August is one of the most popular times for moving. Parents are moving to new homes before the kids start school and college students are moving into dorms and apartments before the beginning of the semester. If you’re one of these people who are getting ready to pack up and move, our Toyota Service Center in Charlotte has some tips for you! We want to help you get ready for your move with auto service and packing and hauling tips.
Before you begin the process of packing, loading up, and moving – you should make sure your car is up for the job. Hauling can be strenuous for a vehicle, especially one that’s behind on routine car maintenance. To ensure that your car, SUV or truck will make it through the move, bring it to our Charlotte Toyota Service Center. Our auto service technicians will make sure it is back in tip-top shape by inspecting it from bumper to bumper. They’ll inspect elements like:
Once your vehicle is shipshape again, it’s time to start packing and loading up! However, when doing this it’s important that you have the right supplies, tools, and equipment. In addition to cardboard boxes and packing tape, you’re going to need more supplies for moving! To keep all of your stuff safe and secure, gather crucial equipment like:
Your car is ready, you’ve got everything you need, and now all you need is to load it up! Strapping down and tying down furniture needs to be done correctly so you don’t lose your belongings or harm your vehicle. Our auto service techs in Charlotte have safety tips for helping you haul furniture, including:
Make sure not to over-pack your vehicle and exceed the payload capacity. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the payload capacity maximum to ensure you do not go over it! If you exceed the payload capacity, you cause more stress on your vehicle and put yourself at risk. For example, if you surpass the set payload capacity in a SUV, you increase your chance of a rollover because an SUV has a higher center of gravity.
When you’re out on the road, stop every once in a while to make sure everything is still there and to tighten up straps!
For more safety tips for moving and getting your vehicle prepped, stop by Toyota of N Charlotte! We’re located at 13429 Statesville Road, or give us a call at (888) 378-1214!