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Is Additional Car Shipping Insurance Necessary?

Matt
Updated November 8, 2021 by Matt

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    Your current level of auto coverage will determine if extra car insurance is needed when shipping your vehicle

    Auto transport is generally pretty safe, as most carriers will take outstanding care of your vehicle while on the road. The majority of drivers are entirely professional and won’t take unnecessary risks as they deliver your car. 

    You can further guarantee your car’s safety by carefully vetting any auto transport carrier you select. Reading reviews, looking at licensing, and utilizing the services of a car shipping broker are steps you can take to protect your investment further.

    However, unforeseen circumstances can still arise, and you could end up with damage to your car. This can come from road debris or environmental factors from which your vehicle isn’t sheltered. 

    Auto transport insurance offers added protection from these elements by paying for damages, but how does it work? 

    Will your carrier’s insurance cover the damage?

    Does your standard car insurance include supplemental auto transport coverage?

    Should you buy more car shipping insurance before sending your vehicle out on the road?

    The answers to these questions depend on the circumstances, so here’s what you should know about car shipping insurance.

    Key Takeaways

    • Insurance is essential to protect your vehicle during shipping
    • Your carrier is required by law to offer some insurance
    • This insurance might not be enough
    • Supplemental insurance is recommended when coverage gaps exist 

    Your carrier’s car shipping insurance

    By law, all auto transport carriers must provide some insurance covering your vehicle while it’s in transit. However, the actual policy they offer varies from vendor to vendor. 

    For example, some carriers’ insurance policies might only cover the car while it’s on the truck and not while it’s being loaded or unloaded. It also might not offer coverage when the vehicle is sitting at the terminal.

    These policies generally don’t provide insurance for anything you leave inside your car, either. So, if you forget a valuable item in your trunk and it goes missing, you’re out of luck unless you buy additional coverage or your existing car insurance covers it. 

    Another aspect worth considering is the cost of your carrier’s insurance. Many reputable transport companies will include this expense with your quote, but some vendors will sneak in an insurance surcharge later on. In these situations, you could find yourself with the bare minimum of coverage unless you pay extra. 

    It’s usually advisable to ask your carrier for a copy of the exact insurance coverage you’ll have before signing any contract to ensure your vehicle has as much protection as possible while on the road.

    If you aren’t comfortable with the level of coverage you’re receiving, shop around until you find a vendor who will protect your vehicle.

    Your car insurance policy

    Your vehicle’s existing insurance policy might offer some coverage throughout the shipping process. It’s a good idea to ask your insurance provider whether your car insurance covers damage incurred during shipping.

    The insurance provider should give you a straightforward answer to this question and might offer to upgrade your policy to fill in any coverage gaps that could lead to additional expenses in the future. 

    You’ll also want to ask about your vehicle’s contents during shipping and if there are any limits on how much damage your policy covers. 

    For example, if you ship a collectible car and it’s damaged while on the truck, ensuring you can have it repaired without paying for it yourself is essential.

    The same goes for the contents of your vehicle because many car insurance policies only cover them to a certain point. Getting as much information as possible from your car insurance provider allows you to make informed decisions throughout the vehicle transport process.

    Protective measures you can take

    In addition to insurance, taking a few proactive steps to limit how much damage your car could incur during the auto transport process is a good idea.

    First, you’ll want to remove any loose items from the vehicle before loading it onto the truck. These items could move around during transport and damage the inside of your car, and there’s a good chance the carrier’s policy won’t cover it. 

    Next, ensure you select a shipping type that offers the level of protection your vehicle needs. For example, if you’re shipping a rare car, going with an enclosed trailer will keep the automobile safer throughout transport. This decision could limit the amount of insurance you need and save money if your insurance company wants to charge a significant amount for coverage. 

    Finally, always complete a pre-possession inspection and make a note of any new blemishes you see. This step is crucial because it’s the only chance you’ll have to pin damages on the carrier. Once you drive your car away from the terminal, you’re probably responsible for any damages you find later.

    Do you need extra car shipping insurance?

    Additional car shipping insurance might be necessary, but it’s entirely dependent on the coverage you already have. Speaking with your carrier and asking for proof of insurance in writing is an excellent first step. You’ll also want to ask your car insurance agent about your policy’s coverage. 

    If you find gaps in these policies, seeking additional car shipping insurance will help keep your expenses at a minimum if something goes wrong while your vehicle is on the road. 

    Finding the right carrier

    Having a pleasant car shipping experience comes down to identifying a reputable carrier that is upfront about the insurance it includes and takes the necessary steps to keep your car safe. Without a reputable vendor, you’re leaving a lot to chance throughout the auto transport process. 

    Mercury Auto Transport is a car shipping broker that presents its clients with quotes from FMCSA licensed and insured carriers. You can be confident that any offers you receive from our partners guarantee the price you’ll pay and include 100% bumper-to-bumper insurance without hidden fees or surcharges. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today to receive your free vehicle shipping quote.

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    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.

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    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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    Everything You Should Know About Buying a Car From Out of State

    Matt
    Updated November 8, 2021 by Matt

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      Driving across state lines is only simple on a map. Here’s what you need to know about bringing a car in from across the border.

      Key Takeaways:

      • Out-of-state car purchases have multiple built-in cost factors
      • Driving long distances by yourself can create physical and financial dangers
      • It’s important to know interstate laws regarding emissions and insurance
      • A car transport service can address almost every related risk

      Finding the right car can mean looking beyond the local lots — sometimes way beyond. Committing to an out-of-state car purchase means a buyer really has their heart set on that particular vehicle. There are some key factors to consider if they want to get their purchase home smoothly.

      The longer the vehicle’s journey is, the more potential pitfalls pop up along the way. This guide will tell you everything you need to consider before closing the deal, from paperwork and potential expenses to legal matters and long-distance driving.

      The financial considerations

      A favorable price tag is one common reason for out-of-state buying. Regional incentives and even the weather on the seller’s side can make a model significantly cheaper than it would be in your home state. Don’t let those savings get eaten up by overlooking expensive considerations, like:

      • Not asking for an inspection: Vehicles can look great in the plentiful pictures you should ask the seller to provide. Paying for the vehicle to be inspected before buying (or requesting proof of recent inspection) prevents expensive repairs or replacements that can’t be seen in photos.
      • Forgetting the bill of sale and signed title: These essential documents prove you’re the new owner. Not requesting them from a private seller can lead to many problems, especially if you are driving it back home and get stopped by law enforcement.
      • Neglecting the vehicle history report: Knowing a vehicle’s past when it comes to previous owners, mileage, accident history, and repairs can help you decide if the asking price is fair.
      • Falling victim to auto transport scams: Fake transport companies are everywhere, and they love taking advantage of unsuspecting buyers needing interstate shipping. Getting scammed can mean paying far more than necessary to get the vehicle from A to B. It could even mean the car being stolen outright. You should learn the signs that indicate you may be dealing with criminals.

      The distance factors

      Picking up a vehicle by yourself from the state next door could present a reasonable self-driving opportunity and potential cost savings. However, buyers must remember that the connected costs and risks for both vehicle and driver start to climb with every added mile. Gas, tolls, snacks, damage from on-road debris, and travel fatigue are just some of the things that can combine to create a costly journey.

      This is particularly true on a long-distance trip. The dangers of driving your out-of-state car purchase for extended periods must be seriously considered. Don’t think long-distance means coast to coast: A trip of even 50 miles qualifies and may affect your ability to get your new vehicle and yourself home in one piece.

      Driving solo could also add the hassle of obtaining a temporary license plate for interstate travel. This is typically a low-cost step, but it could cause issues if overlooked.

      Get the right information to understand the law

      Paying sales tax on an out-of-state car purchase can be confusing. This tax is always paid in your state of residence, even if the seller’s state doesn’t impose it (unless neither location taxes sales). Private sellers and dealers create different tax scenarios: Private sales may require a tax fee upon registration, while the dealership is likely to make the tax part of the price before submitting the fee to your state office. 

      Presuming the vehicle meets emission standards in its new home state is a mistake. These limits vary by location, so get proof from the seller that the vehicle makes the grade. Not registering the car in time can also lead to penalties and fines. Buyers usually only have a 30-day window to do so following the purchase, so don’t waste time.

      Failing to consult with your auto coverage provider (or having no policy at all) can land you in hot water before and after an out-of-state purchase. Call your insurer if you’ve got a vehicle on your shortlist and make sure you’re meeting the necessary insurance requirements in your home state. You may already be covered for a limited time after the purchase, but don’t bank on it.

      Car shipping can help with successful out-of-state purchases

      Working with an experienced car transport broker instantly addresses all the related risks of out-of-state buying by connecting you with a network of trustworthy auto carriers around the country. You can count on their credentials because the car shipping broker will have vetted them all closely to ensure they have the right experience, good track records, plus all necessary insurance, licensing, and certifications.

      Your broker will present these candidates, so you don’t have to spend time researching multiple carriers or making long-haul drives by yourself between one or more states. Brokers will also make all related costs transparent and easy to understand (especially the hidden ones) and discuss the pros and cons of open, enclosed, and flatbed car shipping options.

      This means you won’t get any nasty financial surprises. Your broker will also act as a middleman to keep you and your car carrier in touch throughout the process, even if you’re buying from the other side of the country.

      Contact Mercury for nationwide auto shipping

      Mercury Auto Transport is a full-service auto shipping broker specializing in putting customers in touch with carriers nationwide. We can be there to help ship your vehicle reliably and with a minimum of fuss. Contact our team today at info@mercuryautotransport.com or call (800) 553-1828 to make your out-of-state car purchase safer and more cost-effective.

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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.

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      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.

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      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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      What’s Included in a Car Tune-Up?

      Matt
      Updated October 30, 2021 by Matt

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        A mechanic holding up a dirty spark plug while completing a car tune-up.

         

        The term tune-up describes various maintenance jobs meant to extend your car’s life and maximize its performance. Here’s what they include.

        Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is essential because it makes it more likely you’ll receive full value from your investment. That should be the goal for any car owner since you want your automobile to remain safe, reliable, and ready to drive. 

        The word tune-up has evolved from its original meaning, as this work historically meant maintenance to the ignition system. Today, though, tune-up is an all-encompassing term covering any routine maintenance work your vehicle requires to stay functional. 

        When you take your vehicle to a garage and ask for a car tune-up, the mechanic will inspect multiple aspects of your car. They’ll ensure that its core components are in good shape and repair anything that requires attention. Much of this work is simple enough to handle at home, too.

        Here’s a look at some work your mechanic might include when giving your car a tune-up.

        Key Takeaways

        • A tune-up once referred to work on the ignition system
        • It’s now a broad term covering most vehicle maintenance
        • Your tune-up could include repairs to multiple car components
        • Getting a tune-up before shipping your car is advisable

         

        Service the ignition system

        A car tune-up still incorporates inspecting and repairing the ignition system, even though today’s vehicles experience fewer problems with these components than past generations. The ignition system in your car includes ignition coils, plug wires, spark plugs, and various electrical components, some of which might require attention. 

        Ignition coils are responsible for converting energy from your battery into a reaction that starts your engine. The high voltage of electricity present can wear the coils out over time, so they’ll eventually need replacing. 

        The energy from the ignition coil then transfers through the distributor and rotor. Checking your distributor cap is a fundamental part of any tune-up because that’s where many problems arise. 

        From there, you’ll want to check your plug wires, which tend to break down. These wires connect the distributor with your spark plugs, which create the final reaction your engine needs to start. 

        Suppose your engine is misfiring, or you notice a rough idle or performance loss when accelerating. In that case, there’s a good chance there’s an issue with your ignition system that a car tune-up might solve.

        Replace the filters

        Another job your tune-up could include is changing the filters that remove debris from your fuel and oil and clean the air that makes everything function. 

        First, you might check your engine air filter, which is responsible for cleaning the air that creates combustion within your engine. You’ll generally notice you aren’t receiving the same fuel efficiency when it’s time for a new engine air filter.

        Next, your tune-up might include changing your oil filter, a device that removes contaminants from your engine oil that could cause premature wear to internal components. Then it might include your fuel filter, which removes debris from your gasoline. Both of these filters require changing at regular intervals, so your mechanic is sure to check them when giving your car a tune-up.

        Finally, it’s a good idea to check the cabin air filter, which cleans the air you breathe when driving the car. Changing this filter won’t alter how the vehicle performs, but it prevents you from inhaling dust, exhaust fumes, and pollen throughout your travels.

        Many oil change garages will check all your filters as part of your regular service, as well.

        Check your hoses and belts

        A series of pulleys and belts are responsible for propelling your vehicle forward and keeping everything operative, so your tune-up should look at these devices to ensure they’re in good shape. 

        The serpentine belt is one of the main components that can run into problems and hinder your vehicle. This belt wraps around various pulleys and ensures your alternator charges the battery as the car runs. Your tune-up should also inspect the serpentine belt for cracks or fraying that could cause it to break in the future. 

        Your timing belt is another essential piece that controls how many internal components in your vehicle operate. This belt requires replacement every 90,000 miles or so and inspecting it at regular intervals is recommended. A broken timing belt can be catastrophic because it has the potential to damage your piston valves.

        Other items you’ll want to check as part of your car tune-up include the radiator and heater hoses, which keep your engine cool, and your belt tensioner, which ensures the belts are at the correct tension and keeps numerous components working.

        Inspecting your belts and hoses is part of your regular car maintenance, but most of these components will only require occasional replacement.

        Change the fluids

        Your car contains all kinds of fluids and keeping them at optimal levels is essential for prolonging the vehicle’s life.

        For example, you’ll want to change your engine oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles and ensure it never drops to dangerous levels. Other essential fluids include coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and automatic transmission fluid, all of which are responsible for keeping specific components lubricated and functional. 

        A car tune-up might involve topping these fluids up, but it’s worth noting that you’ll have to drain and replace these lubricants every so often because they tend to get dirty as you use the vehicle. 

        Get a car tune-up before your auto transport

        If you’re planning to ship a vehicle elsewhere in the country, going ahead with a car tune-up beforehand is a good idea. This tune-up will ensure your vehicle is in working order when it arrives at your destination, limiting the problems you could experience. Topping your fluids up and confirming your ignition, filters, hoses, and belts are in solid condition can ease some of your stress as you attempt to drive from the shipping terminal.

        When the time comes to find a car shipping carrier, Mercury Auto Transport can help. We’ll put you in touch with FMCSA licensed and insured vendors who will guarantee your price and provide additional peace of mind. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today to learn more and receive your free quote.

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        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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        a tow truck, part of the car towing vs. shipping debate, driving on a highway

        Car Towing Vs. Shipping: Which to Choose

        Matt
        Updated October 18, 2021 by Matt

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          a tow truck, part of the car towing vs. shipping debate, driving on a highway

           

          Towing or shipping your vehicle could make sense when moving to another city, but the option you’ll choose depends on some variables.

          Relocating to another part of the country comes with inherent stress. 

          First, you’ll have to find a new home and begin your preparations. Then, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll transport your belongings and develop a timeline. 

          Finally, you can start thinking about the actual move, which could include hiring a moving company or renting a truck and driving yourself. 

          Your vehicle is another factor to consider because, if you’re renting a truck or moving a long distance, driving the car might not be possible. 

          Fortunately, you’ll have some auto transport options available to you, including hiring a tow truck, towing the vehicle yourself, or using a car shipping carrier. 

          Here’s a look at some car towing vs. shipping information that you’ll want to keep in mind as you decide.

          Key takeaways

          • You’ll have multiple options when moving your car to another city
          • Towing it could work in some situations
          • Car shipping is the preferred option for longer distances
          • Mercury Auto Transport can put you in touch with licensed vehicle transport carriers

           

          Hiring a tow truck

          Contacting a towing company makes some sense in a few situations, particularly if you’re only transporting your vehicle a short distance. 

          First, you can trust that the professional tow truck driver has the expertise to deliver your car in good shape. These drivers tow dozens of vehicles each week, so they know what they’re doing. 

          Car towing companies are available around the clock, as well since there’s always someone on shift. This availability can be incredibly convenient if you make the last-minute decision to tow your vehicle rather than drive it. 

          Hiring a tow truck is also affordable, at least over a short distance. For example, if you’re moving somewhere with a 50-mile radius, you can save some money through this method. 

          Nevertheless, you should know that using a towing company quickly becomes more expensive than using an auto transport professional when traveling longer distances. That’s because you’ll usually pay a per-mile rate. If you’re moving across the country, many tow truck drivers won’t even attempt the job because it’s too much time away from home. 

          In short, tow trucks are great options within town but aren’t recommended when you’re moving a significant distance.

          Towing the car yourself

          Another option you might consider is towing your vehicle behind you as you drive. You can achieve this by buying or renting a trailer or renting a moving truck with a tow dolly. 

          This method is the least expensive you’ll come across because you won’t have to pay a shipping company to handle the work for you. If you already have a truck that’s capable of pulling a trailer, the expense of renting a trailer is minimal compared to the other forms of vehicle transport. 

          However, it’s worth noting the drawbacks of this method, starting with the time it’ll take. If you’re responsible for the entire shipping process, you’ll have to pull the trailer wherever you’re moving, a process that could take multiple days. This option could end up costing you more when you factor in the time you’ll have to take off work.

          Next, you should remember the wear this journey will put on your vehicle. Pulling a heavy trailer is hard on your engine. While it shouldn’t cause immediate problems for your truck, it’s worth factoring in this additional wear when making your decision. 

          Finally, there’s an increased chance of something happening on the road when you’re towing a trailer. Driving with a trailer is more challenging than driving a solo vehicle, and there’s also the risk of user error when connecting the trailer. 

          If you have the equipment and experience, towing your car could be a solid option. Otherwise, the additional risks you’ll take on and the time the journey will take might not be worth the cost savings.

          Using an auto transport service

          Auto transport carriers specialize in shipping vehicles from point A to point B. For that reason, you can trust that your car will be safe and secure throughout its journey. 

          Car shipping companies are also a good option because of the time they’ll save you. All you have to do is book a carrier and ensure the vehicle gets on the truck. The driver will take care of everything else, and you can fly to your new home at a time that suits your needs. 

          Shipping your car could even end up being less expensive than hiring a tow truck, depending on the distance you’re traveling. It makes sense because your auto transport carrier is moving multiple cars at once, so you’ll share the expenses with other people. 

          There are a couple of negatives when shipping a car, though, starting with time delays. Since there may be more than one car on the carrier’s truck, it takes longer than hiring a tow truck to make a direct delivery to your new home. 

          You’ll find fewer car shipping carriers on the market, as well, which makes it more challenging to secure the services of a reputable one. You’ll often have to book well in advance, cutting into your flexibility. There are some services you can use to put you in touch with auto transport vendors, though, which will make your life a lot easier.

          Where to find reputable vendors

          Once you decide between car towing vs. shipping, you’ll have more decisions to make. A vehicle shipping broker can provide you with quotes from multiple car transport vendors, making it easier to decide on one that meets your needs. These service providers can also streamline the planning process, so all you have to do is select a carrier and wait for the big day to arrive. 

          Mercury Auto Transport is a leading car shipping broker that deals exclusively with vendors holding FMCSA licensing and insurance. The result is a streamlined process when selecting a carrier to move your vehicle. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today to learn more or to receive your free quote.

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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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          curly-hair college-aged student getting packed up while moving for university

          7 Tips to Keep in Mind When Moving For University

          Matt
          Updated October 30, 2021 by Matt

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            curly-hair college-aged student getting packed up while moving for university

             

            Relocating for school comes with inherent challenges you’ll need to address as you make the transition

            Moving for university is a significant step in many young people’s lives. It’s often the first time students will leave their parents’ house, and it leads to a transitional period where they’re responsible for far more things than before. 

            As you prepare to move away for the first time, there are sure to be some questions:

            • What should you pack?
            • Do you need everything?
            • Where will you keep your things?

            Slowing things down and itemizing each decision on a list can work wonders because it helps you create a step-by-step breakdown of everything you’ll need to remember. 

            Here’s a look at seven tips that can assist as you prepare to move away for university.

            Key Takeaways

            • Moving for university is a major transition
            • The move can create anxiety
            • Following a few tips can make the transition far easier 

             

            1. Pack smartly

            Before all else, develop a list of everything you need to pack. You won’t need every item of clothing you’ve ever purchased because you’ll do laundry at university. It’s unlikely you’ll have room for all your clothing, anyway. 

            Come up with a list of everything you’ll need for your first few months away at school. Remember, you can always buy certain items after reaching your destination, and you’ll probably return home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. At that time, you’ll have a better idea of anything you require. 

            2. Label everything

            You’ll probably pack multiple boxes and suitcases while preparing to move, so make sure you label everything accordingly. Putting all your clothing in one box and all your entertainment gear in another makes it easy to stay organized and can reduce panic when you arrive. 

            You might even include a list of everything that’s included under a specific label. For example, if you’ve added shoes to one of your clothing suitcases, make a note of it, so you know where it is immediately upon arrival. You’ll probably be busy getting to know the campus and giving yourself a cheat sheet can ease your mind as you get used to your new surroundings. 

            3. Remember some décor

            It might be tempting to skip the décor because it’ll take up valuable room in your supplies. However, bringing a few items from home can ease the transition and make your dorm room feel like a place you’re living rather than a short-term stopover. 

            The exact décor you bring will depend on what’s important to you, but if you have some pictures of your family, a favorite poster, or a painting you enjoy, those items are a good start. 

            4. Don’t forget the essentials

            There are some essential items you won’t want to leave behind as you depart for university. 

            First, ensure you have all the information you’ll need on your classes and residence. It might be possible to find this information online, but it’s still a good idea to bring whatever paper copies you have, just in case.

            Next, always bring soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other essential toiletries. You could be extremely busy when you arrive and might not have time to visit a store during the day. This scenario would leave you without these items until the next day, which isn’t an ideal situation.

            Finally, remember your bank cards, credit cards, and identification. You can’t go long without these essential items, so double-check that you have all of them before heading out.

            5. Speak with your roommates

            You might have the opportunity to pack lighter if you can speak with your roommates first. These other students might bring things like pots and pans, cutlery, and dishware from home, and it could be possible to share them. 

            Organizing some communal items that you share with your roommates will make the packing and travel process easier for everyone. 

            6. Plan for getting there

            • How will you reach the university? 
            • Are you planning to drive yourself?
            • Would a moving company make more sense? 

            These are personal questions you’ll have to answer before heading out. It might benefit you to use a moving company if you’re traveling across the country without a vehicle because it allows you to bring more stuff. 

            It might make sense to hire a moving company if you plan to drive for the same reason. 

            You should figure out your exact plan for reaching your university campus early in the process so you can budget for the expenses and book the service providers you’ll need to get yourself from point A to point B.

            7. Think about your vehicle

            Some university students will leave their vehicles at home, while others will insist on bringing them. It all depends on the campus, where you’re living, and your personal preference. 

            If you’ll have on-site parking at your residence and your campus is incredibly spread out, you might consider taking your vehicle with you. 

            You’ll have a couple of different options as you transport your car to your university, as you can drive it or ship it. 

            Driving your car could make sense if you’re moving your belongings alone. However, it’ll add stress to your journey and put additional wear on your vehicle. 

            Many university students choose to hire an auto transport carrier to ship their vehicles to their university. You’ll have to figure out how to retrieve your car before going with this option because door-to-door shipping might not be available on-campus. There’s a good chance you’ll have to grab your vehicle at a terminal near the school.

            Preparing for your move

            A lot of work goes into getting yourself ready for university, as preparing the items you’ll need to move is only part of the battle. You’ll also have to adapt mentally to the day-to-day grind while being away from your family for the first time. 

            Mercury Auto Transport can assist with part of this preparation through our vehicle shipping brokerage services. We can put you in touch with licensed and insured auto transport carriers who will ensure your car reaches your university in outstanding condition. Contact Mercury Auto Transport for more information or to receive a shipping quote.

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            Motor Oil Spotlight – Synthetic Vs Conventional

            Matt
            Updated October 30, 2021 by Matt

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              Motor oil pouring from a black container into an engine

               

              Synthetic is generally regarded as superior, but conventional costs less. When does it make a difference to your car?

              Key Takeaways:

              • Conventional oil is still a big favorite
              • Synthetics are catching on more as time passes
              • Conventional oils deliver lower price points and greater availability
              • Synthetics can offer greater performance and longer life

              Every vehicle owner knows how important oil changes are to maintain a healthy and efficient engine. Taking an extra step and changing the type of motor oil that goes into your engine takes a little more thought.

              Both conventional and synthetic oils have their fans, but there are certain circumstances where a switch may be the right decision — and don’t believe the myth that you can’t successfully change back and forth if your vehicle’s condition allows. Let’s explore the pros and cons of these two types of motor oil and how they might relate to you and your vehicle.

              Conventional oil and its advantages

              Conventional oil (also known as mineral oil) is derived from refined crude and is still a hugely popular choice for engines. Its basis as a fossil fuel means there’s plenty of it around, making it cheaper than alternatives, and its history of reliable performance means it has public faith on its side.

              Of the two types of motor oil, conventional is the better choice for many older or more worn-out engines. This is because conventional flows less smoothly than synthetic, which is actually an advantage as it reduces the odds of gear grinding. The slower an oil flows, the more time it spends lubricating parts and that’s a big plus for older engines.

              Brand new cars can also benefit from using conventional oil because manufacturers sometimes use their own brand of it when putting the vehicle together (typically referred to as a break-in oil). If this was the case with your model, sticking with conventional for at least a while after purchase means the new engine gets to keep running on what it was first lubricated with.

              Disadvantages of conventional oil

              Conventional oil is more prone to degradation via oxidation, creating common engine hazards like extreme heat, corrosion, sludge deposits, and particulate matter. Conventional oils also don’t do well in cold conditions, where they can start to thicken up, reducing their effectiveness by making them harder to circulate.

              There is also the environmental impact of conventional oil, which can be highly toxic, posing a threat to people, wildlife, and whole ecosystems through smoke pollution and runoff into water bodies. Then there’s the big picture disadvantage: Sooner or later, conventional oil reserves will be fully depleted. Some project this scenario as coming true in this century, others say it’s a long way off. 

              The harder conventional oil becomes to find and extract, the more the price will have to go up and the likelier it is that demand for it will drop (and there are signs that’s already happening). This brings us to conventional oil’s biggest competitor.

              Synthetic oil and its advantages

              Synthetic oil isn’t new on the block; it’s had since 1929 to establish itself. Some varieties are drawn from base oils that are themselves drawn from crude oils. Other types are purely man-made. Manufacturers are typically cagey about revealing their precise process, but the basic rule is that synthetics come from breaking down and artificially restructuring petroleum molecules for a precision result intended for a particular application.

              One thing we can see clearly is that synthetics have greater chemical stability and a higher viscosity index than conventional oil, making them longer lasting and better performing at high and low temperatures. Synthetics may be perfect for certain high-performance vehicles to achieve maximum performance, making it a less attractive option for the casual driver of a standard vehicle who never needs to push their ride to the limit.

              Synthetics are longer lasting than conventional and less harmful to the environment due to less of the synthetic oil being lost to the vehicle’s exhaust stream. Synthetic oil also leaves fewer deposits in the engine, which makes for a cleaner engine with a longer lifespan and performance. They also move faster around the engine; a plus wherever turbochargers are present.

              As with all types of motor oil, the best time for a synthetic oil change is whenever the manufacturer’s manual recommends. Don’t get caught up in myths and rules of thumb that cite figures like 3,000, 5,000, or more miles.

              Disadvantages of synthetic oil

              The most common complaint with synthetic oil is the higher price since synthesizing oil is more costly than drawing it from petroleum. Whether that can be definitively classed as a disadvantage really depends on how much you’re willing to spend. There is a middle ground in synthetic blends, which offer performance perks over conventional oil but aren’t as expensive as full synthetic.

              Other concrete disadvantages include lower fuel economy at highway speeds and a tendency for synthetic additives to separate when in cold storage. Synthetics can also be harmful to older engines, particularly rotary engines, where it may negatively impact the apex seals. Nor are synthetics well-suited for breaking in new engines, which can benefit from a little friction to smooth out rough spots.

              Some older engines may also rely on lead in their oil, and that’s an impossibility with synthetics because they don’t hold lead in their suspension. Synthetics are also harder to dispose of, making it essential to let any mechanic you visit know that you use it, or know how to dispose of it by yourself.

              Make all the right choices with Mercury Auto Transport

              Whichever oil gets your vote, an oil change will put your car in better shape before car transport. Mechanics can check everything’s in good health and locate and repair any leaks that could prove costly should your vehicle start dripping onto others while in transit.

              Mercury Auto Transport offers more vehicle-related information and shipping insight via our auto transport blog. As a full-service car shipping broker specializing in connecting carriers with customers all across the country, we can help make the process reliable and transparent. You can contact us to ask any questions or get a vehicle shipping quote in minutes.

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