When you think of transporting your car to Florida, the word easy does not come to mind. There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration when you transport your car, including the weather and your schedule! The easier it is to transport your car, the better off you’ll be in the long run, and luckily there are new methods of transportation that make this process much easier than ever before. Check out this article to learn more about how you can simplify the process of shipping a car to Florida by utilizing newer methods and services!
Make sure you have insurance
The process of moving a vehicle is always an expensive one and it will be much harder if you don’t have proper coverage. Make sure that when you’re transporting a vehicle, you have comprehensive and collision insurance. You can obtain these either through your personal auto insurance policy or through a transportation provider. If you don’t already have adequate coverage, consider adding it for peace of mind during what is likely going to be an incredibly stressful time in your life!
Obtain a Bill of Sale (BOV)
This is an official document proving that you are selling a specific vehicle. The BOV must be properly filled out and signed by both parties involved in the transaction, which will help you obtain a title and register your vehicle. If you’re buying a used car, it’s important to obtain a BOV from whoever currently owns it so that you can get their personal information for future insurance purposes.
Get a Log Book Extract (LBE) if not already done
The LBE acts as a document that legally permits you to drive a vehicle on public roads. You will need an LBE if you’re driving a vehicle from one state to another state or territory in Australia, or if you have bought a second-hand vehicle from another state and want to register it in NSW. Before moving house from New South Wales, drivers will need to get an LBE for each vehicle they intend to drive in Queensland.
Pack things like oil, coolant, and spares
It’s not a bad idea to keep some extra oil, coolant, and other important spares in case something goes wrong on the route. Keep in mind that you will have to get these items when you reach Florida, so be sure not to fill up your car with every possible spare part available before leaving.
Sell personal belongings, documents, and spares
If you have any old documents lying around that you don’t need anymore (student ID, birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.) or anything else of value that you’re not going to use again (old camera equipment, CDs, DVDs), sell them on eBay. List some items on Craigslist as well. If they don’t sell within a few weeks and they aren’t necessary for you to travel with when moving cross country, donate them somewhere like Goodwill.
Schedule pickup with vehicle transporter company
If you’re selling a vehicle and don’t want to deal with a buyer directly, contact a vehicle transporter company in your area. An auto transporter will pick up and drop off your vehicle for you, saving you time and money. Many transporters even handle all necessary paperwork for international shipments. Plus, if you have rare or expensive vehicles that are hard to sell due to their condition or mileage, using an auto transporter can make it easier for you to unload them.
Go through the safety checklist before pickup
Transporters will charge you $50-$100 for a safety check before pickup. Although it may seem like a lot of money, I think it’s worth paying because they need to protect their business and get paid as well. Make sure everything works on your vehicle and there is no hidden damage. Your engine, transmission, lights, and windows should be working correctly. You can ask them if they are able to spot any issues with your vehicle.