Preparing to Ship Your Car
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.
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.
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.