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You Save a Ton of Time

One of the main reasons that shipping a vehicle makes your life easier is how much time you save. It can take hours or even days to drive your vehicle from state to state. Instead ship your vehicle give us a date that works for you and meet us at your end destination. We’ll handle the hard part.

 Less Wear and Tear on Your Car

Mileage plays an important role in the resale value of any vehicle, and the more miles you put on a car, the less value it’s going to have once you want to sell it. If you drive a vehicle for any length of time (say from New York to Miami) this not only puts on a lot of mileage but also wear and tear on the engine, body and wheels. Keep your vehicle in better condition and ship it with us.

Save Money

You will save a lot of time and money when shipping your vehicle instead of driving it. Consider the expenses of driving across country. The cost of gas alone is pricey then factor in food and hotel expenses. We urge you to save your energy and money. Get a free instant quote so you can see how much you’ll save when shipping with us!

4th of July

It’s that time of year again; to celebrate the red, white and blue that makes America great. 4th of July is the perfect time of year to hit the road and take a road trip. Your kids have graduated high school or college or are just out for the summer, the weather is grand, and summer will be long gone before you know it.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get up and go without much planning or doing? Sometimes it is a great idea to be spontaneous, glance at your best friend and say “Road trip?” Other times, you need to plan and plan well. Fourth of July is one of those times. Hundreds of thousands of travelers will hit the road wanting to enjoy the scenic side of America. There are some great places to visit this Fourth of July and then there are some you just need to stay away from, at least until fall that is.

1. America’s National Parks are celebrating 100 years this August and what patriotic list of trips would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon – the granddaddy of them all or Yellowstone – one of the first and most loved. If you really want a sight for sore eyes, though, you might want to consider Acadia National Park. If you’re looking for the blue in your red, white and blue road trip, then you’ll find what you’re looking for on the drive through to Acadia National Park with its blue lupines blanketing the road. Whether you’re pedaling through Park Loop Road or picking blueberries and taking a hike up Cadillac Mountain – not to mention glorious sunrises – you and every member of your family will find ample activities to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

2. Mount Desert Island is like a world of its own with plenty more activities. Visit the Sieur de Monts Springs where the Wild Gardens of Acadia come to life or dive into the brisk and refreshing waters of Sand Beach. This National Park is not only breathtaking but is also refreshing.

3. If you’re in Hawaii for the Fourth of July, first of all – lucky you – secondly, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, then why not take a drive on the most hair-raising and exhilarating road trip there is. The road to Hana trip from Kahului will take you a couple of hours to traverse the more than 50 miles of treacherous slope, but the views are oh-so-worth it. Visit the seven sacred pools and breath in the view.

4. Make a key decision and take a road trip down to the Florida Keys. Make your way across 7-mile bridge and meander through more than 100 miles of paradise as you take in the view of aqua blue waters, sights and scenery. It’s hard to remember the stresses of life when you’re traveling through the more than 100-mile chain of islands that make paradise come to life for you.

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Everyone enjoys a good road trip; the open air, the top down, and the feeling of driving on the open road. A typical road-trip for some adventurers, however, may seem a bit mundane. The need for speed is not advisable for many obvious reasons. If you want to feel the rush of adrenaline by driving at fast speeds, checking out some of the country’s racecar driving experiences available to you are an option. There are plenty of raceways to provide that for you.However, if you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, and if you’ve always dreamed of driving the most hair-raising roads, these roadways might make you wonder why anyone would dare to drive them. Some are dangerous,  while others still are undeniably dangerous and too close to the edge.Picture yourself in remote destinations with roads that have steep inclines, narrow or almost non-existent roadways and drops that would make a horror movie look enjoyable, and you can imagine why these are the roads “less traveled.”

James Dalton Highway
James Dalton Highway in Alaska is one of the most desolate and isolated highways in America. The highway has the most remote location of any other highway and is considered often times dangerous due to the high winds that spew rocks. It is in the top tier of dangerous highways in the states.

Million Dollar Highway
The Million Dollar Highway located in Colorado is given its name maybe partly due to the million-dollar view and the million-dollar drive. Carved out of the side of a mountain, this is another roadway with not much in the way of safety features. No guard rails and a winding narrow road make it difficult to navigate. You’ll certainly want to keep your eyes on the road for this one.
Trollstigen Road, Norway
With almost a dozen hairpin turns and drops that look like they came off a movie set and next to no room for passing, Trollstigen Road in Norway looks more like a roller coaster ride than a roadway.
Tianmen Shan Big Gate winding mountain road
Located inside Tianmen Mountain National Park, in China this road looks like something out of a Sci-Fi Fantasy movie. It looks as though there should be a movie set castle atop it. Tianmen Mountain is known to have the most breathtaking mountain views in all the world and the park offers you a cable car ride straight up over steep climbs and sheer cliffs. There is also a glass skywalk if you’re daring enough.

Passage du Gois in France
While this road is not a road that has cliffs, overhangs and steep inclines, it is a dangerous road just the same. If you don’t pay attention to the tide, you and your car might end up going for a swim. This roadway is only a few miles long, but it is mostly kept hidden underwater. It only comes out to play twice per day and if you’re not careful you might end up submerged. Sounds dangerous indeed.

Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road
While most tourists in Greece are going to visit the Parthenon or the Acropolis, thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies take a ride on the wild side on this road. What makes this one of the most dangerous roads? The answer is the lack of guard rails, the large pot holes and the sparse roadway with no guard rails on either side and nothing but sheer drops. The fact that it has no lights for visibility at night make it fall into the “danger zone” as well.

And these are only a few of the “roads less traveled.” For more, check out this resource from the Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/scariest-places-in-the-wo_n_5085296.html

 

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A new technology company Embark, has joined in on the development of autonomous trucking. Embark is a startup company based out of St. Mateo, California. The company is working to build self-driving technology that could allow trucks to run with no human input at all. Although there is a lot of competition in this field, one of which being Uber’s Otto, Embark seems to have a head start.

The technology created by Embark is meant more to assist current drivers, not to entirely replace them.  The system software is made of sensors, cameras and onboard radar to monitor the trucks movements. This will be used to steer clear of obstacles like a slow car occupying the lane in front, and a pass on undivided highways. The software is meant to assist drivers with long straightforward roads and would pass control to human drivers when it enters complex driving scenarios. It would essentially decrease time spent actively driving and assist with long routes.

Embark has funding from Maven Ventures to help their vehicle development efforts. The company’s trucks have recently been approved for testing on Nevada roads.  Although Embark is ahead, there is still a lot of work that remains to refine the technology to ensure its safety for the roads. No definite deployment has been made for the trucks yet but we can hope to see them on the road soon.

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2018 Ford Mustang design sketch

Perfect timing for” May the Fourth”  Ford’s design Manager Melvin Betancourt explains his inspiration. According to Betancourt  the nose of the 2018 Mustang was inspired by Darth Vader. Betancourt said  ”When we were designing the new 2018 Mustang  the team wanted to make the new model look more aggressive, and one place where we found inspiration was one of the most famous screenplay villains of all time, The angled nostrils and contours of Darth Vader’s mask became the inspiration for the Mustang’s new fog lamp scoops and front-end shape.” It might be hard to see Darth Vader in the new Mustang when you first see it, but when you’re looking for the resemblance it may become clear. The  lower front end of the Mustang does resemble Darth Vader’s mouthpiece and the helmet.  We think that’s a pretty impressive and cool inspiration it keeps us wondering what ford will do next.

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Amazon is attempting to revolutionize the shipping and delivery industry. According to sources from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon formed a small team to focus on driverless-vehicle technology and develop the company’s plans to use self-driving cars to serve its business.

This team is tasked with figuring out how the company can use autonomous vehicle technology to deliver packages more quickly. Self-driving cars would be used to deliver packages to customers as well as moving goods in warehouses with the use of autonomous trucks, forklifts, and drones.

Shipping and delivery costs continue to rise for Amazon as it delivers more categories of products. Autonomous vehicles could possibly cut those costs. A shipment that originally took a few days to move across the country in a human-driven vehicle could take half the time with a self-driving car. According to the report, Amazon is mostly interested in autonomous trucking.

Driverless-car technology is just one of many efforts Amazon has recently experimented with to optimize packing and shipping logistics. Amazon already has its own delivery workers that bring packages to their final destinations more quickly in certain areas, and driverless cars would be another way to expedite that process.

Sources: www.https://arstechnica.com

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Distance & Location

The distance your car will travel affects the cost to transport a vehicle. More miles mean more expensive shipping service in general. The location where your car will be picked and where it will be delivered also affects cost. For example, if you relocate to one of the major cities in the US like New York or Chicago; transporting your car to this location (urban cities) will be less expensive compared to rural areas, because they’re popular shipping routes. Quite often automobiles that need to be transported to a small rural town cost more to ship just because the vehicle is located at a remote area away from a major highway. Therefore, the distance is not always the decisive factor.

Season

Auto hauling seasons also affect shipping cost. Mainly, the cost of shipping is high during summer and lower costs in the winter. Sometimes, the cost of shipping a car during winter can be more expensive due to weather conditions. For example if you are shipping to a mountainous area where the weather is harsh and difficulties are being encountered along the route. There won’t be a drastic price difference between summer and winter car shipping rates, but seasons do affect the price.

Size

Generally, one of the standards of estimating the price of transporting a car is usually the more space the car covers on the carrier; the more expensive it is to transport it. If the car is smaller its takes up less space and the cost to transport it will be less compared to the large cars.

Type of Transport

The main types of auto transport are open and enclosed shipping. Open auto transport the standard shipping method that most customers choose, but you can request an enclosed transportation service as well. Enclosed auto transport is the preferred method for sports, luxury and classic cars. The cost is usually higher for this type of transport since it holds less vehicles.

Fuel

The fluctuation of the fuel prices also affects the total cost of auto transport. This is a factor that should not be forgotten. Keep in mind that the quickly changing gas prices affect the transport prices.

 

 

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The 2017 New York International Auto Show is this weekend April 14th-Sunday April 23rd at the Jacob Javits Convention center in New York City. Doors are open Friday/ Saturday 10 am-10pm and 10am-7pm on Sunday. The show will showcase an incredible collection of new designs and extraordinary innovation. This show will include more than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers including over 1,000 cars. Make sure to get tickets in advance as they do sell out, Enjoy the show!

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Even if you have bad credit, an auto loan isn’t impossible. Some lenders even specialize for those with bad credit, so you still have options in your search for a car loan.

Know Your Options

The auto loan business is very competitive make sure to do your research to see what deals you can get. You can even shop online and receive quotes from multiple lenders. Many car dealers even have their own internet sales divisions. Compare your quotes and try finding a dealer or finance company that can match the lowest rate.

Find a co-signer

If you can’t find an affordable loan on your own, consider a co-signer. A co-signer becomes legally responsible for the repayment of the loan, so the most typical co-signer is usually a parent or relative. If you have bad credit, you’ll benefit from the lower rates offered to your co-signer, assuming he or she has better credit than you.

Check your bank or credit union

While it may be easiest to get a car loan directly from a dealer, it’s not always the most cost effective option. Banks – especially smaller local banks and credit unions – focus on serving small communities and often have good rates, even for buyers with bad credit. This is more likely if you already have a relationship with the bank.

Focus on loan Terms

A common tactic lenders use when financing buyers with bad credit is to offer low monthly payment rates. If you focus solely on the amount of your monthly payment, you might overlook the total cost of your loan. Remember the monthly payment may be low put for a longer period of time resulting in higher long term costs.

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Shipping a vehicle with RoadRunner Auto Transport is a very easy and customer friendly process. We’ve simplified vehicle transportation to 5 steps and we listed them below for you to get an idea of what to expect throughout your shipment.

Get An Instant Auto Shipping Quote

Get a free auto shipping quote online and review the price of your transportation instantly. If you prefer to receive a quote by phone, you can speak with a pricing specialist by calling (888) 777-2123.

Book Your Shipment

For your convenience, you can schedule a shipment online anytime via our secure online booking page.  If you prefer to schedule your shipment over the phone, you can contact your assigned transport coordinator by calling (888) 777-2123 and dialing their extension. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a booking number that will enable you to track the status of your shipment online 24 hours a day. Your shipment status will be updated in real time and serves as a helpful way for us to keep you informed every step of the way during transit.

Carrier Assigned

Our dispatch department assigns your shipment to a carrier that matches your desired route and timeframe. We send an automatic update of the projected pickup and delivery dates once a pickup has been scheduled.

 Vehicle Picked Up

The driver will make arrangements with the contact person at the pickup location prior to arriving. A thorough inspection of the vehicle will be completed and both the driver and the pickup contact person will sign to verify accuracy. The vehicle is loaded onto the carrier and begins heading to the delivery location.

 Vehicle Delivered

The driver will make arrangements with the contact person at the delivery location prior to arriving. The vehicle is offloaded and a final inspection is completed to ensure that the vehicle was delivered in the same condition it was picked up in. If a remaining balance is due, it is paid to the driver at this time.

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