If this is your first time having a vehicle shipped, then you’ve obviously got questions on what to do for the actual physical shipping and delivery of the car or truck you want to get from point A to point B. Luckily, we’ve put together a quick guide on what to expect.

If you ever have any questions about car shipping steps, or what you can do as a vehicle owner to make sure the process goes smoothly, never hesitate to speak with one of our customer service representatives. We’ll be sure to give you a quick step-by-step list of what you can do to get your vehicle to its destination as quickly as we can.

The vehicle must be operable, and it must be inspected. If the vehicle isn’t operable, there will be additional fees. The vehicle must be inspected before it is shipped to ensure that it is in the same condition when it arrives. If the vehicle’s had any modifications that would effect shipping, such as larger tires or vertical modifications, those also need to be taken into account.

The vehicle must be prepared. There can’t be any serious fluid leaks, and it has to be clean for the inspection process. It should have no more than a quarter tank of gas, and no less than an eighth. The alarm system needs to be removed or deactivated. Any peripheral devices that aren’t built into the vehicle have to be removed, along with any personal belongings. Exterior covers have to be removed as well.

Your presence will be required for the inspection process at both pick up and delivery, and you will have to sign a bill for shipping, as well as a condition report at both points in transport. You may be able to designated a representative to handle these tasks if you aren’t available at either point, but it’s generally best to be there yourself so that you can visually inspect the vehicle before and after it has been transported.

You, or a representative, will be required to confirm the condition of your vehicle. If you notice that there’s any damage or the vehicle otherwise isn’t in the same condition as it was when it left for transport, those details will be noted in a “bill of lading” which is signed once the car or truck reaches its destination.

It’s also important to make sure that your vehicle has the proper amount of insurance coverage for shipping. If you aren’t currently aware of that amount, or if you even are covered, speak with your auto insurance agent to learn more. You should take care of those details well in advance of any shipping date, as the transport company that you’re working with is not responsible for your own personal shipping insurance. Car haulers do have their own liability and cargo insurance, of course, and you should confirm those details, and amounts of coverage, before choosing an auto transport business to work with.