Enclosed Auto Transport to Florida Check List

Two adorable little sisters and their mother sitting in a car just before leaving for a car vacation

It’s that time of year again! The snow is coming in a few months, the north is prepping to ice over, and you’re looking to the sunny beaches of Florida for your winter getaway. But you need to get your car there so you can fully enjoy all that Florida has to offer you. What’s the best way to do that? Hire one of the top auto transport companies in Florida!

We know your car is your baby, and that’s why we offer options on how we can transport it for you. If you’re looking to bring your car with you and don’t want to expose it to weather conditions along the way, and decrease the risk of damage, then our enclosed auto transport option is perfect for you! In this post we will talk about some things you should do when prepping your car for auto transport.

Can I Pack Personal Items In My Car?

It is best not to leave any personal belongings in the car during transportation. In fact, most auto transport companies won’t ship cars with personal items in them. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most basic is that there are D.O.T. regulations against many personal items being transported in cars. Most carriers are not licensed or insured to transport household items. Also, the additional weight can put carriers over their weight limit, delaying the cars arrival and possibly increasing the shipping cost. Also, items of value could be stolen from your vehicle.

Here is a brief list of prohibited items:

  • No live items, including pets and plants. No perishable products can be packed.
  • No personal or valuable items, including watches, personal paperwork, cash, jewelry, precious metals or other personal items.
  • No dangerous items, this includes items that can cause a fire or explosion, ranging from ammunition to aerosols, matches, fireworks, gasoline and propane. This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, but a bit of common sense should help you know what to avoid leaving in your car if you want a smooth and quick auto transport to Florida or anywhere else in the country.
  • No illegal items. This is pretty obvious, but needs to be mentioned. You may not have drugs or contraband in your car during the auto transportation process. What may not be obvious to everyone, is that you are also not allowed to transport anything that could be considered illegal without the proper paperwork, including guns (in some states), certain prescription medication, and needles. Keep in mind that anything you plan on packing in your car needs to be legal in all states that your car will be transported through.
  • Vehicle Preparation Checklist
    • Wash your vehicle and inspect and describe any damages with your auto transport company.
    • Remove all personal items from the car (don’t forget the trunk).
    • Turn off your car alarm system.
    • Make sure your gas tank is no more than 1/8 to 1/4 full.
    • Check the battery, fluids, and tire pressure.
    • Patch any holes or open seams on convertible tops to prevent debris from entering the car.

    Also keep in mind that anything left inside your car is generally not covered by auto shipping insurance, because of this anything you leave in your car while it is being transported on an enclosed auto transport truck will not be replaced if damaged. If you have any questions about what can and can’t be left in a car for transport, please call one of our transport professionals today and we will be glad to answer any questions you have and help you prep for your open truck transport to Florida!

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