How Auto Shippers Protect Your Vehicle from Damage During Transport

Carrier 7Damage to vehicles while they are being shipped is fairly rare, but on the whole it’s something that can happen to anyone at any time. Take this British car transport truck – you wouldn’t want that to happen to your vehicle, right? All on fire and everything, that’s not good for anyone. Luckily, it’s rare: quite rare, in fact, as there are only a handful of videos on YouTube that even show a car transport truck on fire, or losing loads to whatever. The reason why it doesn’t happen often is because auto shipping companies go to great lengths to protect the vehicles they are shipping from being damaged in some catastrophic way (and, should worse come to absolute worst, auto shippers have insurance for precisely this reason). In this blog we’ll detail some of the ways that auto shippers protect your vehicle from damage during transport.

One thing that auto transport companies do is secure your vehicle tightly via chains or other secure mechanisms after they load them. Making sure the parking brake is on, every auto transport driver will secure your vehicle to their truck, to ensure that it does not move while it is being shipped. This is good, obviously, as it prevents cars from rolling into one another or off the truck. Most of the time chains will be used – big, heavy chains – to secure your vehicle. They’ll usually loop them through the wheels, or more specifically the rims; if they can’t, they usually have a backup location they can secure your vehicle to to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere. Auto transport drivers are also happy to show you how they will secure your vehicle at pickup, if you are interested in learning more (you can also learn more at our videos section, where we actually have a video showing how the loading process works).

Of course, it’s easier to protect a vehicle that is in an enclosed trailer than on the back of an open auto transport truck, namely because it’s in an enclosed trailer and it’s harder to screw up a car when it’s literally protected from anything that could happen to it other than another semi slamming into the side of the truck. Catastrophic accidents and losses are incredibly rare in the industry precisely because of the safeguards that auto shipping companies put on their drivers, and the lengths that they will go to ensure that the vehicles they are shipping are protected. If they screw up and damage your vehicle, they don’t just lose the load, they lose money, because they have to pay for all those damages, and no one wants to do that – but since it’s required by law that they do, there’s not much auto shipping companies can do other than make sure that the vehicles arrive in the same condition they left in. If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your vehicle, fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. You’ll get eight to ten free quotes e-mailed to you within the hour and, if you call, you can get a free quote right over the phone and talk to a live representative who can answer your questions, give you sound auto transport advice, and more.

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Household Moving Companies

Moving 5Shipping your household goods across the country can be a real pain. At the same time, it’s totally worth it, especially if you’re moving to a new place that’s more awesome than your last (because downgrading is just such a drag). So when you’re moving to your new McMansion with that awesome yard and pool and all that, you’re going to need a household moving company to handle your goods for you, and that means hiring one. Here are three things you likely didn’t know about household moving companies that maybe you should before you start shipping your stuff.

1. They’re often cheaper than moving yourself
This is somewhat of a misnomer, in that if you’re moving across town it’s probably cheaper to rent your own truck. But if you’re moving across the state or across the country, moving expenses climb really fast, especially when it comes to renting your own truck. Fuel is the biggest expense; most moving trucks get, at most, 10 miles per gallon, and their tanks are pretty big. You can expect to fill up at least once a day with a moving truck you drive yourself. Then there’s insurance on the truck, insurance on your goods, and motel fees – all assessed daily, pretty much. Moving with a moving company gives you a flat rate for the entire move, and they know this, which is often why household goods movers price their shipments the way they do. It’s a good idea to do some cost comparisons before choosing a company, but expect the movers to be cheaper over longer distances.

2. Most of the companies you talk to will be brokers
Just like in the auto transport industry, the household moving industry is full of brokers. These brokers talk to you, get your order booked, and dispatch your household move to an actual moving company, or carrier, that will load all your worldly possessions for you and ship your stuff. This is a great way to save some money, especially when it comes to price comparisons between a company you found online and a local moving company. Oftentimes booking with household moving brokers yields faster pickups and lower prices, since they know the trucks in your area; local companies have to dispatch the truck, then that truck has to make a complete circuit – six-thousand miles coast to coast, since they have to come back eventually.

3. There are awesome safeguards for customers like yourself
This is probably the coolest thing – it’s a shame auto transportation isn’t this great. If you go to www.safersys.org, you can search your household moving company (or the ones you’re thinking of booking with) and determine if they’re legitimate, how good a job they do, and what type of company they are. Seriously, if you visit that website, you can search by company name, and any brokers will have a (B) next to their USDOT number – a required thing for every moving company. If there’s a (B) next to it, they’re a broker; no (B), they’re likely a direct carrier. Of course if you search a company and they aren’t on that website, they’re fake, and it’s a scam. Luckily household moving scams have gotten more rare in recent years thanks to self-oversight in the industry and new legislation that helps protect customers like you.

If you’d like to get some free quotes to ship your household goods, visit this page. Not only will you see a list of articles pertaining to the household moving industry, which can provide some great information for you if you’re planning on moving, but it also grants you access to our household goods moving quote request form, in the same place as our normal auto transport form. You can fill that out and get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable household moving companies that can quote your shipment accurately, give you great prices and answer your questions, through e-mail or telephone. If you have questions about our services, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live agents, who can do the same thing – answer questions and help get you your free household moving or auto transport quotes today.

The Summer Shipping Season is in Full Swing – And Prices are Reflecting That

Frankfort 1The auto transportation industry is a seasonal industry, and like any seasonal industry its prices has its ups and downs. Right now, we’re really in the thick of the summer auto transport season, and this is something that a lot of people don’t really think about. Summer, on the whole, sucks for a lot of people. It’s hard – kids are out of school, eating all your food, while temperatures across the country skyrocket, and, of course, in the midst of all that, it’s only natural for fuel prices to go up too. And it’s not just gasoline; every fuel we use, from natural gas to propane to gasoline, sees price increases during the summer for some reason. Unfortunately, this tends to reflect in other things, particularly products or services from industries that utilize those types of fuel. The best example we can give is the car shipping industry.

Prices during the summer months are already going to go up, because it’s the time of year that everyone and their brother is going to ship their car. It makes sense – see the last paragraph for some reasons why, but mainly it’s because people finally have the time and the weather is nice pretty much across the country. However, more people shipping means more trucks are needed to handle the increased volume – except there aren’t more trucks, so those truck spaces suddenly become prized commodities in the industry. Supply and demand dictates that as demand goes up, prices go up if supply can’t meet that demand (and guess what: it can’t in the auto shipping industry). Therefore, people are fighting hard for those scarce spots, especially on incredibly popular routes that have a few hundred people going to and from the same basic areas (New York to Florida, we’re looking at you).

It also doesn’t help that gasoline prices have ballooned to over $4/gallon in some places with no signs of slowing down. So, take the busiest season of an industry that runs off a limited fossil fuel, jack up the prices for said fossil fuel, and see what happens. We’ll give you a hint: skyrocketing auto transport prices. It sucks, we know, but there’s really nothing you can do; if you try to fight it or haggle, an auto transport company will basically just tell you they’ve got a dozen other people looking for that same spot you’re trying to get, and how much do you want to bet they’ll pay the money? See? It sucks for the customers, but it’s the reality – if you want fast auto transport services during the summer months, you gotta be prepared to spend a bit more money on the process. You can get free quotes by filling out our free online quote request form, and you can also ask one of our representatives questions by giving us a call at 800-930-7417. And you can rest assured that both methods are completely free for you.

Auto Transport Tips: What to Expect When Shipping Your SUV

Mazda CX-5The sport utility vehicle has been around for ages, it seems – certainly longer than this writer has been alive, that’s for sure – but really didn’t gain prominence as a consumer vehicle until the late 1980′s and the early 1990′s. Now, though, they’re everywhere, and sales of sport utility vehicles really took off at the turn of the 21st century, and you can’t walk outside without seeing one. You probably know someone (or two, or ten) who own an SUV, and you likely know someone who has also shipped theirs. Shipping an SUV can be relatively smooth and simple, like shipping a large car, or it can be a nightmare akin to trying to move an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank with some rope and a bunch of five-year-olds (okay, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea). In this blog post we’re going to cover the different types of SUV’s and what their various sizes and weights mean for you and your next auto transport experience.

The smallest SUV on the market, historically, has been the subcompact SUV. Examples include the Fiat 500L. Mainly popular in Europe, the subcompact SUV typically sees no oversize or overweight vehicle shipping fees while transporting them, as they are hardly larger than a standard car. Next up is the compact SUV, like the Ford Escape, and these are also one of the cheapest SUV’s to ship, again due to their size. You may see some companies charging a little extra over the price of a car on the same route, but it won’t be anything major. The third-largest SUV style is known as a mid-size SUV, and these are some of the most common on the road. Examples include the Ford Explorer. These tend to carry minor oversize or overweight fees, due to their added size and weight, but not as much as the next-largest, the full-size SUV. Full-size SUV’s, like the Ford Expedition, are some of the largest on the road and are also some of the most expensive to ship because of that size. The largest sized SUV, though, is known as an Extended-Length SUV, and these are like Chevrolet Suburban – the largest on the road. Because they are the largest, they tend to be the most expensive to ship.

Sport utility vehicles serve a variety of different functions, depending on what size they are and who is driving them. When it comes to transporting them, giving your auto transport representative as much information about your SUV as possible is a great idea, because it helps them more accurately quote your SUV. Lying about the size or type of SUV you’re shipping can lead to major problems, as the right carrier and price needs to be matched up to the SUV. If you lie and say you’re shipping a Ford Escape when you’re really shipping an Expedition, the price will be too low and the auto transporter, upon arriving to pick it up, may just spit in your face, call you a liar, and refuse to pick it up unless you pay more. Okay, he probably won’t spit, but it’s not something that’s ever a good idea to do anyway.

How Long Will My Car Transport Take?

Carrier 5How long your car transport services take are heavily dependent on where you are shipping from and to, what you are shipping, the route that your auto transport carrier will be traveling on and how many scheduled stops they have to make after your vehicle is picked up. Auto transportation services take time, often weeks, and with tens of thousands of available routes for literally thousands of auto transporters out there shipping cars, they can’t be everywhere at once and they can’t just up and get your vehicle whenever they feel like. It’s a process, a time-consuming process, and because of it many people don’t really understand why it is the way that it is. Just like you and I, auto shippers have schedules that they have to abide by, and your pickup and delivery dates are just a part of that schedule.

When you book your shipment with your transportation company they will scour the country looking for a carrier to ship your vehicle for you. Once they do, they “dispatch” it, or assign it to a specific truck with a specific driver, and that driver works you into their already-existing (and likely busy) schedule. This is why it can take anywhere from one to seven days to get your vehicle picked up after it’s dispatched, and that’s after the average one-to-seven day window for even finding a carrier. So typically you’re going to be looking, on average, of about 4-12 days from the moment you book your order until your vehicle is picked up. Now, once it is, we’re onto travel time, which is pretty static; it depends heavily on the route and the additional stops the carrier needs to make. Note that auto transporters are limited to driving only so far, and only for so long; after one of those limits is up they have to stop, and stop for enough time for them to get a good night’s sleep.

Auto shippers have to abide by regulations that prevent them from driving all night or under dangerous or unsafe conditions, and it’s for a good reason: there won’t be much of a car that’s hit by a 40,000 pound truck with eight cars on it going sixty miles per hour, and that fear contributed greatly to the regulations and safeguards that are in place today. When it comes down to it, car transport takes time, and for you it’s going to take a lot of patience. It can be frustrating, especially if you’re shipping out of an area that not many auto shippers travel through; you can read more about that phenomenon here. For free quotes, fill out our free online quote request form; you’ll get eight-to-ten free quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. If you have additional questions, you can give us a call toll-free and speak to a live agent who can answer your questions and help get you a free quote right over the phone.

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