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How to Get Your Car Ready for Cross-Country Shipping in Canada: Avoid Hidden Fees & Delays

Wash, Check, Secure! Your Complete Pre-Shipment Checklist for Cross-Country Car Shipping.



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Let's face it, shipping your car across Canada can feel like an overwhelming task. Visions of endless paperwork, hidden fees, and potential damage dance in your head. But fear not! With the right preparation and a trusted partner like Quick Cars Moving, your car's cross-country voyage can be a smooth and seamless experience.


Here at Quick Cars Moving, we've been helping Canadians ship their cars with peace of mind for years. And we're here to share our pre-shipment checklist – your golden ticket to a stress-free car shipping journey, from Montreal to Calgary and beyond!




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Essential Documents for Car Shipping Canada:


  • Vehicle Registration (Proof of Ownership): Every journey needs a passport, and your car's no different. Double-check that you have your vehicle registration handy to prove you're the one sending it off on its Canadian adventure.


  • Proof of Insurance: Ensure your car is covered for the shipping journey by having your proof of insurance readily available.


  • Vehicle Title (if applicable): Some car shipping companies require the vehicle title, so check with Quick Cars Moving if this applies to your shipment.


  • Photo Documentation: Before your car sets off, take detailed pictures of its condition from every angle. This helps in verifying any potential damage before and after the journey.


  • Bill of Lading: This serves as the contract between you and the shipping company, so review it carefully before signing. At Quick Cars Moving, we ensure everything is crystal clear before setting your car off on its adventure.




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Cleaning and Maintenance:


  • Wash and Vacuum: Let your car shine (literally!) with a thorough wash and vacuum. A clean car is easier to inspect for any pre-existing damage, so giving it a spa day before its trip is definitely recommended.


  • Top Off Fluids: Keep your car's engine purring with topped-off fluids. Check oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid to ensure a smooth and worry-free journey.


  • Check Tire Pressure: Properly inflated tires ensure safe and efficient transport. Don't let a flat tire be the highlight of your car's cross-country story!


  • Secure Loose Items: Prevent rattling and potential damage by securing any loose items in the trunk and interior. Remember, flying toys during a car shipment are not ideal!


  • Disable Alarms and Security Systems: Avoid false alarms during transport by disabling your car's alarms and security systems. Most car manuals detail how to do this easily.


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Exterior Protection:


  • Remove Antennas and Accessories: Minimize the risk of bumps and scratches by removing any external antennas or accessories. Think of it as giving your car a sleek, streamlined look for its travels.


  • Cover Valuable Parts: Mirrors, spoilers, and headlights can be vulnerable during transport. Consider using protective covers or inquire about Quick Cars Moving's enclosed trailer options for an extra layer of security.


  • Professional Car Shipping Covers: For truly priceless (or classic) cars, consider investing in professional car shipping covers for maximum protection. At Quick Cars Moving, we can offer you various levels of protection to suit your car's needs.


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Interior Protection:


  • Empty Glove Compartment and Ashtray: Clutter can become a disaster waiting to happen during transport. Empty your glove compartment and ashtray to avoid any unwanted surprises.


  • Secure Loose Items: Books, toys, and other loose items can become projectiles during transit. Secure them properly to keep your car's interior tidy and safe.


  • Remove Valuables and Documents: Keep your personal belongings and important documents safe at home. Don't let them travel with your car during shipment.





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