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Moving Your Automobile Safely
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If you own a car (or cars) they're going to have to make the trip with you when you move, no matter how far away you're moving.
If you're only moving a few miles, you can probably drive your car to your new home yourself. However, if you're moving a little bit farther away -- like say the other end of Canada or another country altogether -- you're probably going to want to invest in an automobile shipping service to transport your car from your old home to your new home.
Automobile shipping services vary depending on the type of shipper you want and the distance the car is being shipped, but it's important to follow a few pieces of advice in order to ensure that your car arrives at its destination safely and without harm.
Choose the type of auto shipperThere are several different types of auto movers you can choose from to move your car, and they include open-air trailers and enclosed trailers. When it comes to picking between the different forms of auto movers, it's best to consider what you think will be the safest method of shipping for you.
- Open-air trailers - trucks that carry several different cars on it; the ones you typically see driving down the highway with two levels of automobiles anchored to the back
- These trailers typically leave the cars on them exposed to the elements (meaning your car would be vulnerable to anything it may encounter during the drive to its destination)
- Enclosed trailers - your automobile will be shipped inside of a closed-in trailer with protection from the outside elements
- This option is more expensive, but safer if you have a new, rare or luxury car you want to project from outside damage
Remove any valuable items from the vehicleIf you have any valuable items in your car, it's usually a good idea to remove them before your car is loaded into the truck. Even if you've hired a trustworthy, reliable auto mover, there's a good chance that several people will be in and out of your car driving it on and off the truck and wherever else it needs to go, and it's always better to be safe than sorry in situations like these.
So, whenever possible, err on the side of caution and make sure that you haven't left anything inside your vehicle that you don't want to lose or get accidentally misplaced or damaged during the move.
Make sure everything is in full, working conditionBefore your car is ready to move, give it a thorough once-over and make sure that there are no glaring problems with any parts of the car that might make the job of moving it that much more difficult, especially considering it will need to be driven around and on and off of the moving truck.
- Check the brakes and make sure they are fully functional
- Make sure the engine is in tip-top shape
- Confirm that the headlights, wiper blades and brake lights are in perfect working condition