shipping your suv or minivan to your new home
shipping your suv or minivan to your new home

Shipping Your SUV or Minivan to Your New Home

David Stone
Updated January 13, 2022 by David Stone

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    shipping your suv or minivan to your new home

    Moving by itself can be tiring. But what if you need to move your car to a location that is not an easy drive away? You might not be moving just one town away and it can be daunting to consider moving your SUV or minivan to your new home if you are going to have to drive a long distance to do so.

    Some people get frustrated at the idea of moving their car across the country, and they simply sell it and get a new one when they have settled into their new home. This is not practical for everyone, and it is not always the best solution for your needs. Shipping your SUV or minivan to your new home is easier than you might have thought and you will be able to remove this task from your moving checklist by engaging a shipping company to bring your car to your new home.

    If you are ready to learn more about shipping your SUV or minivan to your new home, you need to read on!

    Do Your Research

    Not every car shipping company will be able to transport an SUV or a minivan with ease. These are larger vehicles that might need to be shipped on specific trailer styles. You will want to be sure that you consider this factor first when you are looking into shipping companies for your car’s transport. Many companies will make it sound like they can move any kind of vehicle on their website, so you should call and ask any company that you might want to work with if they are actually able to ship your larger vehicle.

    When confronted with a direct question, these companies will be much more likely to be honest with you about any limitations that they might have for hauling larger vehicles. You can also look at reviews that other people have left online about the company. You want to be sure that this company seems to be fair and nice to work with and reviews can tell you a lot about other people’s prior experiences with the company.

    You might also ask these companies to produce their insurance and licensing documentation. This is important to check on since there are shipping scams that crop up from time to time and you do not want to accidentally get involved with one of them. Asking for professional documentation that proves that the company is legally in business and has appropriate insurance can make all the difference in choosing the right shipping company for your needs. 

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    Consider the Cost of Shipping Your SUV or Minivan

    Many people are a bit shocked at the cost to transport their vehicle across a long distance. You might have been shopping around for quotes and become frustrated that they are all so high. There are some considerations that go into the decision to ship your car rather than driving it yourself, and the cost of the transport can be one item that makes people elect to drive their car on their own.

    Most people do not think about the fact that they will need to pay for gas, food, and lodgings during their own drive across the country to relocate to a new home. Their car will also have miles put on it that it would be spared if it were shipped. While the total cost of the shipping job might still be higher than you want to pay, there will likely be commensurate costs that would need to be laid out to take your car to your new home yourself.

    Brokers VS Direct Contracts

    You might have noticed that some companies offer direct contracts that you can make with them or they might use a broker for their booking services. This might seem confusing to you since the broker will not be handling the actual shipping process. Brokers can be a helpful middle ground between you and the shipping company in some cases, however.

    A broker helps people get connected with shipping that is affordable and meets their requirements. This makes it much easier for the company to find the right cars to bring on trips that are already scheduled and saves them time and money that would have to go into booking their own transport jobs all day. A broker will typically not work with a company that is not of the best quality, so this can be a big benefit for your needs as well.

    Direct contracts can sometimes save you a little money but they are more difficult to arrange in many cases and you will not have someone that you can readily call if you need help with your shipping plan or if there are issues with the way that your car was delivered. Most shipping companies work with brokers these days, so you will find that only smaller companies will be likely to contract with you directly in most cases. It is usually a good rule of thumb to work with a broker to improve your shipping experience.

    How to Choose the Right SUV or Minivan Shipping Company

    There are a lot of companies out there that will promise to deliver your car to you for a great price. It can seem like they all offer the same things, but these tips will help you to sort the right shipping company for your needs out of the crowd.

    1.       Ask for a Quote

    You will always want to see a quote from every company for the transport job that they are offering. The company will need to layout the costs in more detail when they create a quote, which can help you to see what services you are really paying for when you engage with each particular company. You might also ask about terminal-to-terminal services rather than door-to-door delivery if you want to save some money. When you choose to drop off and pick up at a terminal, you can often save the shipping company time, fuel, and effort, which can bring the cost of your quote down.

    You will want to be sure that the quote makes sense for the time of year that you are looking to ship your car and that the company has provided what appears to be a legitimate quote. Scams will not deliver you anything but a price that they want for the work, so you can easily rule out companies that will not give you an itemized list of charges and potential special costs related to hauling your larger vehicle to its new home.

    2.       Ask for the Certificate of Insurance

    As mentioned before, you will want to see the certificate of insurance for any company that you are considering working with. All legitimate shipping companies will be able to produce this paperwork and this is one of the key ways that you can avoid scams and be sure your vehicle will be covered while it is in the hands of the shipping company.

    Making sure that you have all the right paperwork in hand can also be really helpful if there is an issue that comes up related to your shipping contract. You will find that having the insurance information for the shipping company can make it much easier to file a claim if your car is damaged during the trip to your new home. While this is not likely, you will have the paperwork that you need in hand, just in case.

    3.       Ask About Transport Types for Your SUV or Minivan

    There are different transport options that most companies will offer for your vehicle. You might not know what they are or how they might impact the cost of your shipping quote. There are two main options for shipping, enclosed and open. There are pros and cons to both.

    •         Enclosed Transport

    This shipping style uses a fully enclosed car trailer to haul your car. Not all large vehicles can be shipped in this way due to the limitations of the space inside the trailer that is being used for the trip. This style of transport will also usually cost more money since there will be fewer cars that are moved along with your vehicle.

    This is typically a choice that is made for exotic cars only, but if you have some reason to want to protect your car completely during the trip, this is an option that you could ask about. Just be prepared for the increased cost and some other logistics that might come into play when you opt for this method of shipping your car to your new location.

    •         Open Transport

    This is the most common style of moving a car from one place to another and you have probably seen open car transports when you were driving on the freeway. This is a great choice for saving some money as many cars will be hauled along with yours on this kind of trailer and these trailers are much easier to load and unload.

    The downside to this kind of transport is that your car will be exposed to the elements, and to possible paint damage from road debris. This might be the best choice for a larger vehicle, however, since these transport trailers are much easier to fit uniquely shaped cars on. You will find that choosing this style of transport is almost always significantly cheaper than using an enclosed trailer.

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    4.       Look at Reviews

    You should always make sure that you look at reviews for the company that you are thinking of working with. While some reviews are clearly personal issues that came up during an interaction with the company in question, you can trust that the majority of the reviews that you will see are accurate. If there are lots of issues with the company, you should not keep their quote as an option for your trip.

    Make sure that you look at various sources for reviews if possible. This can tell you some more about the company from different angles and you will get to see more reviews in this way. Not everyone will jump onto Yelp or another site to review a company, but they might complain or praise the company on their Facebook page. A lack of reviews can be a concern as this could be a new company or one that most people just don’t use for one reason or another.

    5.       Comparing Costs of Minivan and SUV Shipment

    Getting more than one quote is a good idea so that you have some options to choose from when you are planning your shipping costs. You will want to consider very high quotes and very low quotes as being the less attractive options for your needs. Very high quotes can indicate that the company is trying to make it feasible to ship to a location they do not usually go to or to try and pad their costs for a light load. A very low quote can indicate a company that does not provide the proper protection for your vehicle or the right care and attention to detail when shipping your car.

    The quotes that fall somewhere in the middle of these extremes are probably your best bet. Using the quotes and reviews as a guide, you should be able to narrow down your choices to a couple of good options. If you are not happy with any of the choices that you have been presented with, then you might want to keep looking for a company that will suit your needs. You should not take a chance and settle on a company that you do not really want to work with.

    Things to Do After Your SUV or Minivan Arrives at Your New Home

    If you have committed to shipping your car to your new home and have agreed to pick it up at a terminal or have paid to have it delivered to your new home, you might be wondering what the next steps should be. There are not many things to do after your car arrives but you should not miss the final key step of the shipping process.

    Get the Bill of Lading

    When you pick up your car, or it is delivered to your door, you need to be sure that you collect the bill of lading. This is the legal contract that states that your car is in good condition and that they have delivered the car to the proper location. The shipping company will need you to sign off on this document before you can take your car away.

    The bill of lading is a guarantee between you and the shipping company that allows you the chance to look at your car and sign off on their statement that it is in good condition and was delivered correctly. If the car was not delivered in good condition or if it was not delivered per the details of the contract that you signed before you handed over your car to the shipping company, you should not sign the bill of lading.

    You will always want to look at the condition of your car carefully before you sign anything that states that it was in great condition when it arrived. If you need to file a claim for the damages to your car that was sustained during the trip, you need to be sure that you did not sign the bill of lading. Always make sure that you look at everything in detail before you sign off that your car was delivered in good condition and per the terms of the contract.

    When working with a broker for your shipping needs, you will reach out to the broker to coordinate the claims process and any legal work that will need to be done to resolve the issue. If you contracted directly with the company to ship your car, you will want to reach out to them to discuss issues with your car’s condition or the way that the car was shipped to you. While it can be frustrating to have to wait to pick up your car until these issues have been resolved, it is better to get help from insurance and the shipping company to resolve problems before you agree to just take your car as is.

    Shipping Your Family Car to Your New Home Can Save You Time and Money

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    If you want to make sure that you do not have to drive across the country and you want to spare your car the miles that would be accumulated doing so, you need to think about shipping your car. This is a great choice for your needs if you are making a big move and just don’t want to deal with the factor of moving your car as well. Using this guide, you can get some great tips and tricks that will help you get connected with the right shipping company for your unique needs.

    Hauling a minivan or an SUV across the country or across a long distance is somewhat harder than moving a car so you will need to be sure that you are working with the right shipping company for this need. You will find that picking a shipping company is much easier with these tips and tricks on your side!

     

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    Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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    OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

    HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

    REQUEST A QUOTE

    First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

    BOOK YOUR ORDER

    We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

    VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

    Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

    VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

    Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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    Mechanic installing new brake pads on a vehicle.

    5 Signs It’s Time for New Brake Pads for Your Car

    David Stone
    Updated December 8, 2021 by David Stone

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      Mechanic installing new brake pads on a vehicle.

       

      Brake pads are a crucial component of any vehicle, and there are some clear indicators of when it’s time to replace them.

      Vehicles require a ton of maintenance over their lifetimes, including oil changes, fluid top-ups, tune-ups, tire changeovers, and filter replacements. Some components will wear down over time and need replacing, too, such as your brake pads.

      It’s vital to keep your car’s brakes in working order because they’re responsible for stopping the vehicle. The problem is that the braking system is actually a complex network of parts that come together to keep you safe.

      Your brake pads are right in the thick of the action. They sit on the inside of the wheel’s calipers and apply friction to the rotors to slow and stop the vehicle. When brake pads wear out, they won’t create as much resistance, and the brakes won’t function at optimal levels.

      As a result, keeping an eye on the state of your pads is essential because it can prevent significant problems and keep you safer whenever you operate your vehicle.

      Here’s a look at five tell-tale signs it’s time for new brake pads for your vehicle. 

      Key Takeaways

      • Your brake pads are an essential vehicle component
      • You’ll need to maintain and replace your brake pads periodically
      • There are some clear signs your brake pads need attention
      • Conducting regular car maintenance before shipping is advisable

      1. You feel vibrations

      One of the first signs you might notice when your brake pads wear down is a vibration whenever you press on the brake pedal. 

      Your brake pads contain a resin that binds their various parts together. When the pads wear down, this adhesive comes into contact with the rotor, causing the resin to heat up, melt, and spread onto the rotor. 

      Ideally, this adhesive will spread evenly, and you won’t even notice that it’s melting. But this isn’t always the case. A resin that spreads unevenly will cause vibrations when you press the brakes because it creates an irregular surface on the rotor. 

      This scenario could mean you need new brake pads to alleviate the problem. If you address it early enough, though, there’s also a chance that some basic maintenance can save your brake pads.

      2. There’s a grinding noise

      In situations where you’re driving along and hear a grinding or growling sound when you apply your brakes, it could mean new brakes pads are necessary. It could also signal that your brake pads have so much wear that they’ve damaged the rotors, which is a more significant repair.

      The grinding noise is usually the sound of metal contacting metal. In this case, it means your calipers are making contact with your rotors because your brake pads are nearly gone. 

      It’s impossible to miss this grinding sound, so keep an ear out as you drive and get to a mechanic right away if you notice it.

      3. You hear squealing

      If you notice a squealing sound while you’re driving that goes away when you apply the brakes, it could signal an issue with your brake pads.

      This noise originates from a built-in safety feature in new brake pads that notifies you that your pads are eroding to dangerous levels. It comes from a metal tab located near the top of the brake pad that scrapes the rotor to warn the driver of the problem. 

      A squealing sound that disappears whenever you push on your brakes is a sure sign you need a mechanic to inspect your brakes to diagnose and repair the issue.

      4. The car doesn’t stop as quickly

      In some cases, your vehicle won’t stop as quickly when applying the brake when it’s time for new brake pads. This issue is called brake fade, and it’s often the result of continually using the brakes over long distances without coming to a complete stop. 

      Think about how you apply the brakes when coming down a hill. You’re using your brakes but aren’t stopping the vehicle. This action is incredibly hard on your brake pads and can cause premature wear because it makes your brake pads and rotors contact each other over long periods. When this happens, both components heat up, and the pads eventually lose their ability to generate friction as they wear down.

      You’ll notice that your brakes aren’t as responsive in this situation, so you’ll want to have a technician have a look to see if brake fade is causing your issues.

      5. The vehicle pulls to one side when braking

      Your brake pads won’t wear evenly on both sides of the car, as one side is sure to thin out before the other. When this occurs, you could feel the car pulling in either direction as you brake. 

      This scenario can cause issues because it strains other vehicle components, like the steering knuckles, ball joints, wheel bearings, and the steering rack. These can all potentially lead to significant repairs down the line.

      Keep in mind that worn brake pads aren’t the only problem that can cause your car to pull. It could also mean you have a faulty wheel bearing, uneven tire pressure, or an issue with the brake calipers.

      It’s best to take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to diagnose why it is pulling to one side while you brake to ensure you take the proper steps to repair it.

      Shipping your car

      It’s a good idea to check your brake pads and other vehicle components before hiring a car transport carrier to ensure it’s in drivable condition upon arrival. That last thing you want to do is ship your vehicle a long distance only to realize you need a mechanic to install new brake pads before you can safely use it.

      Mercury Auto Transport is a car shipping broker that can assist as you move your vehicle from point A to point B. We’ll provide you with quotes from FMCSA licensed and insured carriers, allowing you to select the option that best suits your needs. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today to receive your free vehicle shipping quote.

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      READ MORE TESTIMONIALS
      2020-01-22
      Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
      google robert k. View review
      2020-01-21
      Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
      google Eric D. View review
      2020-01-21
      Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
      google Fred L. View review
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      OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

      HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

      REQUEST A QUOTE

      First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

      BOOK YOUR ORDER

      We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

      VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

      Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

      VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

      Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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      shipping a car from japan to the us

      Shipping a Car From Japan to the US

      David Stone
      Updated December 17, 2021 by David Stone

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        shipping a car from japan to the us

        Shipping a car can be stressful no matter how far away you need to send the car. Even if you are moving your car to the state next door, you might find that the process of locating the right shipping company is very complicated. Thankfully, there are some key ways to make sure that your car is safe when it is being shipped, either locally or from another country.

        When shipping a car from another country, there are import and export dues that must be paid as well as a lot of paperwork that must be done. If the correct steps are followed for the process to import a car from Japan, you should have no trouble bringing your car over. You will just need to know what the correct process is before you begin working on bringing over a car from Japan.

        If you are ready to learn more about the process of shipping a car from Japan to the US, read on!

        Shipping a Car From Japan to the US

        This guide will help you to get a car sent to the US from Japan with ease. There are key steps that you need to take care of as you are working on this process and you will want to be sure that you do not forget any of the key parts of the process. Sending any car to the US from another country involves some work on your part and some advance planning, but if you take care of all of these steps, you will enjoy a painless process overall.

        There can be some significant costs associated with bringing a car over to the US from Japan, but if you have found a rare car or you want to bring a specific model of older vehicle to the US, this can be the best way to get that done. If you use the steps in this guide, you will not have any trouble getting your car delivered to you with ease and without any stress or frustration.

        1. Check on Emissions

        Emissions requirements can be really different in different countries, and you will want to be sure that the new car that you are shipping from Japan to the US will meet the requirements in the US. If the car does not meet the requirements for the state that you are going to register it in, or for the US in general, then you might not be allowed to bring it into the country. You might still be allowed to bring it into the US but you will face expensive modifications that you might not have been planning on in order to drive it once it arrives.

        2. Verify Car Shipping Costs from Japan the US

        You will not be likely to be able to shop around as much as you might wish for the shipping costs part of this plan. You will find that there are few companies that are up to the challenge of bringing a car from Japan to the US, and you will need to pick from these limited options to get your new car delivered to you. You will want to look at the various methods that are offered for the shipping process as well if you are trying to control costs.

        You may not be able to shop around on the Japanese side of the transactions, but you can make sure that you work with a qualified and well-thought-of car shipping company in the US. Your car might have to be brought across the country if you do not live near the port it was delivered in. Make sure that you work with a skilled and reputable shipping company to bring your car to your location.

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        3. Choose Between RoRo or Container Shipping Methods

        There are two main methods for shipping a car from Japan to the US. The first will be RoRo, which is a roll-on roll-off vessel method, and the second is container shipping where the car is brought over inside a container that is loaded on the ship. There are benefits to both methods and you might find that your car’s needs dictate that one is better than another.

        RoRo shipping is done on specialized ships that are made for this kind of function. Your car will not have as much protection from the elements in most cases when it is sent in this way, but you might be able to get access to it more easily once it arrives. This can be a good solution for cars that are very large and might not fit into the shipping containers that you have access to.

        With container shipping, your car will be loaded into a container and brought across the ocean on a shipping vessel. This method is more secure and safe for your vehicle and often costs less than RoRo. You will need to look into both methods of shipping before you choose how to have your car brought to you.

        4. Get the Documents in Order

        There are required documents that are needed for this kind of purchase and you will have to have all of them to be able to bring your car into the US. You will need a bill of sale, proof of ownership of the vehicle, a foreign deregistration certificate, and the bill of lading. You will also have to have submitted the Environmental Protection Agency EPA Form 3520-1 and a DOT HS-7 form. All of these forms and documents will need to be supplied in order to pick up your vehicle when it arrives.

        Documentation can really trip people up and you will want to be totally sure that you have all the right documentation in order for your car before it is sent over to you from Japan. There is nothing worse than having to wait months for a document to be completed or having your car refused at the port when it arrives due to a paperwork issue.

        Shipping a Car from Japan to the US Can be Easy

        Despite the paperwork involved and the patience of waiting for your vehicle to arrive, there are not many reasons that you should be discouraged from shipping a car from Japan to the US. Make sure that you make plans for picking up the vehicle and that you have a shipping company on hand to bring the vehicle to you if you do not live near a port city. You might have to figure in a trip for the car from one of the coasts to the center of the country if you are not able to go get it yourself.

        Shipping cars into the US can be a hassle from some other countries, but the process from Japan is not tough at all. You will be glad that you took the time to prepare all of the documents and work out all the details in advance and you can use this guide to help you to do just that. Having all of the steps of the shipping process thought out in advance will make sure that you do not run into frustrating hold-ups along the way.

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        FAQ

         

        How much is the import tax on a car from Japan?

        The import tax for a car from Japan is usually 10% of the CIF value and duty. This is also figured as 5% of the FOB value. The customs entry fee is $65.00 if the total clearance value is under $10,000. It is $167.00 if the value is over $10,000.

        How long do you have to wait to import a car from Japan?

        Car makes and models that are only sold in Japan are eligible for import to the US after 25 years. The timeframe for shipping your car to the US from Japan is usually around 8-10 weeks. This process can take longer as well if there are hold-ups related to issues with the shipping related to weather.

        What cars can I import to the USA?

        There are many cars that are allowed to be imported to the USA but any car that does not meet the emissions requirements for US regulations will not be allowed to be brought over to the US. You will not be able to bring cars like the 2003 TVR Tuscan, the 1993 Lamborghini Strosek Diablo and many other cars that run on diesel fuel that are not made to run clean enough for US rules and regulations. The list of cars that are not allowed to be imported to the US is adjusted every year and you can easily look this information up before buying a car in Japan to ship to the US.

        How easy is it to import a car from Japan?

        It is not that difficult to import a car from Japan. The paperwork can be a little bit of work but the process is only difficult if you cannot find a local importer who will work with a sea shipping company to get the car onto a container vessel and over the ocean to the US. This is not often an issue, and many people import cars annually from Japan to the US.

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        google robert k. View review
        2020-01-21
        Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
        google Eric D. View review
        2020-01-21
        Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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        OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

        HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

        REQUEST A QUOTE

        First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

        BOOK YOUR ORDER

        We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

        VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

        Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

        VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

        Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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        ask insurance agent when shipping car

        Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent When Shipping Your Car

        David Stone
        Updated November 29, 2021 by David Stone

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          ask insurance agent when shipping car

          When it is time to move across the country, you need to find some of the best ways to handle your car. You may want to fly across the country or you are worried about driving a moving truck, but you still need to get your car to the new location. One of the options that you can choose is car shipping.

          With car shipping, your car is going to be prepared and ready to go when you need to move a long distance. This car shipping will make it easy to get your car safely to the new location while you handle all of the other aspects of the move along the way.

          Before you decide to ship your car to a new location, you need to check in with your insurance agent. You need to know whether the car is going to be protected while it is on the road, whether it is a good idea to get extra insurance, or whether it is time to purchase the insurance from the car shipping company.

          As you get ready for the big move, take some time to sit down with your insurance agent to discuss some of your insurance needs. They will be able to answer your questions and give you some great advice along the way. Some of the best questions that you can ask your insurance agent when it is time to ship your car include:

          What is My Coverage?

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          It is always a good idea to spend some time learning more about your car insurance policy when you spend time with your insurance agent. This gives you a better idea of the kind of coverage that you have and where there are some gaps to the insurance as well. This is going to be informative, whether you plan to move the car or not.

          You need to look at the amount of insurance that you are able to work with. You can discuss whether you would need some more coverage, both in general and when you ship the car. You may find that your current plan is going to have enough coverage to provide you with protection when the car is in motion.

          If this is true, you will be able to keep things safe when you use a good car shipping company. This is not always possible though, which is why you need to take the time to discuss it with your agent before you load the car up. They can let you know your risks and liabilities, providing you with some great options to keep your car and personal belongings safe.

          Sometimes the policy is not going to be able to cover the car shipping. You may have the option of adding to your policy to get this or purchasing another policy to get this done. It is always a good idea to take a look at your current policy and see what type of policy you have and the coverage on your car.

          Ask Your Agent if Your Insurance Will Cover Car Shipping Accidents

          When you are talking to your insurance broker, you need to see what is in the coverage. Specifically ask them whether you are able to get help with car shipping and whether your current policy is going to be able to provide you with some of the protection that you need for this kind of work too.

          If your policy does not cover all of this, then it is time to ask whether you are able to get coverage for that time or not. Some can add riders to your policy that will provide you with some of the help that you need for this. They can discuss some of the other options that you would be able to do to keep your car safe in transport.

          Do I Need to Purchase Insurance from the Car Shipper?

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          In some cases, you will be able to use your regular car insurance to help cover some of the car shipping issues that may come up when the car is being moved. If this happens, you can work with an insurance company you trust to do some of the coverage that you would like. This can also make it easier when you are getting ready to ship the car.

          However, not all insurance companies are going to be able to provide this type of coverage or they may have to charge a lot of money in order to get it done. This makes it a little more difficult for the car owner, but there are still options.

          You can choose to work with the car shipping companies and the insurance that they are able to provide to some of their customers. You can also shop around a bit to find some of the different options in insurances that will provide a temporary policy to help during the car shipping process.

          Will I Need to Change My Coverage to a New Policy Based on My Move?

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          When you are moving to a new area, you need to figure out what changes are going to happen to your policy when you get to the new location. You will usually have a bit of time to make some changes, but you need to know more about the specifics of the new policy and how that will affect you along the way.

          If you are moving within the United States, you may be surprised to find out that each state will have different rules for the amount of coverage the customer needs to have before driving. This will vary by state, so you will need to consider that coverage before you leave.

          You can talk to your insurance agent to figure out whether your insurance coverage needs to be changed or not. They can help you come up with a good policy that balances out the amount you want to pay with the coverage that you would like as well. This will help you to be prepared when you decide to move.

          Find Out How Much Will Car Shipping Insurance Coverage Will Cost From Your Agent

          The overall cost of the car shipping coverage is going to depend on the way that you decide to purchase it. If you get it through the car shipping company, it is often going to cost more than you would get at your own insurance company. Your insurance company may be willing to give you a discount based on you being their customer.

          Always check with your own insurance company first to see whether they will be able to provide you with some of the great coverage that you need while shipping your car. Some companies may be able to do this and they can provide you with some good rates to get this done.

          There are some car insurance companies that will not provide car shipping insurance, especially if you are going overseas. If this happens, you should consider getting insurance from the car shipping company that you choose to go with.

          What is My Coverage Going to Cost When I Move?

          When you move to a new area, you will need to get new coverage on the vehicle. You can keep the same insurance company, but it is likely that the new area and new state, or even new country, will have different requirements to the insurance that you need to have. The rates can also go up or down based on where the individual is going.

          If you are staying in the same country, you can talk to the insurance provider about how your policy will change when you get to the new area. This will ensure that you will have a good idea of the costs before you even get started, saving hassle along the way. They will walk you through the options and decide which coverage and price are right for you.

          Moving to a new country is going to make a difference too. You will need to talk to your insurance agent to figure out whether or not they can provide coverage or not in that new area. Some insurance companies can, but many will not go overseas with you. You will need to take a look at some of the different policies that are available to get insurance there.

          Getting the Best Car Shipping Insurance Coverage for Your Move

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          Whether you are able to get the right insurance when you first move to a new area or you are looking to get some from the car shipper themselves, it is important to talk to your insurance agent ahead of time. They may be able to offer you some options that provide more coverage and are more affordable than what you thought in the first place.

          Car shipping is a great way to get your car from one location to another. But having insurance is a good place to get started to make sure that you keep your car protected. Shop around to find the right one for your needs.

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          2020-01-21
          Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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          Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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          HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

          REQUEST A QUOTE

          First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

          BOOK YOUR ORDER

          We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

          VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

          Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

          VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

          Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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          Complete Guide to Buying a Car for a New Driver

          David Stone
          Updated January 17, 2022 by David Stone

          Table of Contents

            buying a car for a new driver

            Buying a car can be both exciting and stressful. There are so many choices that need to be made and so many considerations to be mindful of. If you are buying a car for your new driver, you might be feeling overwhelmed by your choices. Thankfully, there are some great ways to help you and your child to make educated decisions that you can leverage for their first car-buying experience.

            If you have been concerned about not being able to find the right car for a first-time driver, or you are worried that you will not make a good decision when you buy them their first car, there are some great tips and tricks that can make the process much easier. You will find that there is no need to worry about the car buying process if you use this guide to help you and your family to make an educated decision. You will start thinking that the car buying process is fun and not worrisome when you use the tips in this guide.

            If you are ready to learn more about buying a car for a new driver, read on!

            Complete Guide to Buying a Car for a New Driver

            1. Set a Budget

            This is the first and perhaps the most important part of the process of preparing to buy a first car. Without a budget, it can be easy to spend too much and to look at cars that you cannot comfortably afford. This can make any car shopping experience very stressful and having a budget can help you to have room in your wallet for other considerations like license and registration and insurance.

            Make sure that you look at your actual spending each month and pick a number that you can afford for your monthly payment that will not eat up all of your spare cash each month. As a parent, make sure that you can afford this payment as well if your child will not be helping out with the cost. This spare cash can help you afford gas, surprise repairs, and other considerations that you might not think of at the time of buying your vehicle.

            Also, consider figuring out what you can afford to buy in cash versus what you can afford to pay for a monthly loan amount. If you are wanting to avoid the cost of financing your car and making monthly payments with interest, you should know what you can afford if you find a car that you can buy outright. There are benefits to both kinds of purchase and you should be prepared with a budget for both kinds of purchases.

            2. Decide if You Want to Lease or Buy Your New Driver’s First Car

            This can seem like a very attractive buying option since the payments are often so low and you are not going to own the car at the end of the lease period. For some people, this is the best way to get into an affordable vehicle that is new and has all the right features and functions on their wish list. There are many downsides to the leasing reality, however.

            Be aware that when you lease, you can only drive the car a set number of miles each year. If you exceed this mileage cap you might be penalized. There can also be issues related to insurance because leasing insurance is also usually required for the period that you will be driving the car. Most first-time car buyers are also not eligible for a lease due to their age, so you would be on the lease alone in most cases.

            3. Look at Mileage

            While it can be tempting to pick up a really fun and fancy car that can drive fast for your new driver, you might want to consider mileage for your purchase. As a first-time buyer and a new driver, they will probably be on a tight budget. This means that the amount of money that they spend on gas each month can really impact what kind of car they can afford to get. If you are willing to look at fuel-efficient models, you will be able to spend more on your car for a few extras and you will have more money in your pocket at the end of each month.

            Fuel-efficient cars do not have to be boring either. Some of the most comfortable cars on the market are considered fuel-efficient commuter vehicles. SUV models will rarely fit into this bracket, and trucks will also fall short, but there are many sedans that will offer you a great driving experience as well as being easy on the pocketbook when your new driver pulls up to the gas pump.

            4. Consider Safety When Shopping for a New Driver’s Car

            It can be tempting to both kids and parents to pick up an older car that was made with less in the way of safety features. Older cars might seem tempting for a first-time purchase due to the cost-savings that they can offer you at the time of purchase. There are some things that you should consider when you pick an older car for your daily driver, however.

            Older cars might not have anti-lock brakes or the full complement of airbags that modern cars do. You might also find that they are more prone to issues with safety system failures. You should always look at the safety rating for the car that you are thinking of buying and weigh out the cost savings against the likelihood that your new driver will survive a serious car accident.

            You cannot buy health but you can buy safety, and spending a few extra thousand dollars for a car that will help to save your new driver’s life in a serious crash is often well worth it.

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            5. Shop Around

            Don’t be tempted to be pressured into buying the first car that you and your new driver test drive. Dealerships are great at making you feel like the car that you just drove is going to sell the moment that you walk away from it. If you both truly liked the car better than other cars you looked at, then maybe you should go ahead and finalize the purchase that day. However, it is often far better to shop around and look at many cars before you and your new driver decide what to buy.

            New car owners might not have driven many cars or know what they like. Assuming that buying another car just like the one that your new driver has been driving is not always the best choice for your needs. Your new driver should always try out at least three or four cars before you both make a decision about what to buy. Being pressured into buying is always risky and you should be sure that you are not being tricked into buying a car that neither of you is sure about

            6. Consider Shopping Online and Having Your New Driver’s Car Shipped to You

            While it is still a good idea to go and test drive a vehicle before you buy it for a new driver, you should consider looking at online listings to see what is out there in your local area. You can better plan a day of test driving if you are looking at the listings online for different dealerships and you might also stumble across private sellers with a great car for your needs.

            There are pros and cons to buying and shopping online, but this can be a great way to save time overall. You can always call to be sure that the car that you are interested in is on the lot as well. This can save you some time and haggling with the salesperson if you are able to find out over the phone if the car you wanted to see is even still on the lot.

            If you are going to shop online, make sure that you are prepared with your choice of shipping company to bring the car to you and your family. You may not be able to go test drive the car and you will have to have your vehicle shipped to you and your child after you buy it. Just accepting the company that the dealership suggests might not be the best choice for your needs. Always make sure that you are working with a qualified and licensed car shipping company for this need.

            Shopping online can also help to rule out cars that really do not fit your needs. You can narrow your search down by many different features and factors and this will rule out cars that might tempt you that do not fit your needs. Being unable to tempt yourself with cars that are outside your budget can be a big help for buying smart.

            7. Choose Between New and Used

            It is always tempting for first-time buyers and parents to look only at used cars. This is supposed to be the best way to save money and many people incorrectly think that they cannot afford a new car when for first-time buyers. This might be the case for some car makes and models, but there are a surprising number of affordable new cars out there.

            If you are looking at efficient, base-model commuter cars, you will probably be surprised at how cheap these cars really are. When you buy new, you get the benefit of warranties and guarantees that will last for at least the first year that you are driving the car. Having a new car can bring with it a lot of peace of mind as well as that great new car smell!

            When shopping, it is often best to be open to both new and used cars. You might find a great deal in either group and you will be cheating yourself out of part of the possible slate options open to you if you only shop for used cars. Used cars can have their own issues as well related to wear and tear parts that are just about to fail, and issues with broken and damaged interior items.

            8. Get Pre-Approved

            One of the steps that most people are not aware of that can help with the first-time buying process is getting pre-approved with your bank. You will find out from this process if your credit and the credit of your first-time buyer are good enough to take out a loan together. You will also find out what amount of money you can get for your loan.

            Many people falsely assume that a first-time buyer’s credit will be really excellent because they are young and do not own a house or other financed items. This is not always the case, and when you have a very limited credit file, even a small thing like a missed payment can really impact your credit. 

            You might have to have a co-sign on a loan to get any kind of car that your first-time buyer would want and you need to know about this before you are trying to make an offer on the car that you want to buy.

            Knowing that the limits of your budget are when you are shopping can be really helpful as well. If you know what kind of loan you can get from your lender, you can better determine how much you will need or want to put down in cash in order to secure the deal. You might want to stick with a low down payment and finance most of the amount, or you might be prepared to pay a large down payment to make up the difference between the cost of the car and the loan offer you were given at your pre-approval.

            The pre-approval process can also turn up ways to improve your credit and your lender might be willing to work with you to consolidate debts and do other work to improve your credit. Being able to apply for a loan with good credit behind you is always better than trying to back a loan with poor credit. The amount of interest that you will pay over the life of the loan with poor credit can really add up and you should avoid this if you can.

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            9. Consider If You Really Need Aftermarket Items

            Car dealerships will want to sell you all kinds of warranties and policies for oil changes and tires when they are selling you a car. They make a lot of money off of these add-ons to your loan and you probably will not need most of them if you have car insurance or if you are buying a new car. The other problem with these add-ons that are offered as you are trying to sign the paperwork, is that they can really add up.

            Be wary of anything that is quoted to you by the monthly rate. This automatically makes the cost seem like it is much less but if you were to add up the monthly cost, the annual amount will be much more than you want to spend. There are a few added offerings for insurance and warranties that a dealer can offer that you should be tempted by.

            If you are thinking about adding any of these aftermarket items, make sure that you figure out how much they cost each year. You should also be aware that adding these items to your loan will impact the number of months that it takes to pay it back in some cases and will increase your monthly payment and monthly interest.

            New cars often come with really great warranties as it is, and anything that is added on top is just insurance that you do not need. If you are buying a used car, there might be a need for an extended warranty for some part of the engine or other part that you are worried about breaking down. You should still make sure that you are looking at the total cost of the item and not the monthly cost when you agree.

            10. Research the VIN

            No matter what kind of car you are looking at that is used, make sure that you get the VIN and look it up. You can usually see with the VIN in hand whether the car has been in an accident or has suffered some damage that has been repaired. This will also show you if the car has a salvage title. Be aware that most companies will not insure a salvage titled car and you will want to avoid this due to the inherent issues with a car that has been totaled in the past.

            Using the VIN to do some research is a great way to prevent accidentally ending up with a car that will not hold up to your needs. You will often be able to see a lot about the prior care of the car and you will be able to tell if it has been registered in places that get tough weather and rough winters. Cars from places that have icy roads and other winter challenges can be damaged due to deicer rusting out the bottom of the car as well.

            11. Take a Friend to Meet a Private Seller

            Not only are private seller meetups a possible way for someone to harm you or try and steal money from you or your child, but they can also be uncomfortable if the person that is selling the car is a really hard sell or is not being open about the vehicle. If you take a friend with you, you will be much safer and much less likely to be scammed by the person selling the car.

            You should also consider bringing along a knowledgeable friend or go to this meeting with you and your child. Make sure that they look over the engine and some of the other car parts before you decide to buy. It is a common story for private buyers to find that they were lied to about the condition of the car that they have just bought. Having a friend who knows about cars along with you to look at the car can help a lot with this risk.

            12. New Drivers Should Test Drive Potential Cars With Attention to Detail

            Besides deciding if you enjoy driving the car, your test drive can help you to figure out if there are issues with the car that should be cause for concern. Strange noises, a vibration in the brake pedal or steering wheel, and pulling to one side or another can be signs of issues that might make you pass the car up. Even new cars can have problems when you are test driving them that might make you want to avoid them.

            You should also look at some of the moving parts besides the driver’s door. Make sure that you open all the doors and the hatch or trunk and look at the seat adjustments for each seat to make sure they work. The more things that you try out in your car before you buy, the less likely you are to end up with a car that does not suit your needs or that has an issue that you could have noticed when you were trying it out.

            While there are sometimes problems with any car after it has been driven off the car lot, you should try to look at all the things that you might have cause to be concerned about. Being a smart car buyer means making sure that your car will work properly from the first time you drive it for years to come.

            13. Plan to Negotiate

            When buying from a dealer, in particular, you will want to be prepared to negotiate for a better price. There are many ways to make sure that you are prepared for this process and some of them require that you do a little research before you prepare to make an offer.

            Consider getting onto Kelly Blue Book and looking up the values and sales price of comparable cars. This can help you to defend your position that the car is overpriced. You will also want to make sure that you bring up concerns that you have about the car related to the test drive. You can negotiate to have these items addressed before you buy the car or this might be the thing that makes you walk away from the deal.

            Mileage and wear and tear can also be good reasons to negotiate for a better price. If you need to replace tires, replace an engine part, or the car is due for a major service right after you buy it, you should not pay full price for the car. These kinds of items can help you to get a fair price and you should always bring them up and state that you want the sales price reduced by this amount at least.

            14. Get a Contract When Purchasing a Car for a New Driver

            If you are buying from a private seller, you will still want a bill of sale. This will allow you to transfer the title and to prove that you and your child legally bought the car. You should make sure that you take a few minutes and hop online to print out a generic sales contract to bring with you. The seller might not be prepared with this kind of document but you can come ready to make sure that your deal is done correctly.

            Making sure that both you and the seller have a signed copy of the sales agreement is essential to eliminate any confusion that might arise at a later date. The seller should want this agreement for their own needs as well since they are selling the car as-is and should want to be protected from you coming back to them wanting money back for an issue that has cropped up.

            Buying Your New Driver a Car Can Be a Breeze

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            If you were stressed about buying your first car, this buying guide should have set your mind at ease about the process. You and your first-time buyer will find that most of these tips and tricks will need to be used during any car shopping experience, and you will have a much better experience using these tips to help you as you are shopping for a new car. Being sure to do your research and making sure that you are prepared to bargain for a better price are key elements to any successful car purchase.

            If you use this guide, you will be able to find the perfect car for your needs with ease and you will not feel worried or stressed at all!

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            Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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            Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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            OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

            HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

            REQUEST A QUOTE

            First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

            BOOK YOUR ORDER

            We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

            VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

            Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

            VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

            Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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            documents and rules when shipping your car

            Documents You’ll Need and Rules to Follow During Car Transport

            David Stone
            Updated November 19, 2021 by David Stone

            Table of Contents

              documents and rules when shipping your car

               

              Many people do not consider the documents that are required when you transport your car and they think more about the pick-up and drop-off dates as well as the total cost of the job. There are a lot of considerations that need to be kept in mind when working with a shipping company to move your car from one location to another and it can be easy to lose sight of the important documents that must be collected by the car owner to protect them against problems to do with the job being completed.

              You will find that there are only two documents that you must have when you are setting up and completing the shipping job process and many people forget to inquire about either of them when they are involved in the throes of moving to a new place. This can be found if everything goes to plan for your trip, but if something goes wrong while your car is being moved or if you have questions later about the job as it was completed, you will likely not be able to inquire without these documents in your hands.

              If you are ready to learn more about the documents that you will need and the rules that you should follow during the car transport process, read on!

              Documents That You Must Have to Ship Your Car

              There are two essential documents that you must have when you are planning and completing the process of having your car brought to your new location by a transport company. The first document is collected before the contract is signed and the other is collected when the car has been delivered to you and you feel satisfied with its condition and the process that was undertaken to bring it to you.

              . Insurance Terms and Conditions

              This is a critical piece of documentation that you must collect before you sign on the dotted line to have your car transported by any shipping company. This document shows the insurance information for the company as well as the details of what is covered and what is not covered. This is critical to have on hand in case something goes wrong during the transport process and it is useful to have on hand to be sure that the company that you are working with is a real and legitimate company.

              You will want to ask to see this document before you get a bid from any company that you are thinking of working with to move your vehicle to your new home. This is a critical part of the proper management of a shipping company and no company that is worth working with will be without insurance documentation that you can readily access.

              You should make sure that this insurance will cover damages to an exotic or to a classic car that has harder to establish values. If you are moving these kinds of vehicles, you might have to inquire about the insurance that is offered by each transport company related to these kinds of vehicles. Not every company can offer you the coverage that you need for these unique vehicles and you will want to be sure to work with a company that can.

              The Bill of Lading

              The bill of lading is the receipt that is given to you when your car is delivered. This is an important document that serves as the proof of delivery and it states the condition of the car at the time of pickup. If your car has been damaged in some way or there are issues with the delivery process, this should be noted on the bill of lading or you should not sign it. The bill of lading essentially says that you as the consumer have signed off on the job that was done for you.

              No company that is legitimate will skip this step and you should be worried if there is no mention of a bill of lading in the bid or documentation that is offered to you before you sign a contract for the job. The bill of lading should also be taken seriously by the person delivering the car.

              Always make sure that you get this bill of lading and that you do not sign off on it until you are sure that your car has been delivered in the condition that it should have been. If there are issues with the delivery or the condition of your car, you will want to reach out to the central office for the transport company before you sign the bill.

              Other Documents You Might Need When Shipping Your Vehicle

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              If you are going to be shipping your vehicle to another country, there will be customs forms and other kinds of import documentation that must be filled out. You will have to pay for most of these charges upfront before the car is taken to your new home in another country. You should also be sure that you will be able to certify your car to meet any of the emissions and other standards in place in your new home.

              There are sometimes also differences in the required insurance that you will have to take care of before you can take delivery of your car in the country that you are moving to. Remember as well that you will need to sign a contract for the overland portion of the transport and then another one for the portion of the trip that is handled by a ship. You will have a contract with each entity in most cases and this means that you will need to have the seagoing portion of the contract in hand as well as the overland contract to protect your interests if something happens to your car while it is being moved to your new home.

              Rules to Follow During Car Transport

              There are also some rules that you need to make sure to follow when you are sending your car to a new location with a car transport company. There is nothing worse than surprises that crop up during the process and you can avoid the common pitfalls and accidents that impact people’s experiences if you make sure to follow these rules for your car transport needs.

              1. Do Not Work With a Company That Does Not Offer a Contract

              This is an essential rule that you must follow if you want to avoid scams. Scammers will not provide you with a contract that you need to sign and will want to work with you based on a handshake deal.

              This is always a red flag and you should never work with a company that does not offer a contract that you both sign to secure the deal. This is one of the only ways to seek recourse in the case of an accident or other mishap that happens during transit and you need to be sure that you are not being too trusting and accidentally working with a scam.

              2. Ask to See Insurance Documentation

              You should always ask to see proof of insurance from the company that you are thinking of hiring for the job. You need to be sure that they are fully insured and you want to be careful to make certain that your car will be protected and replaced if there is a major accident during the transport process.

              Being unable to provide insurance information for the shipping company who took your vehicle to deliver it to your new home can make it much harder to file a claim and much tougher to get a payout if there has been an accident.

              3. Check That the Company is Licensed and Bonded

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              Just like asking for insurance documentation, you should inquire about seeing the licensing and bonding information for any company that you are thinking of working with for the transport process. This will allow you to make sure that you are not working with a scam and you can more readily find reviews and other information about the company if you know what their licensed and bonded name is.

              This is a good rule of thumb for any kind of transport company job, and you should not skip this critical step when you are interviewing companies that might be able to take your car to your new home.

              4. Make Sure That Everything is in Writing

              Even if you don’t have specific demands that you want to have satisfied related to having your car taken to your new home, you should be sure that every step of the transport process is in writing. You will want to be sure that the pick-up and drop-off times are clearly stated and that there is a clear statement of the price that you will be signing off on.

              Leaving these details out can cause issues later related to disputes between you and the company. Having a signed and complete contract that states all of the details about the trip can make sure that you get what you paid for and that you can resolve conflicts later on after your car has been delivered to you.

              5. Check Reviews

              Make sure that you always look at the reviews that are posted for any company that you are thinking about working with for your auto shipping job. Reviews can tell you a lot about a company and many people will call out issues that might make you want to avoid working with the company.

              You will also find out information about companies that might be scammers as well, just by reading reviews. This is one of the best ways to vet companies before you even ask for a bid and you can save yourself a lot of time just by checking out the public testimonies about the company.

              6. Get Quotes From Many Companies

              The cheapest quote is not always the best car shipping quote for your needs. You should make sure that you shop around a little and find the exact right company for your car shipping needs. You might have to pay a little extra, but one company might have a better delivery date available and offer better insurance for your needs.

              Make sure that you are not only looking at the price as well. There are many factors that go into working with the right transportation company for this kind of job and you should not be looking at a single factor as the sole means for choosing the company that is right for you. Consider as well, that working with a company that gives you a bad feeling is also to be avoided. There might be no reason for your discomfort that you can put a finger on, but you should never work with anyone for this kind of job that you do not feel totally comfortable with right away.

              Shipping Your Vehicle Can Be Stress-Free When You Have All the Right Documents and Follow the Rules

              Using these rules and making sure that you get the right documentation in your hands before and after the transport job that you have paid for can make all the difference in your stress levels related to moving your car to your new home.

              Making sure that you avoid scammers is easy if you use the rules on this list and make sure that you ask for the documents that you should have in your hands. You should be sure that you are able to get everything in writing for the job or you should move on to a new option.

              Being careful to get things in writing and taking the time to thoroughly research your car transport options can make all the difference in your overall experience when you move your car to a new location. This should not be a stressful experience and you should be able to feel secure that your car will be taken care of and delivered in great condition to you at the end of the job.

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              Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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              REQUEST A QUOTE

              First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

              BOOK YOUR ORDER

              We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

              VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

              Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

              VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

              Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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              shop for your car during the vehicle shortage

              Creative Ways to Shop For Your Next Car During the Vehicle Shortage

              David Stone
              Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                shop for your car during the vehicle shortage

                Shopping for the perfect car is never a completely easy process. There are always lots of considerations that need to be made to make sure that you are getting the right car for your needs and you do not want to buy blindly and hope for the best. There are many issues that have cropped up of late that have made finding any car, let alone the right car, very difficult.

                If the chip shortage has led to you being without a car for a long period of time or has made you have to stick it out with a car that does not fit your needs, you might be losing hope that you will be able to get a car anytime soon.

                While it is true that you might not be able to shop for your new car in the ways that you used to while the chip shortage is going on, there are some creative ways that you can overcome the shortage of vehicles. Being able to find your new car will just require some more creativity during this strange time where there are no new cars to buy.

                If you are ready to learn more about the creative ways that you can shop for your next car during the vehicle shortage, read on!

                What is the Vehicle Chip Shortage?

                The chip shortage is the problem that has led to massive numbers of cars just sitting on dealer manufacturer lots waiting to be completed so they can be sold. The shortage is related to the pandemic, which caused nearly all of the chip manufacturing plants in the world to be shut down.

                This means that electronics of all kinds, including cars, are not being manufactured at the normal speed due to this shortage. Chip manufacturing is starting to get back on track, but for the time being, there are many more months of shortages that will prevent new cars from hitting the lots of local dealers in your area.

                Despite increased production to get back to normal levels, the chip shortage is also exacerbated by the increased demand for electronics that has stemmed from the work from home and spending lots of time at home movement related to the pandemic.

                As people need electronics for more and more daily tasks, the demand for chips remains higher than it ever has been. Experts are predicting at least a few more months, but possibly another year of shortages for items that require chips to function.

                The chip shortage for cars is impacted by the chip shortage for all other electronics, so it will be hard to predict the true long-term impact of the shortage as things come back to normal. For many people, this chip shortage is impacting their ability to work from home as well as their ability to get a new car.

                The car industry has many new cars that are completed and ready to go, just as soon as they get the necessary chips they need to be operational. The supply will likely catch up abruptly as soon as the needed chips are delivered to car manufacturing plants.

                Creative Ways to Shop For Your Next Car During the Vehicle Shortage

                There are some ways that you can improve your odds of finding the right car during this time of vehicle shortages. You might have to think outside the box and change your idea of what kind of car you want to end up with, but these tips and tricks will help you to find the vehicle that you have been needing to add to your fleet or get you back into a car much sooner than expected.

                1. Do Your Research

                There are ebbs and flows to products when there are shortages and you will have to stay connected to the local market to make sure that you can grab a car that suits your needs when it shows up. Building connections with local dealers and with the salespeople there can help you get information about cars that are on the way before they are even delivered.

                You should also be willing to look for vehicles outside of your local area that you can reasonably get to if you buy them. You will have to do more research during this time of car shortages if you want to be able to find the car that you need.

                Make sure that you do not wait around for the car that you want to find you. You will need to be certain that you are able to track down the car you want to buy in an efficient manner or you will miss out. You should be careful to leap before you look, but you will find that there are not many options out there and that you might have to do some really quick and intense research when a car becomes available.

                Looking at other car owner reviews, Kelly Blue Book, and other sources of information about the cars that are made available in your area can help you to make an educated purchase when the time comes.

                2. Be Prepared to Buy Right Away

                The competition is fierce right now, and new cars or even new used cars sell before they can even be listed. You will need to have cash in hand and be prepared to buy the car that you find right away if you want to secure it. There will almost always be a line of people behind you waiting to buy the car if you do not, so don’t delay in making your decision. This should not force you to just buy any car that you find, but you should be prepared to finalize a deal if the right car shows up and is available.

                Working with a salesperson at your local dealership can help you to get contacted as soon as the car you have been wanting is made available and you will want to head right to the dealer and buy it if they call you. Remember that you will not be the only one looking for this car and you will probably have limited time to commit to buying the vehicle before someone else does instead.

                3. The Lack of Vehicle Chips Means You Might Need to Buy Used

                There has never been a time where it was smarter to buy a used car. People are actually choosing to sell low mileage vehicles right now because they are willing to bank the added money they can make and wait for the shortage to end. You will possibly have to spend a little more than usual on your used car. But you might also get a car that is almost brand new for used car prices. This is a great time to pick up a used car that is not high mileage and it might not even be out of its warranty period. Dealers are also desperate to make money right now which means that you might be able to get a great deal on the car even if the sticker is higher than you were hoping for.

                Buying used still requires that you make sure to check the history of the car and take it for a test drive, but you should be ready to buy these cars just like you are ready to buy a new car as soon as you have gotten to take a look at it.

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                4. Be Willing to Use Car Transport

                Some areas are getting cars back in stock and you might find that you can get the car that you want to buy, but it might be more than a few states away from your location. You should look into car transport services to be ready to buy these cars that are not local to you. You will find that shipping your vehicle does not have to cost an arm and a leg and this means that you can get a car with ease so long as you are willing to have it brought to you via a shipping company.

                With online interactions being increasingly easy to utilize for these kinds of processes, you will find that the car buying process is not hindered much by distance. You might not be able to test drive the vehicle and you might have to be willing to trust the dealer that they are being honest, but if you are buying a new car this should be a fairly safe bet. If you have researched the vehicle shipping options available to you, you should be able to get your new car delivered to your home with ease.

                5. Consider Your Car’s Trade-In Value During the Chip Shortage

                If you have found a car but it is more expensive than you wanted, you should remember that used cars have never been more valuable to dealerships. You should not accept the normal low-ball trade-in values that many dealers like to offer you and you should work hard to get the maximum value out of your trade-in. You know that the dealer will be likely to make a lot of money off your trade and you should remind them of this when you state what you will accept as an offer for the trade-in value of your car.

                You can arm yourself with some information about the trade-in value of your vehicle by looking at the Kelly Blue Book value of the car and then by researching what other dealers are selling the same car for. This will help you to make your case that your trade-in has more value than what you are being offered.

                While there is no guarantee that you will get the right deal offered to you related to your trade-in and the cost of the new car, you will be in a much better bargaining position if you do not accept the minimum trade-in value for your car that you already own.

                Trade-in values are through the roof and you should not let your dealership tell you that they are not. You can make your overall car dealer much more affordable by leveraging the power of your trade-in. This can make up the difference between the price that you want to pay and the price that is being asked with ease, but only if you do some research and have some backing to support your claims.

                6. Think About Other Vehicle Types

                If you have been sold on an SUV but there aren’t any for sale in your area, consider looking at trucks or leaning toward a large sedan. You might be surprised at how much you could enjoy driving these other kinds of vehicles.

                You will probably have better luck finding a vehicle in the near term if you are flexible about what kind of car you buy. There are many nice things to be said about any type of vehicle and you might have to focus on the benefits of something like a truck, even if you wish that you were getting an SUV.

                You might not be able to park something that is larger than your ideal car or you might struggle with the fuel costs for certain vehicles. But you can often find different versions of these same cars that will offer you most of the features and functions that you need without a struggle. With car prices already being variable due to the shortage, you will find that the price of these other types of cars might not be the same as before the shortage either. You might be able to negotiate to spend far less than expected to get a truck, for example.

                Be open to any kind of car that might suit your needs and you will be much more likely to get the right vehicle for your goals and the needs of your family.

                car shopping during the chip shortage

                7. Consider Waiting Out the Chip Shortage and Car Shop After

                While it might be frustrating to have a car that you are not in love with or one that has higher mileage than you would like, this is arguably not a great time to be buying a new or used car. There are many variables in play right now that will drive up the prices of all cars beyond what they can really be valued at and you might end up spending far more to get a car than you should. You will also have a much harder time finding cars right now than you normally would.

                In some cases, it might be easier and better for your pocketbook, to just wait until the shortage ends and things have recovered some. The values of used cars will likely stay higher than normal for some time after new cars are back on car lots and you should think about the opportunities that might crop up for really good deals on new cars once dealers start getting car shipments again.

                Sometimes it is wisest to wait and see what happens rather than struggling to get into a new car when you could wait. While you might not have a reliable car and you need to just get a car of any kind to make sure you can get around, if you have a reliable car that you can still drive, you might want to wait to buy a new or new used car until after the shortage is over.

                8. Be Willing to Look Into New Brands

                If you have always been a brand loyalist, this is not a time to be stuck on these kinds of factors. If you want a truck, look at all the dealers who make them and see if you find something that you like that is made by a company that you would not normally have bought from.

                There is no harm in shopping for new brands that you never considered since there are so few vehicles for sale these days. There are many indicators that people are branching out of their usual brand-focused shopping and looking at all makes and models of cars for their next vehicle.

                This can be a good thing, as you might never have taken the time to try out these other brands and see if you like what they have to offer. People who never used to want to consider looking at Kia are willing to test drive and buy these cars because they were pleasantly surprised. Being willing to throw out old ways of thinking about branding in the auto market can help you to get into a car that you love during a time when there are few vehicles on the market anywhere.

                Some brands are already getting new stock in and you can head out to test drive these cars even if you are not sure that you will like them. It never hurts to test drive a vehicle and you might fall in love with an entirely new brand that can supply you with a car right now. Being able to get into a reliable car that you like has never been harder, but sometimes when you are willing to branch out to new makers, you will find the right car for your needs readily.

                9. Consider Hybrids

                Due to the price of hybrids or electric vehicles, people usually just opt to save some money and continue to drive a gas-powered vehicle. With car prices so high right now, many people are no longer seeing a benefit from getting a regular car and are looking at and buying electric and hybrid models. This is a really good chance to see in the market in many ways and there are increasingly large numbers of people who really are glad that they made the switch to hybrid or electric.

                This can be the perfect time to try out one of these cars, particularly if you were thinking of making the switch anyway. You will get all the benefits of the hybrid or electric technology that you have always wanted and you will find that the price gap between the two kinds of cars is no longer a factor with vehicle prices so high.

                This is a great time to get electric vehicles as well for the potential tax breaks that you can receive. Most people are trying to save money right now and an electric car can give you some great tax benefits in some areas.

                You should look into the overall stats for every hybrid or electric vehicle that you are considering to make sure that they will meet your needs. If you are able to make the switch and you can get a car right away by doing so, you should not hesitate to make the change to a hybrid or electric one. Some states have kickbacks for installing charging stations in your home as well, which can make fully electric car ownership that much easier.

                Buying a Car During The Chip Shortage Can Be Challenging

                buying a car during the chip shortage

                There are many reasons that getting a car right now is hard. You will find that despite your best efforts, there are going to be factors that are outside of your control that will impact the car buying process. You will need to take the time to do the research for each car that you are interested in buying and you will need to be ready to jump on cars that show up for sale fairly quickly. This is a challenging time to buy but it can be a great time to sell or trade in your car, which can make the process of finding another car somewhat easier in the long run.

                Always be sure that you are willing to look at all makes and models of vehicles and that you are looking outside of your local area as well. There are going to be more options available to you if you are willing to look farther afield for your car purchase and you will be better prepared to do so if you line up solid options for auto shipping in case you find a car that is not in your local area.

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                BOOK YOUR ORDER

                We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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                moving your car to puerto rico

                Moving your Car to Puerto Rico

                David Stone
                Updated January 17, 2022 by David Stone

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                  moving your car to puerto rico

                  If you have gotten a job offer or an opportunity to move to Puerto Rico, there are many details that you have to think about. You will need to make a lot of plans for your move and one of the most important questions that you might be asking yourself is whether or not you can move your car with you to your new home.

                  Moving a car to another country can sound like it will be daunting, but there are some ways that you can get this process done. You will find that island locations like Puerto Rico do add some challenges to the process of moving your vehicle to your new home. You will need to consider all of the logistics that are involved before you decide that you are going to send your car to Puerto Rico.

                  If you are ready to learn more about the process of moving your car to Puerto Rico, read on!

                  How to Move Your Car to Puerto Rico

                  You will first need to be aware that you will likely have to consent to have your car shipped via your vehicle transport company of choice to a location that has a port that can pick up cars that are leaving for Puerto Rico. This means that you will need to potentially reserve a two-part trip for your car. Some companies will handle both parts of the moving process for you but you will need to ask if they can take care of the arrangements for the ship portion of the trip or not.

                  You will need to be sure that you work with the company that you are planning to use for the move to make sure that they are going to pick up your car at a time that works for you and soon enough that your car will not miss the ship that will take if the rest of the way to Puerto Rico. You should make sure that all of the details of the shipping process will be agreed upon in advance to eliminate confusion in the long run.

                  The ships that will take your car to Puerto Rico will store it in a shipping container and then sail with it to the port that they are allowed to dock in. There are a few ports that accept these cars and this might be the location that you will pick up your vehicle. You will want to ask if the shipping company moves the cars to a new location to be held for pick up, or if they are going to expect you to be there the day the vehicle arrives to drive it away.

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                  What Does it Cost to Move a Vehicle to Puerto Rico?

                  You might be worried about the cost of the process to move your car to Puerto Rico. You will want to inquire about which part of the cost is associated with the overland part of the transport. There is little flexibility in the cost of the ship portion of the trip and you cannot reduce the costs of the fees and duties that you will have to pay when your car is released to you in Puerto Rico. You can, however, look around for the best deal for the overland part of the trip.

                  The typical cost for this kind of shipping process is anywhere from $1,200-$4,000. The distance that you need to ship your vehicle overland can have a big impact on the cost of the entire trip. You will find that there are not many companies that can handle the entirety of the arrangement process, so you might have to pay more for companies that are willing to take care of both the overland trip and the shipping container process.

                  It can be helpful to look around and do your research about the best process by which you can move your vehicle to Puerto Rico. Jumping at the first contract that you are offered might lead to regret if you find out that there was a better company to work with for your needs. You need to be sure that your car will be safe during the entire process and you might want to try and control some of the cost of the trip.

                  Always make sure that you verify that the company that is shipping your car for you has insurance for both parts of the trip. While it is not common for accidents to happen during the overland part of the trip and it is not likely that something will happen to your car while it is on the ship, accidents do take place. Failing to verify that there is protection for damage or losses to your car while it is in transit is essential to contracting with any shipping company.

                  You Can Ship Your Car to Puerto Rico With Ease

                  shipping your vehicle to puerto rico

                  Puerto Rico is actually one of the easiest places to send your car out of the country. There are more options for finding the right shipping company for your needs when sending a vehicle to this location and you will have a fairly easy and affordable experience with the delivery of your car to your new home.

                  You should make sure that all of the details of the shipping process for your car are laid out in your contract. This will prevent confusion and problems that might arise if something does happen to your car during its trip.

                  It can be really nice to be able to send your vehicle to your new home in Puerto Rico and so long as you can afford the transit for your car, you will get the benefit of saving time shopping for a car in a new country. You may not need your car every day in your new home as many things are walkable in Puerto Rico, but having it for adventures and trips out of town can still be valuable for your needs as you setline into your new home.

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                  Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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                  BOOK YOUR ORDER

                  We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                  VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                  Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                  VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                  Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

                  shipping your vehicle to campus
                  shipping your vehicle to campus

                  Reasons You Might Need Your Car on Campus: Shipping Your Vehicle to College

                  David Stone
                  Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                    shipping your vehicle to campus

                    Many students who are heading to college try to cut down on the items that they move with them to their dorm or new apartment. It can be overwhelming to move to a new place to attend school and you might want to just move your clothes and books and yourself to your new school to save yourself worry and expense. Many people think that moving your car to college is going to be too complicated and expensive to be realistic.

                    There are some reasons that you might need your car when you are living on campus, however, and some ways to make sure that you can afford to bring it with you. Many campuses offer discounted parking if you are willing to serve in certain roles on campus or you might be able to pay for parking in advance for the whole year to save money. There are many reasons that your car can come in handy when you are living away from home and you might want to consider how you can make it possible to bring your car with you to school.

                    If you are ready to learn more about why you might need your car for college, read on!

                    Reasons You Might Need Your Car for College

                    1. Leaving Campus Can be Easier

                    If you need to head off campus for something like a doctor’s appointment or to purchase something that you need for your dorm or apartment, you will need a car. You cannot count on an Uber or a Lyft to take you shopping if you intend to bring back something large with you like a furniture item, and you will enjoy more freedom of movement overall if you are not tied to what are essentially taxi services to take care of business off-campus.

                    There are many reasons that you might need to leave campus, and having a car can help you to take care of your needs that cannot be taken care of on campus.

                    2. Safety is a Good Reason to Bring Your Car to College

                    Taking care of business or other personal needs is much easier when you have a car. While there are solutions like ride-sharing or taxis that might take care of your needs to travel off-campus, these are not always safe options to use for your needs. Public transit is not available in all cities, and it is sometimes not safe to use to travel to places at night.

                    A car will offer you the safety and security that none of these other options can give you. This can be an excellent peace of mind for those who have to leave campus on a regular basis and you will be glad that you are not worried about your personal safety when you are moving around the city that you have moved to.

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                    3. You Can Help Your Friends Out

                    If you make friends who do not have access to a car, you can help them with their own errands and needs that might take them off-campus. You can also take your friends out for fun adventures off-campus like trips to the beach or to see local sights that most of you will not have enjoyed seeing before. A car offers you a lot of freedom to make bonds and have fun that you would not have access to without your car being on campus with you.

                    4. You Might Need Your Car to Have More Fun in College

                    Being able to head out on adventures is a big part of what makes college fun. With a car, you can head out to have fun in a variety of locations with friends or by yourself. College teaches you about the things that you enjoy doing and lets you spread your wings to go have fun in ways that you could not do at home living with your parents. A car can help with these goals and you will be so glad that you have your car when you are invited to have fun away from campus.

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                    5. Get a Job or Internship

                    You can find jobs on campus at most schools, but if you want a job or internship in a specific field, you will likely have to look off-campus for these opportunities. This is where having a car can be a very big help. You will spend far too much money using ridesharing to get you to your job and you might not have access to public transit for this need in your location.

                    Internships and jobs can help you to progress in your career and your studies and you will have a much easier time accessing these opportunities for growth and education if you have your own car to use. In some cases, internships are only offered to those who have access to a car, so you can open up doors to yourself if you have your car with you at school.

                    6. Saves Time

                    Some campuses are quite large and walking across the entire distance of campus can make it hard to be on time for classes and other events in some cases. If you have a car, you will be able to get to events and other campus activities with ease if you are trying to balance your time between different activities that happen close together. While you will usually be able to walk around campus with ease, there are probably going to be times that being able to drive will work far better.

                    Cars can save you a lot of time and energy that would be wasted when you have to move around a lot between campus locations that are distant from one another and this can be a big help during really cold weather as well. Being able to drive across campus and park can be a much more pleasant way to get to a class in the pouring rain or cold snow than walking.

                    Shipping Your Car to Campus

                    If you are convinced that you need your car to come to school with you after reading this list, you will want to make sure that you can get it to campus with ease. While you might live close to your chosen school and be able to drive to campus, but there are many cases where people attend colleges that are nowhere near their homes.

                    If you need to get your car moved across the country or many states away, it might seem daunting all over again to contemplate driving that distance to school. This is one of the reasons that many people decide not to take their car with them to school. The thought of driving for a couple of days can be too much on top of all the other logistics that need to be in place for the move to campus.

                    Thankfully, it is actually much easier to get your car to campus than you might think. There are shipping companies who move cars for a living who will be able to help you to get your car delivered to your campus location with ease. You will be able to hop on a plane and head to your new home while your car is brought by a skilled car shipping company to your new location.

                    If you are thinking about having your car sent to campus without you, you need to know how to pick the right shipping company for your needs. Shipping companies come in all shapes and sizes and offer their own unique benefits. You will need to know how to find the right shipping company to be sure that your car arrives safe and sound on campus.

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                    Steps to Take to Ship Your Car to Campus

                    Here are some steps to take to get the right shipping company contracted to move your car to your campus:

                    • Verify that the shipping company is registered. This is easy to check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These companies should be able and willing to offer you proof of their registration with the right entities and you should be sure that you always ask to see these documents before you engage a company to ship your car. Many people fall prey to scams because they do not ask to see the registration documents for a shipping company they are thinking of hiring.
                    • Verify insurance. This is critical because it is possible that your car could be damaged during its trip to your new location. You want to be sure that you work with a car shipping company that has the right insurance in place to take care of your needs if your car is damaged in transit.
                    • Get more than one quote for shipping your car. It can seem like picking the cheapest bid will be the best bet for your needs, but you might find that there are many reasons that this company can offer cheap shipping. Most of the cheapest deals you will be offered could be linked to scams or might just contract with companies that do not do a good job. You should be sure that you get enough bids to be sure that you are getting a good deal and also working with a company that will take care of your car and get it to you safe and sound.
                    • Check reviews to be sure that other people have had a good experience with the company that you are thinking of selecting for the job. You would be surprised at what you can find out when you shop through reviews that have been posted online and you will save yourself some potential heartache and frustration if you take the time to see what other people have said about their experiences with the company that you are thinking of contracting with.
                    • Make sure that you get a written contract. You should never agree to let anyone take your car anywhere without a written contract that has been signed by both you and the company you are working with. This contract needs to have the information for the job laid out carefully as well. You should be able to sign off on the kind of shipping vehicle that will carry your car, what route is taken to deliver your car, and the pickup and delivery dates for the service. This is a crucial part of making sure that you are not working with a scam by accident or contracting a company that will not take good care of your vehicle.

                    Taking these important steps will help you to verify that you are working with a company that can be trusted and that your vehicle will show up when it is supposed to and in good condition at your college location. There is nothing better than being sure that you have picked the right company for your car shipping needs, and following these tips and tricks will make sure that you get the right company hired to do the job.

                    Having Your Car Shipped to Campus Can Be a Big Help

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                    While you might be able to get by without a car on campus with you, there are many reasons why having your vehicle with you at school can be beneficial. Having a car that you can use to head out on adventures or get to your job or your internship can make all the difference between a rewarding college experience and one that is just so-so. For most students, there is a tipping point where a car is really essential to their overall college needs, and starting out with your car on campus can save you from missing out on activities and opportunities that you need to have a car for.

                    Bringing your car with you to campus will let you enjoy freedom, flexibility, and the security of reliable transit to many locations on and around campus. While there are some costs related to parking and perhaps a campus registration fee to consider, the benefits of having your car with you at school will usually far outweigh any other considerations of cost.

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                    Cheapest Way to Move Across Country

                    David Stone
                    Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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                      cheapest way to move across country

                      Moving a long distance from where you currently live can be a big and costly endeavor. A lot of people will avoid looking at jobs and other opportunities that are not in their local area just to avoid the costs associated with this big of a move. The trouble with trying to avoid large changes like this is that you will miss out on opportunities that you might want to take just because of the potential costs of moving a long-distance away.

                      There are some ways that you can make your moving process more affordable, no matter how far you are having to move away from your current home. You can save money in many ways as you plan your move and you might not have realized that there are some ways that you can reduce the costs of your move greatly. If you really want to look at jobs that are on the other side of the country or you have always dreamed of moving away from where you currently live, you need to look at the ways that you can make this move cheaper.

                      If you are ready to learn more about the ways to make your move across the country cheaper, read on!

                      What is the Cost to Move?

                      There are many costs associated with moving. Not all of them can be avoided and you will need to budget for some of these costs no matter how you decide to move. You might be able to reduce the costs associated with your move in many ways but there are some factors that cannot be avoided when you are relocating.

                      Beyond the less-than-ideal solution of selling almost everything that you own and starting over completely, you do have some options to help make your move affordable even if you are moving all the way across the country. These tips and tricks can help you to offset the costs that we are going to discuss.

                      Item Cost
                      Moving Company $500-$2,000
                      Packing Services $400-$1,000
                      Gas $200-$600
                      Moving Boxes $40-$120
                      Auto Shipping $1,000-$2,0000
                      Airline Tickets $200-$600

                      You may not have to pay for all of these items when you move but you will likely have to fork over some dollars for at least some of these costs. Even if you pack up all of your belongings yourself you will still have to buy moving boxes and you will have to pay for gas to drive to your new home. If you choose to use a moving company and have them help you to pack up your possessions, you can add many thousands of dollars to the overall cost of your move.

                      This is part of why some people choose to part with a lot of their items or at least with their furniture and start over with new items when they move into their new home. This can be particularly cost-effective if you are going to be moving to a new location without a house or rental lined up.

                      If you are planning to have your car taken to your new home by an auto shipping company, you will need to make sure that you look around at bids from various companies. You want to be sure that the company that you work with is insured, that they take the time to give you a written and signed contract with all the details of the trip laid out in it, and that they do not charge you too much or too little for the trip.

                      Sending your car ahead of you to your new home can be a big help to your overall stress related to the move, but it can also be hard to find the right auto shipping company if you do not take the time to research your options.

                      This is one of the places where many people spend too much money and still don’t get what they pay for during their move. Imagine needing to go to your first few days of work without a car to drive to your new job! This is why it is so important to pick the right auto shipping company for your move.

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                      How Much Do Full-Service Moves Cost?

                      If you are thinking about moving the easy way, you might be wondering how much full-service moves cost compared to doing the move yourself. These are average costs, but they illustrate how much more affordable it is on average to move yourself across the country.

                      Moving Type Cost
                      Full-Service With Moving Company $4,000-$10,000
                      Moving Container $2,000-$5,000
                      Sending Items Freight $1,500-$2,500
                      U-Haul Rental $1,000-$3,000

                      Your local area might impact some of these costs and you might need to look at how much fuel you will need to pay to complete your move whether you are driving in your own car or renting a truck to drive to your new home. You might also need to look at the cost to move multiple people and how this impacts your overall move as well.

                      Ways to Move Across Country and Save Money

                      There are many ways to handle a move across the country. You can choose to use all of these tips and tricks for your move or you might just pick a few of the items to use to save some money on this large change that you are making. Even if you only use a few of these methods of saving money, you will be glad that you learned about the ways to make your move less expensive before you committed to taking the leap and making this change.

                      1. Purge Your Belongings

                      If you have been living in the same place for a while, you probably have accumulated a lot of stuff. This can be expensive when it comes time to move and even buying boxes for so many possessions can really add up. Many people who are going to relocate all the way across the country will at minimum part with their furniture. It is often cheaper to just buy new furniture than it is to pay for a moving truck to take your furniture across the country.
                      Even an excess of clothing can be spendy to move and you might not have space in your car for an entire extensive wardrobe. Many people do report that once they start sifting through their belongings, they find that there are many things they have been hanging onto that they really don’t need anymore. It can actually be really enjoyable to part with things that are not in use and start fresh at a new location without the burden of a lot of old possessions weighing you down.

                      2. Pick the Right Season

                      Summer is often the most expensive time of year to move because many people try to move during the best part of the year as far as the weather goes. This means that if you are trying to move on the cheap, you need to look at moving right after school has started or in the colder months of the year. You will also have better luck if you time your move for the gaps in between the parts of the year where college students are moving in and out of campuses in your area.
                      You might not have the most enjoyable drive to your new location in the winter, but so long as the roads are safe, you can save a lot of money moving when the weather is not as ideal. If you are planning to send your car with an auto shipping company and your items with a professional mover, you might just have to get on a plane and fly to your new home anyway. The season can have a big impact on the cost of your move overall.

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                      3. Look At Various Bids to Find the Best Deal on Your Cross Country Move

                      Accepting the first bid that you are given for your move is not usually wise. While this offer might end up being the best one, in the long run, you can’t be sure about that without shopping around a little. You should always be willing to regroup and look into moving with the company that offers the best price and the best services for your needs. Not every moving company is the same or offers the same protection for your items, so you need to be willing to look around until you find a bid that fits your needs.

                      If you are willing to take the first bid that is offered to you, you might miss out on a much better deal that could make your move much less stressful and expensive overall. This is the power of having a little patience and looking around early at your options before you are down to the wire and have to move in the next few weeks.

                      4. Shop Around for Discounts

                      Sometimes moving companies will offer discounts for certain moves or for trips to certain locations. This can really help you to save money on your move and it might be worth delaying the process if need be, to take advantage of these discounts. Some of the discounts that you can access year-round are discounts through AAA and possibly veteran’s discounts.

                      Military moving companies can be much more affordable than regular moving companies if you are in the service. You might also have to move at a moment’s notice if you are in the service and these moving companies are equipped to make this possible for you when other moving companies would not be able to handle this need with ease.

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                      5. Consider Using a Pod

                      Portable moving containers are one of the newest ways to save money on a big move and they can be a really affordable option for your needs. You will just rent your Pod and you will fill it with the items that you want to move with you. You will then have someone come pick up the pod and take it to your new address. You will have to provide all of the legwork for loading and unloading the Pod at both ends of the trip but the overall cost is much less than if you were to use a moving company for this process.

                      Cross-country Pod costs can be as little as $1,500 total. If you need to have some help with the bigger furniture items that you have packed into your Pod, you will just have to make sure that you arrange to get some extra hands involved during the packing phases of your Pod move. This can be a really great way to save a lot of money and get all of the items that you need to be moved to your new location with ease.

                      6. The Most Cost-Effective Way to Relocate Across Country is to Do the Entire Thing Yourself

                      If you are willing to cut back quite a bit and get rid of a lot of your possessions, you can rent a small U-Haul trailer and move yourself to your new location. This can be the easiest way to take care of your move and you can even haul your car behind the U-Haul if you feel comfortable driving one of the bigger van-style trucks that you can rent from them. This is a stripped-down way of making a big move, but it can sometimes make the whole process much more affordable.

                      The added costs that you will have when you move this way are related to your lodgings for the night as you travel and the cost of food for you and your family as you head to your new location. You will also need to consider that the larger U-Haul vans do not have seating for many people so you might need to figure out how to move a large family that will not fit into the van itself during the drive.

                      7. Ship Your Possessions

                      Some people will choose to ship their items through UPS or FedEx to their new home. This can be possible if you are willing to cut back on the things that you own and you are able to package these items up to make it safely through the postal system to your home. You might need to make sure that you do not send your belongings too quickly or they will beat you to your new home and sit on your porch unattended for days.

                      Another factor that comes into play with this kind of move is that breakable items will often not survive this kind of shipping process. You might be able to take these items with you in your car so that they can survive the move. Sending clothing, books, and other less fragile items through FedEx or UPS can be the right way to get some of your heavier or less important possessions moved to your new location for less than the cost of working with a moving company.

                      8. Reuse Boxes

                      If you have access to a resource that can provide you with used boxes, you should take advantage of this money-saving benefit. Sometimes you can post on your social media that you need boxes or ask around and someone will be able to deliver a bunch of moving boxes for you to use. This can help you save a couple of hundred dollars and make your move a lot easier in many ways.

                      You can also get some of your packing supplies at the Dollar store or other locations that offer reduced pricing for items that you are not going to use again. Packing paper and packing peanuts as well as other items that can really add up can be cheaper when you source them from discount stores.

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                      9. Accept Help to Save Cash on Your Cross-Country Move

                      If neighbors or people in your circle of friends want to help you to move, take them up on it! This is a big process and any help that you can get should be welcomed. Having lots of people working on the move with you can make it much easier to get all the work done and can save you money on work that the moving company would do instead.

                      If people are willing to donate frequent flyer miles, hands-on help, or boxes and other packing items, don’t turn them down. You will be glad that you let people help you and your family with your move when it goes much more smoothly and is much less costly than if you had tried to tackle the whole project on your own. This can be a huge benefit when you need to load items into the moving trailer or the moving van as well.

                      10. See if Your Company Will Pay for Your Move

                      Sometimes your company will pay to move you to your new location. This can be one of the perks of moving across the country to a job that has been trying to convince you to make this large change. If you are getting a bonus already for being signed on, you should ask about moving perks.

                      Some companies give you discounts for working with specific moving companies and others will pay for specific parts of the move. Some companies will also just throw some more money into your hiring offer that you can use to cover the cost of your move. This can be one of the best ways to make it affordable to move across the country and you should make sure that you do not miss out on this kind of opportunity to help you cover some of your moving costs.

                      11. Consider Shipping Your Car

                      If you are struggling to figure out where to save money on your move, you might consider shipping your vehicle. This can save you some money on the move and you can always pick up your car or have it delivered once you are settled into your new home. If you are not going to be driving around the work right off after you move, you might actually be able to make your move pencil out if you ship your car and just fly to your new home.

                      Paying for someone to ship your car to a new location can be the easiest way to get it moved with you and then you can be spared the task of driving across the country. This will save miles on your vehicle and wear and tear and you will find that many of these shipping costs are not that expensive compared to gas and hotel stays for you to make the drive yourself.

                      Moving Across the Country Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

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                      If you have been trying to figure out how to make it work out for you to move across the country, you are not alone. This is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for most people who are thinking of moving to a new location for a new job or for new opportunities. Many people are discouraged by the costs associated with a big move and opt not to make the leap. This means that they might be missing out on big opportunities that they might regret not taking.

                      If you are ready to make a big move and just need a little help with the costs that are associated with this process, you just need to use the tips and tricks on this list to help you to make your move affordable. At the end of the day, if you are willing to part with possessions and make some sacrifices, you should be able to move across the country without making your wallet feel too pinched. There are many ways to save money on this kind of move if you are willing to look into them and give them a shot.

                      If you are ready to make a move across the country and just need to figure out how to afford to do so, you need to use this list of tips and tricks to make the move you have dreamed of possible.

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