Month: September 2015

Shipping my vehicle

Five Star Auto Transport Company

This is my second time I’ve used Suncoast Auto Transport Inc. Both times have been a pleasure working with them. Jon Genereux was very prompt in getting a quote to me which by the way was the lowest. I highly recommend this company for hassle free shipping…good job Jon!

Ken

Open Truck Auto Transport to Florida

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As you prepare to move your car to Florida for the winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you are planning to use an open transport. In this post we’ll cover some basic steps you can take to better prepare your vehicle for open auto transport & shipping.

Can I Pack Personal Items In My Car?

It is best not to leave any personal belongings in the car during transportation. In fact, most auto transport companies won’t ship cars with personal items in them. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most basic is that there are D.O.T. regulations against many personal items being transported in cars. Most carriers are not licensed or insured to transport household items. Also, the additional weight can put carriers over their weight limit, delaying the cars arrival and possibly increasing the shipping cost. Also, there is the risk of items of value being stolen from your vehicle.

    Here is a brief list of prohibited items:

  • No live items, including pets and plants. No perishable products can be packed.
  • No personal or valuable items, including watches, personal paperwork, cash, jewelry, precious metals or other personal items.
  • No dangerous items, this includes items that can cause a fire or explosion, ranging from ammunition to aerosols, matches, fireworks, gasoline and propane. This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, but a bit of common sense should help you know what to avoid leaving in your car if you want a smooth and quick auto transport to Florida or anywhere else in the country.
  • No illegal items. This is pretty obvious, but needs to be mentioned. You may not have drugs or contraband in your car during the auto transportation process. What may not be obvious to everyone, is that you are also not allowed to transport anything that could be considered illegal without the proper paperwork, including guns (in some states), certain prescription medication, and needles. Keep in mind that anything you plan on packing in your car needs to be legal in all states that your car will be transported through.

You will want to be sure that your car has ¼ tank of fuel or less. This will help ensure you will receive your vehicle without delay. That way the carrier won’t face delays stemming from being over their weight limit.

Also keep in mind that anything left inside your car is not generally covered by auto shipping insurance. Because of this, anything you leave in your car while it is being transported on an open transport will not be replaced if stolen or damaged. Also, make sure if you have anything that comes loose on the outside of your car that it is secured or removed, as it will be exposed to all the elements outside and damage could happen even though it is rare. If you have any questions about what can and can’t be left in a car for transport, please call one of our transport professionals today and we will be glad to answer any questions you have and help you prep for your open truck transport to Florida!

Better than expected

Five Star Auto Transport Company

Went great, I am glad I used these folks. The car was picked up on time and delivered as requested. The driver kept me informed at all times. Great move. Thanks

Bob

Enclosed Auto Transport to Florida Check List

Two adorable little sisters and their mother sitting in a car just before leaving for a car vacation

It’s that time of year again! The snow is coming in a few months, the north is prepping to ice over, and you’re looking to the sunny beaches of Florida for your winter getaway. But you need to get your car there so you can fully enjoy all that Florida has to offer you. What’s the best way to do that? Hire one of the top auto transport companies in Florida!

We know your car is your baby, and that’s why we offer options on how we can transport it for you. If you’re looking to bring your car with you and don’t want to expose it to weather conditions along the way, and decrease the risk of damage, then our enclosed auto transport option is perfect for you! In this post we will talk about some things you should do when prepping your car for auto transport.

Can I Pack Personal Items In My Car?

It is best not to leave any personal belongings in the car during transportation. In fact, most auto transport companies won’t ship cars with personal items in them. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most basic is that there are D.O.T. regulations against many personal items being transported in cars. Most carriers are not licensed or insured to transport household items. Also, the additional weight can put carriers over their weight limit, delaying the cars arrival and possibly increasing the shipping cost. Also, items of value could be stolen from your vehicle.

Here is a brief list of prohibited items:

  • No live items, including pets and plants. No perishable products can be packed.
  • No personal or valuable items, including watches, personal paperwork, cash, jewelry, precious metals or other personal items.
  • No dangerous items, this includes items that can cause a fire or explosion, ranging from ammunition to aerosols, matches, fireworks, gasoline and propane. This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, but a bit of common sense should help you know what to avoid leaving in your car if you want a smooth and quick auto transport to Florida or anywhere else in the country.
  • No illegal items. This is pretty obvious, but needs to be mentioned. You may not have drugs or contraband in your car during the auto transportation process. What may not be obvious to everyone, is that you are also not allowed to transport anything that could be considered illegal without the proper paperwork, including guns (in some states), certain prescription medication, and needles. Keep in mind that anything you plan on packing in your car needs to be legal in all states that your car will be transported through.
  • Vehicle Preparation Checklist
    • Wash your vehicle and inspect and describe any damages with your auto transport company.
    • Remove all personal items from the car (don’t forget the trunk).
    • Turn off your car alarm system.
    • Make sure your gas tank is no more than 1/8 to 1/4 full.
    • Check the battery, fluids, and tire pressure.
    • Patch any holes or open seams on convertible tops to prevent debris from entering the car.

    Also keep in mind that anything left inside your car is generally not covered by auto shipping insurance, because of this anything you leave in your car while it is being transported on an enclosed auto transport truck will not be replaced if damaged. If you have any questions about what can and can’t be left in a car for transport, please call one of our transport professionals today and we will be glad to answer any questions you have and help you prep for your open truck transport to Florida!

    Auto Transport from New York to Florida

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    Get your car from New York to Florida with the most dependable auto transport company!

    Convenience and efficiency is what drives the auto transport & car shipping business. It’s somewhat ironic that cars are transported since they themselves are designed and built to provide transportation. Millions of cars, however, must be carried by truck every year for a variety of reasons.

    New cars can’t be driven to their respective dealerships because consumers would consider them used vehicles. New cars, moving, college, and job relocation are the biggest reasons people need their cars moved across the country.

    Why would these reasons be the most often for a person or company to use an auto transporter? Well, new cars as mentioned, can be driven cross country, but then they would become a used car which will sell for much less. When people are moving, they may have to drive a moving truck and not have someone to drive their car, so it’s just easier to have it shipped or they need to move quickly and a drive would take too long, so having an auto transporter move the car for them is much easier and offers them a way to have their car where they need it. In the case of college, every fall and summer students move in and out of their dorms. Some are not going to school close to home and don’t want to make the long drive home, but still need their cars for the off time. So in these cases, hiring an auto transporter makes sure they have their car where they need it, both at school and when at home.

    Methods of Auto Transport

    Vehicles can be transported in a number of ways. But most people don’t need expensive methods like air transport to get their car to Florida from New York, a simple open or enclosed carrier will do the trick!

    When a person is looking into moving their car they have a number of choices: open transport, enclosed transport, and door-to-door.

    Open Auto Transport

    In this type of car transport, your vehicle(s) will be shipped to its destination with the help of an open carrier. The only drawback associated to this type of transportation is that the vehicles are more likely to experience environmental damages during transportation. But, the damages happen very rarely. This type of transportation service is what most people see when driving and pass by a truck transporting cars that are all piled on the back of it. This is the cheapest mode of car transportation.

    Enclosed Auto Transport

    Enclosed car transport is just opposite to the open mode of car transportation. Here, the vehicles are vigilantly shipped with the use of an enclosed carrier, thus the level of safety in this type of transportation is quite higher compared to open mode. The enclosed transportation is basically used for moving expensive and delicate cars from one location to another and it is the most expensive mode of transportation because of the quality and safety provided to vehicles while in transportation.

    Door-to-Door Auto Transport

    Suncoast Auto Transport also offers door-to-door vehicle transport services where your car is picked up from your address and delivered to the actual destination safely and securely. This helps you to save lots of time and energy. Due to hectic schedules and shortage of time, most people today opt for door-to-door auto transport services.

    Terminal-to-Terminal Auto Transport

    This is another method of car transportation where the company is responsible for shipping the car from one terminal to another. When the car reaches the target terminal it is locked in the storage facility and the owners of the cars are responsible for collecting the vehicles from the storage facility and driving them to their final destination. Or the owner of the car can arrange for it to be picked up and shipped a second time from where it is dropped off.

    As you can see, there are a number of ways to get your car where you want it to be! And Suncoast Auto Transport is here to help you with all of them. Over the next few posts we will be talking about how to prep your car for all these different forms of Auto Transport so you will be ready for whatever trip you have lined up next.