Shipping your car in the winter comes with some special challenges, as it’s a downtime for the auto transport industry. Many people prefer to ship their cars during warmer seasons, as driving conditions are typically safer. In the summer, some routes are very popular; come winter, however, those same routes see a large drop off in demand. Therefore, most auto transport companies actively look for customers in the winter and offer discounts to maintain business. So, if you are looking to ship your car for less, then consider doing it in the winter.
No matter your reason for shipping in the winter, if you follow these tips for winter auto shipping, your car should arrive in the same condition as it left.
Remove All Personal Belongings
Don’t leave anything in the car except the floor mats and air freshener. Loose items rolling around in the trunk or on the seats can cause damage. Any liquids left inside can freeze in cold climates, explode, and leave a giant mess for you.
Check Fluid Levels
Make sure there is a half tank of gas in the car and plenty of antifreeze. Have the battery fully charged and ready to go. If the car doesn’t start at the destination, there may be additional charges. As such, make sure the minimum fluid levels are in the car to ensure it starts upon arrival.
Record Existing Damage
Make sure you document any preexisting damage to your car. Take a lot of pictures from several angles so there is proof of your car’s condition. Carriers are careful with the cars they ship, but accidents can happen—especially in the winter. Photos of your car will act as proof in the event any damage occurs during transport and the carrier needs to cover it.
Use Enclosed Car Transport Companies
If you know your car is going to or will be passing through areas with snowfall and winter weather, use an enclosed car transport company. Your car will remain protected from all the bad winter elements. No snow, ice, or road salt will touch your car at any point. This is the only way to guarantee your car receives protection from mother nature.