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Spring is in the Air

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Now that the weather is warming up, snowbirds will start making their way back to their summer homes. But the journey back isn’t necessarily going to be an easy one. Going back to your summer home will require just as much planning as leaving for the winter did. Hopefully you took the necessary precautions to ensure your summer home will still be in good shape when you get there before you left, but now that you’re heading back, you’ll need a new checklist of things to make the move easier.

Taking Care of Your Winter Home

Before you left your home, you probably prepared it for the time you’d be gone. One of the best things you can do before you leave your winter home is to arrange with someone to take care of your property. Although you don’t need someone to check up on your place every day, it’s good if you have someone who can maintain your house and take care of any emergencies.

For safety’s sake, it’s also best if your house still looks like it occupied, even if it isn’t. This means that the person you left in charge should help you remove snow after storms so it appears as if everything at your place is still being maintained as usual. Your property manager should also collect your mail and any other packages dropped off at your property. By making your place appear as if there’s still someone there, you’re deterring burglars – who might see your absence as the perfect way to break in without the risk of being caught.

You’re also helping to keep strangers out of your mailbox, which could help if there are any mischievous kids in your neighborhood who might steal mail for fun.

Renting Out

If you have a reliable property manager, one of the smartest things you can do is to rent out your summer home during the winter while you’re gone. A website like Airbnb is perfect for this, as most tenants will only want to stay for a short amount of time. However, renting out your summer home will mean you can’t switch off the water, which will mean extra maintenance for your property manager, so be sure you can get enough guests while you’re gone to make it worthwhile.

Remember, your place might not look special to you, but if you live in a small town, there might be many people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city over the holiday season.

Arriving Home

Once you arrive back at your summer place, you’ll have plenty of work to do. You’ll have to go through your house and check that there isn’t any maintenance that you’ll need to tend to. Check that the pipes are in order, that all your lights still work and that there aren’t leaks in your roof. Also check the walls to see that there are no areas where paint is chipping off that appear wet.

If no one was staying in your house while you were gone, test your freezer and refrigerator before filling it up. Only put a few things into your fridge and freezer and leave it for a few hours or a day to see that it’s still good.

Once you know that everything is still functioning properly, you can go to work cleaning away and dust and other dirt that built up in places while you were gone.

Getting Back Home

Hopefully you know what you should have done to ensure your home is still in good shape once you get back. And hopefully your house will feel just like home again within almost no time after you get there, but before you can think about everything you’ll need to do once you get home, you first have to plan how you’ll get there.

By this time, you probably have a set time for your return. You can return to your summer place either by driving back, or by shipping or car.

If you ship your car, you’ll need to book a flight. Use a website like Skyscanner to help you find the best time to fly back. By comparing different dates, you can save a lot on flying. Often times, flights that are only a single day apart have a large price difference.

However, if you were planning to drive back, it’s advisable that you check the weather in advance. Although the likelihood is far less, you might still get stuck in a snowstorm driving back north during April. If the weather isn’t playing along, it will be best to have your car shipped and book a flight.

An while you won’t be able to know what the weather will look like a month from now, staying up to date with what’s currently happening can help you make an informed choice. If you see a lot of stormy weather on the way you’ll be driving, it might still be the same by the time you’re planning to head back.

Remember, driving the distance most snowbirds travel is a long and tedious task, not to mention the mile you’re putting on your vehicle. Don’t get your feathers in a bunch with the stress of getting your vehicle home, let Suncoast Auto Transport return your car for you.

New Year, New Car

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Between the New Year and tax season, it’s car buying season. By allowing yourself to sear across the nation you vastly expand the likelihood of finding the perfect car. But when buying any secondhand car there are a number of things you should look out for. So, before you can start your long-distance search, it’s important to understand the advantages of buying secondhand, as well as the potential disadvantages and to avoid them.

Why Buy a Used Car?

Few things excite avid car enthusiasts like buying a brand new car. New cars even a distinct smell – and to car lovers, this smell is better than even the best French perfume. Unfortunately, buying a new car straight from the manufacturer has its disadvantages, especially when it to finances.

Sure, novelty of buying a new makes it seem exciting, but here are some reasons why used cars often make for a better investment:

  • Used cars cost less. If you wait just a year before buying a new car model you’ve been eyeing, you can pay up to 19% less for a car that’s basically still brand new.
  • Your car’s value won’t depreciate as fast. Cars cost about 19% less after one year, and you’d be the one losing that money if you bought new instead of used. The first time you drive your new car, its value will depreciate by approximately 11%. While used cars also lose value, it will be more gradual.
  • Avoid dealers. Sometimes you can buy a pretty good car from a private seller, this will further lower the price you pay for your car, as you won’t have to worry about added fees dealers might charge. But keep in mind that buying from a private seller can complicate paperwork somewhat.
  • Registration can be cheaper. In some states, your annual registration fees will be more expensive if your car model is newer.
  • Used cars can be just as good. Buying a used car might not feel like something to brag about, but being smart is definitely better than being ostentatious. If your used car can get you from point A to point B and you don’t need to sacrifice on luxury or fuel efficiency, what are you really missing? But new cars cost thousands of dollars more, and you’re sure to miss that.

Obviously, buying used is the thrifty way to go. So although used cars are better for any occasion, they’re especially better if you want to a low-budget option that will be reliable. This makes used cars perfect for when you’re buying a car for a teenage driver, as you can pick something with safety benefits without blowing the bank.

Used Car Checklist

Don’t buy a lemon! Buying a bad car might lose you all the money you saved by not buying new, so to make used car buying worthwhile, the car you buy should be in tiptop shape.

Here’s what buyers should look for when buying a used car:

  • Check that the width of spaces between panels are equal. If the spacing between panels vary from place to another, there’s a good chance the car was in an accident. When buying a car long-distance, asking for photos of all the spaces can help. If the seller has nothing to hide, the photos will be taken from good angles, allowing you to easily see whether they’re equal all over.
  • Avoid rust. While it can be difficult to spot rust on photos, a car is more likely to have rust if it comes from a city or town that’s right next to the coast.
  • Is the color consistent throughout all the panels? If one panel looks repainted, the car was almost definitely involved in an accident.
  • Ask for photos of the tires. If all the tires are worn about equally, the wheel alignment won’t cause problems, but look out if one if worn significantly more than the others.
  • Ask for photos of the engine. The engine should be clean, a dirty engine can be a sign that the car was neglected.
  • Ask for a video of the car idling. This will help you to hear of there are any strange noises coming from the engine.
  • Ask for photos of the interior. You want the interior to look clean, well-maintained and good as new.

Buying long-distance complicates things somewhat, but it’s completely possible to find a great car, even if you buy it from the opposite side of the country.

A great tip is to focus on car listings that already have a lot of photos. Also check that the information in the description fits the car on the photo. If the description says the car is blue, but the one in the photos is black, it’s either because the seller made a mistake, or the listing might be a bit sketchy.

Apart from the checking the specific car that you’re buying, it’s also good to check up on the make and make and model you want to buy. The US Department of Transportation has an online lookup tool where you can easily see if the car you want to buy has any recalled parts. If so, you’ll have to add that onto your list of things to consider when looking at a specific car you want to buy. Of course you can still buy a car with recalled parts, but you’ll need to check that the seller of the one you’re buying has replaced them.

Here’s Which Manufacturers Had Good, Bad Years In 2016

As 2017 opens up, everybody is reflecting on the highs and lows of their year. Well, for automakers, 2016 had lots of both.

Almost all automakers are now focused on developing alternative powertrains and autonomous cars, and it showed. Manufacturers made large strides in both areas, including the development of affordable long-range electric vehicles and multiple demonstrations of fully autonomous tech on public roads.
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CAN I PUT THINGS IN MY CAR…OR SHOULD I?

Feel like you should pack your car full when you have it shipped? May as well right? You were going to load you car up to drive it, why not have it that way when you shipt it? Or maybe not.

One of the more common questions when it comes to shipping a vehicle is, “Can I put personal items in my car?” After all, you’re moving to another state, maybe even across the country and you have literally TONS of stuff to take with you.
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AUTO SHIPPING INSURANCE EXPLAINED

Should you get that shipping insurance when you ship your car? Do you really need it? This three part series helps you know why you need it or not.

As soon as your auto shipping company locates a carrier that’s running your route as close to your preferred pickup dates as possible you will be notified of the name of the car transport company and when their approximate pickup date will be.
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5 Steps to Getting Your Car Ready for Shipping

Are you unsure about everything you need to have done before shipping your car? This short list will help you get ready.

When you’re preparing your car for shipping, there are a number of things you should do to get it ready and ensure that the transport is smooth and easy. These tasks are relatively simple and don’t take much time, but they can really help the car shipping company when moving your car.
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Here We Snow Again

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Similarly as we take additional care dispatching your car in winter weather, the wellbeing and solace of our truck drivers is likewise top priority. Pulling cars from state to state each day, carefully stacking and emptying each auto, Suncoast Auto Transport ‘s qualified and experienced staff of truckers know the best traps for managing serious weather over every one of the roads and interstates of the mainland U.S. That is the reason we needed to impart to you some trucker tips, which can help any driver remain safe on the road, anyplace in the nation.

Begin Slow

Winter is wonderful season, however it can be unforgiving for the drivers.

Set aside opportunity to get the vibe of the road every day. Guide into the throttle to decide footing, and brake and turn delicately. Utilize your headlights, anytime of the daytime.

Ice On Your Windows – Ice On The Road

Ice shapes all the more rapidly and remains longer on scaffolds, bridges, and even shaded spots on the road after whatever is left of the road is clear. Off-ramps are not used as much of the time and can solidify quickly. You can likewise check by viewing the vehicle ahead; if there’s no tire shower, there’s most likely ice on the road.

Brakes Are The Great Equalizer

It doesn’t make a difference in case you’re in a little car or a major apparatus, no vehicle can stop or start better on ice. Keep in mind, the bigger the vehicle, the more drawn out the stopping.

No Cruising

Try not to utilize cruise control. In the event that your car hydroplanes or slides, the car can quicken and turn the wheels as it endeavors to keep up the consistent speed. Be additionally careful with people on foot.

The Cat’s Meow

Truckers utilize tire chains to give footing on the ice. When absolutely necessary, kitty litter has a comparable impact. Keeping a sack in your car can convey you from truly wasting your time on the off chance that you stall out.

Winterize Your Car

Did you know truck diesel gels when it gets truly cool? Temperatures change the way all vehicles work. The least demanding approach to abstain from being stranded with a car that won’t begin is by trying your battery before the deep freeze. Keep your gas tank as full as could be expected under the circumstances, to counteract buildup (water) in the tank and a fuel line freeze. Supplant your windshield liquid with one evaluated to the most reduced temperature you can discover and guarantee the wipers won’t streak by watching that they are not split or broken. It doesn’t hurt to carry an additional gallon of radiator fluid. Simply winterize your car!

Get ready For The Worst

If you wind up stuck, each cross country transport driver knows a little thinking ahead can keep you protected and warm, as well as more agreeable until you go ahead. Unquestionable requirements incorporate an emergency first aid kit, cover, water, non-perishable nourishment, imperative pharmaceuticals, electric lamp, batteries, sealed or water-proof matches (some lighters won’t work in cold), jumper cables, ice scraper and brush, and shovel.

Additional socks and gloves not just keep you warm, they can spare you from frostbite on the off chance that you get wet. To build comfort, additionally consider stacking up on some of these trucker staples: dispensable finger and toe warmers, resting pack, covering, flares, glow sticks, multipurpose instrument or kit, hand wrench radio, bathroom tissue, and additional boots or lined shoes.

Check For Road Conditions

Current road and weather conditions for the country are accessible online. Check your state’s Department of Transportation Web website for neighborhood roadway occurrence data. Discover national movement and road conclusion data on the U.S. Bureau of transportation Web website.

In the event that you accept away only one recommendation from our truck drivers, this is it. The main procedure for winter driving is being dependably alert. In particular, permit additional time to achieve your goal. On the off chance that there are four-wheelers spun out, the roads are awful. On the off chance that you begin seeing trucks and other transport vehicles pulled over, it’s completely time to get off the roadway.

Remain warm and safe on every one of your voyages!

Five Essential Tips for Your Teen Driver

Do you have a teenager that will be driving soon? Or maybe you already have a driving teenager and want to know what you can do as a parent to keep them safe. This article covers some basic things to go over with your teenager before handing over the keys.

OMG. Your teenager just got a driver’s license. Now what? Stay calm, and check out these five tips that can help your teen drive safely (and help you put your worries to rest).
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Eight Things You Should Know About Tires

Are you ever worried about the state of your tires? How do you know when you need a new set, before you get into an accident. This article goes over simple tips and tricks you might now have know about your tires.

Any reputable tire retailer will have knowledgeable people behind the counter to help you when it’s time to choose new tires. They will look up your car in their database to check the wheel and tire size, then tell you what options they have in stock for your vehicle.
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