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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

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The Basics Of Car Transport To California

car transportFor many Californians, shipping a car is not a matter of if, but when.  Vacation, college, moving to or away from the are are all common scenarios.   If you need to transport a car to or from California, here is the basics of how the process works.

1. Use a reputable broker
There are many Car Transport Companies in California that people can choose from. The problem is that choosing the wrong company can lead to frustration, anger, financial loss. A good broker will make sure that any transportation service recommended will be professional, experienced, and capable of delivering a first rate service. Your broker will be there to answer any questions you might have, and to offer you helpful advice.

2. Transportation costs
There are several factors that affect the cost of transporting your car. The size of the car, travel distance, and the ease of pickup and delivery are some of the factors in the cost. If you opt for an enclosed transporter, that will normally cost more than using an open one. You may want to use a closed transporter if your car is a vintage model or a luxury auto.

3. When to schedule
Contrary to what many believe, when transporting a car to CA, (or away from), months or weeks of advanced notice are not required.  Wait until about a week or so before you want your car transported then simple call your broker to book a carrier.

4. Carrying goods in the car
Technically, this is prohibited. In practice, most transport services will be reasonable and will not object to carrying a small amount of goods in the car, although they may request an extra fee for doing so. If your goods are lightweight and out of sight in the trunk, you should not have a problem. Otherwise, it is advisable to contact the carrier in advance and tell the company what you want to bring.

You may have other queries about the process, and having a broker means you can get impartial answers that can offer you peace of mind.

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.

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.

Car Shipping During Snowbird Season

Car shipping in winterIf you have to ask, you probably aren’t a Snowbird. Snowbirds are folks who head South and/or Southwest for the winter, and Snowbird Season refers to the time when all of them seem to “flock”. Because there are many more shippers heading one way than there are spots on trucks, it dramatically affects car transport pricing and availability on those routes.

The most common misconception about planning auto transport is that if you plan far enough in advance, you should be guaranteed a date at a guaranteed price. But the reality is that no matter how much notice you give, carrier schedules are not rigid. Scheduling a car shipment is not like reserving a seat on a daily flight from one hub to another hub. Transport routes vary as the pick-ups and destinations are unique with every new set of customers. Drive times can vary with weather conditions and traffic – things that can’t be managed by your driver. There is no way to guarantee a specific truck will be available weeks in advance.

Another expectation folks have is that the price quoted them in June should work in October, and that is just not the case. Car shipping price quotes are accurate only for about a week or two at the time they are quoted, as those quotes represent the car shipping market at that time. That June price may or may not still work months later – but it is definitely not going to work during Snowbird Season if you are shipping to a Snowbird destination (like from Connecticut to Florida, or from Michigan to Arizona). Pretend you’re a truck driver and you’ve suddenly got triple the amount of customers going a certain direction – how do you pick which jobs do you take? The best paying ones, of course. During Snowbird Season, it’s not the early bird that gets the worm (or the transport) but the bird offering the best pay.

Instead of expecting a rigid plan for car shipping during Snowbird season, it’s more realistic to plan for contingencies. Keep wiggle room in your dates, enlist friends and family on either end, and allow for a possible bump in pay to meet the market. As much as we want to keep it easy for you, we prefer to be honest about how the process works. Please call us if you have any questions about that: 866-221-1664.

Car transport “mystery” fees

There are lots of “horror stories” on the internet about how car transport companies surprise unsuspecting customers with mystery fees.  But there are legitimate reasons why your driver may require extra fees on top of the basic quoted transport costs. Let us take away the mystery and give you some tips to avoid additional car transport fees.

Your car transport quote is for a fully operational vehicle. Standard car carriers are not the same as tow trucks, your vehicle must be driven on and off the truck under its own power. The battery must be good, the vehicle must start up and stay running, and all tires must be inflated. Some car carriers cannot accommodate non-operative vehicles, and for those equipped with winches additional charges will accrue for additional labor required. Make sure your vehicle is in good running order before the carrier arrives.

Your car transport quote is for an empty vehicle. If you leave personal items in the vehicle, there may be an additional weight fee. We recommend leaving your car empty and shipping your household goods separately.

Your car transport quote is for a basic stock model. Extensions, lifts, and other add-ons that increase the height, width, or weight of a vehicle will affect the cost of your transport. Inform your representative of any modifications for an adjusted quote, and forwarding pictures can be helpful too.

Your car transport quote is priced for COD (Cash on Delivery). Most carriers will not accept credit card payments, most only accept jobs for cash on delivery. In rare instances where credit is the only option, the final charge will include a transaction processing fee.

Your car transport quote is for transport only, with direct person-to-person delivery. Storage for pick-up at your convenience is not automatic with this service, you or a contact must meet the carrier when the truck arrives in your area. If you aren’t available to accept delivery when your carrier arrives, you may be responsible for storage fees and/or re-delivery fees.

No driver wants to surprise a customer with mystery fees on delivery. Talk to your representative in advance about what exactly is included in the service. If you have any questions about car transport fees, please give us a call: 866-221-1664.

Auto Transport Transit Times – Why are they “Estimates”?

Car Shipping EstimatesPlanning an auto transport can be a real learning experience. It’s not like the travel industry or other delivery services, as many folks assume it might be. When we speak to customers researching their transport options, we have to tackle common expectations around scheduling a long-distance hauler.

As much as we would like to accommodate each customer’s specific timing requests, the truth is that it’s tough to guarantee pick-up or delivery dates.

All dates provided for your auto transport are estimates and projections.Most car carriers will hit those estimates, but you still want to build in some flexibility.

Auto haulers have to schedule a full truckload, picking up and delivering to multiple customers in a given week. They are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can (and do) throw off their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.

For this reason we ask that you give us the earliest possible date you would be willing to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.

Once your move is contracted, we put you in direct contact with your carrier and the carrier will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick-up and delivery. (They won’t just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it.)

Your driver will also provide an arrival estimate so you have an idea when to expect delivery, but the schedule is not “locked” in advance. Because your driver can’t control issues like traffic, it is best to leave your schedule open around your auto hauler’s arrival.

We recommend getting a friend or a family member to help cover if you have to work or have to schedule an appointment. (And we advise against making a flight on the same day the carrier arrives.)

To be really prepared for your auto transport, it is most realistic to accept the timing as a projection, not a guaranteed appointment. If you have any questions about that, feel free to give us a call: 866-221-1664.

Car Transport To A Large Metropolitan City

Car TransportDoor-to-door car transport by open carrier is the most common method of transporting a vehicle across the country. And often the service is exactly that: door-to-door. The car carrier will load up a vehicle at one home address (or place of business) and deliver right to another home address (or place of business), as requested by the customer. But there are times when that convenience is not logistically possible. Especially for cities like San Francisco, New Orleans, New York City, or Washington DC, it is realistic to plan to meet your carrier outside of the tight metropolitan area.

The open carriers that ship vehicles across the country are large, multi-vehicle haulers. For standard door-to-door service, you are contracting transport on just one truck and usually just one driver. That one large truck has to have enough space to easily access each address and load or unload vehicles safely. Such loading is not possible in tight downtown areas, especially with one way streets and congested traffic, steep hills or security restrictions. These are all challenges that your driver simply can’t negotiate.

For car transport to or from major cities, it is realistic to plan to meet the carrier outside of the urban area. Because the carrier needs a wide, open space away from traffic, a meeting location in a nearby shopping mall parking lot is a popular option. If you don’t know the city very well, your driver may have a suggestion too. Either way, it’s best to allow for a little flexibility when coordinating carrier arrival. It may mean that you have to rely on a friend to drive you or public transportation to get to/from the meeting location. And to spare yourself some angst, don’t schedule other important activities on the day of the meet.

Your driver would prefer to make car transport completely convenient for you. But for major metropolitan areas, it is more realistic to think of the service as person-to-person rather than door-to-door. If you have any questions about that, feel free to give us a call: 866-221-1664.

Protecting your vehicle during car transport

car transportReleasing your prized vehicle to a complete stranger for car transport can be daunting, whether your car is a genuine luxury item or an old, reliable family heirloom.

Many folks are hesitant to ship a car across the country because they are afraid of damage. Luckily, damage is not standard when shipping a vehicle by door-to-door carrier. Here are a few things to ease your mind about damage during car transport.

One thing many potential customers worry about is road debris flying up and hitting their car. But road debris doesn’t fly around a truck or fly sideways. If a pebble gets kicked up from the traffic in front of the carrier truck, the debris flies into the front of the rig. It’s the front of the truck that faces road debris, not the vehicles on the carrier behind it.

Because of a fear of damage due to road debris, some customers ask for a car cover. But there is no reliable way to keep a cover on a vehicle while in transit. In fact, trying to strap some kind of cover to a vehicle is likely to cause the very damage a customer is trying to avoid. That’s because the force of the wind in transit will lift off some part or corner of the cover or a strap may get loose and flap against the vehicle.

During car transports, damage is not a by-product of being on the road. Think of it this way – nobody wants their vehicle damaged so if most cars were damaged during the process, this industry wouldn’t have evolved!

But accidents do happen from time to time. In the unlikely event your vehicle is damaged in transit, it is due to an accident in traffic or a mechanical issue or human error while loading/unloading.

That is why it is best to take time on pick-up and on delivery to examine the condition of the vehicle, and make good notes. Should you need to file a damage claim because of an accident, documentation is required for a successful claim. Pictures or videos taken on pick-up and delivery are a great way to protect yourself.

Through Ship a Car Direct, not only is your vehicle is fully insured but we also offer an insurance guarantee. Please give us a call if you have any questions about insurance for car transports: 866-221-1664.