Fewer people tend to ship their cars during the winter, perhaps because it’s a less popular time of year for moving to a new home. Because weather can affect both the shipping process and the preparation needed, it’s important to pay attention to these specific requirements.
Plan for a Slightly Longer Process
Shipping your car across several states can take longer during the winter simply because weather often doesn’t cooperate with your plans. This is particularly true if you’re moving to or from New England, the Great Lakes, or other parts of the country where snow can shut down roads.
In addition, a responsible car transport company takes extra precautions when driving during winter weather. Our drivers are also especially cautious because they know what valuable cargo they’re carrying. As a result, weather can sometimes cause delays of a few days, and predictions regarding delivery times can be affected by snow.
Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Transport
One of the key decisions to make when shipping your car in winter is whether to use an enclosed car carrier or an open one. An enclosed carrier is often the wiser choice during the winter, even though it may cost a bit more, because it protects your car fully from inclement weather. If you choose an closed carrier, you don’t need to concern yourself with any special winter-related preparation.
If your car is being shipped on an open carrier, start by making sure that your windows are tightly closed. If you drive a convertible, the top needs to be securely closed as well.
Top off your antifreeze, especially if you’re moving from a warm climate to a cold one. Without sufficient antifreeze, it may be hard to start your car at its new home. Check your battery as well before shipping to make sure it will start after its journey. Ask your car shipping company for further specific advice on how to protect your vehicle during wintertime shipping.
Choose Your Car Transport Company Carefully
It’s always important to choose a car shipping company with plenty of experience, the right hauling equipment, and reliable insurance in case of a mishap. Those issues become even more important during the winter. Ask your car shipping company about their drivers’ experience hauling car transport carriers in the snow, ice, and fog. If your shipping company’s reps can explain why they’re choosing the routes they’re using, you’ll know you’re in good hands.
It’s always a good idea to let your own insurance company know when you’re shipping a car and to ask questions about your coverage. Your own insurance policy may not cover damage incurred during shipping, so ask the same questions of your car transport company, especially during the riskier driving days of winter. A reputable car shipping company will carry the insurance you need.
Call us if you plan to make a long-distance movie during winter. We’re happy to explain how we will take great care of your car as you transition to your new home.