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4 Things Snowbirds Must Know Before Shipping A Car – Infographic

Hundreds if not thousands of Snowbirds are in need of auto transport services each spring and fall as they re-located towards better climates.  We created this infographic to answer their most commonly asked car shipping questions and concerns.

Snowbird Car Shipping Facts

MotorTrend Weighs In On Ford vs Chevy Debate

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There is just something indescribably awesome about sitting behind the wheel of a muscle car.  Feeling the engine respond to the throttle with a deep roar inevitably brings a smile to the face, and even a tear to the eye.  Among classic muscle cars rivalries, it doesn’t get much bigger than that of the Chevy Camaro vs. the Ford Mustang.

This month on MotorTrends Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago compares the two and offers his person thoughts on which model is better.  See video below, or read the full article here.  (note, both cars had been upgraded with their respective performance packs).

Here’s a brief summary:

Acceleration:  Both tied at 4.4 seconds, with the Mustang just slightly beating the Camaro in the quarter mile.

Brakes:  The Camaro beat the Mustang in 60-0 braking.

Comfort:  Lago preferred the interior and comfort of the Mustang over the Camaro, noting that it seemed to have an upgraded interior.

Control:  Lago described the Camaro as being better in traction and cornering.

Summary:  Camaro WINS!

When it comes to car shipping however, no matter what car you drive, you’ll end up the winner if you choose Ship A Car Direct.  We are the most trusted car shipper because of our Iron-Clad, Damage Free Guarantee. We carefully screen every carrier, making sure they’re well-rated, fully insured, and fully prepared to take care of you and your car. Call Today For A Free Quote 866-221-1664

Volvo Delivers 1000th Auto Hauler

Image Courtesy Of http://www.volvotrucks.com

Image Courtesy Of http://www.volvotrucks.com

If you’ve ever had a car shipped, there’s a good chance it was a Volvo VAH that did the hauling.  Last week Volvo celebrated the sale and delivery of their 1000th auto transport vehicle in the North American market.  That number may not seem all that impressive at first glance, however when you consider that the VAH auto transport model was just recently released in March of 2011, you’ll have a better idea of how popular these trucks have become in the auto transport industry.

By working closely with major car shipping companies, Volvo has incorporated many new design features that were designed to improve efficiency, safety, payload capacity, tighter turning radius, driver productivity, and easier loading and unloading.  These trucks carry up to 11 vehicles per load, and have two different model configurations, the VAH 200, and the VAH 430, the latter includes a sleeper for longer distance delivery routes.

Congrats to Volvo, here at Ship A Car Direct we certainly appreciate new designs that improve auto transport performance and efficiency.  We hope to see more and more of the beauties on the road.   Click here to see Volvo’s official press release. 

Car Enthusiasts Headed To Hershey For Standing Room Only Auction

Image From RM Auctions

Image From RM Auctions

Car enthusiasts and collectors from the four corners are gathering in Hershey, Penn today and tomorrow for the largest automobile swap meet in the U.S.  Since the first event in 2007, this two day auction has attracted huge crowds.   Last year, it was standing room only in the auction house, with 90% of the lots being sold, and RM Auctions booked over 9.6 million dollars.

One of the reasons this auction has become so popular, is that the price point is different from some of the other high dollar auctions.  During this car auction it is common for bidders to take home a much more affordable ride. For example, a 1973 Lincon Mark 4, which is being offered for $13,000.

Some of the other auto highlights include:

  • 1896 Armstrong Phaeton
  • 1915 Stanley Model 820 12-Passenger Mountain Wagon
  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet
  • 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton
  • 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 53

…and many more. For more information about this auction, visit RM Auctions

For more information about Ship A Car Direct, click here

Infographic Explains How To Ship A Car In 5 Easy Steps

How To Ship A Car

3D-Printed Car Created During IMTS Show

3d printed car

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.

 

Explore Car Shipping Companies In Los Angeles

Auto Transport

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!

1st 2015 Corvette Z06 Gets $1 Million At Auction

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.

 

Common Questions About Door To Door Car Shipping

Door to door car shippingQuestion:   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.

How To Get The Best Price On Your Next Car Purchase

Car Buying Tips

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