Month: May 2015

How to ship a classic car

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We are a society that’s always on the go, and this has made our cars a whole lot more important to us. Whether it is getting to work on time, or moving the kids from one place to another, we spend a lot of time in our cars! Some people even live in their cars for their jobs, going from one meeting to the next. All of this time spent in our vehicles, makes keeping them in good running order an essential part of our lives.

This is why it is important to do your homework when choosing an auto transport company to move your car. The same way you will only allow your family car to be worked on by a trustworthy mechanic and deal only with a notable car dealership, you will want to choose a reputable auto transport company that will create a great car shipping experience, should the need arise to ship your vehicle.

If you will go through great lengths to take care of your everyday vehicle, what would you do to be sure your collectible car is safe when being shipped?

Here are 5 Ways to Create a Smooth Car Shipping Experience for Your Collectible Car

Seek Simplicity in Expertise When you are looking for a car shipping company to transport your car, make sure you find one who takes pride in what they do and understands how to handle the process, and keeps it as simple and straightforward for you as possible. You want to work with someone who is knowledgeable in the industry, and can walk you through the whole process to make sure your collectable car makes the trip in perfect condition.

If you cannot get straightforward, helpful assistance from customer service, chances are your vehicle won’t receive the same service when it comes time for delivery either. If your everyday vehicle is your mainstay, your collectible is most likely your baby. The process should feel easy and not leave you nervous about the transport at all.

Consider a Closed Trailer for Your Collectible Car

This will cost a bit more, but it will be worth it! When you are shipping a collectible car you want to take every assurance it is going to be safe and free from anything that could cause damage while it is in transport. Open carriers are exposed to the elements and weather, this increases your collectable cars risk of damage. The best parts about using an enclosed transport carrier are:

• Minimizes risk of damage • Extra added security • Protection from weather elements • Reduces risk of theft or vandalism Knowledgeable

You want to make sure the auto transport company you are working with has worked with these types of cars before and knows how to handle them. Some classic cars and older models may need special care or may need to be loaded a certain way. Make sure the people you are working with know how to handle the type of car you’re asking them to transport for you. Your experience will more than likely match your conversations in dealing with the company, and here are some great questions to ask:

• How many years of experience in this industry? • Inquire about outside experiences and knowledge they have surrounding antique car shows, vintage cars, and car show events. • Get into casual conversation with the representatives and even the owners on which shows they have attended, what periodicals do they enjoy, and have they ever bought or refurbished a vehicle?

If they love cars as much as you do, there is a better chance your car will be well cared for. You don’t want to trust just anyone to transporting your car, make sure you are working with the right people who will handle your car with as much care and respect as you would.

Passion

When it comes to everyday business, from a car enthusiast to an art gallery owner, the key to success is passion.

• Can other representatives of the company relate to your passion for rare cars? • Is this more than just a business endeavor? • Is it a way of life, a hobby and a passion? • Do they have a blog or website that reflects this passion?

Chances are if they show passion in their work, then your car will receive the same respect and tender loving care that the owner him/herself would appreciate and expect. Getting to know the company you are working with and making sure they understand how valuable your car is, both, to you and as a show piece, can give you peace of mind. The more you know about the company, the easier and less stressful the shipping of your car will be.

On Being Equipped

Whether you are repairing something in your home or shipping your collectible car, you want to know how well equipped the business owner is for the service.

• Do they specialize in shipping luxury and rare automobiles? • What kind of added equipment does the company use that you won’t find elsewhere? • Are there stoppers put in place? Are additional soft- ties or straps used? • What about netting and protective wrappings? • What type of container – is it stacked?

Ask the right questions and you will find your auto transport experience will be much easier for you to handle and a lot less stressful! If you’re worried about moving your collectable car, we would love to offer advice and give you a helping hand to make the process as simple and pain free as possible. Fill out a quote request or give us a call today to see how Suncoast Auto Transport can help you!

Auto Transport New York & New York City

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As you most likely know, New York City is the largest city, by population, in New York State. It is also the largest city in the entire United States by population, which sits at over 8.49 million in the city proper. It is considered a global power city and is widely regarded as the cultural and financial capital of the entire world. Over 800 languages are spoken in the city, which also makes it the most linguistically diverse city in the world – not surprising, considering it is the largest terminal of legal immigration in the United States. It has been the largest city in the country since 1790, and served as the U.S. Capital from 1785 until 1790. It is considered one of the most economically powerful cities in the entire world. New York City anchors a metropolitan area that is home to over 20 million residents – that’s more than the entire state of New York – and a wider Combined Statistical Area of over 23.6 million. As such, New York City is perhaps the most popular auto transport location in the entire United States and sees more auto transportation traffic through the city than any other. Because of the size of the city and the sprawl of its metropolitan area, most carriers will have an easy time getting to or from just about anywhere that’s even close to it, including areas in New York State, New Jersey or Connecticut. This generally has a good effect on your shipping price, as it tends to keep your costs lower, and also reduces pickup and delivery windows as carriers can easily include New York City in their routes.

There are a number of ways that carriers can get into or out of New York City. As a major nexus along the Interstate Highway System, New York City enjoys access via numerous interstates, in particular Interstate 95. I-95 is the main north-south corridor on the east coast and connects cities as far north as Maine with cities as far south as Miami, Florida – and all those cities in-between. It also connects to almost every major east-west interstate in the country and numerous auxiliary interstates along the way, giving auto transport carriers unprecedented access to areas across the eastern seaboard and beyond. With New York City’s dense layout, many areas of the city proper will be hard for carriers to get into or out of, so don’t be surprised if you have to meet your carrier somewhere nearby.

Most of the time, the climate in New York City won’t affect your shipment, at least during any month that doesn’t fall in the winter. Snowfall is a common occurrence in the winter, but 348661_4641in the denser areas of New York it tends to melt before it accumulates too much. The further north you go, the worse it can get, but on the whole the weather won’t affect your shipping prices or your services all that much. Make sure to talk to your auto transport representative to learn more about it. Sometimes the city can get hit by heavy rains and even hurricanes, as evidenced by Sandy’s landfall a few years back, but that’s pretty rare, and on the whole won’t affect your prices or services in any negative ways.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from New York City, make sure you take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. We would love to talk with you and help you get your car transported to New York or out of the city! If you need help with your auto transport in New York please give us a call today at 800-568-5970.