Cleaning the vehicle before moving is essential. You will want to inspect it completely before and after the move, and having it clean will make it much easier to pinpoint scratches and any other damage that may occur during the process.

Inspect and Photograph

Before the vehicle leaves and again when it is delivered, a full visual inspection should be carried out and photos should be taken. Any discrepancies should be taken up with the moving company immediately.

Remove Unnecessary Items

Empty the vehicle of all unnecessary items. Leave only a spare tire, wrench and jack in the trunk. Avoid loading your belongings in the vehicle as this will add weight, and could incur extra charges. Remove anything that may be lost or damaged such as custom lights, special mirrors, or removable stereo equipment to decrease the weight of the vehicle and minimize the damage risk.

Limit the Fuel in the Tank

It is recommended that a gas tank be no more than ¼ full when shipping. This will provide enough fuel to get to a gas station after delivery, but not so much that it weighs the moving truck down.

Disable the Alarm

A blaring alarm can drain the car’s battery (and the driver), quite possibly resulting in delays and extra fees. If the alarm cannot be disabled, insure that the mover has the code or key necessary to silence the alarm should it be activated.

Provide Keys

Give the movers keys or codes to the trunk, glove box, alarm, doors, ignition – anything that may have a lock. Movers must be able to access certain areas of the car should the need arise.

Seal Convertible Top

If you have a convertible, insure the top is sealed (no tears or holes). In the transportation process, the vehicle can encounter all types of weather and the high-speed wind against an already-damaged top could cause further harm.

During a big move, it’s quite easy to forget some of the seemingly minor details. Unfortunately, minor details can add up and cause major problems over the long haul. Plan ahead and insure these items are on your moving checklist to streamline your experience and avoid unnecessary hardships.