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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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