A Short Primer for Car Owners Looking for Car Transport Services

Specialized auto transport services came to being because standard moving trucks cannot accommodate cars. It is not always feasible for individuals to drive their vehicles to a new location when the time comes to move from one area to another. The car owner’s peace of mind lies on the capabilities of the auto transport company. Most auto transport service providers keep a close partnership with moving companies and shipping firms in order to ensure prompt delivery at reasonable prices. These days, car shipping quotes are usually available online for relocation services, making it more convenient for car owners.

A peek at the car transport industry

It is important for vehicle owners to know about car transport practices prior to hiring a company to transport their car. Aside from making the effort to survey all available services, it is imperative to have a good grasp of the car transport industry.  Knowing about the procedures involved, including the details of what car shipping entails, will help the car owner understand the current price offers. It is also important to be aware of industry standards and regulations so that the owner of the vehicle can make informed decisions when choosing which outfit to entrust the move to. The transfer and shipping of cars and other motorized vehicles are regulated by laws. When these regulations are violated by service providers and/or their partners, the fines could amount to millions of dollars. The car transport industry has stringent standards that need to be followed.

Debunking car shipping myths

There are specific guidelines given to car owners prior to the vehicle transport itself. Car owners have to follow instructions such as keeping within weight limitations. There are also rules with regard to inclusion or non-inclusion of personal belongings and electronics items. The information that car owners must learn about must also extend to learning about the myths that surround car transport and shipping. Debunking these myths could save lots of money and spare car owners the burden of worry.

For instance, one of the more popular misconceptions is that the shipping cost will be cheaper if the hubcaps, wipers, antennae, and outside mirrors are removed. The truth is there are weight restrictions and additional items are not allowed to be placed in the car to get a free ride to the new destination. However, there is no need to remove hubcaps and related car fixtures because the rates are not based on whether they are attached or not. Shipping and transport rates are not dependent on whether the windshield wipers are taken out. Aside from the weight and vehicle dimensions, industry standards are taken into consideration.

There is also a misconception that door-to-door service is much more expensive than terminal-to-terminal services. Some car owners elect to retrieve their vehicles from the terminal and just drive them home. All the while, the converse is the truth. Door-to-door services are usually cheaper mainly because the other option requires terminal fees which add up to the total cost.

With these in mind, vehicle owners are advised to exercise due diligence when looking for car transport services. Doing research on shipping quotes and regulations can save owners from the hassle of fines and the risk of putting their cars in the wrong hands.

Sources:

http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2014/01/two-car-carriers-fined-2-3-million/

http://autohaulersamerica.com/

{The Move} Isssues with Rental Truck

We had a Budget rental truck all reserved from online to pick up at a local place here for our Friday move. Everything seemed to be lining up great when Friday came, the closing ended and here we were ready to move things but the truck we had reserved was not at the local Budget pick up. The local place that we had to go for pick up of our online reserved Budget truck stated that the online site had done this to them six times this past week, leaving them with bad business and upset customers.

Budget Rental Truck

Thankfully the local place did have one truck we could use in place of the reserved one that they simply did not have, only thing was that it had to be returned earlier than our reservation was for and was a smaller truck than we had reserved. Le sigh.

As upset as we were with the online Budget rental truck company, which we need to call and let them know how we feel still … we were thankful our local pick up place allowed us to take a truck they had, even if it was for less of time and a smaller truck. That was something we were thankful for.

After packing up the first budget truck, we found we only had time for one trip as the truck had to be back. This totally sucked. We wanted all of our stuff out of old house into new house on Friday so that we had two full weekend days to unpack and organize. Mind you, we had five kids during this whole process and we had hoped for it to be quick, hence why we reserved a BIG Budget truck and for later time frame.

Moving in NH Rental Truck

Le sigh.

We ended up having to not only deal with the poor reservation for Budget but then run around town late Friday evening to try to find a new rental truck because we needed one… finally we got lucky and a local Penske dealership was open with a truck we could rent for remainder of weekend. They saved the day and by Saturday evening I do believe we had everything from old house to the new house.

To be continued….

Fun for Preschooler – Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks

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My little preschooler, K-man, loves his trucks. That boy could play with cars and/or trucks for hours upon hours and that is why I fully agreed to review the Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks for Child’s Play Communications.

Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks

There the little man is posing for the camera with his Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks that have already gotten some good road mileage on them between the house and outdoors. These cute trucks are larger than I expected when first pitched to review them. While not huge, they are big enough to make a worth while experience at the sand box this Spring & Summer season. Pretend play is great to encourage and with no batteries required your child must move these Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks  on their own, they are light in weight. The package of 3 weighs no more than 3lbs according the sites the Toy State’s Cat® Tough Tracks 3 packs are sold on.

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Tough Tracks freewheeling construction trucks are available in a two or three pack. Assortment includes Dump Truck, Excavator and Wheel Loader (suggested retail price: $13.99 or $21.99, ages 2 years and up).

I have had a blast watching K-man enjoy these trucks, nothing makes my heart smile more than a kid with non-electronic toys in addition to his current electronic ones. These days technology know how is fabulous to instill in the kids but nothing is better than getting down and dirty with some good ole trucks!

Check out Amazon.com and other toy retailers to purchase your own Tough Tracks freewheeling construction trucks.

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Need a Courier? Always Compare Rates

As with anything in this world you need to first and foremost always compare rates between carriers for shipment of goods, delivery of items, or even car shopping. There is a better price for each service everywhere, it all depends on if you took the time to ensure you are getting the cheapest rate out there alongside the best quality service.  There are many carrier options online that allow you to do a rate quote right on their website, take http://www.anyvan.com/courier-services for example, you can go onto their website, insert postal codes and voila, they give you a rate for use of their eBay compatible courier services.

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Another thing that should always be completed when you are searching for the best courier possible is to read reviews on what previous customers said about the service, friendliness of the driver and time of delivery. It’s important when you are shipping or receiving goods to receive them on time and in a courteous manner.  As a writer who works from home and also receives products in the mail or ships products to family, friends and those who purchase my book, I always want to make sure that people are getting their stuff on time. There is no need to make people wait for products to arrive and worse yet, have the product arrived damaged or missing from the package.

Always make sure to research your courier before choosing one. That is the point of the story. Do you research couriers or just use a certain one every time?

Always Looking for Tarps For Various Things

I am always on the look out for blue tarps because they are something that can be used to cover anything anytime. Mainly the use of tarps comes into play during yard sale months. I would much rather cover my yard sale items with a canvas tarp than drag all of the items back into a garage or storage area for overnight.

During the NH Winter months it’s nice to have a clear tarp to cover my lawn mower, snow blower and other outdoor toy items to protect them from the snow storms we have. Nothing worse than going out to snow blow the driveway for hours when you have to first clean off the snow blower. Years ago when I got married I recall us using a tarp to cover the area in between the house and garage at my old house to give guests an undercover area in case of bad weather. Tarps are convenient to have and a wonderful addition to any household.

 

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