Relocating your car is an easy and stress-free task when done the right way. The question often is, how is the right way to relocate your vehicle? While many have answers or tips to this process, some vary or can be misleading.
Here are 8 vehicle relocation tips that will make your life easier when trying to move your car!
When you have items left inside your car, regardless of their size or density, they can cause damage to your car while on the trip being relocated or even slow down the moving process because it adds weight.
Now, a few small items like deodorant or some cans won’t cause too much damage or change in speed due to the weight, but it is always better safe than sorry to make sure your car is empty and has no free moving items within it.
Insure is usually talked about for when you have to get a new car or have your car protected in case of a car accident on the road when you are driving. While this is usually the most common reason to have insurance for your vehicle, there are other reasons too.
Your car will be covered by insurance when on the road, so if it is damaged in a relocation process by an accident or some other thing that were to happen, your car would be paid for and safe. This means that damages would be covered and you wouldn’t have to worry about trying to find funds for a new vehicle or to fix the current one.
An inspection of your vehicle is often thought of when you are thinking of your yearly inspection or getting new tags for your car. This is often the only real reason you get an inspection, but there are other possible reasons you’d want to. For this instance, check your car before and after relocation.
If you have a documented account and pictures of what your car looks like before it is moved and after, you will know for sure if any damage happened along that way or if it was pre-existing. If it happens along the way you can use that insurance to cover the damages and even take it up with the moving company.
Getting your car cleaned before a move can seem like a mistake based on how it is being transported, if it’s in an open trailer it is likely to get dirt, dust, grime, and other messes back on it. But cleaning it helps tremendously.
Cleaning your car beforehand will show if any damage occurs on the road or how it was transported. And best of all, if it is transported nicely and doesn’t cause any damage or any grim or dirt getting on it, you will have a clean car to get into once it arrives at its destination.
There are many companies you can choose from when you are looking to move your vehicle from one location to another. The hard part is picking the best one for you and the one you can trust the most with your vehicle.
Luckily, there are many ways you can research or look at a company to compare what it offers that other companies won’t or can offer better. You could look at their services, their reviews, their stats, and many other interests that can show if they are the right company for you to trust with your car.
Usually, each company that offers a move will be requiring you to sign a contract that states the basic information about the relocation and how long it will take plus the cost. You must read the details to see what exactly you are signing into, just like every other contract.
These contracts will often tell you the basics, your car that is being moved, the price of the relocation, the distance, and the best estimated time. But it will often tell you many other details, like how much per mile, if there is a late policy, extra costs, what happens if there is damage, etc. These extra details will make understanding what will happen a lot easier.
If you want to be able to check the location of your vehicle at all times while it is on its way to its new location, then you are going to want to look into GPS tracking. This is an extra service that is offered by some companies when you are signing on for your relocation process.
While it is becoming a more common service, this GPS tracking will allow you to track the location either online or through an app so you can see where your car is at all times while it’s being relocated. The tracking GPS is often hooked up to the moving vehicle and not your car, so it is at no point an extra put onto your vehicle that you will have to remove or worry about.
While it may seem like a smart idea to gas up your car before you get it on the move, this is more of a hindrance than a benefit. Some companies may even tell you beforehand to not gas it up or bring your car as close to empty as possible with just a little bit more to get you to a gas station.
This is because the gasoline will add weight to your car making the moving process take a bit longer. While it’s not like bottles and cans that add a minuscule amount of weight, gasoline can add a vast amount of pounds to your vehicle that will slow down the relocation.
Relocating your car shouldn’t cause you any extra stress, after all, you’re hiring a company to deal with all the extra details and the whole task of taking it from one place to another.
Next time you plan on moving your car with the help of a relocation company, use these eight tips; Empty your car, get it inspected for damages, wash your car, get some insurance, and always research the company that is doing the relocation for you!
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