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Hi, we're shipping our 2020 Stelvio from the Washington, DC area to Seattle. I'm working with a professional relocation company that will use an open car-hauler, i.e., one of those semi-car-trailers. Are there any precautions I should take? Any special concerns when receiving the vehicle? I'm going to leave an AirTag in it so I can at least see where it is. Thanks in advance!
 

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Pictures...lots of pictures. Every possible angle of every body panel. Take them as the transport pulls up. Take them after being put on.

Top level of a 2 level transport is safer in terms of rocks and junk I think.
Very good points! Thanks. Would it make sense to buy a car cover if I can find one?
 

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We had 3 moved from west coat to east. All arrived fine. Like you a pro relocation service - they seemed to pick quality movers for home and vehicles.
But yeah, take the pics.
 

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Before you buy a car cover, ask the company if they will allow it. I doubt it---liability and such if it blows off. Maybe.
 

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Car cover will flap in the wind and cause more damage.

It is pretty hit and miss really, I have shipped five cars cross country on open trailers and four came out fine. One they used a tow hook to secure the car but it wasn’t designed for that and had to be fixed. Two more cars delivered off Vroom both were good. Just depends on the care the driver takes, weather, and if they are behind schedule and rushing. If your car is loaded up front it won’t be moved around.

Clean and detailed before it goes on so you get good pictures. Take your time when they inspect on and off. Damage found later won’t get covered. Drive it around the lot before the truck leaves. Tip the driver 1/2 up front. Recovering any damage will be easier with a relocation company intermediary, but they contract with lots of companies and brokers.

My gtv6 was shipped recently in a closed trailer Cross country that is the way to go. Offer to pay the difference.

If you were considering PPF or a ceramic coating, now is the time but at least put a good sealant coat on if possible.
 

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Remember...

Every new car on every lot in the world....got there on a transport. Most of them open.

Don't trip.

Do take lots of pictures in case. Stuff happens but not that often.

But yeah don't buy a car cover. The wind will shred it.
Yeah but they are covered in plastic and generally are not leaking fluids on the cars underneath. If they are damaged in transport they get touched up at the dealership.

Agree though, I am 6/7 and none had topside cosmetic damage.
 

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That's why you want to ask to be on top!

You'de be shocked to see how many don't have the plastic on, and how little touchup is done. Especially mainstream brands like Hondas and Toyota's....Ford, GM.

Not arguing though, the shipping prep helps.and dealer have a detail dept for a reason.
 
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