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3 Car-Related Areas to Remember When Moving

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Don’t Forget About Your Car

Many people move in the spring and summertime. There are college students either moving back home or to work an internship, families relocating due to a job change, and even military families moving for their PCS orders. Every move has it’s challenges and list of to-do’s – it can be really hard to remember it all! One area that can be easy to forget is the updates you’ll need for your vehicle. Here’s a shortlist to help remember these 3 areas related to your car when you’re moving.

 

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  1. License, Registration, and Vehicle Insurance

This is listed first because it takes top priority. You need to get your license, registration/taxes, and insurance updated as soon as possible. There may be deadlines as to when you need to update your license before incurring a charge. In some states, you can apply for a state-specific ID card.

Make sure to check your registration – in some states, you can receive a partial refund if you won’t be a resident for the full year you’ve paid for. Do this AFTER you’ve registered in your new state and only if they would owe you at least $10. The amount of time needed to transfer your registration varies from state to state, so make sure to check this as soon as possible. It’s also required to be done in person. If you still have a loan on your vehicle, make sure to get a lien release letter, especially if you’re moving inland from Hawaii, and let your institution know that you’ll be moving.

Although your car may be properly insured where you live now, the coverage requirements may vary in another state. Make sure to contact your insurance company to update your information and check for proper coverage.

 

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  1. State Laws and Regulations for Vehicles

What may have been fine in your previous state may be against the law in another. For instance, if you lived in a desert area like Arizona, you may have had dark window tint on your car to help keep the sun out. In states like Iowa, your front windows must allow more than 70% of light through the tint. Certain counties in California have specific vehicle emission inspection laws in place for smog regulation. Depending on your vehicle, you may be required to have emission checks done to receive biennial smog certification, done as part of your vehicle’s registration.

According to AAA, there are other states that have specific vehicle laws about what is allowed for modification or display. In Georgia, they don’t allow any non-transparent material on any of the windows that would obstruct the driver’s view. Maine gets more specific into the placement of certain stickers. If you’ve lowered or lifted your vehicle, it may not be allowed. If the gross weight is 10,000 lbs or less, the bumper can’t be less than 6 inches or more than 31 inches high.

 

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  1. Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Different climates can require that you do different maintenance to your vehicle. If you’ll be moving from a colder, more northern area of the country to the warmer, drier south, you might want to check your tires and cooling system. If you’re tires or hoses a little weather-worn or not in proper working order, you could have problems in the south, especially the desert. Since it can be up to 60 degrees warmer, there is more pressure put on your vehicle, especially the rubber parts. If your hoses are cracked or worn, they could burst in the warmer temperatures. The same goes for your tires.

If you’ll be moving south to north, you’ll want to check your antifreeze levels. Since you weren’t as worried about your car engine locking up due to cold temperatures, you probably haven’t worried too much about it. Anti-freeze is essential to a well-running vehicle in the northern part of the country, especially in the late fall and winter months. This is even a good idea if your vehicle will be going through the mountains, either being transported or driven.

 

Moving can be hectic. Although these areas mentioned above can seem simple enough, they can be pretty easy to forget. Having a plan helps. As a quick recap, make sure to plan for a quick tune up and check before you move, check the new state’s regulations and laws to make sure your vehicle complies, and change your license and registration as soon as you can. And if you need help relocating your vehicle for whatever reason, Executive Auto Shippers will be glad to help. Contact one of our representatives and see how we can make shipping your car the easiest part of your move!

 

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Executive ships many types of vehicles

 

We’ve had quite the year here at Executive Auto Shippers. With the variety of auto transport orders that we work with each day, we decided to show you some of our most unique car shipments from 2016.

 

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1) 1959 International Harvester Metro Van (aka Milk Truck)

This hidden treasure went to an owner ready to restore it. This vintage workhorse will be back to it’s glory days as milk truck.

 

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2) 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago (x2)

These beauties were inseparable! We shipped them both from Florida to California. They definitely beam in the sunshine.

 

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3) 1960 Triumph TR3A

A rare classic car we had the honor of shipping. This customer has owned this car since 1968!

 

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4) 2003 Chevy Workhorse Step Van (aka Vogue Mobile)

When you can’t get the styles of Vogue near your hometown, the Vogue Mobile will bring them to you. Just check out that beautifully converted interior!

 

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5) 1950 Studebaker Truck

This truck has been in the family for a long time. After the passing of the original owner’s son, he requested it be sent to the museum in Kellogg, IA to preserve its history.

 

 

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6) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (aka Bandit)

What fan of Smokey and the Bandit wouldn’t want to own that car? That’s just what this customer found – and he plans to get it back to top performance.

 

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7) 1976 VW Dune Buggy

Yes, we ship recreational vehicles, too. This customer didn’t want to leave their dune buggy behind!

 

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8) 1923 Ford T Bucket

This car is so rare, the customer didn’t know how to list the model! He trusted us with his baby, and we’re happy to report she made it safely in an enclosed carrier!

 

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9) 1931 Ford Model A Vinyl

Most people use eBay for small collectibles, but our customer found this beauty there! The customer even had to send the starting instructions so the driver would know what to do!

 

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10) 1965 Ford GT40 (Race Car)

Yes, this car is as impressive as it looks. Complete with the gull wing doors, it’s made to compete with Ferraris on the race track.

 

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11) 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera (Race Car)

Sometimes when you get set on what you want, you’ll wait until you find it. This customer searched until he found the Porsche of his dreams. You can see it at the Virginia International Raceway.

 

We’re excited all the uniqueness our auto transports hold for 2017. Happy New Year!

 

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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

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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How To Buy Your Dream Car Online-1

MyKlassic.com & EAS can help make your dream car become real

You just bought a new TV online thanks to a great deal on their website. To celebrate, you decide to send your wife some flowers and with another few clicks, it’s done. Shopping has never been easier. In fact, a statistic shows that 78% of US consumers are shopping online. So why in our predominantly digital world do we still hesitate to buy cars online?

Unlike a TV or flowers, cars are more of an investment. If you’re looking for something specific like a classic car, it’s an even bigger decision. You want to be able to inspect it and kick the tires. There’s a good chance that you’ve only ever used the web to do research for the perfect vehicle and you’d be in good company. Research shows 81% of people are looking online before buying. Although research on the web is easy, many don’t know the convenience of buying a car online (including classics) and even having it delivered!

If you’re serious about finding your dream car, whether “the one that got away” or the one you’ve always wanted, why limit your search to driving distance? With the right tools and services, you can not only find exactly what you’re looking for, but have a means to bring it home.

Rick Duncan of MyKlassic.com has some great advice for those looking for their dream car. He admits that when he started buying classic cars online, he was hesitant. After buying and selling hundreds of classic cars over the years, he gave us 3 pointers that “can help make your online classic car buying experience a positive one and the car of dreams will magically appear in your driveway”:

 

If you are searching for a classic car online, it is in your best interest to know exactly what you are looking for. If you have decided on a make and model, do your homework as to where the weak points are. Is this classic prone to rust in certain areas? If so, have the seller take close up pictures of this area. With technology videos are easy. Have the seller video problematic areas, even the engine running and transmission shifting. The primary problem I always have is being infatuated with the car itself that I want and I sometimes tend to overlook the problem areas, whether I am looking at in person or online. It is very important that you set aside your emotions for just a moment and try to find all the bad. If you are knowledgeable of all the things wrong with the car and are willing to accept that, then your classic car buying experience will automatically become a positive.

(We would say alongside what Rick says about buying your dream classic online, you can also ask questions like “What’s the VIN?” and “Can you send pictures?” You can also try to negotiate the shipping cost into the total cost.)

 

If you have paid for the vehicle your insurance should be bound at this time. Then, if the worst-case scenario hits while you are waiting on the transporter, like a tornado wipes out the neighborhood or the car is hit by another driver on the street before the transporter arrives, you’re covered.

 

It is very important that you choose a reputable auto shipper. At MyKlassic.com our official classic car shipper is Executive Auto Shippers. I have shipped classic cars for over 30 years and my choice of transporters has always been key. You can go online and on eBay and obtain all the cheap quotes you want, but if that classic car was in your driveway, would you just hand your keys to an unknown driver that you don’t know to load on a car carrier? Probably not!

 

The best part about shopping for a car online – you aren’t restricted by location. Reputable car shipping companies will know how to handle shipments that need a little extra TLC. Always check into the company you’re looking to use – for instance, Executive has an A+ rating with BBB and held the Super Service Award with Angie’s List the last 4 years.  

Safely buying the classic car of your dreams can be as easy as Pick – Click – Home. When you shop on a quality and trustworthy site, such as MyKlassic.com, and working with a reputable auto transport company, like Executive Auto Shippers, you’re dream car is only a few clicks away.

Want to learn about the options of enclosed carriers? Check out our Enclosed page.

 

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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.

Figuring Out Car Shipping Quotes

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?

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!

 

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!

 

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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.
For instance, 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 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.

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.

Find out all the types of services Executive offers on our Services page.

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!

 

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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?

 

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.

 

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Why Cash is Preferred for Shipping a Car

In this digital age, it might seem strange to pay with cash. In the auto transport business, though, cash is still very relevant. We’ve had a lot of customers who ask about this, so we decided to get a few of those questions answered in one place.

 

What about using a Square? Those are really handy!

Although we don’t disagree, one thing many people don’t realize is that there are extra charges when you use a Square. Right on the homepage it states “Pay 2.75% per swipe…” (see more here [https://squareup.com/reader]). It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up. Using this technology also means the driver has to keep more accounting records, especially if he owns his own trucking business (aka owner operator). We appreciate the work our drivers do, but we know they are much better at driving and hauling than they are at accounting.

 

Credit cards are so much more convenient.

Again, very true but have you ever overdrafted? It’s very easy to swipe a card, but it’s just as easy to spend more than what’s in your account. Our drivers, especially owner operators, depend on these payments not just for profit sake, but fuel, food, and to pay the bills. If you’re card is declined or delays payment, the driver could be left stranded. That could lead into a whole other situation of getting the payment. Now the driver not only has no payment, but loss of time and, if it were to get that far, cost of an attorney.

 

What good is cash to them in this digital age anyway?

Actually, there are a few great benefits to drivers with cash. First, many truck stops will actually give a discount for paying cash at the pump. Next time you pass a Love’s or Pilot, notice how the price changes for gas. Many truck stops also have reward programs, including free showers, for paying cash and making other purchases at their locations.

 

I’m not comfortable carrying that much cash, could they take a check?

One of the biggest reasons truckers won’t take checks is because it’s hard for them to find a bank to cash it. They depend on that cash to fuel up and eat along the route. Even if they were able to find a bank or a branch in the location they’re at, banks aren’t exactly truck-friendly. They’d not only have to find a place to park, but if it’s a large metro area, most likely they’ll have to park far enough away that they’ll have to take a cab or other transportation to get to the bank.

 

There are some industries that cash is still king – car transporting is definitely one of them. In short, trying to deal with credit cards, or even checks, is just inconvenient for car hauler drivers. Cash never fails, never bounces, or is denied. Help make your auto transporting experience easier by planning for a quick trip to the bank or ATM before the driver arrives. Thanks for your help!

And to learn more about how to ship a car, check out our FAQ page.

 

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Prepping Your Motorcycle for Shipping

There is nothing better than feeling the wind rush past you as you drive down the highway on your motorcycle. Unfortunately it is not always possible to take your bike out for a ride. Events in your life may require shipping your bike. Be it moving across or not wanting to add unnecessary mileage, shipping can be a hassle free way to get your bike where it needs to be. Before you load up your bike, you will need to make sure that you are shipping it correctly.

How to Ship Your Motorcycle

As with any vehicle, you will want to make sure that it is clean before shipping. Remove all dirt and soil deposits on the body and wheels of your bike. This will make it easier to inspect your bike and note any damages. It will also help the shipper inspect your bike and take their own notes. Take photos of your motorcycle before and after it is shipped just in case you need them.
For a running vehicle, check the fluids as well as the battery and tire pressure. Your motorcycle should only have ¼ of the tank filled with gas when it is being shipped. Remove all accessories, loose items, and alarms as they can fall off the bike and become lost.

Choose a Shipping Method

There are two methods you can choose from when having your vehicle shipped, open or closed. With open, your bike is exposed to the outside elements. The closed method will have your motorcycle shipped inside of a trailer. This all comes down to your preference and how well you want your bike protected. Packing and crating can also ensure your bike does not move around too much during transport and it will lower the probability of damage occurring.

Motorcycle Transport in the USA

When you are ready to ship your vehicle, you will only want to go to a professional. They are the only ones who can ship your vehicles correctly. For the most trusted shippers, Executive Auto Shippers are the leaders in auto shipping. For more information, contact us at (847)557-0200.

Transitioning Abroad: Beyond your Car

So, you’ve decided to move abroad, and your car is coming with you. You’ve done the leg-work, all the research, and you’ve decided that we at Executive Auto Shippers will fulfill your auto transport needs. Great! That’s a huge load off your shoulders. But what about the rest of your stuff? You can garage sale some of it away, hawk a few items to friends and relatives, but ultimately there are some belongings you just can’t part with. Unfortunately, we can’t transport all of the things you hold dear overseas, but we can advise you in the challenge of getting it done.

Get Organized!

Organize your things. Break your stuff into categories like essentials and non-essentials, valuables and breakables and everything in between. Once that initial step is out of the way, prepare for each category by getting your own packing materials and packing everything yourself. Buying the appropriate boxes and tape for each and every item you need to transport can save you money and stress. Do you need bubble wrap? Peanuts? How much of each? What type of boxes do you need and what size do you need them to be? The sooner you can get everything packed up and ready to go, the more peace of mind you will achieve. Plus, taking these basic preliminary steps will save you money and ensure that your things get the attention only you can give them.

International Rules

You’re already shipping your car overseas, so you know how stringent or lenient your new country is regarding automobile shipping. That just leaves everything else you’ve decided to take with you. Every country has different restrictions and laws regarding what is allowed in and out, what items get taxed and by how much, etc. The United States, for example, prohibits international shipment of medical devices (unless very specific requirements are met). Familiarize yourself with your destination country’s international shipping rules and regulations and check them against the things you want shipped over. Common items that fall under restrictions include personal electronics, medical devices, and medications.

In Good Hands

Remember the research that went into choosing an auto transport company? Right, now it’s time to apply the same shrewdness in your search for an international shipping company. You may not realize it, but there are a slew of international movers out there, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. To avoid favoring one company over another, we won’t mention any specific movers here, but we will tell you what to watch out for. Consider that the majority of shipping companies charge by weight. Also think about the timing of your move, and whether you are shipping by land and sea or by air. Land and sea options will take longer but cost less. Search for hidden fees associated with customs clearance, packing and moving, and other things. Our One Price Guarantee only extends as far as our involvement in your move, but be sure to look for the same transparency and honesty in your moving company. High quality shippers will offer transparent pricing lists, comprehensive insurance options, and package tracking. Last but not least, check your shipping company’s credentials! Common credentials include FIDI membership and ISO 9001 2015 certification.

Custom Job

If you speak the language of your destination country, getting through customs will be much easier. Without those language skills, it might be better to hire a company to handle customs for you. There’s a good deal of paperwork involved in navigating customs, and you may not be able to complete it if you haven’t learned the language yet. Permanently moving to another country is a massive undertaking. It’s one thing to ensure all that you decide to ship can be shipped legally and safely—it’s quite another to be on the ground, dealing with a customs agent and trying to get your personal belongings through the gates. Ensure that what you decide to actually bring with you on the plane is allowed through your destination country’s customs, and take the necessary steps—be it hiring extra help or learning the language—to come through safely with all your things.

B.F.F. (Best Furry Friend)

For just about every aspect of your move, you’ll find a company dedicated to helping you through it, and, of course, this is true for pet transfer, one of the most important aspects of any move if you’ve got furry friends in your life. Most countries allow for pets to come over with new residents, but there is, of course, some paperwork involved. Health history and vaccination reports for your animal’s veterinarian will be required, and you’ll need to provide the animal with an appropriately sized crate. If you’ve travelled domestically with a cat or a dog, you know that different airlines have different policies regarding whether the animal can ride with you in the cabin. This is true for international airlines as well, so check with yours.

Go Forth and Thrive

Of course, it’s incredibly daunting. There are so many companies to consider for so many aspects of your move. There’s more to consider than this post could possibly detail. Moving to another country may be the biggest, most complex thing you do, so it’s very important to get it all right. Taking the extra time to research capable, honest, and efficient companies like Executive Auto Shippers to handle every aspect of your move will result in a smooth transition to your new home, and a stress-free way to begin your new life.