February 29, 2012 by John Roehll
When it comes to relocation, the process of shipping a vehicle is rarely top-of-mind for transferees. Between packing the homes and prepping the families, there isn’t much time left for transferees to manage how their vehicle is going to get from Point A to Point B.
To help ensure a transferees’ vehicle-shipping experience is stress-free, below are 11 items to add to the pre-move checklist:
1. Retract/remove the antennae; remove all non-permanent external items (e.g.: spare tire covers, grill covers, luggage racks, bike racks, etc.)
2. Clean out personal belongings
3. Remove all technology that is not built-in (e.g.: stereo systems, car phones, garage door openers)
4. Take out all E-Z passes or toll tags (otherwise you will be charged the tolls during the commute)
5. Check for fluid leaks
6. Secure your battery in the mounting bracket
7. Fill the gas tank to a minimum of 1/8 tank of fuel, but no more than 1/4 tank of fuel
8. Disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems
9. Provide one set of keys to the driver – access to all vehicle compartments must be available
10. Wash the vehicle, so a quality inspection can be performed
11. Prepare the vehicle for the new climate, which could include engine coolant, transmission oil and other fluids
By following the above checklist, transferees can reduce potential hassles when preparing their vehicle for shipment. Additionally, with this by checking or completing each item, you can help make sure the vehicles and belongings are protected from damage.
Author Byline: John Roehll, Executive Vice President, DAS
John Roehll serves as executive vice president and part owner for Dependable Auto Shippers, Inc (DAS), one of the largest privately owned vehicle relocation companies in the U.S. representing corporate and retail clients since 1954. Roehll manages the company’s corporate business as well as business development efforts, and he also serves as the company spokesperson. He is a member of the Employee Relocation Council (ERC), American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the American Auto Auction Association and frequently speaks at industry conferences.