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Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to find Good Vehicle Shipping Company

Any person who owns a vehicle is aware of the necessity of getting the services of a good vehicle company to transport their vehicle from one place to another. Each owner of a vehicle wants to take good care of it and wants it to be handled properly while it is being shipped. Hence, the people who will be handling the vehicle should be experienced and know the value of the vehicle which is being shipped so that they will take care of it properly. Some people will even sell their vehicle to avoid shipping it as they are afraid of the scratches and damages that might occur while shipping. So, a lot of care should be taken to ensure that you obtain the services of a good vehicle shipping company.

The company that you choose should render quality service and should also be economical. You can take the help of friends who have used various shipping companies, you can search the internet and you can also go through the local telephone book to find the right auto transport company. This will give you an idea about the services rendered and also whether it will suit your vehicle.

You should find out if the company is registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and a USDOT and MC member is given to them. There should be a middle man or a broker who will have a MC number. You should find out if the car shipping company has the documentation to ship vehicles in the nation and also overseas. The company should also have the correct court documents and cargo insurance coverage.

The insurance coverage will differ from company to company. The vehicle can either be shipped to your house or the nearest terminal. Generally the service charges taken from terminal to terminal are cheaper than delivery of the vehicle to the house. If the rates are nearly the same, you can opt for the vehicle to be delivered to your home.

You should get all the details about the insurance that has to be paid while shipping the vehicle. Some companies include it in the shipping cost. Other companies might charge it as extra cost. You should know what plan is offered. Generally the companies will have insurance that will cover damages up to a certain amount of money. Get all the information you can about insurance coverage before you sign with the shipping company to transport your vehicle.

There are many vehicle shipping companies. You should obtain quotes from some auto transport companies and then decide on the one you want to go with. The company should be accredited and offer insurance coverage. It should have handled more than a hundred deliveries of vehicles and thus be an experienced company. You should find one that will suit the transportation of your vehicle. When you sign up with the company you should give the car shipping quote, the place and time of delivery of the vehicle. You should have the phone number of the driver of the person who will pick up the vehicle and should also see that they stick to the time schedule. Even if the charges are higher than other companies, it is best to go with an experienced company who will be able to handle your car properly without any damages to the vehicle.

Do a thorough search by asking friends, going to the internet and checking many vehicle companies. Then choose the best that suits your vehicle. With these details you will be able to find the best vehicle shipping company.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 12:17 AM permanent link  

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Friday, May 29, 2009

How to Choose Safety Equipment in Auto Transport

Auto transport takes care of the transport of your vehicle from one place to another in a safe and secure manner. Earlier, many people even sold their fearing the quality of transport system available. Now things have changed. You can any vehicle transported to any place. You can choose the type of service and the budget that you can afford. There are many companies who will be able to transport your automobile safely.

A car has to be handled with care while transporting it. There should safety to the car's interior parts as well the exterior which not get dents or any damages while being transported from one place to another. The safety aspect is very important.

The automobile is quite a huge vehicle. A lot of care about the safety has to be taken while transporting it. Only trained people can handle such a responsibility. Proper equipments are also required. While choosing the company, enough research should be done about the safety equipments available while transporting vehicles.

Two types of car transport are available:
Covered transport and open auto transport

Covered carrier transport offers more safety to the vehicle as the container carrying the vehicles is covered. This gives added protection to the vehicle. The cost may be calculated per vehicle based on the route taken by the driver. In open transport, the container is open to the sky and is thus open to the atmosphere and can be affected by the weather conditions. Here the cost may be calculated on price per vehicle according to the miles driven by the driver. The person hiring the company has the choice to opt for the one that is suitable for his budget and the convenience of the person.

Enclosed carrier  transport is much more expensive than an open transport. The covered transport is enclosed. This protects it from the climatic conditions and also from road hazards. The equipment and service available is also of high quality. There are also safety features that are available that make it a reliable option. At an extra cost you can avail of lift gates for loading the vehicle horizontally and safely. You can get ramp gates for long wheelbase vehicles and winches for vehicles that are inoperable. Also available are six-car enclosed trailers, four-car enclosed trailers, and two-car non-stacking enclosed trailers. Sometimes the car size will be too big for sending it by multi car trailer.

The open carrier transport on the other hand is the cheapest and most sought after means of transporting a vehicle. Many cars will be put on one open transport and sent to the destination. The transporting vehicle will be big and can travel only on main roads. So, you pick up your vehicle from the point that it is left at in the area that you want it to be delivered.

For the purpose of safety, you should give the details of the vehicle's length and weight so that it can be transported properly. This will also make sure that the weight is within the legal specifications for loads to be carried. The company should pay utmost importance to safety and have all the necessary safety equipments while transporting.

It is also good to know the insurance coverage that is offered. You should get a plan that will take care of any damage while the vehicle is being shipped. Generally the shipping company will cover up to a certain amount of money in case of any damage to the vehicle. Some vehicle transport companies might charge extra for the insurance. Get to know the details before you go with the company.

You should choose the type of car moving that best suits your car. The safety aspect of the car should be of major concern. For this specially trained personnel with the proper safety equipment in the trailers that carry the vehicles are very, very important. Sit with the auto transporter people to decide the best option open for you. It can be the open transport or the covered transport.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 2:33 AM permanent link  

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Are you choosing the Right Auto Services?

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There are several shipping companies offering their services for transportation of vehicles. Their job is to relocate your vehicle for a fee. The cost of shipping is decided by many factors - viz; vehicle make, type, dimensions, weight, the distance between the departure station & the destination point, besides the kinds & dates of service. An oversized car may cost more compared to a smaller vehicle. Classic cars & luxury vehicles may cost more proportional to their price tags.

At least on month before your departure, you have to make arrangements for shipping the vehicle . Two weeks before your departure, you have to confirm the dates. If you move household goods & personal belongings, on the same day by the same carrier or by another company related to vehicle shipping company, you may acquire a concessional rate for both. Before booking you vehicle, you have to think a lot about the process of transport.

  • Get first hand info about the selected car moving company
  • Get a quotation of transporting charges
  • Enquire in the market about the quality of service
  • Compare the services & charges with those of other companies
  • Check insurance & license details and other legal documents
  • Read the contract till the basics are understood

If you want to verify the credentials of any auto-moving company, go through MCSA Safety & Fitness Electronic Records. You have to try for MC number & USDOT number of the company, visit aaat.com. By using the company name also, you can check the required details. If the company is not listed with the department, it is not legally authorized to do business

The next step is about insurance coverage after fixing the probable career, go through the insurance particulars. To clear the doubts, you can ask the shipping company or the insurance company. If your car's value is on the higher side or if your car has some sentimental overtones for you, you can request for extra insurance coverage subject to additional premium payments.

You can get some valuable references from the shipping company. You can contact these references and try to get a verbal certificate atleast to know about the standard of services provided so far by the company. Vehicle shipping review websites and The Better Business Bureau will be able to guide you with respect to comments & complaints about the company. When you go on transfer to another city, you have to pack up all your belongings. You have to locate a reliable shipping company for relocating your vehicle. You just can't abandon your partner on the road which carries you in rain & shine through ups & downs managing twists & turns & negotiating curves & contours.

The solution is: aaat.com with its comprehensive domain of transport companies. Hundreds of car owners are very much perturbed over selecting the right transport company. Many companies in the market offer services. But, you cannot judge their caliber & performance from the brochures & literature handed over to you. But, aaat will offer the right solution.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:23 AM permanent link  

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Car Care Tips that can Save Gas

Use lower octane gasoline for your car. If you use high octane fuel it is waste of money. If you're confused as to which grade of fuel works best for your car, open up your owner's manual and take a look. When filling your car's gas tank, don't top it off. See to it that you tighten up your gas cap each time you fuel up your car. Try parking your car in the shade of a tree whenever possible. Buy a good windshield shade as it blocks sunlight and helps to keep heat out of the inside of your car. Park your car in the garage as it will keep your car warm in the winter and cool in summer. Don't drive your car in under inflated tires. Under inflated tires wear down more quickly and then also lower your car's gas mileage. If you use manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil, you can improve on your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent. Give your car engine regular tune-ups. Don't skimp on maintenance.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 12:07 AM permanent link  

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Measures taken for a Safe Driving

If you're planning to drive your car instead of shipping it would be better if you drive safely.

There are some tips for safe driving:

There are many factors that can increase your drowsy-driving crash risks:

If a person did not sleep properly in night it can lead to road accidents. Accident can happen if you have unrecognized sleep disorders like sleep apnea syndrome and or narcolepsy. If a person drinks too much while driving. These factors are dangerous.

Following groups are at higher risk of accidents
  • Males with age group 16-29.
  • Shift worker whose sleep is disrupted by working at night or working long or irregular hours.
  • People with untreated sleep apnea syndrome and narcolepsy.

Countermeasures

To prevent accidents, follow these steps:
  • Get sufficient sleep before driving
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Limited driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Stop driving if you are feeling sleepy.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 12:05 AM permanent link  

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