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How to prepare a car for shipping?

How to prepare a car for shipping?

Review our guide to find out how to prepare a car for shipping.

Once you have settled the details of your order, you will need to decide on pick-up and delivery dates. Then you can schedule your service.

A driver usually picks up your vehicle one to five days from your first available date. And delivery time depends mainly on the distance between pick up and drop off locations.

To avoid any surprises at pick up and during transport, customers need to prepare their car for shipping.

Prepare a car for shipping steps:

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Inspection at pick-up
  1. Check your vehicle with a mechanic to make sure there are no leaks. Make sure the breaks are working properly. Check the tires as well. If you have fluid leaks tell your transporter, so they can prevent leaks on other cars. In such a case they have to load your vehicle on the lower deck.
  2. Take down any aftermarket accessories. Secure or remove any spoilers, ski or bike racks or other detachable elements as these can damage the vehicle during transport. Also, make sure convertible or soft tops and windows are secured and closed properly.
  3. Detail / wash your vehicle. Treat your car to a good wash, inside and out, so you can do a thorough inspection. The inspection is a very important component of the vehicle shipping process. And washing your vehicle will make it easy for you and the truck driver. They need to check for scratches and dings on the outside, and mark down any wear and tear. Take photos to document the condition of your vehicle at pick-up and compare with the condition at delivery.
  4. Disable all car alarms, or make sure you have provided your car transporter with the instructions how to disconnect alarms. If the alarm sounds and the trucker does not know how to disable it they have the right to mechanically remove it.
  5. Do not top off your gasoline. It is recommended that you leave a tank less than half full – enough for the transporter to load and unload the vehicle. They do not need more as they will not be driving the car unless otherwise specified in the order.
  6. Verify the car shipping insurance. Ask the auto transport company about their insurance – the extent and the amount of coverage. They should also provide you with a copy of the insurance certificate at your request. At Corsia Logistics, we always check the carrier’s insurance before dispatch.
  7. Leave personal items in your vehicle at your own risk. No carrier will accept responsibility for damages caused to your car’s interior by personal items you did not remove, nor for theft of the latter. Moreover, in certain situations, a carrier may even dispose of your personal items without reimbursement.
  8. Ask how to track your vehicle. Most auto transport companies will explain that when you ask. With us, you can track your vehicle live by calling during business hours or emailing at any time.

Why should I choose Corsia Logistics to ship my car?

Corsia team has been serving customers nationally and internationally for more than a decade. We are committed to making car relocation easy and affordable. Our rates reflect current market conditions and there are no hidden fees ever.

You can request a car shipping quote and get a price online, or you can call our team and have a quick chat about how auto transport works. Understand the process to make a better informed decision.

If you have more questions about our car shipping services, please refer browse our website or simply call us to discuss your questions. We have numerous guides to help you understand the auto transport process. Thank you!

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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.