Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at
The Dodge Challenger is a name given to several different variations of the same name, first introduced by the Dodge division of Chrysler in 1959. The Dodge Challenger has been one of Dodge’s most famous and best-selling muscle cars. First introduced as a trim model on the 1959 Dodge Coronet Silver Challenger Club Sedan edition of the Coronet, the Challenger was awarded its own line just in time for the 1970 model year. Introduced to compete with the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger was a mid-size pony car that ran until 1974; discontinued then, it was brought back in 1978 as a subcompact car. Low sales and interest led to its discontinuation in 1983, and the current Dodge Challenger (a full-size pony car) – still sold today – first appeared in 2008, and is still on sale today.
The Dodge Challenger is one of Dodge’s more well-known models, and at first glance they seem like they cost a lot of money, but the most expensive trim level on the 2014 Dodge Challenger – the R/T Shaker – is still only worth $37,000. For reference, the Nissan GT-R retails for over $100,000 base. And when it comes to shipping a vehicle, it’s the ones that cost a hundred grand that deserve an enclosed auto transport truck. Not the $37,000 ones. Now, that’s not to say $37,000 isn’t a lot of money – of course it is. But the Dodge Challenger is meant to be driven, and driven a lot. It’s sold on every Dodge dealership lot. The GT-R, in a word, isn’t. It’s a car you buy from a specialty dealer, like a Bentley.
When you ship a Dodge Challenger you can save some serious bucks shipping it via an open carrier as opposed to an enclosed carrier. Sure, with an open carrier you run the risk of it getting dirty, or getting hit by a rock and having the paint scratched, but guess what? That’s the risk you take when you drive a car on the open road. But with an open carrier, you actually gain some protection as it’s off the ground, it’s not being driven, and generally it has a car in front and behind it, plus a bigger cab in front of that taking the brunt of the bugs and rocks that come flying at it. Enclosed can protect your Challenger even more, but for the money you pay for it enclosed shipping probably won’t be worth it. You can talk to some actual shipping companies by filling out our free online quote request form, or give us a call at our toll-free number to ask our friendly staff members questions or to get a quote for you, and you can also read more on the Dodge Challenger here.
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at
Just like in the auto transport industry (well, any industry really), you want to know who you’re going to be doing business with when it comes to shipping your household goods. There are thousands of household moving companies spread out in hundreds of major cities all across the country, and finding one that will work best with you and for you – and for the right price, no less – can be a real challenge. And then there’s all the companies that won’t help you – oh, they say they will, but then something happens that you have no idea about and suddenly you’re left holding the short end of a pretty crappy stick. We here at American Auto Shipping strive to make sure that doesn’t happen to you – but even we are only human, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure that who you’re hiring to move your household goods is going to work for you and not against you.
If you fill out our free online quote request form to ship your household goods, you can rest assured that your information will only be sent to reputable and reliable household moving companies that are pre-screened for dependability. All of them are highly rated by the BBB and different household moving review websites, but you should never just take our word for it. Sometimes companies fall through the cracks, or management changes and a once-awesome company starts going the way of Voldemort. This is why reading reviews of your prospective moving companies are so important – you need to know how other customers really fared with these companies. Find a moving review website that honors honest reviews from their customers and strives to cut the fat (you know, the fake reviews that the company puts up to try and get people to book with them).
Fake reviews are an uncommon practice as is, but they’re usually easy to spot. Weird names attached to one-or-two sentence reviews tend to be fake, more often than not. Keep an eye out for those, and also keep an eye out for negative reviews in a sea of positive ones – not everyone is going to be satisfied with the job that a company did for them, but that doesn’t mean they’re a bad company. Mostly positive, real-looking reviews with a few bad ones sprinkled in is what you’re looking for, as it means that a) the company is human, and can’t do everything for everyone, but also b) they don’t post fake reviews. Some review sites let companies respond to bad reviews to tell their side – those are the reviews that are best. Household movers don’t make money unless your stuff gets moved thanks to new legislation, but it’s still hard to come by – we recommend reading more of our household moving articles about the industry and get some quotes via the quote form on the landing page for all our home moving articles. For questions, give us a call and talk to one of our live reps.
Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at
Understanding the fine print in any industry, for anything you buy (be it a product or a service), is an important part of being a smart and informed consumer. Whether you’re buying a car, a candy bar, or some type of service that someone else does for you (housekeeping, auto transport, you know), you have to know what you’re getting yourself into, what the stipulations are, and what they don’t want you to catch – that’s sort of why they call it “fine print,” as in “we’re going to make this really small and hope you don’t notice it.” Fine print has, by and large, been replaced by legalese in most industries – why make print super small when you can just make it confusing? Cutting through all that is important, so take a class if you need to.
But there’s a lot more to it than just understanding what’s being told to you. Anyone can spin a piece of legalese or fine print to make something sound enticing, when in reality you just get hosed on the deal. And the same is true for the auto transportation industry. Are we saying every company in the industry is looking to screw you over? Of course not. But some of them can do some shady things, particularly when it comes to money. You should always read your auto transporters’ cancellation policy, as that typically covers when you can cancel your order and how long it takes them to refund your money. Some companies withhold their customers’ refunds for upwards of thirty days, and as you’re no doubt aware that can be a problem if you’re shipping on a budget.
Friday, June 20th, 2014 at
Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland, and Cleveland is not – actually, it’s the second-largest city in Ohio, which is saying something. Baltimore is located in eastern Maryland, while Cleveland is located in northeastern Ohio, and shipping from one to the other is generally pretty quick and easy. When shipping your vehicle from Baltimore to Cleveland, there are a few things you should know – primarily the fact that shipping from one major metro area to another generally saves you some time and money, so you’ve already got that going for you. But there are a few other things you should know as well. Did you know that the distance between the two – even on the longest route – is less than four hundred miles? It’s true.
Now, when shipping from Baltimore to Cleveland you’ll want to pay attention to the traffic and the weather, because those can cause serious delays – okay, maybe not traffic as much as weather, but during the winter months it can get brutal. Most carriers maximize their routes by taking the shortest route between two cities, but it also depends on what other cities they’re transporting vehicles to and from. The most direct route from Baltimore to Cleveland is to take I-70 northwest out of Baltimore, pass through Hagerstown and into Pennsylvania, then catch I-76 into Pittsburgh and I-80 up north into Cleveland. It’s simple. And, really, unless your carrier is willing to run routes through some pretty rural areas of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, they’ll stick to this route.
Of course, you should always double-check with your auto transportation company and your carrier regarding what specific route they’re traveling on, but this will likely be the most common that you’ll hear. It’s not a far drive – should only take 2-3 days, depending on how many other stops your carrier needs to make, and it shouldn’t cost you a fortune, at least not for a standard car, truck, minivan or SUV. If you’re interested in getting some quotes to ship your vehicle from Baltimore to Cleveland, give us a call or fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes to ship your vehicle. You can also speak to one of our live agents over the phone who can answer your questions and help you navigate our quote form. So call or go online today and get your free quotes.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at
Shipping more than one vehicle is a common experience in the car shipping industry, and more often than not you can find some sweet deals on moving multiple vehicles at one time with the same shipping company. Many auto shippers will give you per-car discounts for shipping more than one, even if the total price for shipping two or more will be higher than just the one. Auto transport companies are always looking for ways to get customers and give them incentives to book with them; they’re salesmen, at the end of the day, and they want your business, and one of the most common tactics is to give people multi-car discounts for shipping multiple vehicles at once.
Shipping multiple cars comes with some stipulations – for starters, you may pay less per-car than you would if you shipped them individually, but it’s still going to cost more than shipping a single vehicle. That’s the first thing you need to know – yes, you can save money by shipping multiple vehicles with the same company, but only versus shipping those two cars independently. It’s not going to magically cost less to ship two cars than just the one; you’re still going to be paying close to full price for each vehicle, it’s just you’ll get a bit knocked off for booking both with the same shipper.
And this is actually kind of a good thing for auto transporters because they are able to fill their trucks more quickly, which is what they’re looking for. Two vehicles coming from the same area and going to the same area will naturally cost less, because it’s less work for the guy actually hauling those cars. Why go to eight different cities to pickup eight different cars when you could get four of those cars in one spot? (usually the more vehicles you ship at once the larger the discount) If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your vehicle, give us a call or fill out our free online quote form and get multiple quotes from reputable and reliable shipping companies who can explain more about their multi-car discounts, how they operate and how much you can save