When transporting your car, there are a variety of things you should know. Transporters are on the job to help you get your car moved to a new location with little hassle to you, but there are some people out there that can’t be trusted so the first thing you should be aware of it the company you are going with. Check around to see if someone you know has used the company before, check for references, and go with a company you have heard about. Below are a few useful tips for how to pick the correct auto transport and how to schedule the pick up and delivery.


You will want to plan in advance for the car to be picked up. Depending on where you are moving to, the auto transport company can have it to you in as little as two days or as long as three weeks. Most auto transport companies will not run with an empty trailer therefore they are picking up and dropping off cars as they go, if they are lucky they may have three cars on a trailer that are going to the same general area to help speed up the delivery process for you. You will need to keep this in mind when you are scheduling your transport. It is recommended to schedule your auto shipping four weeks prior to your move. This will give the transport company plenty of time to get someone to your location to pick up the car before you head out. The delivery will be set by the auto transporter, they will give you a broad time for the car to be delivered and as they get closer they will call you with the exact delivery date. You will want to make sure someone is there to receive the car.


You will need to have proper insurance on your vehicle. Check with your insurance companies to make sure it is covered for auto transportation. While the company is responsible for major damage to your car, they are not responsible for the overall car’s insurance. An auto transport company will check for any scratches, dents, and other damage to the vehicle before loading it on the trailer. They will go over this form with you and require a signature. Upon delivery, you will go over the damage again to make sure there is nothing new. Be aware rocks, and other debris on the road can cause minor scratches and is not covered under their insurance, it is a risk you will take for an open air transport.

Other Important Considerations

Do not leave personal items in the car. Most transporters will not accept a vehicle that has personal items in open view. This is a risk they will not take because it is in essence asking for a criminal to break in to the car. The transport also has weight concerns for weigh stations. They need to have the specific weight of the vehicle, make, and model to make sure they can fit it on the transport trailer with the other vehicles.

When you enter your new home, you may not feel the homelike environment, because of bare walls and surrounding boxes. Packing and re-arranging are the final processes of all relocation activities, but just like the packing process, unpacking can be tiring too.

However, unpacking is very easy but re-arranging is a very difficult task. Most of the people do get confused while unpacking and mess up their things. It is impossible to unpack your items in a single day. Unpacking takes a lot of time, and hence, gets the most important items unpacked first and then tackle the things that aren’t as crucial to your day-to-day life.

Basic Requirements

  • All-purpose cutter or utility knife.
  • Nails, sledge hammer and screwdriver.
  • Recycle bin for cardboard boxes.
  • The most important thing – Patience.

Basic Unpacking tips

Room Plans – Room plans should be made before unloading and unpacking for arranging your belongings. Planning should be done in such a way that you don’t have to rearrange larger pieces afterward.

Unpack your essential box – Locate your essential box and unpack all the items, which you need to get through the day and the next morning.

Unloading – Unload heavy items first, since it requires a lot of strength and energy, and also place all the boxes into the appropriate rooms while unloading.

Place heavy items first – Place the heavy items like furniture, refrigerator, etc. in an appropriate location according to the room plans.

Assemble the beds – You are going to be exhausted d by the time the day is over, so you will want to make sure that your bed is ready.

From Where to Start

Always keep the focus on a single room at a particular time. Before moving to the next room, make sure that all the required items are unpacked in that room. It is always better to start with the kitchen.

Kitchen – It is the area where most of the things happen, including family get-togethers and preparing meals. Start unpacking the most necessary items, those you use in your day to day life, and set them in the reachable spaces in descending order. It is not necessary to unpack all the items in one day. You can arrange items such as plates, cups, glasses, pots and pans, dishes and cereal bowls.

Bathroom – After unpacking all the required items in the kitchen, you can move to unpack the bathroom. It is small, and should not take too much of time to finish. Make sure that the bathroom’s mechanical systems are functioning properly and all the required items like soap, toiletries, etc. are unpacked.

Living room – Since the two necessary rooms have been arranged now, you can start organizing the furniture in the living room. Before making any move, make sure that all the electric outlets are functioning properly. Once you are satisfied, start unpacking the boxes, moving the furniture, and also hanging mirrors and pictures.

Bedroom – Take help of your family members to place heavy furniture and rearranging the beds. It is not necessary to set up the bedrooms on the first day itself, but allow each member to arrange and unpack her/his personal belongings. Make sure that all the required clothes, pillows and mattresses are unpacked, and also all the electric outlets are functioning properly.

There are a few aspects that need to be taken into consideration when you want to send you car away, especially if it is a long distance trip. Be sure to use a company that is insured as well as honest and reliable. Ask around, maybe someone will be able to direct you to a good company that will help you. It will depend on what type of vehicle you have and how much it is worth, to determine what type of truck will be used to transport your vehicle. Open or enclosed trucks are the options.

Before you do anything you will need a quote from a few different companies. A few different ones would be better so that you can determine which will be supply you with good service and not cause major damage to your bank account. In order for you to obtain a quote, there are a few things that the transporting companies will need to know.

They will ask what type of vehicle it is that will be transported, approximately when you would like the vehicle to leave and when you would like it to arrive, and exactly where you would like it delivered to. You will also choose what type of service you will require, either door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal. Also, the big question is would you like your car transported in an open truck or a closed one? A closed truck is always better if you have an expensive car but it does cost quite a bit more than an open truck. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! The last thing is the size of your vehicle like if you have something as big as an SUV it will cost you more because it will take up more space on the truck.

Take into consideration that the transport trucks are rather large so you have to make sure that where they need to pick up the vehicle they have enough space to drive their truck. If not then you should make alternate arrangements for them to pick it up at a large parking lot or shopping center.

Once that has been finalized it’s time it gets your car ready for the journey! Make sure the car is clean so that you can see all the damages it might have and make a note of it before the cargoes. There should be no personal items of yours left in the car. If it has an alarm make sure it is deactivated and will not go off during transportation. The vehicle should also have a tank of gas or less than that. Then last, you need to check and make sure that all the things inside and on the car are secure and will not fall off, like the battery, hub caps, antenna, convertible covers and tops, all those things which your vehicle may have.