehicle being shipped. Most standard car insurance policies don’t cover international shipping of cars. Contact your insurance agent to get additional umbrella insurance coverage.
For more information on AutoGo Transport vehicle shipping services, visit https://www.autogotransport.com
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After 10 years of service, AutoGo Auto Transport is a national leader in affordable car shipping and auto relocation. AutoGo’s extensive carrier network offers a full range of regional and national less-than-truck load (LTL) and truckload (TL) car shipments. Additional services include open and enclosed transports with winch and lift gate equipment respectively. Services are door-to-door and fully insured. Car storage and terminal services available upon request.