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Car Transporting Mistakes

Choosing to have your car transported instead of driving it to its destination yourself may be necessary for a number of reasons: You might need to have your car there ahead of you; you may be traveling a long distance and don’t want to do all the driving yourself; or you may have a vintage car that you don’t want to risk on the road. Whatever your reason, transporting your car may be the best choice. Yet even if you decide to have your car transported because it seems less risky, you still need to be careful. There are many big mistakes that you can make when having your car transported that could seriously dent your wallet — let alone your car. Here are some of the worst mistakes you can make when transporting your car and how you can avoid them.

Not Doing Your Research

Not all car transport companies are created equal. Check with someone you know and trust for a reference, and be sure to check online review sites for background on the companies you’re considering. It’s always a good idea to look into at least three or four options before making a decision. If you don’t, you’re running the risk of choosing a company that won’t be as respectful to you or your car as you need.

Choosing the Lowest Bidder

You get what you pay for — if you choose the lowest bid, you may get the least amount of service. Be suspicious of companies that turn in a bid much lower than the others. While it may seem like a steal, there’s a good chance that the company may be withholding some information about additional fees it charges. Although cost is an important component when choosing an auto transport company, reputation is far more important. Therefore, make sure you’re paying attention to a company’s reputation as well as its bid.

Handing Over a Deposit When Placing Your Order

The majority of reputable auto transport companies won’t ask you for a deposit before they schedule a pickup date or take possession of the car. If a company asks you for a portion of the fee at the time you place your order, or asks you to sign a contract, be wary. This is another instance in which knowing the reputation of the auto transport company can mean the difference between choosing correctly and making a potentially huge mistake.

If you’re choosing to have your car transported somewhere, chances are, it’s because you’re being extremely cautious. Make sure you take extra precautions when choosing the auto transport company you’ll be trusting with your vehicle, as well.


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The least expensive way to get your car from one place to another typically would be to drive it yourself. However, there are times when that’s just not possible. Whether you’re relocating to a new city, have multiple vehicles to move or you simply don’t have the time to make the trip, you need to call upon an experienced car carrier to transport your vehicle(s) from Point A to Point B.

If you need this option, one of your first questions will be, “How much does it cost to ship a car?” The short answer is that it depends on a lot of variables, not the least of which are how many vehicles you have and how far they’ll need to travel. Although some of those factors are out of your control, there are many more that you can maintain some control over, giving you an opportunity to reduce your expenses for transporting your vehicle(s). If you’re looking for cheap car shipping options, consider the following tips for saving money on your car transport service.

Timing is Everything

Not in a hurry to have your car transported? Waiting for an off-peak period may save you some money. Coast-to-coast vehicle transportation carriers are busiest between May and September, while car carriers that go from north to south or vice versa are busiest in the fall and spring.

Choose Terminal-to-Terminal Transporting

Although most carriers will pick up your vehicle at its location and deliver it right to your other location, door-to-door service generally is more expensive than terminal-to-terminal transport. You’ll need to drive your car to and from the designated terminals before and after transporting, but you may save some money. However, be careful that you don’t leave your car at a terminal for too long, because some terminals will charge daily storage fees that can add up quickly.

Be Flexible With Your Pickup and Drop-Off Dates

Most car carriers will allow you to choose pickup and drop-off dates that will work best with your schedule, but unless you absolutely need to have particular dates scheduled, you should ask about less expensive options. The carrier may be able to give you a discount to have the vehicle picked up or dropped off on a different day if it makes more sense logistically.

Choose Open Transport

If you’re not overly concerned about your car being rained on or picking up dirt from the road, an open car transport usually is cheaper than an enclosed transport. Enclosed transports, in fact, can be more than 50 percent more expensive.

Shop Around for Quotes

No matter what, don’t try to save money by accepting the lowest bid without doing any more research. Look up the carriers you’ve chosen online and read what others have said about them before choosing one. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s a better idea to choose a carrier with a strong reputation first and then ask about potential discounts.

Having your car transported doesn’t have to be a bank-breaking experience. Follow these tips, and you may be able to gain significant savings the next time you need to transport your vehicle(s). To get started, get a free quote from Stateway Auto today.

 


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Under normal circumstances, you’d probably prefer to drive your car or truck yourself. Yet there are special situations in which you need to find another way of getting your vehicle from point A to point B. Maybe you’re relocating to a different city and need your vehicle to be there ahead of you. Perhaps you’ve just purchased a vintage car from a car show on the other side of the country. Maybe you have a fleet of vehicles that need to be transported. Whatever your circumstances, having your vehicle or vehicles professionally transported can be the solution you need.

Here are some of the key reasons why professional vehicle transportation services can help you:

It’s Safe

Whether you have a vintage car or a fleet of utility vehicles, you want to keep them safe from damage that can be caused on the road. Professional auto transport services can keep your vehicles protected during transportation. What’s more, their insurance coverage means any damage that occurs to vehicles during transport will be taken care of, so you can rest easy. Having your vehicles transported also means you save the wear and tear that they might experience during an extended journey.

It Saves You Money

For especially long trips, professional auto transport services can save you a lot of money that you would have spent otherwise on fuel and lodging during the trip. Professional transport services also save you the time you would have spent driving your vehicles, eliminating the need to take time off work.

It’s Convenient

Hiring a professional transport service means you take a lot of the worry and hassle that comes with auto transportation off your plate — especially when it comes to fitting it into your schedule. Rather than handle all of the driving yourself, a professional auto transport service will make the arrangements to pick up and deliver your vehicles at times that fit into your schedule — with door-to-door service. In many cases, a professional auto transport service will pick up your vehicle at your home or place of business and deliver it directly to your desired destination.

You’ll Have Peace of Mind

The key word in “professional auto transport services” is the first one. Hiring qualified professionals not only means you’ll gain the benefit of experience, but you’ll also gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing the provider you’ve selected is fully insured and bonded. Should the unforeseen and unthinkable occur, you’ll be protected. Just be sure to do your research beforehand to find a provider with high customer satisfaction rating and good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Most providers will present you with a range of insurance options to meet your specifications and budget.

When you need to get you vehicle or vehicles somewhere and you can’t drive them yourself, a professional auto transport service can be a great solution. Stateway Auto has earned a stellar reputation for connecting customers with our national network of carriers. Contact Stateway Auto today to request your free quote and learn how we can help you!


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You’ve got your destination set!  Now let’s get you there. Whether you are shipping for a move, for vacation, or for a customer, a cross-country auto shipper can help complete your task. However, it’s important to stay flexible and knowledgeable with your plan.  The open road is always full of surprises and we want to help you stay on course.

Here’s a quick checklist of car shipping tips and tricks to help you plan Moving vehicles across the country

1. Commit to a shipping company

YIt’s a common mistake for new customers to book with several auto transport companies, thinking this will increase their chances of being picked up.  Unfortunately this can confuse and delay your process significantly since all loads are posted up in full transparency with the Department of Transportation.  When Companies see multiple listings for the same vehicle, they may not assign the order, thinking that it may have been picked up.  It’s best to choose a carrier and commit to them.

If you aren’t sure which Company to choose, do a price comparison and chat with a couple places to see which Company best understands your route and schedule.  Make sure the Companies you quote all have good ratings from online review sites or the Better Business Bureau.

2. Keeping a flexible and realistic time frame

The cost to ship a car across the country doesn’t have to be a strain on your budget.  Stand-by rates and a flex schedule can offer discounts for the move.  Companies will work with you to provide a variety of pricing for expedited vs flex scheduling.

Dispatching is a process of assigning drivers going your route at exactly the same time of your first available pickup date.  So always make sure to allow the dispatcher ample time to assign your driver by providing a pickup date with some buffer room around your schedule.  For example, if you know your flight is on the 5th, try to schedule your first available pick up date a week or more earlier.

3. Prep your pickup and delivery contacts

While your auto transport company will try to give you a window of time, you should still plan for potential delays as drivers face traffic, weather, or prior client delays along the way.

4. Know your locations

If your location has a cul de sac, check-in process, low-hanging trees, mountains or narrow driveways, be sure to communicate this with your auto transport company.  They will work with you to coordinate a safe arrival.  They may ask to meet at a secondary location to comply with zoning or location restrictions.

Complete a visual inspection of your vehicle before handing your car off to the carrier and again when receiving your car at the delivery point.  Your driver will present you with a Bill of Lading, which documents the condition of your car before and after the transport.

5. Prep your car for release

Make sure your gas is less than ¼ of a tank.  This is for your car and your drivers safety. If you’re packing items, make sure they are secured in the back or trunk and won’t obstruct the windows.  Ensure no flammable, explosive, or illegal items are in your vehicle as drivers routinely pass through checkpoints.

6. Remove any valuable items

Most often, insurance only covers transport of the vehicle and not any items inside.  So consider this when deciding what to pack.  Also, if you decide to pack your car, talk to your auto transport company about the rules per the Department of Transportation.

7. Get Coverage

Having the right insurance coverage is extremely important not only for your peace of mind, but also to ensure that any unfortunate damages that occur during shipment will be taken care of properly. If you’re shipping a vintage car or otherwise expensive vehicle, look into whether or not you should purchase additional insurance from a third-party provider to supplement the coverage offered by your auto transport company.

8. Be aware of fees

When receiving quotes from companies, be sure to ask upfront about any hidden costs, fees, taxes, and tolls.  A good broker will have those costs built into their pricing to avoid additional charges during and after your move.

Having your car shipped across the country is a bit different than driving it yourself. Though as long as you’re prepared, shipping your car cross-country can be a relatively smooth and pain-free process. If you’re in need of this service, contact Stateway Auto today to receive your free quote.


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Winter Car Shipping

With falling temperatures come higher rates for shipping your car to select locations. If you plan on shipping a car that has a route through the mountains or shipping a car from cold states like New York and Illinois to warm states like Florida, Arizona, or California, expect higher rates for getting the job done.

Wintertime presents many challenges for drivers; blistering cold temperatures, strong wind gusts, and most of all, slick roads. These issues get amplified when drivers are going through mountainous regions like Colorado, Utah, and parts of Washington. If your car needs to go through some of these areas to be delivered, you must understand that your rate will be higher than the norm. First of all, a lot of drivers refuse to go through these areas this time of year and thus don’t do the route at all until the weather warms up. Then, those that are willing to brave the risk surely don’t want to make the standard rate to get the job done.

For shippers that are trying to escape the cold weather, don’t think you’re the only one. So called “Snow Bird Routes” are paying top dollar to the drivers. Its really just simple law of economics in this case, the higher the demand the higher the price.

Stateway Auto is always looking to ship your car for the best price possible and we also guarantee prompt pick-up and delivery. That is why we take these scenarios into consideration when providing a quote. Thank you for choosing Stateway Auto to get your car shipped!


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Tips for Car Transportation

Getting your car from one destination to the next can be a hectic experience. This is more so if you are doing it for the first time. Fears and uncertainties will be numerous. However, with the right car shipping service, all your fears are well catered for providing with convenience and safety of the car as you pick it up from the agreed destination. Find the right packages at secure auto shipping that will not only ensure your car arrives safely but in time. Before settling for the shipping company, here are things to look out for and compare with other available companies.

#1. Waiting period

It is important to note that in any shipping process, there must be time taken. Time is dependent on location alongside other factors. Unlike other forms of cargo vehicle shipping may take more time to ensure that your vehicle arrives safely, unharmed, and on time.

#2. Type of carrier

There two types of carriers available for vehicle shipping. The covered carrier offers a bit more protection to ship your car. This is where your car is contained in some enclosed space hence free from any external elements such as debris and direct exposure to sun and rain. However, it is important to note that the covered carrier is more expensive, but for certain vehicles, it may well be worth it to you.

The open carrier is the more cost effective option. This involves securing the car in an open space during the voyage. While this is cheaper, the risk of exposure is high as debris and extreme weather conditions can affect the car as it would any other cars on the road.

#3. Scheduled or open transport

Pick-up and delivery for your car is often either scheduled or open. While using the scheduled model, you agree with the company on the dates when the car will be picked and the dates to deliver. As such, you are aware right from the start on the exact dates when you can drive your car. This may be a bit more expensive as it may necessitate the shipping agent to arrange for travel even when there is no other cargo to the same route. It is however often more convenient.

Open transport is the mode desired by many shipping agents. Using this mode of transport requires you give adequate time until a desirable and convenient mode of transport is available to cover your destination. As such, there are no set days on when to wait for your car but the car shipping agent will communicate on the date on when the car can be collected.

#4. Door to door or terminal-to-terminal shipment

The door to door car shipping service entails the company picking the car from your home or from the dealer and ensuring it is delivered to your address other address provided. This is the most convenient method that always ensure that the agent takes full responsibility until you get your car at home.

Terminal to terminal is a less expensive option to ship your car. This entails driving the car to the terminal from where it will be picked by the car shipping service provider. After reaching the destination terminal, the shipping agent will also expect that you pick the car and drive on your own to the required destination.

#5 Licensing and insurance options

Difference shipping companies will require varying insurance options for your car. In some instances, full insurance may be required. This is often applicable as a door-to-door coverage that covers the car from the source to the destination. It is more expensive and may also vary between insurance companies.

How to access the service

Before seeking car shipping services, it is important to establish the list of available agents. This is alongside the costs of using different agents and the range of services available. Once the right agent is chosen, make contact where you provide full information regarding the type of service you require. Using this information the service agent will ascertain if the terms are right to create a contract. Ensuring the right agent is chosen is the key factor to ensure that your car arrives in one piece and within the agreed time.


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Pros and Cons of Shipping Car Across Country

It’s a Tough Decision
Moving is tough, especially long distances, no matter how you plan it! Not only does it cost a fortune, you’ve got hundreds of decisions to make and all that work to do! How to move your car(s) is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during this chaotic experience. Will you drive your car(s) to the new destination or will you decide to use car shipping services? What are the pros and cons of each choice?

How To Save Money

With the cost of gas dropping so dramatically in the last year, you may be more tempted than ever to drive your car(s) rather than shipping your car(s). However, there are many other costs to driving a car long distances that you need to factor in. If you are driving cross country, you’ll need to stay in hotels and eat out along the way. This can add up in a hurry. You may also incur unanticipated costs (and delays). You may get a nail in your tire, a windshield wiper may go out, a belt could break, a rock could fly up and break your windshield, and you may require towing. Depending on where you are travelling, you may also incur toll charges. Unfortunately too, local thieves love to target cars with out of state license plates!

Don’t Forget the Hidden Costs

There are also hidden costs to driving your car cross country. Since you are driving so far, you’ll be motivated to “make good time.” Further, as the fatigue of the long trip sets in, and your tailbone starts to ache, you’ll be even more anxious to get to your new destination. Unfortunately, many people have a tendency to put the pedal to the metal under these conditions and they end up getting a very costly speeding ticket, not to mention the likely increases to their car insurance. Remember too, you are out of town bait for all those speed traps you’ll be passing through!

What About a Fun Cross Country Road Trip?

Some people may think driving gives them the chance to enjoy a fun road trip and see some of the sights along the way. However, it’s easy to forget that when you’re moving, your body is probably already sore from all the packing you’ve done so you’re less likely to enjoy sitting in a car for many hours in a row for several days! Your stress level may also be elevated because of the move. You may be wondering how your new job will turn out or how it will be to live in the same town as your in-laws. In other words, it may not be the best time physically or mentally to take a road trip. It’s hard to relax and enjoy the trip when you’re right in the middle of a move.

You may be one of the rare (crazy?) individuals who just loves to drive in the sleet, ice, or pouring down rain. You may love to drive across the desert when the road is so hot, you see people on the side of the road with melted tires. However, for the majority of us (the sane ones?), driving in these extreme weather conditions is just no fun and would only add to the stress and chaos of your moving experience. Using car shipping services is a simple way to avoid this and gain peace of mind!


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Advantages & Disadvantages of Car Shipping

Shipping your vehicle by way of enclosed auto shipping both protects your vehicle and gives you piece of mind knowing your cherished possession is safe. By sheltering your vehicle from external elements that can cause damage, you are assured it will arrive to the desired destination in excellent condition. Before you decide to ship your vehicle, consider the advantages and disadvantages of this shipping mode as well as understanding open-air transport.

The enclosed method of vehicle shipping offers the highest degree of privacy and security. If you have concerns about keeping your shipment private, the enclosed trailer makes it virtually impossible to identify the contents during transit. Your vehicle will arrive safe and sound on the desired delivery day in the exact same condition that it left your premises.

The Advantages of Enclosed Auto Shipping

• The transport truck has a fully enclosed vehicle trailer. The four sides and roof provide a safe environment during transport.

• Protect your antique, highly prized, and expensive sports cars with added protection and highest level of security.

• Eliminates unexpected damage that could occur from harsh weather or debris on the roadway.

• The enclosed trailer is smaller, making your vehicle immobile by clamping in place and will not move when truck is in motion.

• Added convenience, the auto transport company can arrange a pick-up or drop-off around your schedule.

The Disadvantages of Enclosed Auto Shipping

• More difficult for driver to make routine inspections during transit because unit is completely enclosed.

• Less fuel efficient because of enclosed unit, so delivery tends to be a bit more expensive than open-air transport.

The open-air transport option is another option for shipping a vehicle, but it does come with many more drawbacks that benefits compared to enclosed auto shipping. Chances are you have seen these open-air carriers on the highway, they typically are 75 feet long and haul several vehicles strapped down on two levels or rows of vehicles. With the open-air transport there is no sides or top on the transport trailer, exposing the vehicles to the elements during the entire transport.

The Advantages of Open-Air Auto Shipping

• Several vehicles on the trailer means lower shipping expense.

• Ability for driver to see the vehicle during transport and spot any potential issues easily.

The Disadvantages of Open-Air Auto Shipping

• Offers less protection from the elements or from road debris.

• Vehicle is exposed to the elements during transit.

• Unlike the enclosed auto shipping, vehicle is not completely motionless during transit.


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