Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at
If this is your first time transporting a vehicle, you may want to pay attention. When you’re searching around for an auto transport company you want to make sure that you understand what exactly you are going to be paying for and how much you are paying, as well as how much you will be paying to whom. Auto transport payment methods vary from company to company, though all will take roughly the same basic methods such as a credit card. Most don’t accept cash as payment, though many still accept faxed or mailed-in checks. Other methods may be available depending on the company that you are talking to; they typically will work with you if standard payment arrangements are unacceptable or not doable for you.
However, there are some things you should be aware of when it comes to paying a deposit that some people don’t know, namely the fact that brokers can charge a deposit pretty much whenever they want. Of course, they have to tell you that they are collecting money from you, particularly if they’re going to be processing a credit card, but in terms of when exactly they can do it they can whenever they want. Some companies will require a deposit upon booking and charge you right there; this isn’t all that common, but it’s not necessarily indicative of a scam either. Most brokers will charge you when your vehicle is dispatched to a carrier – in other words, they’ll charge you when they actually figure out when and who will be picking your vehicle up. And still others wait until your vehicle is actually loaded – once they get confirmation that the driver has picked your vehicle up, they’ll charge your deposit.
All of those times are acceptable in the car shipping industry. You should always verify with your transport company exactly when they will charge you the deposit fee, and they’re obligated by law to tell you. You should also figure out what portion of the total payment actually is the deposit, because the rest you will likely have to pay the driver with cash, a cashier’s check or money order upon delivery. This is considered standard payment method in the car shipping industry. If you’re interested in getting quotes from reputable and reliable car transport companies, you can fill out our free online quote form to the left and get ten free quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. If you have further questions or concerns, you can call us toll-free at 800-730-9491 to speak to one of our live agents.
Friday, February 28th, 2014 at
When moving from one state to another you’re going to need to find a household moving company in order to help you. These moving companies vary in size and how much they can move, but most all of them will be able to ship a household’s worth of goods. Now, at what price they can do it for will be a different story, and this is really what this blog is all about. Household moving companies typically give two types of estimates, binding and non-binding, when they’re interacting with customers for the first time. Estimates are important for both customers and movers because they give everyone a good idea as to what’s going to happen and how much it’ll cost. This blog will focus on the non-binding estimate and what you can expect when you get one.
A non-binding estimate is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A moving company can give you a non-binding estimate if you request a quote as long as they tell you it is non-binding. Non-binding quotes are good because they are not a contract or an agreement of any kind; it is simply a moving company giving you an educated guess on the cost of your move depending on certain factors. The problem with a non-binding estimate is that it’s subject to change, pretty much at any time, depending on whether or not certain factors also change. Unlike a binding estimate, the moving company is not required to move any of your goods at the given non-binding rate because it isn’t a contract.
According to law, movers are not allowed to charge you more than 10% over the cost of their non-binding estimate. This is to protect customers like yourself from getting screwed by sham moving companies. In the late 1990′s and into the early 2000′s, the internet made scamming people out of their household goods (or using their household goods to extort them for more money) ridiculously easy. As more and more people began to fall victim to these unscrupulous moving companies, however, new rules were implemented. Now, movers cannot charge you more than 10% of the non-binding estimate upon delivery. A non-binding estimate, remember, is truly an estimate; you and the moving company will likely nail down any additional charges and the like, but make sure you understand that you could end up paying an additional 10% on top of the original price you were expecting to pay.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at
The auto transport broker may not seem like a very important part of your vehicle transport experience, but in that regard you’d be dead wrong. A lot of people believe that the broker is an unnecessary middleman in the entire transportation process, but they’re actually very much needed. They work only with reputable and reliable carriers which puts emphasis on carriers to operate honestly. This makes your shipment safer. It also means you’re less likely to get scammed or taken advantage of by unscrupulous carriers. But then again, how can you know your broker isn’t taking advantage of you? That’s simple enough, you get quotes from ten different brokers by filling our free online quote form out. As we clear all our advertisers for reliability we know that they won’t scam you or take your money and run. They’re all legit, and they only use legit carriers.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that communicating and dealing with them is going to be any easier. Auto transport brokerages are a dime a dozen nowadays, and the industry is competitive by nature. They want to sell you their services, to book with them, and some brokers are a bit more blase about stretching the truth than others in order to make sales. It’s a sales job, and as a customer you need to understand that. Cutting through all the hyperbole can be frustrating, but it’s important to take the time to ask the questions you need answered and to communicate with your representative. Once you book your order the pitching stops; that’s when you and your representative get down to the nitty gritty, and that’s when they’ll need to know as much as possible regarding exactly what you’re shipping, what your circumstances are, all that stuff.
Brokers work hard to get your vehicle moved, and it’s a stressful job. It’s all about coordinating the transportation of an automobile between the customer shipping it, the carrier that’s transporting it, and making sure that everyone’s on the same page and everyone is in the know. You’d be surprised at how hard that is, especially when there’s one person at the pickup location and someone else at the delivery. This is why proper communication – in other words, being truthful in everything – is so very important come car transport time, and it would really behoove you to try and make sure that you’re being as up front about your circumstances and the circumstances surrounding your vehicle in any and every interaction with your broker. To get in contact with multiple brokers for absolutely free, you can fill out our free online quote form and have ten quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. If you have further questions, you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at
The state of New Hampshire is located in the New England region of the United States, bordered by Vermont to the west, Massachusetts to the south, and Maine (as well as the Atlantic Ocean) to the east, and Canada to the north. Home to 1.3 million residents, New Hampshire is the 43rd largest state in the U.S. by population and 46th largest by total area. Its population density sits at 147 residents per square mile, which is good for 21st in the country; however, much of its population outside of the major metro areas of the state are scattered and live in areas that can be hard to reach. New Hampshire was, oddly enough, the first state to have its own constitution as well as the first British colony to break away from Great Britain during the years preceding the American Revolution. You can read more about New Hampshire here.
Transporting a vehicle to New Hampshire can be challenging due to its location and lack of major population centers. Its largest city, Manchester, is home to just 110,000 residents as of the last census, and the surrounding Manchester-Nashua metropolitan area is home to over 400,000 residents. Manchester, Nashua and Concord will likely be the cheapest cities to ship a vehicle to or from within New Hampshire if for no other reason than their size; more people will be inclined to transport vehicles to those areas, and more carriers will be willing to run routes up there, as opposed to more rural areas, particularly in northern New Hampshire which has very few towns indeed. It also helps that the Nashua-Manchester-Concord area runs primarily north-south along the route of Interstate 93, one of several interstate that services New Hampshire (and perhaps the most heavily traveled due to its route).
Other interstates in New Hampshire include I-89 and I-91, which both connect with I-93 and service other areas of the state. These are also useful for auto transporters, as it allows them to not just service the smaller areas of New Hampshire (which they will do for the right price), but also other areas in Vermont and the surrounding region. Having multiple interstates that connect to other major interstates is actually a big bonus when it comes to your car transport prices; admittedly, they’ll likely be higher for shipments into and out of New Hampshire due to its size and smaller population figures, but without those three interstates servicing most populated areas your car shipping prices would likely be even higher than they are now. For more information about shipping services to New Hampshire, check out this useful article.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at
Battle Creek is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, specifically in Calhoun County. It is home to over 52,000 residents, though it anchors a metropolitan area with a population three times that. Battle Creek was founded near the site of a small skirmish between American explorers and the local Native Americans; according to the story, two young natives attacked a Federally-sanctioned survey party in the area, leading to a quick fight (and subsequent white victory). A year later, the first settlers came to the area, and named it Battle Creek after the skirmish. Though small, Battle Creek is perhaps most famous for being the location of the Kellogg Company’s world headquarters; the company was founded in Battle Creek in 1906. It is, oddly enough, also the headquarters of Post Foods and Ralston Foods, also major cereal and foodstuff corporations. You can read more about Battle Creek at the city’s official website.
The city of Battle Creek sits just north of I-94, which is a fairly important interstate in the northern parts of the country. Located a couple of hours west of Detroit, Battle Creek also sits a few hours east of Chicago, which makes it a rather important stop along the Detroit-Chicago stretch of I-90/I-94. Battle Creek does not see much auto transportation traffic in the sense of customers going to or from there, but car transporters often pass by it on their east-west routes, particularly during the summer months when the weather is clear and the northern parts of the U.S. aren’t frozen. You’ll likely see cheaper prices for car shipping services to Battle Creek during the summer and fall months, and while winter pricing may be good as well, you’ll find that delays for shipment into and out of Battle Creek during the winter are more common than during the summer months.
Pickup times, of course, vary depending on where exactly you are shipping from or to regardless of the city, but in Battle Creek’s case you’ll likely find it’ll be a bit cheaper to ship to or from nearby major areas. Battle Creek, unfortunately, sits a few hours west of Detroit as mentioned above; however, Kalamazoo, which is only twenty miles or so away, is a larger area and sees even more transport traffic on the customer side than anywhere else in the area. Kalamazoo may be a bit cheaper to ship to or from if you’re willing to make the trip, and the extra hundred bucks you stand to save on your shipment will easily pay for any gas you have to buy to get there. You can read more about transporting a vehicle to or from Battle Creek as well by visiting our helpful Battle Creek auto transport article.