Preparing to Ship Your Car

car shipping preparation


It is important to start with an inspection of your vehicle prior to shipment  in order to arrange a safe transport.  Under good lighting, take a thorough observation of the current state of your car, taking notice of any scratches, cracks, or damages that are there presently. Make this information known in the vehicle inspection report, known as “The Bill of Lading”. You may choose to wash your vehicle to help you see the condition of the car more clearly.

If you are unable to be present for the inspection,  it is crucial to send someone dependable  in your place.  Damages may occur during transportation.  However, RCG Logisitics is only reliable to damage that is incurred by the driver.  If for some reason your vehicle arrives in a different state then when it was picked up, you will have evidence of any deviations from your Bill of Lading report to help you settle insurance claims.


Make sure that your vehicle is safe for transport.  This includes checking the steering, brakes, battery charge, tire pressure, and fluid leaks.  Turn off car alarms and make sure the vehicle is full with just enough fuel to cover loading and unloading distances (not to exceed ¼ of the tank due to weight restrictions).  Unnecessary gas is extra weight for the car hauler.  Finally, remove personal belongings and valuables from the vehicle because loss or damage to these items may not be the responsibility of the shipping company. In addition, these objects may become loose during the moving process and cause serious damage to other vehicles.  Do not place anything in the vehicle or trunk that will jeopardize the shipping process, such as firearms, explosives, or other menacing items. Also, properly secure or remove external customizations for shipment, such as spoilers, fog lights, or sideskirts. Tuck away mirrors and antennae. Convertibles should have the roof closed.

It is especially important not to have any personal items in your car for marine shipments, as the the vehicle will not be accepted by the shipping line and will further delay the process and add to the cost.


Know the liabilities of RCG Logistics for damages that could occur during transport. If you are concerned ask to have a certificate of insurance issued in your name. We will provide all the necessary paperwork and legal documents. Be sure to read the terms and conditions. It is important to realize what type of damages will not be covered for insurance. On an open shipment we do not cover weather damage like hail, rain or flooding. Any glass damage will also not be covered. Talk to your insurance agent if you want to purchase additional coverage for your car.

About the Author: Alex Marinov

Alex Marinov is the president of RCG Logistics LLC, with years experience in the shipping and freight industry. His main interest include sustainable building design, video production and automobiles.

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