What do I need to do prior to transport and at delivery of my vehicle? It is best to make some simple preparations before the driver arrives to load your vehicle. Tips to help make your transport go smoothly.
● Wash Your Vehicle: Your carrier-driver will need to inspect your vehicle and take pictures if necessary. This is for your benefit as well as the carrier.
● Lower Your Antennas: Antennas should be removed from the vehicle or lowered if possible. Temporary antennas need to be removed entirely.
● Provide Keys : U.S. Department of Transportation requires that one set of all keys for the vehicle be provided to the carrier, including the ignition, trunk, and glove box keys.
● Disable Your Alarms: Alarms should be turned off for transport. If there are special instructions required to start a car in order to disarm the alarm, please inform your Patriots representative so they can note it on your dispatch sheet, which will be given to the carrier-driver. The carrier is not responsible for drained batteries resulting from an alarm that has not been turned off.
● Removed Detachable Racks: Remove any luggage, bike, or ski rack that is not permanently attached to the car.
● Check for Leaks: The vehicle cannot have any obvious fluid leaks.
● Secure Your Battery: The vehicle battery must be secure in the mounting bracket.
● Remove Covers, Spoilers, Fairings, Air Dams or other low hanging items:
All exterior spare tire covers, grill covers, or car covers and hanging items must be removed from the vehicle. Your vehicle will be loaded on a truck that will bounce up and down...low riding items could incur damages if not prepared properly.
● Pre-existing Damages: Carriers will not be responsible for damage caused by any pre-existing condition or for parts that may come loose in the moving process. Examine your vehicle carefully before signing the Bill of Lading. Any damage not noted could end up costing you money if not reported at the time of pick up or delivery.
● FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT APPEAR TO HAVE OCCURRED DURING TRANSPORT, CALL YOUR REP IMMEDIATELY AND DO NOT SIGN THE BILL OF LADING UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO OUR REPRESENTATIVE. If the BOL is signed without notating transport damage a valid insurance claim cannot be filed. All damage claims must be filed against the carrier’s cargo insurance policy. Patriot Transport, LLC will make every effort to assist the client in making this claim.
● Remove Personal Items: Do NOT leave or transport anything valuable in your vehicle. We are not responsible for anything loose inside your car, including cell phones, radar detectors, garage door openers, E-Z Pass, removable radios, household goods, sunglasses, etc. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibits the carrying of personal items on a truck licensed only for carrying automobiles. Stored personal items can also increase the overall weight of your vehicle, and could cause damage during transport. Any items left in the vehicle are subject to removal upon inspection at state line checkpoints by the DOT.
● Gas: The gas tank must have a minimum of 1/8 tank of fuel, but no more than 1/2 tank of fuel. The carrier may have to move your vehicle more than once to accommodate other cars that are being transported.
Does my vehicle need to have a current registration before you can transport it?
No, your vehicle will be on a truck and therefore, current or valid registration is not required, however it is advisable that you have your own insurance coverage. It is the responsibility of the owner to license the vehicle before driving the vehicle on the streets.