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What You Should Know Before Your Car Is Transported To Your New Destination

When you need to transport your car to another part of the country, towing services come in handy. These companies can prepare and transport your car safely across state lines so you don't have to complete the long drive. They also ease the burden of the moving process by taking one extra task off your hands.

However, the process isn't as simple as just taking your car to the towing company's office. You need to prepare the vehicle in advance so it remains safe during transportation. Here's what you should know before your precious vehicle is transported.

Change the oil

Dirty and clogged oil can easily block your engine while the vehicle is in transit. Furthermore, the dirty oil may spread to other parts of your vehicle and cause complications when you drive it in the future. Avoid this problem by changing the oil before your vehicle is transported. Fresh oil will lubricate moving parts and "sanitize" the engine before you start driving your vehicle again.

Keep it clean

If you recently went off-roading with your vehicle, make sure you have it washed before transportation. A dirty vehicle is harder to monitor for scratches and dents that may occur during transit. Dirt also tends to stick firmly to the vehicle over time, making it harder to clean.  

Tire pressure is critical

Whether your vehicle will be transported via flatbed towing, hook-and-chain, or wheel lift, you should check the tire pressure before transit day. Low-pressure tires may become damaged further when loading/offloading the vehicle. You may also end up with a flat tire at your new destination, which will make picking up the car more complicated. Inflate your tires in advance and check for any issues such as punctures.

Keep the fuel level low

You may be tempted to fill up your fuel tank before the car is transported. However, a full tank makes the vehicle heavier and increases the likelihood of damage that may occur to the fuel tank itself. Prepare in advance and deliver the vehicle for shipping with as little fuel in the tank as possible.  

Inspect the engine for leaks

Leaking fluids during shipment may further complicate engine issues. For example, leaking transmission fluid will accelerate damage to the transmission itself when your vehicle arrives for pickup. The same applies to engine oil. When getting an oil change, make sure all your fluid levels are checked and topped up as necessary. Proper fluid levels also reduce the likelihood of engine knock.

For more information, speak with a professional who provides transportation services.