1967 Corvette Sells For $3.5 Million – Sets World Record

Image Courtesy Of Barrett-Jackson

Image Courtesy Of Barrett-Jackson

On January 18, 2014, a red-on-red 1967 L88 Chevrolet Corvette coupe was sold for  $3.5 million during a Barrett-Jackson’s eight-day auction.  The second-generation C2 Corvette was regarded as one of the finest 1967 L88 in the country.

It took less than one minute to reach a price of three million and less than another minute to break the standing record by almost ten percent.

This Corvette came equipped with the C48 Heater Defrost Delete, F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension, G81 Positraction Rear Axle, J50 Vacuum Power Brakes, J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes, K66 Transistor Ignition, L88 427 ci (7 liter) engine good for a (factory rated) 430 horsepower, and the M22 Heavy Duty close-ratio 4 speed transmission. In addition, it also has the RPO A85 shoulder belts as well as another important feature that sets this L88 apart — the special-order rear end ratio of 4.56:1, which is the rear end of choice for drag racing; most other 1967 L88 came with the 4:11 rear end more suitable to road racing.

The car was restored by the renowned Nabers Brothers of Houston and is fully documented.

The previous record was set at a Mecum Auction back in September 2013 for, you guessed it, another 1967 L88 Corvette.   It sold for 3.2 Million.

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Highlights From The Mid-America Trucking Show

MATSMid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, concluded several weeks ago, with reports showing another impressive turnout.

The final numbers came in as follows:
1,077 Exhibitors
79,061 Visitors
245 Media Coorespondents
1.2 million square feet of showroom

Each year this popular trucking show highlights new technologies, unveils new products, offers seminars, and provides unlimited networking opportunities for transport industry professionals.

This year many new technologies related to efficiency were on display.  From fuel saving tires, cooling systems that function without running the engine, and natural gas / duel fuel solutions.

Natural gas has been gaining popularity in the U.S. with more and more consumers interested in the low cost and abundance.  Clean Air Power company showcased their new dual-fuel technology for heavy diesel engines.  These engines operate primarily on natural gas, but with 100% diesel power on backup.   The result is significant fuel cost savings, lower emissions, without sacrificing power, performance, or reliability.  Agility Fuel systems was another exhibitor focusing on natural gas as a solution for heavy duty transport vehicles.  Their natural gas solutions are providing as much as a 50% savings on fuel costs.  In addition, these natural gas engines cost less to maintain.  With huge global demand for oil, and instability from major producers, natural gas seems like a common sense alternative in the U.S.

Another major event at this show was the Fleet Forum Discussions, where heavy duty/commercial vehicle industry VIPs discuss the future of equipment and trucking.  This year Anne S. Ferro, the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spoke about recent trucking industry legislation, safety issues, and also spoke regarding potential new licensing requirements and exams.

See the full re-cap by visiting their website here:
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Anyone interested in attending the show next year, mark your calendars for March 26-28 2015.

Shipping A Car To Los Angeles: What You Should Know

Shipping a car to Los Angeles
If you need to ship a car to Los Angeles, this article is for you. We ship hundreds of vehicles to Los Angeles every month, it is an easy and convenient process.

The first step is to choose your car carrier.  Do not rely on just anyone to handle this job: conduct some research. Get honest answers about what will be involved.  What reputation does the shipping company have and how are you protected?  Check for things like BBB accreditation, and read reviews from other customers that have shipped their vehicles to Los Angeneles, or along similar routes.

One of the great things about Ship A Car Direct, is our damage-free guarantee and 100% insurance coverage. We ensure that your vehicle will be delivered to Los Angeles by a screened, professional car carrier.

How much does it cost to ship a car to L.A.?
The cost of shipping a car to Los Angeles depends on the condition, the make and model of your vehicle, where it is being shipped from, and whether you want an open or closed carrier. Open carriers cost less.

Fill out a simple form on our website here to get an instant quote.

How Do Car Carriers Deliver To Heavily Populated Urban Areas?
Large auto transport trucks have to have enough space to easily access each address and load or unload vehicles safely. Such loading is not always possible in tight downtown areas, especially with one way streets and congested traffic, steep hills or security restrictions.

A popular solution is to meet your carrier outside of the urban area, or in an area that is easily accessible, such as a nearby shopping mall parking lot.  Your driver has most likely already made hundreds of deliveries to the Los Angeles area, and may have suggestions to make the delivery convenient for both parties.

Call our customer service agents if you have any further questions.  We are always eager to take your call at 866-221-1664.

Transport Brokers Now Required To Be Bonded Up To 75K

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In July 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulations after the President signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress Act-21. The new law included a series of changes to the old FMCSA programs, which amended the guidelines for transport brokers and freight forwarders who are bound by the FMCSA rules.

Beginning October 1, 2013, all FMCSA regulated brokers and freight forwarders must obtain and file with FMCSA a surety bond or trust fund agreement in the amount of $75,000. The new guidelines are meant to increase consumer protections in the event of damage during car transport.

These statutory provisions took effect on October 1, 2013, and all brokerage firms dealing with transportation are bound by this new regulation.  Here is a link to the new regulation

Aware of the need for increased consumer confidence and protection, Ship A Car Direct had already been in full compliance well before this new regulation was signed into law.

Ship A Car Direct is taking an active role in keeping the auto transport industry safe, trustworthy, and reliable.  The result is more customer protections, satisfaction, and a better overall reputation for that car shipping industry.

When you are looking for a car shipping company, choose Ship A Car Direct – Home of the industries only Damage Free Guarantee.

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Can I Just Book the Car Carrier Directly?

Carriers vs Brokers or, Why can’t I just book the trucker directly?
Car Carriers
If you are like many first-time shippers, you may be surprised to learn the person who quotes your auto transport is not going to be driving the truck. He or she is in an office with a phone headset, and nowhere near a truck. In fact, everyone responding to your quote request is a broker who uses that quote to contract a carrier. Not everyone will tell you that. Some brokers are perfectly content to let you make assumptions about the industry. And some are aggressively telling you whatever you want to hear.

It may seem more convenient and cost effective for you to just deal with the guy with the truck. The truth is, the truckers are busy driving the trucks. They don’t have time to take phone calls, to haggle, to explain the process – they have to drive and keep driving. As soon as they finish one run, the have to turn around and hit the road again. There aren’t office hours for truckers.

All truckers find their loads through broker listings on the industry hub: Central Dispatch. That is where all of the waiting jobs are listed, and where truckers can pick and choose the routes – and the pay – they want. Frankly, they respond to the easiest, best paying jobs. They will lock down a good contract immediately. Jobs that have lots of time restrictions, are located in rural areas, or are for super-sized vehicles or offer low pay don’t get contracted. Or, if they do get contracted, it’s to a desperate carrier.

That’s why you want a reputable broker handling the contract. A good broker will recommend a realistic, market price to confirm a good carrier. A good broker will check the carriers documentation to make sure their license and insurance are up to date. And a good broker has a history with carriers, knowing which ones have responsible track records and which are loosey-goosey with safety. A good broker is available during office hours to answer your questions, to provide you with industry information and realistic expectations.

Of course you will have access directly to your driver later in the process, but carriers do not offer estimates directly or prepare customers for pre-transport. That is a reality that has evolved logistically for both the good of the driver and the good of the customer. Your broker is there for a reason, and that relationship is industry standard.

Luxury Car Shipping

luxury car shipping
Here at Ship A Car Direct, every day, we help luxury car owners transport their valuable automobiles safely and on time.  We understand how important some vehicles are not only in terms of monetary value, but sentimental value as well.  Our customers needs are viewed as all important, and we strive to keep our pricing fair, our service friendly, and our results guaranteed.  If you have considered the benefits of shipping your car vs. driving or having it driven to the destination, but aren’t sure how the process works, then this blog post will help.

Ship A Car Direct can transport your car to just about anywhere nationwide.  We offer free instant quotes with no obligation, and have a support staff available to answer any questions that you may at any time during the shipping process.  In fact, we are A rated with the BBB, and have earned the top spot on transportreviews.com.

Step 1 For Shipping A Luxury Car:

The first step is to look at and research the different car shipping companies, and request a quote.  If you are not sure what to research, here is an image that might help you ask the right questions.

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Step 2 – Choose An Enclosed Carrier Type.
For luxury, or high value vehicles, and enclosed car carrier is recommended.  It costs more than an open carrier, but offers the ultimate protection during shipment.

Step 3 – Schedule Transport
You don’t need to plan months in advance, when you are within a week or two of your desired delivery date, call and schedule.

Step 4 – Prepare Your Vehicle For Pickup
Not too much to worry about for preparation, retract your antenna, remove any items from inside the vehicle, and have a key ready.

Step 5 – Accept Delivery
Upon delivery, you will have the opportunity to inspect the vehicle, and sign off on the final inspection report.   You dont have to be there to personally accept delivery, but we recommend it is someone you trust.

Ship A Car Direct has a long and stellar history of shipping all types and models of luxury cars without incident and in the safest manner possible.

Give us a call today or request a free quote online

Open carrier versus enclosed car carrier

Car insurance policyOne big choice to make when choosing auto transport options is whether to go with an open car carrier or an enclosed car carrier. The most obvious difference is that the open carrier is open on all sides while the enclosed carrier is a walled container truck. There are benefits to each option.

If you choose the open carrier, your vehicle will be loaded onto and securely attached to an open trailer that can accommodate several vehicles per load. On standard open trailers there are typically two levels, so your vehicle may be top loaded or may be secured on the bottom level under other vehicles. The open car carrier does leave your car exposed to the weather. It does not leave your vehicle more exposed to damage by road debris, however. This is a common concern but the truth is that road debris flies into the cab in front of the trailer, not sideways into the side of your loaded vehicle. It’s also important to note that there is no safe way to secure a cover over your vehicle during transit.  If you choose this option, your vehicle will arrive dusty or rain-spotted.

If you choose the enclosed carrier option, your vehicle will be secured within the walls of the truck. Your vehicle is not exposed to the elements during transport, and is typically shipped with only one or two other vehicles, front to back. There is nothing above your vehicle in the enclosed trailer except for the truck ceiling. And since the enclosed option accommodates only two or three vehicles per load, there are fewer stops so the turnaround time is typically faster.

With Ship a Car Direct, both carrier options are fully insured.  The open carrier is the more common method of auto transport as it is the more affordable option. The benefit to choosing the enclosed carrier is that your vehicle is less exposed and the transit time can be faster.  Please give us a call for more information about carrier options, or if you have any auto transport questions: 866-221-1664.

Why auto shippers need a great transport broker

auto transportWhen first time auto shippers learn they are working with a transport broker, often the first instinct is to drop the middle man and find a driver directly. Many auto shippers don’t understand why they would need a broker to contract an auto hauler. But actually, it is in the shipper’s benefit to go through a broker. In fact, working with a good broker is the best protection for a safe, smooth transport.

For one thing, a good broker will recommend a reasonable price to contract a hauler. Many first time shippers don’t know that the auto transport market varies from week to week, from route to route. In fact, there are even seasonal changes. Auto shippers – especially bargain hunters – can undermine their own efforts to ship a vehicle by offering a price that is too low. Sometimes a low price is one that only dodgy haulers will accept. But a reputable broker can help you set the right price to contract a great hauler for your transport job.

And when it comes to getting your valuable car across the country, you want to contract a safe transporter. There are carriers our there who don’t carry good insurance, or they let their licenses lapse. Some have a careless track record. A transport broker has access to industry tools providing information on specific carriers – more information that average consumers can find on-line.

In addition to industry tools, a great broker has direct experience with hundreds of different haulers. In fact, here at Ship a Car Direct, we have a “Do Not Use” list. We keep a list of independent haulers we have worked with who have not delivered to our standards – or worse, haulers who have not resolved issues that have arisen. If a hauler is on this list, we will not contract them for any of customers. Even if there aren’t many options for a particular route, we will not use a hauler that does not take responsibility for quick and safe service.

A good broker is your best bet for a smooth and safe transport. If you have any questions about how we choose the best independent hauler for you, give us a call: 866-221-1664. We are always happy to explain our vetting process to potential auto shippers.

How to prepare your vehicle for car transport

car transportMany car transport customers worry about preparing their vehicle for shipment. But there’s no need for concern. Not much is required on the part of the customer. Really, your driver does all the work. You just need to be on-call for pick-up day with your empty vehicle and a key.

You don’t need to prepare any documents or present any paperwork to have your car shipped. In fact, we recommend you remove any insurance documentation and important personal documents from the vehicle before shipment. Your driver does not need proof that your vehicle is insured, so you don’t need to risk letting those personal documents out of your sight. The only document needed to ship a car is the Bill of Lading and your driver will bring that for your signature – both on pick-up and delivery.

Relatedly, we recommend you remove items of value from your vehicle. As handy as it would be to pack your vehicle with belongings, your car transport quote is priced for the shipment of the vehicle only. Additional belongings often accrue additional fees – if they can be accepted at all. Sometimes, your carrier has no room in his weight limit to allow additional items, and/or he doesn’t want to risk the fines he would face to include your personal belongings. It’s best to assume the transport is for your empty vehicle only.

You don’t need to fill your gas tank or empty your gas tank. Your car does need a little gas (a quarter tank is enough), as it will be driven on and off the carrier. But if you have more than a quarter of a tank, don’t worry about emptying it before the carrier arrives. Some of the extra gas may evaporate over the transport, but it won’t cause any damage.

It’s easy to prepare your vehicle for cross-country car transport! There’s literally nothing to it! Of course, if you have any questions about preparing your vehicle or need more information about car transports, please give us a call: 866-221-1664.

This Car Shipping Broker Has Your Back

car carrierA car shipping customer recently described the transport process as “mysterious”. And it’s true, auto transporting does not reflect most shipper’s initial expectation of service. First time auto shippers usually expect transport service to be more like travel and are often surprised to learn that there aren’t grand schedules and regular, dependable routes with large, brand named fleets. Or sometimes folks assume service is on demand, that they can just summon a cross-country carrier the same way you call a taxi. Instead, there are brokers who contract small business carriers on a case-by-case basis, and schedules and prices may vary. It may seem like a hassle to have brokers involved in the auto transport process, but let’s cover the big reasons why they are good for you.

A good broker vets out your carrier. There are literally thousands of auto haulers across the country. There aren’t large fleets like Greyhound or JetBlue in the car shipping industry, there are dozens of independent carriers who could potentially ship your vehicle. But not all carriers are made alike. Some are stellar, but some have issues with insurance lapsing or poor scheduling, etc. A broker has access to more industry information and can be a better judge of a carrier’s worth.

A good broker will explain the process. From timing to pricing to preparing your vehicle for shipment, a good broker can educate you on the reality of the process. Drivers don’t always have time to take your call with questions when they are on the road. But brokers work in offices, so they are available to take calls and emails about your concerns.

A good broker helps smooth communication. Sometimes customers have a scheduling change or want to make a special request. Sometimes there are misunderstandings between customers and drivers, or missed calls, or other issues. Your broker can help you reach your driver with updates, changes, and address miscommunications should they arise.

We are here for you, so give a Ship a Car Direct broker a call: 866-221-1664. We are happy to answer your car shipping questions and find the perfect carrier match for you!

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