Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at
The Ford E-Series Wagon is actually a part of Ford’s pickup truck line, though it is sold mainly as a cargo van. It is not tailored for personal use, but rather more for fleets and other business applications. Many companies that operate a chain of stores, for instance car parts or other things like that, will use the E-Series Wagon for commercial purposes – hauling parts or other freight from one location to another, or from the warehouse to the various franchises in a state, region or even across the country. The E-Series Wagon truly is built for performance, having some of the best hauling capabilities among any all in its specific class, and Ford has made it easy to customize the E-Series at the dealership, with many different available options – including nothing but the chassis, with a build-your-own feature included. Learn more about the e-series here.
When it comes to transporting an E-Series Wagon, you’ll find that it’s going to be a bit more expensive than a standard minivan or cargo van mainly because of its size. Though not as tall as something like the Dodge Sprinter, the E-Series Wagon is nonetheless quite bulky, and could take up quite a bit of room on an auto transport truck. Not only that, but with how much heavier they are than a normal car, auto shippers will likely charge extra for that as well, as it will decrease the fuel economy of their transport trucks as long as they’re hauling it. The E-Series wagon is not so large as to need flatbed shipping, though some that are custom-built can be; we highly recommend letting your auto transport representative know of any customizations done to it while you are searching for quotes and getting an idea of how much it will cost, as the more information you have about your vehicle will help get you more accurate quotes. You can learn more about shipping the Ford E-Series Wagon via our E-Series Wagon Auto Shipping article.
But no matter where your E-Series Wagon is coming from or going to, American Auto Shipping can help you out. You can fill out our free online vehicle transportation quote request form and get up to ten free transport quotes from our reputable and reliable shippers e-mailed to you within the hour. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live representative who can answer basic questions about your specific transport needs and desires, and who can also fill out the free form for you and get you in touch with the actual shipping companies. So whether you call us or fill out the form yourself, give us a chance, and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.
Monday, November 4th, 2013 at
Most of the time, when you plan on driving from one city to another hundreds or thousands of miles away, you’ll plan the route you’re going to take, generally based on how fast it’ll get you there. And for most people that’s fine, but when it comes to shipping vehicles from one city to another finding the best route from one to the other is a lot more than just finding out how fast you can get there. Shippers need to be able to profit off the routes they drive, which generally means avoiding areas without major cities or routes that go through rural areas. In this edition of our “Auto Transport Routes” blog series, we’re going to shed some light on how your vehicle will get moved from Orlando, Florida to Saint Louis, Missouri.
Typically shippers want to stick to main interstate highways, and from Orlando to Saint Louis there’s a lot of different ways they can get from one to the other. Perhaps the quickest way is to go up I-75, which runs through Atlanta and continues north to Chattanooga, Tennessee; from there, shippers could hop on I-24 which runs northwest through Nashville and then catch I-64 near its junction in Mount Vernon, and then just go into Saint Louis. This route would pass through some major metro areas and is generally pretty quick. Some shippers may opt to go along I-10 into Mobile and then hop on I-55, which runs all the way north into Saint Louis, though while this route is easier and still passes through major metropolitan areas, it does take a bit longer as the route is more of an “L” as opposed to a relatively straight line. Your transporter will be able to tell you the specific route they are taking as well, and we recommend talking to them for more information.
Saint Louis, Missouri
If you are interested in transporting your vehicle from Orlando to Saint Louis, fill out our free online quote form. You will get ten free auto transport quotes e-mailed to you from reputable and reliable car shipping companies over the next hour, with the first of them showing up within minutes of pressing the submit button. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you on your automobile transportation journey. Please remember that the routes we highlighted in this blog post are simply the most convenient routes according to Google Maps, and while this is a popular route choosing method that carriers use frequently, you should still talk to your carrier regarding the specific route he will be traveling when transporting your vehicle.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at
When you’re transporting a vehicle, especially an older one, you should always make sure that the battery at least has enough charge on it to start the vehicle. A car battery is one of the most common reasons why vehicles don’t run come transport time, and that can end up costing you more to transport. If the vehicle you are shipping is not running, it will need to be hauled by an auto transporter that is trained in the operation and use of a winch – as well as one that has one. Believe it or not winching a vehicle onto the back of an auto transport carrier is anything but easy, and thus shippers that use them will charge more to do so, as it takes time away from their job and gives them a lot of extra work to do.
This can all be avoided – usually – by making sure the battery is charged up, and if it’s dead either charging it enough to get it loaded or else finding a new battery to replace it. Batteries are, on the whole, cheap, and they’re certainly cheaper than having an auto shippers winch your vehicle onto the truck. Of course, when it comes to finding out what’s stopping a car from starting, the battery is one of the first things most people check. If there are more problems that are stopping your vehicle from running, sometimes the non-op shipping fee is unavoidable. But at the very least you can do some quick checking and find out what exactly is causing the vehicle not to start; if it is the battery, a simple replacement could save you a lot of money come transport time.
You can get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies simply by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. You will get ten different quotes from companies that we pre-screen for reliability for you. We make sure all our affiliate companies are licensed, bonded and insured, and we make sure that they are all in good standing with their customers and the government. You can also call our toll-free number at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live representatives if you are interested in getting some of your questions answered before you even start the quote gathering process, which is completely fine too. Just remember to be polite to our representatives as well as the reps you will talk to when you book your order with your transportation company.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at
The state of Florida is a popular auto transport destination, primarily because it has quite a high population and a high population density, particularly along the east coast. It ranks 4th in the country in total population and 8th in total population density, making it one of the most popular auto transport locations in the entire country. Much of the state’s 19.3 million residents live in the Miami metropolitan area, which is the largest in the state. Unlike most major cities, however, Miami itself is rather small, home to 413,000 residents, but its metro area spans 110 miles north-to-south, encompassing 1,100 square miles of land. It is, however, a rather thin strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades, and in some places the metro area is less than five miles east-to-west. This only adds to the popularity of the area, however, as it makes it extremely easy for auto transporters to get into and out of many areas, as the entire metropolitan area of Miami sits along I-95. Learn more about Florida by visiting the state’s official website.
Interstate 95 is the main north-south interstate in Florida, running (roughly) from Miami proper up to the Canadian border with northern Maine. Though there is a long stretch in the Carolinas and southern Virginia that sees few major metro areas along the way, I-95 is a crucial corridor from the northern states down to Florida, particularly in the late summer and early fall when the snowbird shippers start coming out in force. Many transporters will run down I-95 and its western neighbor, I-75, which runs on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and into Indiana and Illinois. Both of those interstates are major lifelines to the cities in Florida and popular routes as well, at least for car transporters, as they pass through areas of high population quite frequently. Shipping into Florida will generally be more expensive when shipping to cities within the central and northern parts of the state, though perhaps less so north as Interstate 10 runs along the northern border all the way to Jacksonville.
You can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free auto transport quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies to transport your vehicle to or from Connecticut. If you are looking for more information about transporting your vehicle to or from a specific city in Connecticut or just the state in general, visit our Auto Transport to and from Florida page; you will find some interesting tidbits about the state and will get a clearer idea of what is in store for you when transporting your vehicle there. If you have questions or concerns, or would rather speak to a live person as opposed to filling out some random form on the Internet, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our friendly live agents who can answer your questions, give you more information about transporting to or from Connecticut, and help you get your free auto transport quotes today.
Friday, November 1st, 2013 at
As automobiles and technology continue to merge, new and innovative computerized systems that allow a wealth of information and control over the various systems are becoming more and more pronounced. But how reliable are they, really? Surprisingly – though perhaps not to some – many new car owners are having problems with their infotainment systems, and those put out by Ford and its various marques as well as Honda and Mini have been blasted by consumer agencies who report that customers and owners of their vehicles encounter a variety of different problems, from glitches and vocal commands not working to overly-complex design schemes. Consumer Reports ran a wide survey of owners as well, and brand names such as Toyota, Lexus and Acura scored highest, while Ford, Lincoln and Mini scored at the very bottom, ranking 26, 27, 28th respectively. GMC – a marque of General Motors – was the only American company to score in the top 10 for reliability in Consumer Report’s survey.
This is not shocking. Computers are often glitchy and can be difficult for untrained users to fix and maintain properly. Just like a classic car, computers take a certain familiarity to keep in good working order (or knowing a good repair guy), but when cars and computers begin to mix, it’s not surprising that things go wrong. Simple computers are one thing, but these infotainment systems that are plagued with issues are not going to go away. Supposedly they’re there because consumers want them, but many people have expressed disgust at the design schemes, and many older people are opting to drive simpler cars because of it. This could bite into the profit margin of all these companies, though all of them have pledged to investigate the issues and make them better. Ford says they’re just software glitches and are easily fixable, which is good news, on the whole. Of course, this opens up a whole slew of new problems, such as training technicians on how to fix computers as well as cars now, but that’s a discussion for another time. You can read more about this topic via this link.
If you are looking for free auto transport quotes to ship your vehicle, you can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form at the side of the page and get multiple free auto transport quotes from reputable and reliable transport companies that can help you get your vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the U.S. We clear all our companies for reliability, making sure they are fully licensed, bonded and insured, and you can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live auto transport representatives. They can help answer any questions you may have as well as get you your free auto transport quotes today.