Moving comes with a wealth of different hoops to jump through. Hiring movers, packing everything, selling your home, buying a new one, finding schools for the kids—the list is so long it can be hard to find the end of it. When you have so much to keep track of, don’t let car troubles be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. In order to prevent car-shaped disasters on your next move or PCS, we recommend taking a few preventative measures. Start by getting your car serviced so you can make your move with the peace of mind that your car will arrive at your new home in one piece. Try these tips for helping your car make the move successfully.
Know How You’ll Move It
If you’re only moving across town, it’s not really a hardship to just drive your car over to the new house. On the other hand, if you’re moving across the country or you’re PCSing overseas, there will be a few more limitations on how easy it is to move your car. If you’re staying stateside but moving long-distance, you’ll need to decide whether you want to drive it yourself, tow it behind the moving truck, or have it transported. If you’re moving overseas, you’ll need to figure out whether you’ll be storing the car while you’re gone or shipping it overseas with you. Knowing what your car will be doing when you move is the first step, because each of the different options comes with a different set of concerns to take care of.
Even though your car runs just fine for your daily errands, it’s important to ensure your car is in great working order. After all, a long-distance trip can be a lot more taxing and bring a great many more issues to the surface than driving it in short spurts throughout the day. If you plan to drive your vehicle to the new location, you’ll want to be sure it’s not going to die halfway there. Start by scheduling car service to get the oil changed, fluids topped off, tires rotated, and ensure a thorough inspection is done. Getting your car checked over before you drive it all that way will ensure it has a much better chance of making the drive in one piece. Since you’ll be driving all that way, you’ll definitely want to ensure your tires have decent tread and that there are no bulges or air leaks. When you schedule your car service, tell your mechanic that you’re preparing for a long trip so they can double check any potential problem spots.
The pre-move steps to take if you’re towing your car will depend a bit on how you’ll be towing it—and no, “pulling it behind the moving truck” isn’t really a specific enough answer. Will you be attaching it with a tether, hoisting up the front wheels on a small trailer, or towing it with a full-sized car trailer (either enclosed or not)? Each different towing method will put different strain on your vehicle. For example, towing with a tether or raising your car up on two wheels will mean you need your tires to be in excellent shape, but a full-sized car trailer won’t bring that same need.
Anyone who has set a car aside for the winter and come back to a dead battery knows how important it is to actually prepare your car for storage. In this case, similar steps will need to be taken for shipping, as it will likely go a month or three before it gets driven again. If you’ll be storing it, schedule a car service and get the oil changed, but you probably don’t need to worry about checking the tires too carefully. Of course, be sure you disconnect the battery and have somewhere safe to store it where it won’t get towed. If you’ll be shipping it, the car shipping company will give you further guidelines on how to prepare your car, but you’ll want to be sure it’s in good operating condition.
If you need car service before your next PCS, trust it to your local military-friendly mechanics at Your Import Car Doctor. Contact us today to schedule!