The Dos And Don'ts Of Renting A Car Hauling Trailer

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If you're moving a long distance or you need to transfer a vehicle for another reason, you are faced with a few decisions – such as how you're going to transfer that extra vehicle from Point A to Point B. Renting a car hauler is definitely an option. But while you're considering that option, pay close attention to the "DOs" and "DON'Ts" of hauling a car with a trailer rental.

The DOs of Rending a Car Hauling Trailer

  • Know the terrain: You don't want to be surprised by any canyons, mountains, steep inclines, etc. that could make for dangerous road conditions. Especially if you don't have experience hauling a car! To avoid driving hazards, look into your planned route and make sure that the road is easy to navigate with an additional trailer.
  • Check the Weather: Along the same vein (or maybe it's "vane"?), stay updated on weather conditions from point A to point B. You can get immediate information on weather along the interstate here, or at similar websites. Be willing to postpone your drive if weather conditions are poor.
  • Locate Strapping Points: Get familiar with the strap down points before you load/unload the vehicle. This makes for safer, more efficient use of your hauler.
  • Get Insured: Read through the insurance to make sure you understand what is covered in the case of damage. Also double check your car insurance to see if it offers additional coverage when hauling a trailer.
  • Inspect the Hauler: Inspect the hauler for previous damage. If you see nicks and dings, report them before you leave so you don't get blamed for them when you return the hauler. If you are concerned that visible damage might affect how well it functions, request a different hauler.
  • Pick the Right Trailer Type: When it comes to hauling a car, you have 3 options: a dolly, an open carrier or an enclosed one. The dolly simply lifts the front of your vehicle but the back tires are still touching the ground. The open trailer lifts the car completely off the ground. Both of these options leave your vehicle exposed to the elements. Enclosed trailers are more expensive, but also add more protection to the vehicle since they are inside the trailer.

The DON'Ts of Renting a Car Hauling Trailer

  • Don't Forget to Research: Don't go with the first company that says they're giving you a great deal. Shop around for the best insurance coverage, pricing, and even look into expected gas mileage before making a decision.
  • Guess on the Measurements: If you guess on the dimensions and weight of your vehicle, you could end up in a sticky situation. You could have more room than you need, a poor fit for your vehicle, and a more expensive bill. On the flip side, you could end up with a trailer that is too small for your vehicle, risks scratching its exterior, and doesn't have a high enough carrying capacity to transport.
  • Plan on Hauling without a Hitch: Some vehicles don't come with hitches. If you are planning on using your own vehicle to haul another car or motorcycle, make sure it is equipped with a hitch that can carry the weight you need. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you don't want to be the one who forgot to double check this feature!
  • Discount Tutorials: Take a little extra time and watch some online tutorials. Pay close attention to any instructions and training offered by the rental company, as well. These are great resources that improve your hauling venture.

As you can see, there are a few things to keep in mind when getting a car hauler or trailer rental. However, with a good application of time and careful preparations, you'll be a pro before your trip is over. 


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