Moving Appliances and Automobiles

Moving an Automobile

Automobiles can be shipped either in a household goods van or on an automobile transporter.  If you request to have your automobile shipped via a household goods van, Mergenthaler will attempt to dispatch your household goods and automobile together.  However, often the automobile will need to be transported on a second van when there is not sufficient space to transport the entire shipment together.

Shipping your auto on an automobile transporter is usually the most economical method of transport as well as the safest for your vehicle.  United offers several pricing options for auto transporting each depending on how quickly you need to have your vehicle delivered and how much coverage needs to be placed on the automobile. When Mergenthaler transports your car, it can be loaded at your residence and delivered to your new home.  In some cases, car shipments are consolidated, and may need to be dropped off and picked up at predetermined locations.  It is important that you do not place household goods items in your vehicle.  Such items must move in the household goods van.  Any damage to your vehicle should be noted at the time of delivery.

Please ask your move coordinator or salesman to discuss with you the options available and answer your questions if you are shipping your automobile.

Driving your Car Yourself

If you are driving your car yourself, be sure it is prepared for the trip. When shipping an automobile, a boat or trailer, it is imperative to properly service or craft prior to loading. When servicing your automobile, be sure to:

  • Arrange for the gasoline tank to be at least one-half full
  • Test for sufficient antifreeze fluid in the cooling system
  • Check the oil level.
  • Check tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.

Moving Appliances

When planning the many important details of a move, be sure to properly prepare for the transportation of major appliances and other home furnishings, such as washing machines and refrigerators.  Depending upon the item, special precautions may be required.  It’s your responsibility to take care of these preparations yourself, to hire an appropriate technician, or to request that the moving company make the arrangements for you at an additional charge.


“Servicing” means preparing appliances so they will safely withstand handling during transit or while in storage.  This process can include bracing a washer tub, disconnecting an ice maker, or capping off a gas line.

Moving companies do not:

  • Disconnect appliances or reconnect them in the new residence (unless special arrangements have been made)
  • Disconnect utilities
  • Repair appliances
  • Remove or install window air conditioners or television and radio antennas
  • Perform wiring, plumbing, electrical or carpentry services

Responsibility for Servicing

The Appliance Service Company Representative

The Appliance Service Company prepares the appliance for safe handling prior to transit and/or storage.

The Gas Company Service Representative

Your gas company disconnects gas lines and caps the pipes.

The Moving Company

Your movers provide personnel for careful, efficient handling of appliances during a move.  Every effort is made to ensure that appliances reach destination safely. As requested and authorized by the owner, your movers will arrange for any servicing required.  However, the moving company does not automatically assume this responsibility.

The Owner

As the owner, you assume responsibility for having appliances properly serviced, both at origin and destination.  It is best to have a reputable service representative prepare appliances for moving at least one day before they are to be loaded on the van. You may also authorize the moving company to arrange for appliance servicing.  This is an accessorial or third-party service which will be added to the Bill of Lading as an additional cost or advanced charge.

Personal Things-To-Do Checklist

  • Begin to use up frozen foods or discuss transfer of frozen foods with your agent.
  • Clean and thoroughly dry appliances in preparation for servicing and moving.
  • Arrange for appliance servicing at origin and destination, or arrange for the moving company to take care of appliance servicing.
  • Arrange for disconnection of gas lines and capping of pipes.
  • Disconnect, coil and tie electrical cords where possible; fasten them securely to appliances and electronic equipment.
  • Dismantle radio and/or television antennas if they are to be moved.
  • Remove air conditioners from windows.