PortKick understands the critical nature of freight shipping for the auto industry and the demands of automotive logistics. Whether you are shipping cars, motorbikes or engine parts, and the pressures faced by manufacturers operating Just-In-Time (JIT) or Just-In-Sequence (JIS) production cycles. PortKick has the experience, expertise and reliability to support such time-sensitive requirements – ensuring automotive cargoes are in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. We provide a seamless, coordinated and efficient service across all of the major global trade lanes, thus enabling our clients to achieve their operational goals.
What You Need To Know About Auto Shipping
Whether you are interested in shipping a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other type of vehicle it is just a matter of collecting the necessary information and contacting the right people; in this case automotive transport companies. From shipping a vehicle from one state to another, or from one coast to the other, the process is more or less the same. Some of the information you will need is the make, model, and year of the vehicle, as well as its current location and the destination of your vehicle shipment. It will also be very helpful to have a delivery timeframe in mind if you need your vehicle shipped by a certain date.
Preparing to Ship Your Vehicle’s
One of the most important aspects of shipping cars are the preparation before. There are a couple small yet critical steps you’ll need to take in order to make sure your vehicle is ready to be transported. Here are the basics to make your automotive shipping process easy and efficient.
- Clean and wash the vehicle, both inside and out. You’ll also want to remove anything that is a non permanent component. This includes things like antennas, luggage racks, bike racks, spoilers, etc. The vehicle should be completely empty before transporting.
- Run the gas tank down to no more than 1/4 tank. Companies will often take on an additional charge for vehicles that have more than 1/4 tank of gas.
- Check fluid levels and more importantly, check for any leakage. A small leak can cause big problems over the course of several hundred miles, especially if multiple vehicles are being moved at once.
- Document any existing damages on the vehicle, including any minor dents or scratches. Taking pictures is usually a good idea for this part of the preparation as it provides clear evidence in the event of a dispute.
- Disable the car alarm. This is an important step that, if overlooked, can cause big problems and long delays for the driver.
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