2011 was a benchmark year for the used car industry, selling exceptional amounts of cars through pretty much all seasons. As the economic problems are all but over for most people in the United States, the used car market is the best place consumers have available to them for cheap alternatives to new vehicles – a market that is only going to grow through 2012. Experts are predicting 2012 to be at least as robust as 2011, with the possibility of the used car market grabbing even more market share in the automotive industry. Auto shipping companies have noticed that most vehicles being shipped by Joe the plumber are used, so it’s only natural – especially in these tough economic times – that the used car market will be stronger than last year.
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According to Wardsauto, Ford has begun offering carbon footprint measurement tools to its fleet owners, which will help fleets measure and track different emissions such as carbon dioxide, volatile compounds and oxides of nitrogen. This is a huge step forward in the way of eco-friendly fleets, and auto shipping companies are looking forward to the day when they will have access to this type of technology. Currently it is limited to fleet owners who operate Ford-only fleets, but the technology is even more cool because it can compare different vehicles, including hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid as well as all-electric vehicles. Currently auto shipping fleets primarily run on diesel fuel, but those days are numbered, and this new calculator – when it becomes available to anyone – will be a huge boon to any company who operates a fleet of vehicles.
Being a do-it-yourself type of guy, I can sympathize with those who want to drive their vehicle to their new location themselves. To some of them, the idea that they could use an auto transport company doesn’t even pop into their head. What they soon realize however- and the reason that this industry is growing bigger every month- is that it is simply cheaper to hire an auto shipping company. To most people this doesn’t make sense initially, but if you think about it, car transport companies are incredibly efficient, transporting ten large vehicles at a time. That’s efficiency! And when you’re embarking on the transportation yourself, people don’t consider the cumulative price of gas, food, lodging, and all of the work they’re missing out on. Hypothetically, if one were to transport their vehicle across the United States themselves, that could be thousands of dollars. Now hiring an auto transport company doesn’t seem like such a bad idea does it?
According to The Detroit Bureau, Saab has been given a 90-day reprieve by the Court of Appeals for Western Sweden, following a rejection of the reprieve by a lower court. The reorganization will follow a similar plan by American manufacturers Chrysler and GM, which should help the company considering it owes money to over 3,000 creditors and workers. Saab does plan to pay all their debts in full, but a timetable has yet to be given by the company. Auto transporters have noticed a sharp decrease in the number of new Saab vehicles being shipped – this is probably why.
Goodyear is working on a new type of tire that will all but eliminate the idea of the spare tire, which is great news for auto transporters as flat tires and blow outs are a major problem for their large trucks. The new technology is called Air Maintenance Technology and actually puts a small pump inside the tire that will continually pump in air into the tire when needed to maintain optimal tire pressure. The new system will be able to keep people on the road for much longer and will prevent flat tires from almost all causes but a complete blowout or a really major leak. Prices have yet to be determined.