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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.