If you’re going to be shipping your vehicle across Canada with a vehicle transport company like MVS Canada, its important to make sure your vehicle is in good working condition.
Having Bemac take care of these 6 basic things will make sure the move goes smoothly. It also ensures your vehicle won’t break down during transport, possibly incurring costly repair fees and delivery delays.
1.Top Up Your Fluids
It’s especially important to have a technician check your engine oil, antifreeze and coolant levels, as well as your power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. If any of these are low they should be topped up.
Our Canadian winters can be harsh on our cars, and the fluid levels are especially important to ensure your vehicle starts properly after it has been sitting for a long time.
2. Ensure There Are No Fluid Leaks
Fluid leaks can be dangerous, and could potentially damage your vehicle and others while it’s being moved across Canada.
To avoid a costly disaster, get a licensed technician make sure that your vehicle isn’t leaking any fluids anywhere.
3. Check Your Brakes – Both Regular and Parking
Your vehicle will need to be driven on and off of the transport trucks and trains while it makes its way to its destination. Your brakes need to be in good working condition in order for a transport company to safely ship your car.
4. Have Your Battery and Electrical System Tested
Battery failures are one of the top reasons why a vehicle won’t start while its being shipped. It could take 2-4 weeks for your car to be delivered, and most of that time your vehicle will either be sitting at a terminal or strapped to a trailer.
If you have a weak battery, it may fail to start your vehicle when its been sitting for any length of time, especially during the winter.
Along with the rest of your engine, your car battery should be thoroughly tested by a licensed technician, and replaced if necessary. This will save frustration and time later on.
5. Check Your Tire Pressure and Condition
Are you constantly having to inflate your tires to the right pressure when you drive? This is a clear sign that you need help, and you should get that help before you ship your car. If a tire goes completely flat, it could damage your rims, or your vehicle may not be able to be shipped until it’s repaired.
It’s not just the tire pressure that should be checked; it’s also the treads. If the tires are well-worn, the driver may have difficulty loading and unloading your vehicle from the transport trailer, particularly in winter when conditions are often less than ideal.
Talk to a professional about the state of your tires. If they’re too well-worn to ship safely, they’re also too well-worn to drive on, and you should replace them.
6. Alignment, Lights and Filters
These last few things are important once your vehicle arrives at its destination and you resuming daily driving.
The alignment impacts the way your vehicle handles on the road and the wear on the tires. Having all your lights and signals working properly are very important to reduce accidents and avoid costly fines, especially if you’re in an area where you’re unfamiliar with the roads.
Finally, the filters in your car should be checked to insure proper fuel consumption and engine efficiency.
We’ll Get Your Car in Ship-Shape
If you’re planning on shipping your car in the near future, now is the time to bring it to us. We’ll go through this checklist and make sure your vehicle is in ship-shape – no pun intended.