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Car tips & advice | 21.03.2014 - 14:50

5 Motorcycle and Car Shipping and Prep Tips

If you are moving to a new state or country, you may be wondering how you will get your car or motorcycle to your new residence.

While you can easily ship boxes of your furniture and even bring some things with you on a plane, a car or motorcycle won't exactly fit in your overhead compartment or carry on luggage. So, what are your options? Well, the smartest way to transport a motorcycle or vehicle a long distance is to ship it. Indeed, people ship motorcycles and vehicles all the time. With a licensed and professional shipping carrier, you can get your vehicle or motorcycle to wherever it is going with ease. However, it is critical that you take some measures to prepare your vehicle for the move. Here are five motorcycle and car shipping and prep tips.
1. Get your motorcycle or car detailed before you ship. It is important to make sure there is no dirt or debris on your vehicle prior to shipping. Not only do you want your vehicle to be clean when it arrives to its destination, but your shipping carrier will probably recommend that you keep your vehicle clean as well - for the sake of keeping the other automobiles protected from damages.
2. Make sure that your gas tank is low. A shipping carrier - like Heritage Motorcycle Shipping - will most likely ask you to make sure there is less than a quarter tank of gas in your car or motorcycle. This is important for many different reasons. For one, fuel adds weight. If there are certain weight requirements or if the shipping carrier can only load a vehicle with a certain weight, you may be out of luck until you burn enough fuel. Also, the less fuel you have, the lower your rates will be.
3. Remove any accessories from the vehicle. If you have any accessories that are hanging off the side of the vehicle precariously, you can bet that these things will be damaged or broken when your car or motorcycle gets to its destination. So, make sure to remove all these accessories and place them in a box - you can probably take that box with you if you want to save money on shipping.
4. Take lots of pictures of your vehicle or motorcycle. You never know what can happen during the shipping process - your automobile could get damaged in the process. So, for the sake of properly filing an insurance claim, you want to make sure that you have proof. With photos, you'll have everything you need to prove that the damage on your vehicle was caused by the negligence of the shipping carrier.
5. Cover your windows and glass with paper and plastic. The most delicate part of your vehicle during the shipping process is the glass. Not only do you want to protect your windshields, but you also want to protect all your mirrors. So, be sure to place a layer or two of paper and then plastic over the windows - you never can be too careful.

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