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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Owning a classic car can be an investment or fuel your love of great automobiles. Either way, you will find the need to take care of it as best as you can. One way that car owners fail at protecting their car is by not properly storing them when they are not in-use. It is especially important for seasons with extreme weather (i.e. summer and winter) that your car be put away so that its exterior does not suffer/
Prior to storing your car away for a period of time, change the oil and filter and run the engine to circulate the new oil. Fresh oil will aid in the prevention of corrosion. You will also want to fill your gas and the recommended amount fuel stabilizer and drive around for about 15 minutes. This will prevent gum and varnish buildup which can ruin your fuel pump.
Raise the vehicle on jack stands and lower the air pressure. All tires will develop a “flat-spot” while in storage which is why you will want to place them on jacks to save them from damage. Some tires can come back from a flat-spot if they were only sitting for a few months but if left for a half a year, the spot can become permanent.
While your car can be safe from the elements while in a garage, it may not be safe from furry little creatures who can make their way in. Rodents love hiding inside the exhaust or heating system. Prevent them from entering and wreaking havoc by plugging the exhaust system and the air filter. Do not forget to take them out when you finally drive your car again.
Inevitably your battery will drain but if it becomes overheated or freezes, it will need to be replaced. Simply disconnect it and store inside your home and connect a battery maintainer to your vehicle.
Whether you are making a move, participating in a car show, or selling your vehicle, it is important that it remains protected during the journey. At Executive Auto Shippers, we provide the shipping services you need to keep your vehicle safe. Enclosed shipping will be your best bet to keep exterior safe while traveling all while not putting excess mileage on your car. Schedule your shipping today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting a new journey can be extremely exciting, moving is usually the start of a thrilling venture. Be it across the country or the next town over, movers can reduce the cost, stress, and chaos that comes with a move. Here we have provided a few tips, some may be obvious while others you may not have even considered, to aid you in this new chapter.
Prior to moving, you will want to sort through all of your possessions to determine what will go and what will you be getting rid of. You can separate your items into different piles such as keep, donate, sell, and toss. By ridding yourself of items you will lighten your moving load and earn yourself extra money through selling or a tax deduction when you donate them.
Do not pay for something you can get for free, such as moving boxes. If you plan on moving, start saving large boxes that come with appliances or electronics. Local business such as the drugstore, liquor store, and grocery stores might be willing to part with boxes. You can simply ask them for extras they can part with. Keep in mind that when using professional movers, they may require you use purchase boxes from their company.
Let someone else make the trip for you if you do not want to drive across country. There are companies who will drop off a storage container you fill and once you are ready, they will pick it up and drop it off at your new location. This option will save you from making the drive while not having to pay full price for a professional mover.
The same can go for your vehicle. If your move entails going across several states and you are not inclined to do the driving yourself, there are companies who specialize in transporting vehicles. Rather than spend days on the road, get to your location with an easier mode of transportation.
While you may think that a vehicle transportation expert may cost you more to move your car than driving it yourself that is simply not true. Factor in the gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, food and hotel stay on your journey, and you will find that it will cost you less to transport your car. At Executive Auto Shippers, we provide the transport service you need to get your car where it needs to go. For additional information, contact us at (847)5578-0200.
Shipping your vehicle holds many benefits such as reducing wear and tear on your car and freeing you up to get to your new location faster than your car can take you. Prior to shipping your vehicle, there are some choices you have to make (enclosed or open transfers), clean out your vehicle, conduct an inspection of your car and make notes. This is all to ensure that your vehicle remains the best condition during its journey.
Inspecting your vehicle before and after your auto transfer will guarantee that you are aware of the condition of your car prior and post shipping. Here is how to go about it.
Now that you have done a detailed inspection, now comes time to prepare your vehicle for be moved.
There are special vehicle requirements that need to be adhered to, such as the tank of gas being no more than a quarter full. The car must not have a cracked windshield, and the emergency brakes must be operational. When going through customs, the registration for the vehicle will be needed.
While you take care of the easy part, the professional shippers we have at Executive Auto Shippers, will take care of the hard part. We ship with great care and efficiency to ensure that your vehicle not only gets to its destination on-time but without damage. For additional information about our services, contact us at (847)557-0200.
Whether by choice or not, cross-country relocation is a complex endeavor that poses a particular set of challenges. No one is safe from its wrath, especially single movers and families. Organization and pre-planning isn’t just necessary, it’s vital. Even then, interruptions and surprises are bound to happen. Which is why it’s important to research and employ as many long distance moving tips as possible. This blog post intends to detail both well-known and little known pointers, with the hopes of making you and your family’s pilgrimage a little less daunting.
This word of advice is especially valuable if you’re leaving an established home. The major pieces of furniture you’ve collected over the years will be hard to move. Unfortunately, the transport difficulty does not decrease as your admiration for a specific item increases, so if that armoire or recliner really is special, you’ll have to figure out a way to send it safely. Take it from us, don’t bring the big items. Either selling or giving away (for a tax write off, of course) your furniture allows you start fresh in your new home and lug less through the countryside.
When figuring out how to pack your clothes, blankets, and valuables, there is a unique strategy to employ. It starts with eliminating cardboard boxes. Try your hardest to avoid them, they’re awkward and a waste of space. Instead, fit your clothes and most of your blankets (you’ll see why in a second) into Ziploc vacuum storage bags, the ones you can shrink. They are much easier to organize and take up less space. Then, put your valuables, into normal Ziploc bags and fold them into the remaining blankets. This method doesn’t just save space, it cleverly compartmentalizes your priceless goods into hard to find places.
An absolutely essential step if you have a family. It’s an important move for a variety of reasons. Primarily, it promotes restraint when driving. Many individuals tend to “push it” when on a road trip. Just because someone thinks they can go a couple more hours without falling sleep, doesn’t mean they can. A gamble like that can have disastrous results. Chart your trip, book your accommodations in advance, and stick to your schedule. Drivers will get the rest they need. Children won’t be cooped up all day long. You’ll avoid the risk of having to sleep in your car. Enjoy the money you’ll save booking ahead of time!
Don’t wait till you’re on E to fill up on fuel. Try and visit the gas station as you hit a quarter tank. It’s fairly easy to underestimate the distance between stops. If long enough, you might be on the side of the road with an empty tank and a new set of problems. This tactic also compels you to stretch your legs more frequently, avoiding soreness, blood clots, and cramps. It may not be the fastest way to get where you need to go, but like many things in life, rushing is not in your best interest.
Devoting time to your food situation goes a long way to satisfy you and your passengers. Stop at the market every other day and stock up on your favorite foods. This way, you won’t be forced to eat subpar gas snacks or fast food all the time. Pick up 12 packs of your favorite energy or coffee drinks, whatever keeps you sharp. It is exceedingly cheaper than buying individually from convenience stores. There is nothing like a well-stocked cooler on a road trip, especially one that is jam packed with goodies and drinks that’ll keep you smiling.
It doesn’t matter where you’re headed, you’re going to need your automobiles when you get there. Depending on the type of car you have, it may not be suitable for a cross country trek. Shipping your vehicle or vehicles is immensely calculated and wise. It makes the task of moving much less daunting. A quality company ensures the efficient and safe transportation, providing peace of mind by the mile. This type of transportation service is especially appreciated by owners of high end, luxury or rare vehicles.
Say goodbye to your vehicle shipping woes with Executive Auto Shippers. In 6 years, we’ve grown into the leading choice for auto shipping, nationwide. Wherever you need to your car to go, even if it’s overseas, we are equipped to make it happen. And not just your everyday car, but your RV, exotic car, motorcycle, boat or ATV too. We have both enclosed and open transferring capabilities at our disposal, for competitive prices.
Visit our website or call (847)-557-0200 for more information!
Moving across the country, whether temporarily or permanently, can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your vehicle. That’s when professional auto shippers like EAS come in to safely transport your car, motorcycle, or ATV as timely and efficiently as possible. But the preferred shipping method will vary depending on the type of vehicle you want to transport as well as your own needs and preferences. If you’re just beginning your research on auto transport companies and which services they provide, here’s a brief explanation about the differences between open and enclosed shipping methods.
Open auto transport is the most popular vehicle transportation method. In open transport, the trucks are typically 75 to 80 feet long and can move between 7 and 10 vehicles at the same time. The trailer on which the cars are loaded does not have any sides or a roof, exposing the vehicles to weather and road elements at all times. The openness, however, allows greater visibility for the driver to inspect each vehicle while in transit. Enclosed carriers can typically haul only 6 vehicles or less, which is one reason why enclosed transport is more expensive. Most carriers, about 90%, are open auto shippers, meaning it is more likely you will find an available carrier to transport your car where and when you need it. The numerous supply of open transport carriers helps keep transportation costs affordable for vehicle owners.
● your vehicle requires standard shipping. (Most daily drivers ship open transport.)
● you would like your vehicle delivered faster. (Because open transport is the preferred delivery method among most customers, there are more auto shippers available to transport your vehicle.)
● you’re on a tight budget.
Although enclosed auto transport service is not as common as open transport, it is still a popular delivery method among car owners. Enclosed shipping provides maximum security for your vehicle, with the fully enclosed trailer offering protection from weather and road debris. Even though the driver cannot inspect your vehicle as easily as in open transport, many enclosed carriers have greater insurance protection and offer “white glove service” to handle and care for your car. Enclosed transport carriers make up only 10% of auto shippers, and their trailers cannot load as many vehicles as open transport carriers; therefore, delivery service is expected to be a little slower and requires more advanced notice for enclosed transport. The enclosed delivery method is also more expensive but is well worth the investment, especially if your car has unique delivery needs.
● you need to transport one or more of the following: classic car, exotic car, antique car, collectible car, luxury car, racing car, or a vehicle with an exposed interior.
● you want to shield your vehicle from weather and road elements. (This is the time of year when enclosed transport is often a preferred option even for standard cars in order to protect against harsh weather conditions and salt or sand on the road.)
● your vehicle has low-ground clearance. (Enclosed carriers use liftgate doors to load the trailer instead of instead of ramps, thereby providing a secure method of transporting low-clearance vehicles without causing damage.)
The most important factor in choosing your auto shipping method is trust. At Executive Auto Shippers, we understand that your car or motorcycle is one of your greatest investments and deserves to be protected. That’s why the lines of communication are always open so you never have to wonder when your car is being picked up or whether it was delivered safely. And if you’re still not sure whether to select open or enclosed transport, we are happy to speak with you to better understand your needs and preferences before making our recommendations. Contact EAS today to receive a quote or to talk to a representative.