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There might come a time where you need to ship your car somewhere. Maybe you are moving away/to Kelowna or you are buying a car off a site like eBay. Whichever it is, there are 4 things that you have to do before you ship. You want to make sure that your investment makes it safe and sound to its destination, cars aren’t cheap.

4 Things Before You Ship Your Car

1. Do Your Research

It’s not as easy as just picking the first company off Google. You need to really do some independent research on a few good shipping companies. Look at reviews and check local car forums for recommendations. Once you have found your company make sure to ask questions. Any company that won’t answer/gives vague answers probably isn’t any good. Make sure you get a full quote and there aren’t any hidden fees. You don’t want any surprises at your destination.

2. Vehicle Prep

Prepping your vehicle before shipping will help ensure it will arrive in the best condition possible. Remove all the personal items from the car, top off the fluids and make sure that there isn’t more than a third of a tank of gas. If the shipping will take a while, some fuel stabilizer is a good idea.

3. Book Early

Shipping companies are often booked up weeks in advance. It takes a lot of resources to ship a car so you want to give the company lots of notice. Try to book 2-3 weeks before your move and take into consideration the length of shipping time, plan accordingly.

4. Be There

The most important part of the whole process is being there for pickup. Only you can ensure that your car is in the same condition you left it. A good idea is to take pictures before its shipped to make disputes easier. As soon as it’s off the truck and signed for, it’s your problem. Don’t let anyone else sign for it.

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