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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.

How Am I Going to Get My Car to the Show?

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Car enthusiasts love auto shows. The sound of engines roaring combined with all the gorgeous cars on display is enough to excite anyone who’s interested in cars. But if you own a car that you want to show off to car enthusiast admirers, you’ll know that getting to the auto show isn’t as simple as hopping in your car and driving there.

Your classic car is special, maybe one of only a few of its kind still left. Classic cars don’t just make it to a ripe age in such impeccable condition. They were taken care of well and weren’t driven a lot. The last thing you want to do is drive your car hundreds, maybe even thousands, of miles to get to a show.

Car Show Auto Transport

There are many reasons to ship your car to a show instead of driving it. Obviously you don’t want to add too much mileage. A lower mileage can add a lot of value to your car’s worth. Often driving long distances can cause the value of your car to drop significantly.

But a classic car is about more than just mileage. You’re preserving an invaluable piece of history for future generations. There simply isn’t a price one can put on that.

Unfortunately, driving your car to a show is impractical at best and dangerous at worst. Your car might be fragile and unable to make such a long journey. You don’t want to drive to a show only to end up with a car that’s broken down. When going to a car show, you’re working against time. If your car breaks down, you’ll need to get it fixed. That could very well cause you to miss the whole show.

How to Ship A Classic Car

Classic cars should be shipped in the safest way possible. If your car has only a few scratches, or none whatsoever, you’ll need to be particularly careful about avoiding any damage. On a new car a dent or scratch is bad, on a classic car it’s something short of a catastrophe.

Reliable auto shipping companies do their best to ensure your car is returned in the same condition as when you handed it over. Despite this, they can never give you a 100% guarantee there won’t be damage. Good auto transporters will have insurance to help you cover the costs if anything happens, but that won’t mean quite as much if your car is a timeless masterpiece. No matter how well damage is repaired, it’s still damage. Your car’s value is directly liked to how well it’s been preserved. Even when fixed, damage can have a lasting effect on your car’s value.

Your best bet for shipping a classic car is enclosed vehicle transport. Enclosed vehicle transport means your car will be shipped in a vehicle carrier that isn’t open. This will protect it from various things that could potentially cause damage. Even if the vehicle carrier is involved in a minor accident (like a car driving into its backside while at a traffic light), your car could possibly come off completely unharmed.

By making use of enclosed auto transport, you’ll also protect your car from the elements. Car shows aren’t typically in the rainy season, but harsh sun can also cause damage over time. If the trip to this car show will take a few hours, your car could end up being like a furnace on wheels once it reaches its destination.

Protecting your car from sun damage (and any weather other weather, for that matter) is especially important if you own a roofless car. Even once it’s summer, unexpected summer rain could leave the inside of your car in a soggy mess.

Don’t Trust Just Anyone

Chances are, your classic car is almost like a baby to you. You’ve probably spent a lot of time taking care of it. You might even have fixed it up yourself. It’s never easy to leave your possessions in others’ hands. But it can be even harder when it’s one of your most prized possessions. This isn’t just airport luggage or furniture, after all.

Once you hand over that car, you’ll have no way to supervise it. At that stage, you’ll have to start thinking about how you’re going to get to the show. You might feel helpless, even a little overwhelmed by the thought of what could happen.

Suncoast Auto Transport

At Suncoast Auto Transport, we understand how you feel. We aim to set you at ease by offering a reliable auto transport service. When your car is with us, you shouldn’t have to worry about what it will look like once it arrives at its destination. Our staff is trained to deal with your car professionally. You can arrange for your car to be dropped off at a terminal, or send it directly to where you’re staying. Just give us a call to learn more about the auto shipping options available.

Auto Transport from Hartford Connecticut to Florida

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With snowbird season now in full swing, it’s time to start focusing on the snowbird-friendly routes. A big route right now is from Hartford, Connecticut down to Florida. There are a lot of nice spots for easy auto transport going from Hartford to Florida. One of the great things about looking at going south from Hartford is both Hartford and some of the bigger cities in Florida sit along I-95.

Okay, Hartford doesn’t sit directly along I-95, but it’s the only major metro area pretty much in the state of Connecticut so carriers that run routes to or from Connecticut are going to go to Hartford. Besides, there are many snowbirds that ship from Hartford and it’s a straight shot down I-91 pretty much. You could stand to save a bit of money if you make or live close to New Haven and wanted to meet the auto transporter there; if a carrier doesn’t have to get off I-95 to pick your car up, chances are he’ll be more open to a lower price. Once your vehicle gets on I-95 when it’s on the truck – whether the truck picked it up in Hartford or you drove it somewhere near I-95 – it’s going to be a straight run down the east coast into Florida. From there, you can drive it pretty much anywhere you would want to in the entire state, which is really awesome. One of the major cities along the way is Jacksonville Florida. Jacksonville is a major transportation hub in northeastern Florida, and while not a lot of people vacation there, plenty of carriers run routes in or out of Jacksonville for no other reason than its location. If you can pick your car up there, it could also help you to save some money on your auto transport need.

If you are interested in transporting your vehicle from Hartford to Jacksonville or anywhere else in Florida, fill out our free online quote form. We will get back to you as fast as we can with a great quote for your auto transport needs or you can give us a call and speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you on your auto transportation journey. Please remember that the routes we highlighted in this blog post are simply the most convenient routes according to Google Maps, and while this is a popular route choosing method that carriers use frequently, you should still talk to your carrier regarding the specific route he will be traveling when transporting your vehicle.