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?
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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.
According to autonews.com, automakers, dealers and analysts are all cutting their projections for sales for later this year and some into next year. This comes at a time when the automotive industry was seeing major gains after the economic collapse in 2008 and the subsequent bailouts for Chrysler and General Motors, and, truthfully, comes as a complete shock to a lot of people, including this blogger. Automakers are noticing a relative lack in consumer confidence as of late, and in light of the recent stock market problems and talks of another recession, I can’t really say I blame them. They’re looking at losses of 20,000 units or more – 20,000 units going unsold is a huge problem for automakers, and dealers will be feeling the loss too – as will auto transport companies. Less vehicles being bought means less vehicles being shipped, which means harder times for everyone. As I’m fond of saying when I talk about automotive news, only time will tell.