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Should You Let Your College Student Drive Cross Country This Fall?


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There’s a better way to get them to campus safely

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

College classes will be starting before you know it, and whether it’s their first year or senior year, sending your child off to college is hard. If you’re sending them across the country, it can make it even more worrisome. Will they have everything they need, like healthy food? Will be they able to get to the store if they need something like cold medicine? What if they need to work a job or are able to find a great internship, will they have reliable transportation?

Although your student may need their vehicle this year, you don’t want them to drive it all that way, especially with if it’s loaded down. You also don’t want or truly have time to drive all that way yourself. So what’s a better, safer, and a huge time-saving way to get them the vehicle they need? Having it shipped to them. Shipping a car is fairly hassle-free when you work with the right auto transport company.


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Keep Your Student Safe

Although people travel across the country safely most of the time, why risk delays or damages? If your student would have to travel across a desert or plains area, it can be many miles between towns and gas stations. If they are to breakdown, will they be able to get help? Will they remember to check the gas gauge when they are in town to make sure they don’t run out? If your student is going from one climate to another, it can also be harder on their vehicle. For instance, in the cooler climates like the Midwest, your tires are usually good to go as long as you keep them well inflated. If your student drives from a cooler climate to the warmer southern climate, those tires could be in for a shock. Warmer and drier climates are harder on tires and other rubber parts of the car like hoses. Different climates call for different maintenance on their vehicle. A cross country drive also puts unnecessary wear and tear on a vehicle, too. Long distance driving can also be part of the danger for your student as well. It’s been shown that driving drowsy can be almost as dangerous as driving intoxicated. In fact, drowsy driving has estimated to be a factor in 20% of fatal crashes. This is because they are more likely to be slower to react, not able to make safe decisions, and more distracted.


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Other Items They Pack

Every fall your student packs up their belongings to head back. Does it feel like it gets to be more and more each year? It’s a big hassle to move all their items back and forth. One nice benefit of shipping a car is being able to make their movables easier to move by packing some in the car. EAS allows its customers to pack up to 100lbs in either the trunk or cargo area of their vehicle. This is a great way to save on postage and luggage fees for their trip back to campus. You can send items that aren’t immediately needed or valuable/breakable such as clothes, decor, and excess. We don’t recommend trying to ship laptops, TVs, or anything else valuable or delicate. These can possibly be damaged in transport and aren’t covered by the carrier’s insurance. They also won’t be inventoried – carriers only inspect the exterior of the vehicle. Items that can never be packed under any circumstances are prescription medicine or other drugs, firearms, alcohol, or any type of perishable food items.   
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Look for the Discounts & Guarantees

A great place to start is to check with their school. Some schools have discount programs for students, including with car shipping companies. Executive Auto Shippers happily provides discounts for students at University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), with others soon to be added to the list. If you’re a member of the military or DOD, active or retired, don’t forget to ask about that discount as well. EAS also gives discounts to first responders and law enforcement. Your employer might also have discounts available for you to use, too. Check with your HR department for what’s available to you. Another way we help ease the anxiety of car shipping is through our guarantees. Not only do we guarantee the price won’t change once you’ve booked the shipping order, but if there are delays that would cause your student’s vehicle to be later than a normal transit time, we have a Rental Car Guarantee as well.
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A Few More Tips

Once you’ve decided to ship a car to your student, make sure you ask questions to get the best understanding and have a plan in place. When you call to set up the shipment, make sure to let the customer service representative know your student’s class and work schedule, discuss options for a drop off location if the campus isn’t truck-friendly, and figure out how payment will need to take place. Even though CSRs try to work with schedules the best they can, don’t make the window of time that your student’s available too small.  

Most carriers have trailers that hold 10 cars and can’t fit on side streets, especially if there are low hanging trees or are narrow. A couple options to try are:

  1. Nearby big box stores like Wal-Mart or Target
  2. Nearby shopping centers or malls

As for payment, EAS only charges the deposit after the vehicle has been picked up with the rest due at delivery. If you aren’t sure how to handle payment at delivery, here are a few options:

  1. Pay the driver the full amount upfront or send the payment with your student
  2. Place the money in an envelope hidden in the car (most carriers only accept cash or other certified funds). Let your student know at delivery where that is.
  3. Send a money order to your student right before the vehicle will be delivered or overnight the certified funds

As your student prepares to return to campus for another year, help them return safely and with all that they’ll need. With the right auto shippers, you’ll not only remove some of the stress and worry, but save yourself and your student time as well. Check out our FAQ page if you still have questions about how to ship a car, or give one of our customer service representatives a call today. Here’s to a successful school year!


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Extended Benefits of Shipping Your Car – Tax Refunds

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

It’s that time of year again – tax season! As the deadline looms closer and closer, you’re working on collecting all the proper documents. I’m sure you are all familiar with the standard forms like W-2s, 1098-E student loan interest and 1098 home mortgage interest. But if you have moved in the last tax year, you may be missing out on some valuable deductions. If you utilized a car shipping company to move your vehicle you are probably eligible for an additional deduction. We’ll explain how your auto transport could increase your tax refund this year.


Do You Qualify for a Tax Write Off?

The IRS has 3 areas they check to see if your relocation qualifies for a tax reduction.

  • Timing is Everything: How closely did your move correspond with the start date of your new employment?
  • Distance Test: How far away is your new position from your old home?
  • The Test of Time: How long did you stay at your new position after your move?


Did You Get Reimbursed?

Even if you get reimbursed for your moving expenses, you may be able to deduct a portion of your expenses. Check with your tax professional to verify what type of reimbursements are deductible.


What Can You Write Off?

If you meet all the requirements above, you’re a good candidate to start collecting documents for your car shipping deduction. Make sure to ask for a copy of an invoice from the company who shipped your vehicle.


Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

If you move for a job, including a first job as a new graduate, it’s worth your while to look into this deduction. If you use a tax professional to help you, make sure to mention this part of relocating to them so you get your proper deduction. If you do your taxes yourself, make sure you don’t skip this part of your preparation. And if a relocation is in the works for you this year, make sure you check out our auto shipping tips to start you on the right track.


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1950 Studebaker 2r pick up truck at the Kellogg Historical Museam in Kellogg Iowa. 

A Piece of Auto History Gets Shipped Back Home

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

At Executive Auto Shippers we ship vehicles all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But it’s rare that we actually get to meet our customers face to face, or see the vehicle ourselves. So when we found out we were delivering a 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck just up the road, the owners of EAS decided to go check it out. The Kellogg Historical Museum gave them a wonderful tour, as well as back story on the truck that was delivered there.


Some Help From Our Classic Car Shippers

Located in the town of Kellogg Iowa (about 45 miles east of the capital, Des Moines, and 25 miles from our office in Monroe), the museum consists of eight buildings. Each helps set the stage from when the town was the “end of the line” for the railroad in the early 1900s. The Studebaker was owned by Ralph Breen, who donated the vehicle after his passing at the age of 92. Thanks to a referral from his friend, Tay, we were able to arrange for an enclosed auto transport from California back to it’s new home in Iowa.

“Ralph and my dad were good friends,” said David Fairclothe, president of the Kellogg Historical Society. He told us that Ralph’s dad had originally bought the truck while he was living in Kellogg. “James and Mary Breen lived south of the railroad tracks, what was considered rural Kellogg at the time,” added Fairclothe. James was a worker on the railroad. Fairclothe also stated that although Ralph moved to California, he still has relatives in the area.


Finally Home

The truck is now located in the barn of the museum next to their 1944 LA John Deere Tractor. It’ll be there until they have finished work on the carriage house. “[The truck] has been our highlight during the 2016 season,” said Fairclothe, “we’re excited to have this addition with such a great historical connection to the area.” Along with the truck will have a display of the Breen Family Genealogy. The Kellogg Historical Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.

After such a great story, we were even more excited to have helped transport the 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck from California to the Kellogg Historical Museum safely per Ralph’s request. We truly enjoyed hearing the story behind the truck, and all the stories we get with the vehicles we ship. Next time you ship your car with us, we’d love to hear yours!


Executive Auto Shippers to Host Alzheimer’s Fundraiser in Des Moines

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— Des Moines, Iowa, US, August 12, 2016 —

Memories are a precious thing, and heartbreaking to lose. Those who are living with Alzheimer’s understand this more than most.

A lot of good memories can be associated with a car, especially classics,” says Matt Van Gelder, CEO of Executive Auto Shippers. That’s why EAS decided to host a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association in the form of a car show. “We felt a car show was a very relatable way for us to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association,” Van Gelder commented.

The event is considerately called Drive Down Memory Lane. It will be held Sunday, September 18th at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Van Gelder mentioned that besides a few of the local food trucks, the other vendors will include family activities, chair massages, and various goods. The event is free to the public and will run from 12 pm to 4 pm. People interested in showing their vehicle can contact the event organizer, Kristi Kenyon, at kristi@executiveautoshippers.com.

All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “We aren’t looking to make a profit but simply help a great organization in the pursuit of a cure for this devastating disease,” Van Gelder stated, “with the help of our vendors and amazing sponsors like, MyKlassic.com, we’re hoping to raise awareness while also putting on a really great show for both spectators and participants.

The Alzheimer’s Association is excited to be working with Executive Auto Shippers,” expressed Danielle Etter, Development and Communications Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Iowa Chapter, “We are extremely grateful for local businesses like Executive who look for creative ways to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Founded in 2009, Executive Auto Shippers is a local Monroe, Iowa business that provides auto shipping services for both consumers and corporations. Thanks to a vast network of carriers, they have the ability to ship any type of vehicle, including motorcycles and ATVs. EAS also offers overseas and international shipping. You can learn more about EAS and the services they provide at https://executiveautoshippers.com/services/enclosed-exotic-transfer/.


Let Executive Auto Shippers and moveCHECK teach you the 5 things you’ll need to do.

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

Do you know what to do when getting ready to ship your car?

“You’ve accepted a great new job on the opposite coast and are gearing up for the big move. Although a road trip sounds enticing, you’re really excited and want to get there as soon as possible so you can start getting settled in. You’ve decided to take your friend’s advice to fly out and have your vehicle shipped. Now the question is, how DO you ship a car?

5 Tips for Shipping a Vehicle

Many people aren’t familiar with the idea or process of shipping a vehicle. Googling companies is a great place to start, but before you hand over the keys, here are 5 things to do when shipping a car:


1. Research the auto shipping companies.


2. Learn about the shipping process.


3. Have good communication.


4. Have your vehicle ready for pick up.


5. Be involved in the vehicle inspection.


Want to dive into the details? You can read more of the process at moveCheck’s website.


moveCHECK has partnered with Executive Auto Shippers to help anyone looking to relocate find quality moving services, including auto transport. Don’t forget to check out all they offer and download the app!



What does it cost to ship a car? The answer takes into consideration the type of vehicle, the distance it’s going, and the time of year.

By Kristi Kenyon, freelance writer for Executive Auto Shippers

What’s the Cost of Shipping a Car?

Thanks to a great new job, you’re getting ready to move across the country. You don’t want to drive all that way, but don’t want to go through the hassle of selling your car and buying another, either. Your friend tells you her grandparents use an auto transport service when they go to their winter house every year. Although that sounds like a great option, most likely your first thought, like many first time shippers, is: How much does it cost to ship my car?

Figuring Out Car Shipping Quotes

Although we’d like to say there’s an easy answer for this, there’s actually some information that you’ll need to provide before getting a straight answer. It’s with this information that we come up with our car shipping quote. It starts with 3 main factors: Vehicle Type, Locations, and Time of the Year.


Vehicle Type

Do you drive a lifted truck or a Smart car? Not all vehicles load or take up the same amount of space on the trailer for an auto transport. If you’re car has any modifications, it can affect the way it would need to be transported. For instance, if your vehicle makes the load taller than the 13’ 6” (highways and metro law) to 14’ (interstate law) clearance, your vehicle won’t be able to be on a standard car hauler. Bigger vehicles can also take up more space on a carrier, causing the driver to lose a spot for another vehicle. Weight is also a factor. We like to say that in car shipping, it’s actually a good thing to have your gas tank below half. Having a full tank of gas can add more weight to your vehicle and the overall weight of the carrier.

Another factor is the care that is needed to move the vehicle. There are two ways to ship a car: open or enclosed auto transport. For instance, are you looking to move a classic show car? You probably wouldn’t want it to go on an open auto transport because it will be exposed to the elements. It would be the same if you have an exotic low-profile vehicle such as a Lamborghini – you’d want an enclosed carrier with a lift gate, not ramps. Enclosed transport drivers are also specialized in how to handle a classic car or exotic low-profile vehicle. Expenses such as insurance for enclosed carriers are also higher due to the nature of the shipment, too. If you just have your daily driver, you wouldn’t want to pay the upcharge for an enclosed carrier. Open carriers can usually transport more vehicles than enclosed, which also helps lower the cost. It’s why we’re glad we can offer a network of carriers with various skills, experience, and equipment to handle any type of vehicle.



Although you might think the distance of an auto transport would affect the price most, it’s actually the location for pickup and drop off. If you’ll be having the carrier pick up and/or drop of in a more populated or large metro area, chances are your rate will be better. For instance, if you ship a car from a suburb of Chicago, you’re probably going to have a better rate than, say, Billings, MT. The reason for this is the amount of “truck traffic” an area gets. Major metro suburbs like Chicago and New York are more likely to be on a carrier’s route than smaller towns or rural areas. Large cities’ suburbs are also more truck-friendly, whereas the city itself can’t always accommodate a car carrier. The same also goes for drop off location. Another factor to consider is if your locations are major vacation spots because transport could be higher during peak seasons.


Time of the Year

Alongside the location is the time of year you’re looking to ship a car. Now, you might think that during what we like to call “snowbird season” it would be cheaper to ship from a colder climate to warmer. In fact, the opposite is true. Many drivers don’t have trouble filling their trucks when the snowbirds head south – it’s the trip back north that’s tough. No driver likes to travel with an empty trailer, because they aren’t being paid. Within reason, any money is better than none – if you’re looking to transport your vehicle from Scottsdale, AZ to Chicago in December, you’ll most likely have a better rate. The opposite would happen for the spring when snowbirds head home – you’d pay more to ship a car from Scottsdale to Chicago.
Some people also think that the rise and fall of gas prices will affect the cost of a transport as well. In this industry, like a lot of others, it’s more about Supply and Demand not just the cost of fuel. Gas prices might be down, but if a carrier has a full trailer, the cost might actually be higher. For instance, certain trucks have certain capacities, so sometimes if the shipment is greater than the capacity, the price can be higher and vice versa. If you’re looking to ship your Jeep to Hawaii, make sure it’s not during their busy vacation season!


Get Your Car Shipping Quote

These are some of the main factors you’ll need to consider when it comes to the cost for shipping your car. Make sure to let the representative know anything unique or special about your auto or the shipment itself. It also helps the driver be prepared when he comes for pickup and as well as drop off. For more info on which type of transport is best for your vehicle, read our previous post Know Your Options: Enclosed or Open.


EAS works to provide the best competitive rates possible get your free quote today!


Executive Auto Shippers, LLC. to Host Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser

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Utilizing Social Media and Employee Matching Contributions, EAS looks to make December a little better for Wounded Warriors


Helping our followers get involved through social media will maximize the effect of the donation we can provide our veterans, who deserve everything this holiday season.

— Matthew Van Gelder
MONROE, IOWA, UNITED STATES, November 25, 2015 — Executive Auto Shippers (EAS) announced today that they will be hosting a fundraiser during the month of December for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Through the use of social media and an in-house employee match program, EAS will donate up to $3,000 to WWP.

Their fundraiser, named Help our Heroes, starts with an employee match program that includes in office games where the company donates in the name of the winners. Executive Auto Shippers will also be running Facebook and Twitter promotions in which one “Share” or “Retweet” will equal one dollar donated by Executive Auto Shippers, up to 3,000.

Founder and CEO of EAS, Matt Van Gelder, expressed the importance of this donation. “The veterans mean so much to our country and we at Executive Auto Shippers feel it is our responsibility to help take care of them however we can,” said Van Gelder, “Helping our followers get involved through social media will maximize the effect of the donation we can provide our veterans, who deserve everything this holiday season.

All proceeds from their employee match program and social media support will go directly to the injured service members in the 20 programs and services provided by WWP. These programs are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through this donation, EAS knows it’s helping WWP work toward their vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

More than 52,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Executive Auto Shippers was founded in 2009 by a second-generation auto transport professional. They transport vehicles across the country and overseas – anything from classic 50’s models and luxury cars to speedboats, ATVs, and motorcycles, among others. Their services include both Open and Enclosed Nationwide Shipping. The company also offers overseas and international shipping. You can learn more about EAS and the services they provide at www.executiveautoshippers.com/services/.


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Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has a vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. To achieve this objective, WWP is committed to a lifetime of service and commitment through its mission: to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP currently serves more than 60,000 warriors and nearly 9,000 family members through its 20 unique programs and services. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Satisfied customers voice their resounding pleasure with Executive Auto Shippers

The success of a company can be measured in a myriad of ways. Some businesses point to their increased sales, others, a sprawling list of satisfied clients. Still others rattle off big name clients in an attempt to conjure more interest from others. No matter how you decide to determine the relative success of a company, there is one measuring stick that is overwhelmingly accepted: the customer.
At the end of the day, nothing quite compares to the lasting effect one company can have on a consumer. A pleasant transaction, a sale of a product that exceeds expectations – these things etch lasting memories in the minds of consumers across the country, and encourage them to return for repeat business. For one Iowa-based company, it is these very reviews and heaps of praise from satisfied customers on which they thrive. The reviews written about Executive Auto Shippers unequivocally demonstrate the high level of satisfaction their customers have had, and continue to have.
Executive Auto Shippers specializes in transporting vehicles of all kinds. Everything from luxury cars, classic cars, personal watercrafts (PWC), and ATVs – the skies the limit when it comes to their shipping services. They transport vehicles all across the country, and overseas too.
One benchmark by which the consistent success of Executive Auto Shippers can be measured is their recent inclusion as an accredited business by ConsumerAffairs. This recognition illustrates the commitment the company practices on a daily basis – towards meeting the needs, completely and comprehensively, of their clientele.
Having had just a few years in the industry, the future appears to be very bright for Executive Auto Shippers. A company spokesman commented on the current state of affairs, “We have always been about the customer, from day one. Though we may be young, technically, based on the documents that explain our origins; our team is confident and features a combined 40 years’ experience in the vehicle transportation industry.” Only time will tell with how successful this thriving company can become, and we are excited to see what the future holds.


2015 Award given to Executive Auto Shippers for outstanding customer service.

Executive Auto Shippers Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award for high level of customer service received alongside the company’s anniversary


MONROE, IA, February 16 – Executive Auto Shippers has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for the fourth year in a row. This award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. EAS is even more proud of this accomplishment because it was awarded near their seventh anniversary.

“Being in business for seven years is a big accomplishment, especially in a highly competitive industry like Auto Shipping. Knowing that four out the seven years we were able to earn an award that shows the importance we put on customer service is the icing on the cake,” said Matt Van Gelder, CEO of EAS.

“Only about 5 percent of the Auto Shipping companies have performed so consistently well to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


Founded in 2009, Executive Auto Shippers provides vehicle shipping services for both the consumers and corporations. Thanks to a vast network of carriers, they have the ability to ship any type of vehicle, including motorcycles and ATVs. EAS also offers overseas and international shipping. You can learn more about EAS and the services they provide at www.executiveautoshippers.com/services/.


Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.