Shipping your car in the winter months can come with some special challenges, as it’s a downtime for the auto transport industry. Many people prefer to ship their cars during warmer seasons, as driving conditions are typically safer. In the summer, some routes are very popular; come winter, however, those same routes see a large drop off in demand. Therefore, most auto transport companies actively look for customers in the winter and prices reflect the slower business months. So, if you are looking to ship your car for less, then consider doing it in the winter.
No matter your reason for shipping in the winter, here are a couple of tips for winter auto shipping that will help your auto arrive safely at its destination.
Clean The Car
We recommend washing the exterior, this way it’s easier to inspect the car with the transport driver before loading.
Check Fluid Levels
Make sure there is a half tank of gas in the car and plenty of antifreeze. Have the battery fully charged and ready to go. If the car doesn’t start at the destination, there may be additional charges. Make sure the minimum fluid levels are in the car to ensure it starts upon arrival. Also, don’t forget to check the tire pressures, set pressures when cold.
Remove All Personal Belongings
Don’t leave anything in the car. (loose change, valuables, even garbage needs to be cleaned out) Loose items rolling around in the trunk or on the seats can cause damage. Any liquids left inside can freeze in cold climates, explode, and leave a giant mess for you. Another reason to clean out all personal items inside the car is to be careful about adding any extra weight to your vehicle.
Record Existing Damage
Make sure you document any pre existing damage to your car. Take a lot of pictures from several angles so there is proof of your car’s condition. Carriers are careful with the cars they ship, but accidents can happen—especially in the winter. Photos of your car will act as proof in the event any damage occurs during transport and the carrier needs to cover it.
Use the Enclosed Car Transport Option
If you know your car is going to or will be passing through areas that have winter weather, use an enclosed or covered transport option. Your car will remain protected from all the bad winter elements. No snow, ice, or road salt will touch your car at any point. This is the only way to guarantee your car receives protection from mother nature.
Making sure that your vehicle is properly prepared and ready to go will save a lot of time and last minute stress.
As long as you follow the basic guidelines to prep your vehicle, your shipping plan should go smoothly.
RunBuggy has dedicated logistics specialists who are available to help you with all your shipping needs – anytime of the year.