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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

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

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!

 



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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.

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.

 

Location

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!

 



The Different Ways to Transport Vehicles

You’ve done your research to narrow down a list of companies that could ship your vehicle. You’ve asked them questions about how they operate, what they guarantee, and the like. You’ve probably even received a few quotes. Now the question is, did they ask YOU questions about your vehicle?

Any well qualified auto transport company should and will ask you questions as well. Why? In order to provide you with good information and help you make the best decision, their representatives need to be gathering facts about your vehicle. One of the biggest reasons is to help you assess what type of car carrier would work best.

There are actually 3 types of car carriers: Open, Soft-Side Enclosed, and Hard-Side Enclosed. Each is specialized for certain types of vehicles and specifications. For instance, drivers will handle a classic car (especially a show car) differently than fully-loaded jeep.

Open Auto Transport

We are all familiar with an open carrier. These are the ones you’d see driving down the interstate. These typically hold 8-10 vehicles, depending on size of the trailer as well as the vehicles. Open carriers are what most people associate with auto shipping. In fact, most cars transport by open carrier, including common luxury cars like Lexus and Jaguar.

Enclosed Auto Transport

Enclosed auto transport is one most people aren’t as familiar or even aware of. Soft-side enclosed shipping is used frequently by manufacturers, such as Mercedes Benz. The trailer has an open structure with a roof and end caps on the front and back. The sides are like curtains, made of canvas and pulled tight for transport.

Soft Enclosed Transporter

A soft side enclosed carrier has an open structure with a roof and end caps on the front and back with curtain-like sides made of canvas and pulled tight for transport.

Hard-side enclosed shipping looks similar to semis hauling other items. The trailer is usually made of tin or fiberglass. Most have a lift gate door for low clearance cars, such as a Lamborghini. This type is best for high-end, exotic, and classic show cars.

Both enclosed trailers have drip pans, which do a great job of keeping any possible fluids dripping from the top rack onto the lower level vehicles. The biggest difference is that hard-side trailers are 100% airtight. Since soft-side trailers use canvas instead of tin or aluminum, there is a potential of small amounts of dirt and grime getting on the vehicles.

Open vs Enclosed Auto Transport – Which to Choose?

Although anyone can choose any type of carrier, you have to keep in mind the additional costs. Enclosed carriers are specialized in handling vehicles that need a little extra care. The carriers who fall into the enclosed trailers category are usually slimmer than open, and it becomes even more limited if you’re looking for hard-side as well. If you would like your daily driver to have the royal treatment, make sure to book well in advance, too. Why? Since the lineup of carriers is smaller, it could make your transport time longer.

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In short, any of the 3 types of carriers can get the job done. It all comes down to what kind of vehicle you own and how soon you would like it there. Contact the representatives here at EAS to help you make the right choice – 847-557-0200 or get a free quote!

 



What to Know Before Considering a Car Shipping Quote

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Do you know the 3 things to consider when it comes to choosing the best car shipping company? Read on to find out.

You’ve decided to head south for the winter months. You don’t like renting a vehicles, but don’t want to put the miles on your vehicle either. How can you get it there?

Your company has decided to relocate you across the country and will reimburse expenses, but when it comes to your vehicle, where do you start?

Many people know something about moving companies, changing addresses, hotel reservations, and vacation activity planning, but not many know how to transport their vehicle. Don’t let it be an afterthought – shipping your vehicle takes planning. With the right company, though, not only will you feel at ease, but the process could be virtually hands-off and you could save a little money as well. So the big question – where to start?

Where Should I Start When Shipping My Car?

1. Research

You might be tempted to ask, “how much does it cost to ship my car?” but you don’t want to start with price. Many companies might seem enticing with lower shipping quotes, but start by doing some research. The best suggestion is to start online with websites such as Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau. You’ll be able to see ratings and reviews from their customers. Make sure to read the reviews, especially the bad ones. See if their reasoning for a bad review is legitimate – some people just can’t be pleased. Also pay attention to the resources you use – some sites allow companies to pay to remove the bad ratings and secure top spots.

2. Question

Once you’ve gotten a short list of companies, reach out and ask questions. Here’s a few suggestions:

a. Do you offer any guarantees? For instance, Executive Auto Shippers offers a One Price Guarantee and Car Rental Guarantee.
b. Do you assist when issues arise and, if so, how? EAS is with you through the whole auto transport process, start to finish.  If issues arise, we stay involved until it’s been resolved.
c. What’s your availability for questions and concerns? Our representatives are available by both phone or email to answer questions and calm concerns. If you happen to need something after business hours, we have a 24/7 Emergency Line with a live representative.

3. Price

Finally, you’ll want to ask for a quote. Make sure to find out what all is included in the price they provide. Some companies don’t include cost of insurance or can add unexpected fees for various reasons. This is why their quote may seem lower than others. As mentioned above, EAS has a One Price Guarantee, which includes all taxes and insurance. We also don’t charge anything, including the non-refundable deposit (subtracted from the total amount quoted), until your car has been successfully picked up.

Just like planning for any other part of a move or extended trip, don’t let shipping your vehicle fall through the cracks. Auto transport doesn’t have to be complicated, and, with the right company, could be the easiest part. Make sure to get all the facts and know what’s expected of you. To learn about different ways to ship your vehicle, check out our other blog “Open or Enclosed: What’s Best for Your Car.”

To learn more about Executive Auto Shippers, visit our About Us page.