Prepare your car for the move like a pro

Moving day tipsApril 7, 2021

People are moving all the time in search of better job opportunities, or lower costs of living. Other reasons to move include studies, marriage, or retirement. If you are retiring soon and seeking a warmer climate to enjoy your free time, you should search for senior moving services. Most reliable moving companies have a special set of services dedicated to older clients. So, whatever is the reason behind your decision to move, one thing is certain: You are probably going to need your car. There are many guides on how to pack for the move, but most of these are concentrated on clothes, books, plants, fragile items, and so forth. This is why we have prepared this short guide that will help you to prepare your car for the move. Stay tuned to learn how to do it the best way.

How you will transport your car is the first question you should ask yourself

Ok so, the first thing that you should do is to decide how you will get to your new home. Are you moving somewhere around the block, or to the other part of the city? You will probably use your car to get there. You can also use your car to transport some of your belongings. But what if or you are moving to another city or state? If you are moving long-distance, you will probably travel by plane. This means that you must get your car transported. Another option is to drive all the way to your new home. It depends on your preference really, some people perceive this as an opportunity for an exciting road trip, while others see it as a nerve-wracking and exhausting experience. With that being said, know that your car needs to be in top shape for the moving day.

Picture of a road
Are you going to drive to the destination or are you going to get your car shipped?

Visit your mechanic and prepare your car for the move

Imagine that you are moving from one coast to the other. Your Northern Virginia movers will transport your belongings, and you will get there by car. When you are embarking on such a long journey you want to make sure that everything is ok with your car. You don’t want it to leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Furthermore, you are moving to a completely new town, you don’t know where are the best mechanics. This means that you will have to search for one.  And you will up to the neck in various relocation activities like unpacking, cleaning your new home, getting new furniture, and so forth. This is why it is of utmost importance to check the following things:

  • Possible engine failures
  • Brakes
  • Tire pressure and depth of treads
  • Oil level
  • Engine coolant
  • Lights
  • Windows and mirrors
  • Emergency supplies

Prepare your car for the move and wash it

Are you moving somewhere near? If that’s the case you can use your car to transport some of the stuff. You will probably have to hire professional movers to transport large and bulky pieces of furniture like kitchen appliances or furniture. On the other hand, you could use your car to pack and transport clothes, books, or other small items. You could do this if you wish to move to another place before the moving day. Now you don’t have to wait for your movers, you can simply relocate immediately, and wait until the rest of your stuff arrives.

Here’s a hack for you: You don’t even have to pack your clothes, you can place them in suitcases, or you can leave them on the hangers and just place them on the backseat. However, if you don’t want your clothes to get dirty, you should wash your car before the moving day.

Picture of a man washing car with a hose
Prepare your car for the move and give it a nice deep cleaning

How to prepare your car for shipping

If you have decided that driving the entire distance is too much, you always have to option to ship your car. The first thing that you must do is to find a reputable car shipping company. Do you know someone who recently shipped their car? Ask them to recommend you an agency. Next, you should thoroughly clean the interior of your car and also wash the outside of the car. That way, if there are any scratches, you could see them and take notes. After you have done a deep wash, be sure to take pictures of your vehicle for your records. That way if the car gets damaged during the transport, you don’t get into a your-word vs. the shipping company’s-word situation. Another important reminder: Don’t forget to take out any important documents or items:

  • Insurance information and personally identifying paperwork
  • Navigation
  • DVDs
  • TVs
  • GPS devices
  • Toll tags or parking passes
  • Baby seats
  • Charging cables
  • Sunglasses

    Picture of a pickup truck. You should prepare your car for the move because you will probably need it in top shape
    Don’t forget to take out the important personal items from your car if you plan to get it shipped

What transporting options do you have?

When you are deciding on how to ship your car, you will have two options:

  • Enclosed Transport. Your car will be inside a metal container that is mounted on a truck. This means that it will be protected from outside factors.
  • Open-air transport. Same thing but without enclosure. Statistical data shows that this method of transport is equally safe as the first one. It is also up to 50% cheaper. It depends on your preferences which one you will choose.

What documents do you need to prepare your car for the move?

If you want that your relocation runs smoothly, you mustn’t forget to prepare all the important documents:

  • Vehicle registration information
  • Insurance policy
  • Bill of sale or other proof you own vehicle
  • Your unexpired identification (driver’s license or passport)

So, there you have it, now you know how to prepare your car for the move. Follow the advice we have presented in this article and you will have no problems at all. We wish you a safe relocation.


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