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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 Myths about Car Shipping

Myth is often used to refer to a false story and it explains the truth behind it. Even in shipping cars, people assume things on their own. Lets see the top 10 myths which people have while shipping their cars.

1. Terminal to terminal services are cheaper than door to door services
It requires some extra effort to deliver your car to your home and these efforts doesn't come for free. It might just cost a few pennies more. In terminal to terminal shipping, even if the carrier leaves your car at a terminal and saves time and fuel, the terminal might charge you for guarding your vehicle. These charges may affect the advantages of terminal to terminal shipping. In case, you need your car to be delivered at a place which is very difficult to reach then the terminal fees would be much lower than delivering your car at your home. However in most cases door to door shipping is cheaper than terminal to terminal shipping.

2. Avoid transport brokers and deal directly with the carriers
If you directly deal with a carrier, you will have to face serious risks of finding no customer relations department and you may find it difficult to contact them when you need updates. On the other hand a shipping agent helps customers and update them regularly.

Carriers have a limited number of trucks serving a particular location every week. When they are filled with orders, they will only offer later dates for shipping. In those cases, you will find it difficult to search for another carrier who can ship your car at the preferred time. But auto transport carriers have contact with a lot of carriers and can immediately arrange for another carrier who suits your need. They can even arrange for special discounts at terminals.

Shipping brokers will provide you the terms of the shipping at the beginning itself whereas trucking companies will simply show you the contract at the time of pick up.

3. Remove hubcaps and save money while shipping
This thought may have came because that, when you ship your vehicles overseas you may be advised to take down the removable parts of your car and lock them inside the trunk. This idea is simply a misconception because your hubcaps are nowhere related with the price that you are charged for shipping.

However certain things are to be removed due to two reasons: first, carriers will meet very strict weight requirements; and the next is that the items are not insured.

4. Quotes are always correct.
There is also a possibility that the shipping quote may be incorrect. This is possible because in cases when the quote is too high or too low. The pick-up place or destination would have been recorded erroneously. The probability of such a mistake happening would be in the case of two different Michigan cities that have similar sounding names of Lansing and L'Anse. Then the difference in quote may increase up to $500. To avoid this always make sure that the zip codes have been recorded correctly.

5. Shipping cost depends completely on the distance.
Distance is an important factor while charging for shipping but when you compare costs with your friend you may think that you have paid extra money to have your car delivered. Your extra money would have probably covered the difficulties faced to ship your car to a hardly accessible destination. You always must consider the pick up and destination location. Carriers charge more for going off their main route. The more flexible you are for the pick up and delivery dates, lesser you will pay since your carrier need not make additional arrangements to accommodate your request. When evaluating a shipping fee, consider three important factors: distance - accessibility - flexibility.

6. Terminals increase transit delay
Another important myth related to auto transport is that terminals can create increased transit delays. This is also not true because the time that a vehicle spends at a terminal depends entirely on customers requirement and not on the carrier or the terminal.

7. Red cars cost more to insure.
This is a common misconception that red cars cost more to insure. Your entire insurance coverage cost is decided by the Vehicle Identification Number of your car. There is no indication in the VIN regarding the color of your car. Red auto paint will cost more to repair and hence a car insurance company only will incur more charges and not an owner.

8. One claim can cancel your car insurance
It is possible that your car insurance can be canceled after a claim but car insurance companies do have a process that takes a lot of factors into consideration. They will probably look at the number and the amount of claims you have had for the past. The time which you have been with that insurance company would also be considered. Repeated claims entered by customers would be a reason for cancellation but there is no reason to avoid turning in claims if you suffer significant financial loss.

9. High Price
Price is one of the major concerns that arise while shipping a car. You can also hear from people regarding the same. It's true in some cases but it is not the absolute truth. There are a couple of ways with which you can actually save your money. Just compare the charges of service to find the best deal just like you do with other types of services.

If you are relocating to another country then it would be more cheaper to use transport services that ships your car than buying a new vehicle. Also, if you have a valuable or expensive car, then driving that vehicle could cause a lot of hazards that can be avoided if you choose auto moving services.

10. Takes more time to ship
Another myth that usually arises in vehicle moving services is that people say that it is not very fast, and sometimes it's true depending on the situation. Shipping carriers work on a schedule and depending on the company which you choose and what their schedule looks like, it can take a little bit more time to have your vehicle moved. Also, you can choose expedited car moving with which you can move your automobile faster than most other companies, so you will always have an option available to you to have your car moved when you need it to be moved.

Our transport service has been a comfort to our customers when shipping their cars. If you are thinking to ship your car, just fill our Online form or mail us to and avail free satisfactory quote from us right now.


posted by All America Auto Transport @ 4:33 AM permanent link  

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Getting Auto Transport Insurance

If you are transporting your car you need to insure if something goes wrong. Most of the car shipping companies provide insurance. But the terms and coverage of insurance may differ from company to company. Any auto moving company which has a license for shipping a vehicle  activities should have liability cargo insurance as well. It means that your car transporter should cover any damage caused during the shipping process.

The auto moving companies are legally required to provide the copy of the insurance certificate to you. So make sure to ask you auto shipper for their insurance certificate copy. It is also recommended that you have the hard copy of the insurance policy. Some auto movers provide very limited insurance coverage, sometimes it is even less than your car’s actual worth. Ask at their insurance company for the exact terms and rights that you are offered. The things that you need to know are:
• Can you buy additional coverage?
• What is the limited coverage amount (if any)?
• Are there any parts of the vehicle that are not covered?
• What type of damage is included in the insurance?

The shipping company should also provide you with insurance against theft. Also make sure that your vehicle carrier is registered with the Department of Transportation, if you want to avoid any possible troubles with getting the coverage in case of an insured accident.
If you have any disputes try to resolve them with your shipping company first. If you still feel that you don’t get justice, you can file complaints to the Federal Department of Transportation, BBB or Interstate Commerce Commission.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 5:03 AM permanent link  

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Car Transport - The best option for snowbirds

Are you the type of person who wishes to stay in a warmer place rather than spending the whole winter season in a colder place? Then you are the one called “snowbirds”.

The first thing you need to consider is on transporting the car since you might not want to drive the car for a long distance. Also driving the car during winter on a snowy road is quite risky. The best solution for you is to use an auto transporter who will transport your vehicle to your winter house. The car moving company will deliver your car at your winter house before you reach and wait for you to arrive there.
The other option would be to rent a car there. But you have to haggle with them regarding the type of vehicle you require and you might be in trouble if you face any disservice by the car rental company. Hence the best choice for you would be to use auto mover who will save your time as well as your money compared to the high rate of car rental companies.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:55 AM permanent link  

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tips to escape from a sinking car

“Accident”- the word itself makes us get frightened when we hear it, that too an accident in which your vehicle is thrown into the water, with you trapped inside, is absolutely terrific. A research has been shown that every year more than three hundred and fifty people are getting trapped in their cars under water and experiencing a terrifying death. The unacceptable fact is that most deaths are a result of panic, not having an idea and also not understanding what is happening to the car when it is inside the water. The very good news about such sort of incidents is that if you are well prepared, your chances of surviving from a water immersion accident will increase.

What you do during the next minute will determine whether you will survive or not

Here given are some tips to be kept in mind when your car is sinking

  1. Once your car has been entered into water it usually takes between two to ten minutes for it to sink fully.

  2. This may occur even quickly, depending on the speed, angle of entry and the physical characteristics of the vehicle.

  3. If you remain calm, there will be an enough time for you to take necessary action to save your life and also the lives of your passengers.

  4. Always give first priority to get the windows down, the main reason for doing this at first is because the window opening is the best escape hatch and should be the first line of exit.

  5. When water hits the car the electric motors that operate the windows will soon become inoperative due to the water immersion.

  6. It is impractical and a waste of time and effort to attempt to open a car door in a vehicle that has just entered the water.

  7. The water pressure gets exerted on the exterior of the door which will not allow you to open the door.

  8. Once a vehicle sinks it may turn sideways or upside down.

  9. Occupants who are not buckled in with a seat belt will float within the vehicle and can easily get confused without knowing the location of the door handles or windows.

  10. If you wear your seat belt means you will remain in your seated position through which you will be able to retain your orientation regardless of what position the vehicle is in.
It may seem obvious - but don't try to save anything unless there is another person in the car that you are trying to save, never go back into a sinking or submerged vehicle for Computers, phones, purses, jewelery, etc. which all can be replaced but not you!

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 10:24 PM permanent link  

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