Everyone knows that car oil must regularly be changed at reasonable intervals to ensure that the vehicle will run smoothly.
If the oil in the engine becomes dark, its additives can boil out, and the contaminants may form and eat the automobile’s metal parts. Over time, water collects inside and can build a sludge.
Also, the darker oil will tend to hold more abrasive metal particles that become suspended in it. Then, these particles can wear the engine parts that the oil is initially designed to protect.
A key component of car maintenance, you can get about twice the mileage if you change your engine oil regularly. But the question now is: How often should you change your oil? Let’s find out in this article.
Here are some of the extreme conditions that will make you think to change your oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles:
Indeed, newer car models can run longer miles using the same oil versus the older ones. Also, engine oil has become more efficient, and you can use it for a more extended period for new cars.
However, you might want to change your engine oil every six months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. Change your oil based on your car’s optimum operating conditions.
For newer car models, experts recommend following the recommendation time in the manual for changing the engine oil.
Newer car models have pre-installed oil-life monitoring systems that help drivers determine when the engine oil needs changing. The technology reminds the owners of the oil that needs replacement due to an alert that shows in the instrument panel.
Older car models base the changing of oil on the mileage and the time. However, due to advanced automobile designs, you can analyze the condition of the car and when the oil will degrade.
Here are other reasons why it’s best to go by the manual to determine when your new car needs its oil changed:
Technicians will usually reset the monitoring system. If you do the changing yourself, you can reboot the system with the aid of the manual provided. If you want to do manual changing yourself, it might be best to do it after receiving the right kind of training from driving institutions like Street Wise Driving or the ones in your local area.
Though newer cars require less frequent oil changes, still you must regularly check the level of the oil each month and top it up when needed.
Furthermore, this will prevent further damages to the engine since the car warranty will not cover the engine wear from low levels of oil.
Note as well that if you do not use your miles frequently and you don’t put many miles on your car, it is still advisable for you to change the engine oil every 12 months, even if the reminder date on the panel has not yet come.
In sum, there are many factors to consider in changing your engine oil such as the age of the engine, the frequency of the use of the car, and miles traveled regularly. The rate of changing the oil is indeed a case by case basis.
If you have an old car that you use frequently, then you’d be best to change your oil according to the 3,000 miles requirement. However, this requirement does not apply to car models from the year 2000 onwards.
But if you have a new car model and you use it minimally, you can opt for the oil change as stated in the manual or as per the recommendation of the manufacturer, or at 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first.
Whether you’ve used an open car transport service or you’ve got a long daily commute, cleaning your car is work. This chore is even more difficult if you’re trying to live a chemical free life. Here are some toxic free car cleaning tips to help you get the job done without exposing you and your family to all the stuff found in most cleaners.
Add the Household Cleaner to a spray bottle and fill the bottle almost to the top with water.
Spray dash and interior panel surfaces, then wipe dry with an anti-lint cloth.
Add the first 3 ingredients to the spray bottle. Then fill the bottle almost to the top with water.
Spray any glass surface and wipe clean with a dry anti-lint cloth.
Add the household cleaner to the spray bottle, then fill with water.
To clean spots on fabric seats: Spray the spot with the cleaner mixture and then blot clean with a white cloth. Repeat as necessary.
For Leather or Vinyl car seats: Spray seats with the cleaner mixture and wipe with an anti-lint cloth. For mild stains – Apply Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste to the spot then gently rub with a soft brush. Wipe away clean. Repeat as necessary.
For small stains: Spray spot with carpet spot remover and blot clean with a white cloth. Repeat as necessary.
To make your carpets springtime fresh: Mix all ingredients in a bowl then pour into the glass shaker bottle. Gently shake onto carpet and vacuum.
Carpet Spot Remover:
For exterior wash: Add 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Thieves Household Cleaner to a bucket of water. Wash with a microfiber cloth.
Dingy headlights can really cause issues if you drive a lot at night, especially in the winter months. Here’s an easy and chemical free remedy you can do right in your driveway. Put a small amount of toothpaste on a damp sponge and rub on the headlight for a few minutes. Wipe off excess and buff with a dry cloth.
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. For most domestic shipping your motorcycle should only have ¼ of the tank filled with gas when it is being shipped. If you are shipping your motorcycle overseas, you will likely need to remove all of the gas prior to having it crated. Remove any accessories that may cause issues during transport, loose items, and be sure to clean out any saddle bags. If your motorcycle has an alarm be sure to disable it and make sure that you let the driver know how to disable the alarm during shipping if the need arises.
The first decision you will be faced with when having your vehicle shipped will be shipping via open or enclosed carrier. The basic difference between these two shipping methods is that with open, your bike is exposed to the outside elements. The enclosed method, on the other hand, will mean your motorcycle is shipped inside of a completely enclosed trailer. This all comes down to your preference and how well you want your bike protected. Now obviously if all other things are equal, everyone would choose enclosed shipping every time. But we know life is not that simple, right. The price of shipping enclosed is typically around 40-60 percent more than the open shipping option. So this decision really comes down to how much are you willing to pay to protect your bike from the possible weather and environmental perils. For me, the open option made the most sense, but I ride in the rain (not by choice) and use my motorcycle to commute. If you are shipping that old Harley Davidson Knucklehead, a custom chopper, or you just don’t feel like detailing it upon arrival you will probably be better off with enclosed.
When you are ready to ship your motorcycle across the country, 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 and motorcycle 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.