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July 27, 2012

Selecting the Best Car Shipping Calculator

The internet is the best resource for your needed information with regards to auto transport and the car shipping rate estimator. When choosing the right company to engage in transporting vehicles, whether the customer be individuals or corporations, it is important to consider some problems that will help in identifying the company offering car shipment services is the right one for the job or not. The main consideration of course will always be the nature of the job as well as the importance of the vehicle to be transported and the capability of the auto transport company to do the job will be the focus of the search for the perfect car shipping entity.

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The Rate

This is almost the concern and rightly so because most companies offer identical services so the car shipping rates that they offer will eventually weigh effectively on the decision to be made by the customer. Many online car transporting companies offer the free use of a shipping calculator for the customers to compute the shipping rate applicable to a particular car to be transported and they are usually the ones who are confident that they offer the most competitive price as compared to others in the same line of business.

Company Size and Expertise

There are new companies providing this service and there are also those older and therefore seasoned auto transport companies. For more stability, many customers choose the company that has been around for sometime as they carry the badge of expertise and reliability in most instances. But there is nothing preventing customers to also try out the services of new industry players as they are envisioned to be more dynamic and customer-centered in most cases. Also, the new entrants to the business usually offer competitive car shipping rates and this they do in order to entice customers to try their service.

The Area of Coverage

This is another essential concern in deciding the right car transport company. Big companies can handle car shipment across many destinations and they have the needed manpower as well as the vehicles that can be used. In contrast, some small companies have limited area of coverage and what they do is to bring the car to their covered destination and contract another company to finish the job for them. This is not an ideal set-up even if the car shipping rates offered are lower as too many hands might spoil the transporting process.

July 20, 2012

How to Protect Your Car during Auto Shipping

To keep secure of your car during transportation, you are not going on the ride with the transporter so you may not think you have control over what happens to your car, but you do. There are a few simple actions you can take to make sure your car arrives the way you sent it.

  1. Confirm the Company! First thing to do is make sure the company you are researching has a physical address. This is the most essential because if you have an issue you know where to find them. If they do not list an address you have very little information to be able to contact them in the event of a dispute. Find out how many years they have been in business. This is a very good indicator of their reputation. Another thing to check is if they are in the Chamber of commerce in their region. This will insure that they are a valued business in their community. If you verify all this information you will greatly reduce your chance of fraud.
  2. The second most important thing to do is make sure your auto carrier is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. You may think that all transporters are insured, but some aren’t. The best thing to do is ask and make sure they are Insured.
  3. Do not keep any valuable things in the car. Make sure you clean out anything that cannot easily be changed. You also may assume that since they are insured your things are safe, but most insurance does not protect products items other than the car. The auto transporter is highly unlikely to steal anything from your vehicle. They have a reputation to protect so they do not want to damage it. You may not realize this, but transporters do not drive straight to YOUR destination. They do take detours to pickup/drop off other vehicles. Ship a car from Florida to California they may stop off in Texas, Louisiana, and even Nevada. Even in between those stops they do have to stop at gas stations and sometimes hotels during the trip.
  4. If you want to be ultra safe you can ask for an enclosed auto transport type. A closed type carrier will protect the car from thieves, vandals, and the weather. With this protection comes a cost. It may be $100-$500 more for a closed carrier so if you think it is worth it, ask your auto transport broker if they can give you that option.
  5.  When the car carrier comes and picks up the car you may want to get his name, license plate number, his Motor Carrier Number or MC#, and his number. Best to know as much about him as you can, since you are giving him your prized car for a few days. Below is a link to some companies I have used or had friends use in the past. They all use licensed, bonded, and insured carriers. They all can get you closed carriers if you would like.

July 10, 2012

Vehicle Services Offered by Auto Transport Companies

Moving your vehicle from one place to another is a tedious task. The auto transport companies offer a wide array of services, and how you utilize these services determined by your persistence stage and the on the emergency of the requirement of your service of transporting the vehicle to be transported or shipped. It also depends on your budget or the amount you are willing to pay to get your vehicle to be transported and also on your requirement as to where you want your vehicle to be transported or delivered and place from where you want your vehicle to be taken whether you are going to deliver the vehicle to the port or you want the vehicle to be taken from your residence place.

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The most common kinds of service which are offered to you while delivering your vehicle from the source to the destination are terminal to terminal services and the door to door services. The difference which can be plotted between the two services could be the price and the convenience which is offered in door to door rather that the terminal to terminal service. The terminal to terminal service which is offered by most of the auto transport companies at a discounted price. A terminal is a place usually located in a metropolitan area which is mostly used for storage purpose. Vehicles which are being transported to and from a terminal provide a better a scope for the auto transport companies to deliver or collect the vehicles to the same area.

This kind of terminal to terminal service is beneficial to people who need the delivery of their vehicle on a particular time and on a specific date. In a terminal a vehicle can be kept until the owner of the vehicle or a representative of the vehicle collects the vehicle. It is quite obvious that as the vehicle is reached to the terminal the owner as well as the representative of the vehicle would be brought to the notice about the arrival of the vehicle. So in choosing the best option of the services which are offered by the auto transport companies, what you need to consider is your budget and the time of the requirement of transporting your vehicle whether you require it on a particular date or time, or any time and date would be convenient.

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