During the IMTS show in Chicago last week, the first ever 3D car was printed, assembled, and driven. Using manufacturing techniques that will most likely revolutionize the auto industry, the “Strati” was printed on a large scale additive printer using a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The wheels were also 3d printed using a different direct metal process. The Strati took 44 hours to print, 1 day to mill and 2 days to assemble, making a 5 day build process in total.
This 40 mph capable electric car consists of only 40 parts. Compare that to the 20,000+ parts needed to create a regular car, and you can see why this technique could turn the auto industry upside down.
Many different companies came together for the actual manufacturing of 3D printed car including: Cincinnati Incorporated, Local Motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology). Other companies such as SABIC Innovative Plastics, Renault, Siemens, and Fifteen52 provided the necessary materials and software.
See more pics and video of the 3D printed car here.
Whether you want to move a car from Los Angeles to another state or just another part of the city, car shipping companies are always available to provide assistance. It is not always practical to drive a car to your new college, university, or home. When a vehicle is in no shape to run, it has to be moved some other way. Or maybe you have found that classic car you have been searching for in the L.A. area. Whatever the reasons, here are some tips for car shipping to or from the Los Angeles area.
Car Shipping Considerations:
First of all, what are you moving? Is it a classic car or a beater? The make, model, and condition of a vehicle all affect the price of transport because a reputable company insures all vehicles against damage. High-end and irreplaceable vehicles may cost a bit more to transport.
Where Are You Moving It To?
Our free online car shipping calculator will ask for a starting point and destination: from Los Angeles to Spokane Washington, Austin Texas, or maybe Phoenix in Arizona. Perhaps you are simply moving from Pico Rivera in the South East to Ladera Heights in the West. It’s not far, but far enough to require professional help.
What Else Affects the Price?
Dates of travel, fuel prices, and carrier type will also affect your price. A covered trailer will add another layer of protection, but it will cost you more. Transport by open trailer is more common and less expensive.
How to Select a Company
There are lots of choices for car shipping in Los Angeles. Don’t just look at the lowest quoted price, because more often than not, you will get what you pay for. Ask if they screen drivers? Find out if there is a no-damage guarantee plus full insurance coverage? Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
Put a few companies to the test, reading what past clients have to say. Talk to a customer service agent by phone. Get a feel for who has your best interests at heart and who just wants your money.
You will not find any pushy salespeople at Ship A Car Direct, you’ll only find tons of info and expert advice. Give us a call when you need car shipping to or from the L.A. area, and we’ll be happy to help!
I don’t know about you, but I cannot help smile while watching Rick Hendrick bid on this 1st 2015 Corvette Z06 – very cool! What makes it even better, is knowing that all the proceeds from this sale go towards cancer research and to assist the Karmanos Cancer Institue’s renovation efforts.
“We thank Rick Hendrick for his ongoing, generous support that will help Karmanos Cancer Institute provide better care and treatment for cancer patients,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann.
Chevrolet donated this first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Camaro Z/28. The Camaro sold for $500,000.
Question: Does door to door car shipping really mean that the truck driver will pick up from my home address?
Answer: Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses. If the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, in a legal and safe manner, they will.
Question: What would prohibit door to door service?
Answer: If the area you live in has restrictions regarding large trucks, or if there simply isn’t enough room to safely turn around or maneuver. (keep in mind these are huge multi car carrier trucks).
Question: What happens if they can’t safely pick up or deliver to my home address?
Answer: You simply make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out. This might be at a local grocery store, or school parking lot. Or, talk to one of our representatives about special arrangements. In some cases a smaller transport vehicle or tow truck and take your vehicle from the truck, directly to your door.
Question: I live in the Los Angeles area, is door to door car shipping to L.A. possible?
Answer: Again, this depends on the specific location, however Los Angeles is one of our most active car shipping routes, so your driver can provide a list of common areas which are safe for car delivery or pickup.
Question: Do I need to be there personally for delivery?
Answer: No, the carrier will contact whomever you tell us to contact, whether it is you, a friend, family member, or even a dealer. Someone simply needs to be present on both ends to sign the Bill of Lading.
If you have any more questions regarding door to door auto transport, please give us a call at 866-221-1664.
A recent study offered the exact same Nissan Altima for sale in Southern California. The purchase prices ranged from 20K to 26K, the savvy car buyers saving more that 5K! Those who paid the most walked into the dealership without having done any research or prices comparisons.
If you are shopping for a new or used car, here some tips that we hope will help you get the best deal possible.
1. Expand your search. Car shipping is easier and more affordable than you might think, so don’t be afraid to look past that 150 mile radius for a good price. (Yes, yes, we are a bit biased towards this tip)…
2. Research actual pricing using online tools such as TrueCar, and Kelly Blue Book. Make a note of the lowest price point that you see for that make and model you are interested in.
3. E-mail the dealerships that have your desired vehicle in stock, and ask them if they can beat that low price point, or give their best price quote.
4. Take the lowest quote you receive back, and send another round of e-mails asking if anyone of them can beat your lowest bid.
5. Contact the sales manager who provided that lowest quote, and confirm that the price quoted is the “out the door price” – with other other fees or costs tacked on later.
Other Helpful Car Buying Tips:
- Don’t be persuaded to pay more because of dealership promises to stand by their vehicles. The truth is, most reputable dealerships have service centers because they add another profit center for the business.
- Don’t offer your current vehicle as trade-in. Even though it offers a level of convenience, almost always you will get more for your vehicle by selling it directly.
- Don’t get emotionally attached. No matter how perfectly suited a vehicle may seem, there are always going to be hundreds more just like it for sale at any given time.
- Don’t be in a hurry. Take your time to shop around and don’t buy into any sales pressure or urgency tactics.
- Focus on the total sales price, NOT the monthly payment. You’ll end up paying thousands more due to higher interest rates in order to save just a few dollars on the monthly payment.
When you finally find the right vehicle, we are happy and eager to answer any questions you may have about Vehicle Transportation! 866-221-1664
Back in February of this year, a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, and consumed eight prized corvettes. Shortly after, GM announced that they would cover the cost of restoring those vehicles if possible. “Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” said GM spokesman Monte Doran.
On April 9th, the museum removed the last Corvette, (a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06), which the most heavily damaged of all eight.
Today, June, 25th 2014, the museum’s board of directors are scheduled to meet to review the proposals and options on both the building and the 8 damaged vehicles.
Wendell Strode, the executive director of the museum said in a statement that the current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests can have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole for the summer, and delay construction until after their 20th Anniversary Celebration August 27-30.
Although not yet official, they may leave some of the cars, and a portion of the sinkhole unrepaired, as part of a permanent display.
There has been so much interest and increased attendance due to the sinkhole, that they made arrangements to allow people to view the recovery efforts.
Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum stated, “We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes. We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”
The Mecum Auto Auction made its first ever visit to Seattle this past weekend, putting more than 600 classic and collectible cars on the block. As expected, the holy grail of muscle cars (a 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S) landed the top spot selling for 3.5 million dollars.
Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes.
Rounding out the top ten sales were the following:
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback Sold for $340,000
1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback Sold for $160,000
1958 Buick Limited Convertible Sold for $150,000
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Hardtop Sold for $150,000
1937 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible Sold for $150,000
1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Sold for $143,640
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Sold for $130,000
1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback Sold for $125,000
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Sold for $115,000
Visit Mecum’s website for more details – http://www.mecum.com/
Are you a Shelby enthusiast? Want to add a little something from the Shelby legacy to your car collection?
Shelby American recently moved to their new headquarters off of the Las Vegas strip, and to make room for a new generation of concept cars and prototypes, they’ve put an handful of very special vehicles up for grabs.
The Shelby vehicles found in this exclusive offering represent some of the most significant cars that they have built. Shelby says it would rather see them in the hands of enthusiasts than sitting in storage.
Here is a list of the vehicles being offered:
Shelby Cobra Demonstrator / Development Vehicle: $200,000
2007 Shelby GT Prototype: $175,000
2010 Shelby Super Snake Concept: $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype: $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype: $200,000
2011 Shelby GTS Concept: $99,000
2012 Shelby GTS Wide Body Prototype: $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype: $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype: $150,000
2013 Shelby Raptor Concept: $125,000
2013 Focus Concept: $50,000
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features their most powerful V8 to date: A supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine and available eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.