There are a number of reasons why your vehicle may need to be towed. Perhaps you are moving to a new city, taking your vehicle on a trip with you, or maybe it broke down on the side of the road. Whatever the reason, it is important to follow the proper guidelines for towing a vehicle correctly. Oftentimes people choose to tow their vehicle themselves but might not be aware of how to do so safely. Improper towing can lead to various problems resulting in serious damage to your vehicle. Whether you are hiring a professional towing company or doing it yourself, it’s important to use special precautions and here’s why.
If you do not hook your vehicle up correctly it could result in cosmetic damage including scratches to the exterior, dents, dings, and damage to the wheel and tire. While these issues might not affect the performance of the vehicle, they can still be costly to repair. Even if you are using a towing service, you should always pay close attention to ensure they are hooking your vehicle up correctly to the tow truck so you can avoid cosmetic damage to your car.
Mechanical Issues and Transmission Damage
Aside from cosmetic damage, improper towing methods could result in more serious issues such as mechanical and transmission damage. In most cases a vehicle with a manual transmission is fairly easy to tow, even long distances. It gets a little more complicated, however, when dealing with an automatic transmission. If you tow a vehicle with an automatic transmission while all the wheels are on the ground, it could result in a lot of damage. Similarly, all-wheel-drive vehicles require special precautions. In most cases, it is recommended to remove the rear driveshaft and tow the vehicle with the back wheels on the ground in order to prevent damage to the transmission. You also risk damage to manual transmissions if they are towed while the vehicle is in “park.” These vehicles should be towed in “neutral” only. Conversely, automatic transmissions do not disengage when the vehicle is in “neutral” and towing could force the transmission to move in the wrong direction. Improper towing methods could cause serious damage to your vehicle that can end up being very costly to repair. Therefore, it is important to have a clear understanding of the exact specs of your vehicle before attempting to tow it. You can tow a vehicle safely by following the correct guidelines and taking the necessary precautions. Before attempting to tow a vehicle, or even if you are hiring a towing company, be sure you have the correct towing equipment and make sure the person towing the vehicle is paying special attention to the specs of the car.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.