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Staying Safe When Driving in the Snow

When you are shipping your car this Winter season, there are a few tips to keep in mind regarding your car’s safety. If the snow is too harsh for you to drive, you can always consider shipping with a professional auto shipper. Direct Connect Auto Transport has over 20 years of experience driving in all weather conditions to get your car where it needs to be!

What to Have In Your Car

In case your car breaks down, there are a few things you should always have in your car during the Winter. A shovel is necessary to store in your trunk in case you have to dig your car out of snow. An ice scraper with an attached broom will help to clear ice and snow off the windshield for better visibility. A spare tire is ideal to keep in your trunk in case severe weather causes a flat tire. With big drops in temperature, tire pressure will decline so your tires should always be properly inflated. In case the car battery dies, it may take AAA a while to get to your car through snow. It is always wise to carry a car battery jump starter with you. When shipping a vehicle, you do not have to worry about preventative maintenance as much, so you can feel more at ease instead of driving it yourself.

Perform Maintenance to Ensure Car Safety

Bringing Your car to a mechanic is great for preventative maintenance before the voyage. The mechanic will check everything from tire pressure to the oil in your engine. Cold weather can affect things like car oil and antifreeze. The oil will thicken in the cold which makes it more difficult for the engine to turn over. Your mechanic may have the oil changed along with the oil filter for maximum flow. A mechanic will also check the antifreeze to water ratio, ensuring the proper ratio for the bitter cold temperatures.

Have Your Tires Changed

Having your tires changed to snow tires will have your car performing much better in snow conditions. This will prevent your car from sliding with non-winter tires, and will give your car better traction on the road. The rubber stays softer with winter tires allowing it to conform to road conditions like snow, ice, extreme cold and even slush.  

When you are going to move cars in the Winter to the next state or cross-country, you may want to reconsider driving it yourself. It is difficult to drive your car long distances without the proper equipment from a professional auto transporter. Your car may not be as safe as you think, which is why you should consider a professional driver from Direct Connect Auto can assist you with your car’s travel, and ensure its safety.

The History of the American Automobile for 100 Plus Years

1900’s – Cars during this time used steam for everything from trains to other vehicles of mass transport. One of the first cars were steam Engine Cars which were being mass produced in the U.S and France. The Ford Model T was produced by Henry Ford in 1908 as a steam engine car that the Average American can afford and became a powerful symbol of the modernization of America.

1920’s- By the end of World War I, oil was competing with electric and steam engines in cars. The economic boost after the war allowed car production to explode. Cars were much more affordable and widely used on the road for automobile transportation.

1930’s – By the thirties, the great depression was in full effect which slowed down car making and closed many car manufacturers. For the start of World War II in 1939, the production of cars came to a halt in order to produce tanks and other vehicles for the army.

1950’s – By the 1950’s, the focus in America was on cars once again once fuel and rubber were not needed to mass produce vehicles for the war. Cars were being made in different colors from pinks to blues and even striking metallic hues. They were also going much faster on the road than ever before, and speed in a car was a popular feature that many Americans desired. Standard features in cars included automatic transmission, chrome trim and air conditioning.

1960’s – Foreign cars were now becoming the competitors to the American cars. Since both the U.S. and Western European’s economy benefited from the war, they were able to compete by building cars. Foreign countries like Japan and Germany built smaller, more economical cars for families on a budget. This gave Americans time to focus on more elaborate muscle cars, which were desired during the time. Their focus was primarily on performance, creating the top cars – Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Many of these classic cars are still sought after by vintage car enthusiasts today, who rely on top auto shipper companies like Direct Connect Auto to ship their vehicles from point A to point B.

1970’s – Cars during the beginning of the 1970’s were larger, lower to the ground and consumed a lot of fuel. By the late 1970’s, fuel was no longer an affordable commodity from the oil crisis. Since the price of fuel often quadrupled, people were now looking for more fuel efficient and smaller vehicles. This is where American cars were no longer becoming affordable and foreign cars like Toyota were becoming dominant in America.

1980’s – In the 1980’s and 90’s, cars were becoming more aerodynamic and fuel efficient with from computer simulations. Cars were able to use crash tests to ensure car and airbag safety.

2000’s to Today – Changes in cars from the 2000’s to today include many more safety and technological features. From all-wheel drive to automatic braking and lane change assist, cars are always improving. Electric and hybrid cars are moving focus from gas-powered cars back to electric and alternative fuel run cars as seen in the late 1800s. Cars from over a century ago have undergone many changes and will continue to see more changes in technology as we progress into the future.

 

The 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Purchase a New Car

Is This In My Budget?

Find out all of the financing options before buying a car. With auto loans, if you have a great credit rating you will have a better interest rate. The APR of 0% may make the car seem affordable but the loan may result in higher monthly loans since repayment is a shorter period. If you cannot afford the monthly payments, then the car is too expensive. Many people consider leasing a car since the monthly payments are often less and it is a more affordable option upfront. Whether you decide to lease a car or purchase, consider using reliable enclosed auto transport by Direct Connect Auto Transport to save on gas mileage while getting your new ride to your destination.

Did I Research the Dealership?

For every dealership that you visit, you should know how there ratings and reviews were from an online search. Customers will usually tell you whether the salespeople were trying to give you a deal or were trying to pressure you into spending more on a car.

What Is The Exact Down Payment That I Can Afford?

When you are looking to purchase a car, people usually put 20% down. If the car is $20,000 and you have 20% to put for a down payment which is $4,000 – you will have to borrow $16,000 to finance the rest of the car.

Did I Read the Fine Print?

When you purchase a car, be sure to read thoroughly through documents and not just sign your name at the bottom. When signing a car loan agreement, do not just agree until you know exactly what you are agreeing on. Many people find out there are hidden fees that come with the purchase of their car. Always ask questions and make sure the car salespeople go over everything in detail.

Did I Factor in Insurance Costs?

Insurance rates will differ greatly from driver to driver. Insurance will depend on your driving record, the make and model of the car, your credit score – and various other factors like where you live and your education level. When you find out the car you will like to purchase, call your insurance company to find out how much the car insurance will be each month. Once you decide on a car to purchase, consider using the reliable auto transportation Direct Connect Auto Transport to get your new car to its location safely.

 

How to Find Auto Transport Jobs

Finding an auto shipper job is easier than ever before if you have access to the internet. Many job sites like indeed.com, LinkedIn and more will post about available auto transport jobs. Auto transport jobs can be very flexible from the hours you are looking to work, the areas you are looking to travel to and the number of vehicles you are looking to transport.

Some Companies Will Train Their Employees

Although many companies want to see that you are an experienced auto transporter with a CDL (commercial driver’s license), some will provide you with on-the-job training. To move cars, the certifications will vary by which company your work with.

Available Auto Transport Jobs

For auto shipping, you can ship one vehicle or you can haul anywhere from 6 to 10 vehicles at a time. For shipping one vehicle from one car dealership to another, you will just need a driver’s license and a clean driving record. With auto transport companies who ship 6 to 10 vehicles, you will need the required training including a CDL along with other required documents which will vary with each dealership.

Where Can I Find Companies in My Area?

Besides looking on the internet, finding a local auto transport company that is looking for help should not be too difficult to find. The economy is better, and the auto transport industry is booming. Depending on the job type and the pay you are looking for, you can find different companies looking for what you need near you. If you are looking for more part-time work transporting one vehicle at a time, a car dealership near you may be hiring. Depending on how many miles you travel, the average pay is about a few hundred dollars per trip. For a full-time job with a much higher pay, you will likely be driving a large truck that carries many vehicles. You will need a CDL with other certifications, but you can come across some companies that will train without experience.

How to Inspect Your Vehicle After Shipping

Vehicles should be inspected before and after shipping. You should always note any damage to the autotransporter before shipping and take photos of the vehicle’s condition before its voyage. When you are ready to move cars, you should already know the condition of your vehicle and be prepared with proper documentation in case of potential but rare damage.

When your vehicle arrives at its destination, a representative will be there to receive the vehicle from the vehicle transporter. With the bill of lading that you receive, make note of any marks or scratches on the vehicle that was not there before. Take photos of any of these marks, and show these to the representative to confirm this condition on the bill of lading.

If there is any vehicle damage, you would have to file a claim with the insurance company. If your vehicle if valuable, a sports car or over the value of $70,000 – it is recommended to use an enclosed auto carrier. 75% of Direct Connect’s Customers use open auto transport. Open carriers are still a very safe option for your vehicle, and with Direct Connect’s damage-free guarantee – you have nothing to worry about!

Direct Connect Auto transport has over 20 years of experience safely shipping vehicles to their destination. They are licensed, insured and bonded, so they are a reliable company that will ship your car in the same condition that it is received. Inspecting your vehicle is always important before shipment and after shipment. Always let the carrier know of any issues with the vehicle before transport, to have the shipping go smoothly!

A Quick Guide to Auto Transport for Military Members

Shipping Nationally

When military personnel is shipping nationally across the U.S. with auto transport companies, you are allowed to ship a single POV to your destination. The government authorizes payment for a single vehicle to be shipped to your new station. This vehicle must be shipped to the army base and not another location. With each POV shipped, you need to fill out a specific form for the type of vehicle you are shipping. We understand that those in the military often have to leave quickly and unexpectedly to a new location, and we are here to help your vehicle get there when it needs to be at its new base.

POV Requirements

Your POV must be self-propelled, which are automobiles, motorcycles, pickup trucks, vans, scooters and jeeps. All vehicles must have 4 wheels unless they are mopeds or motorcycles and must be legal for driving on highways. Any vehicles that are considered “low riders” need 6 inches or more of clearance to prevent damage to the POV during shipment. They also cannot have a lift kit taller than 3 inches. You can check with your local transportation office about military auto transport if you are unsure whether you can ship your POV.

Items You Can Ship in Your POV

There are many items that you can and cannot ship in your POV. You can ship a spare tire and two snow tires with wheels. Small items need to be packed in one carton given to you by the vehicle processing center. Items like stereos must be bolted down or installed into the car to prevent damage from movement around in the POV. Tools that are under $200 in value are allowed. Such tools include Tire chains, first aid kits, jumper cables, jack tire irons, first aid kits, warning triangle/trouble lights. Items that cannot be shipped with your POV include any pressurized cans, liquids, flammable or hazardous substances like paints or oils, items that can move around and electronics like TVs that aren’t permanently installed.

Shipping Overseas

Your local transportation office and overseas sponsor should know all of the details for shipping your POV. When shipping your POV overseas, you need the following items to drop off and pick up your vehicle:

  • A form of ID – military ID and driver’s license
  • Set of Keys
  • Copy of DD form 788 (Private Vehicle Shipping Document) or a commercial equivalent
  • Copy of member’s Power of Attorney if your spouse is picking up your vehicle

Military shipping with Direct Connect is hassle-free and easy. Leave the work up to us to move cars so all you have to worry about is getting to your new military base. With years of experience shipping vehicles, we can assure you that your vehicle will be delivered in a timely and safe manner.

 

Top 5 Most Expensive Auto Transport Destinations

Honolulu, Hawaii

Shipping to Hawaii is one of the most expensive destinations to move cars to in the U.S. due to the fact that it is overseas. To ship to Honolulu, Hawaii – you would have to have your vehicle shipped by a truck from your state in the U.S. to the boat terminal. Then, you would have to have your vehicle shipped to the boat terminal in Hawaii and arrange a truck to pick your vehicle up to its destination in Hawaii.

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK is another one of the most expensive destinations due to it being located overseas, so far away from mainland in the U.S. Getting to Anchorage is similar to getting to Hawaii from the U.S. If you do not already live on the West Coast of the U.S., you need to factor in the costs of shipping by a carrier which will vary depending on distance. There are many terminals on the West Coast to ship your vehicle from to Anchorage by boat. Costs vary depending on if you want RORO or container shipping.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Washington is a very populated area and one of the top destinations to ship a vehicle in the U.S. Due to these reasons, it is a very expensive location to ship. Shipping a vehicle from New York to Seattle is a popular route since many people are looking to reside in this location due to jobs.

Miami, Florida

Miami is also a very popular destination to ship whether you are spending a few months out of the year during snowbird season, where retirees seek warmer temperatures – or if you are relocating to Miami for a new job. Industry in Miami is booming; there are many new corporations hiring for those who are seeking jobs. From the beautiful weather to the industry, it’s no wonder why people are looking to ship to Miami.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California is another popular destination just like Miami. Many people move there for work, especially from New York to California which will cost on average above $1,000. Usually popular locations have a lot of carriers which make the cost lower, however, Los Angeles is so popular that finding an open vehicle transport for your exact route may cost you extra.

Although these destinations are the most expensive in the U.S, the final cost will depend on many factors. From vehicle type and weight to carrier type and shipping season, costs will vary greatly. With Direct Connect Auto Transport, we can provide you with reliable auto transport to one of these locations at the best price possible!

 

How to Buy Classic Cars out of State

If you are a classic car enthusiast, chances are – you’ve gone to an auction out of state. Many classic car auctions run all over the country with different types of vehicles at each one. When you find a classic car at an auction for a price that you can’t resist, you may want to consider automobile transportation from Direct Connect Auto Transport. Our reliable transport team can get your valuable, classic car safely from one state to another.

Once you have found the car for you, the next step is to call up a shipping company and decide what type of shipping you want. We always recommend with expensive, valuable or classic cars that you spend the extra money for enclosed auto transport. This will ensure that your prized possession is damage-free for years to come. With enclosed shipping, your car will be safe from weathering, debris, flooding, etc.

The next step once you choose the carrier type is to arrange the vehicle for a pickup and drop off location, along with the desired dates. You can have terminal-to-terminal shipping or door-to-door shipping, whichever is more convenient for you. Door-to-door shipping may be better with a classic car so it gets right where it needs to be without all of the extra stops.

Shipping a classic car from state to state is easier than ever with Direct Connect Auto. With 24/7 customer service and GPS tracking technology, you know that your classic car is always in good hands. Direct Connect Auto specializes in coast to coast shipping to get your car to your location with our damage-free guarantee.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from Florida to California

When you are looking to ship your car from Florida to California since it is a cross-country trip it will not be cheap. It is a long distance so the time will take longer than going a few states over. Shipping your car long distances no longer has to be a chore. When hiring a professional auto transport company, you can be sure you will have a stress-free experience, guaranteed.

How Long Will the Trip Take?

You can expect 7-10 days for this trip, so just over a week. For delivering your car it can take about six days while the pickup can take 3 days.

Time Factor

The standard time for arrival is about a week, but you may need expedited shipping services. In that case, the pickup maybe 1-2 days and the price will also be higher since it is given in a short window.

Why Ship to California?

People choose to ship to California for many reasons. One is that the employment opportunity is great and job growth is expected to add 6.3 million jobs in the next 6 years. One of the biggest industries in California is the tech industry. Another reason why people like California is it is one of the top family-friendly cities in America. From affordable housing and low crime too great schools and income. California is one of the most desirable states in the U.S. to live – no wonder so many people choose to ship their car to California!

Only Choose Professional Auto Transporters

When transporting your car, only trust a professional and licensed auto transporter with a great track record. The last thing you want is for your car to get damaged and they do not have adequate insurance. This can cost you a lot more money than planned. Trust the reliable Direct Connect Auto for shipping your car cross-country to California, with a damage-free and hassle-free guarantee!

Understanding Auto Shipping Prices

You may have wondered how auto shipping quotes were calculated from an Auto Shipping Company. Distance is not the only factor that calculates the price, and there are many other factors to consider. By reading and understanding these many factors below that average into your shipping, you will know what adds to shipping cost and how you can save.

Distance and Route – The longer you travel the higher the price will be. From mileage to gas money, shipping a long distance is much more expensive than shipping to a short distance.

Vehicle Type and Size – Your vehicle make and model may add extra money to your shipping quote. With size and weight, if you have a small car vs. a large truck, you will be paying more for the truck. The truck not only takes up more space on the carrier which means it will carry fewer cars, but it also adds more weight which makes the price higher.