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3 reasons you should ship your car

At Road Runner Auto Transport our goal is to make shipping as easy as possible for our customers.We know there is a lot of stress involved with moving to another state, let us make things easier on you. Shipping your car is a lot more convenient and cost efficient then driving it. Here are some reasons we believe shipping your car is the right move.

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!

Automobiles and technology

As soon as something new relating to technology and automobiles trends, does something new come down the road to immediately replace it? Are you one of those folks who feels the rush of adrenaline when you get the latest and greatest in auto technology? Or do you find yourself buying a new toy only to have it replaced or upgraded soon afterwards?

These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself when it comes to automobile trends and technology. Here are a few more you may want to consider before spending your next hard-earned dollar:

Should you keep up to speed or sit back and wait for the dust to settle?

Which gadgets and gizmos are evergreen and which become outdated as soon as the next big thing comes along?

How cost effective are these new technologies?

Are you trending just to keep up with the Jones’ or are you reaping the rewards of these new technologies?

Do you have a penchant for technology and must have anything and everything that’s new; or do you feel like countless others who simply can’t catch their breath when it comes to the automotive industry and technology?

For the most part, many or all of these questions ring true and are easily answered with a resounding yes. However, keeping up to speed with the latest in auto technology does not have to present itself as such a daunting encounter. There are three important factors to consider when looking toward new trends in technology within the auto industry.

3 of the most important factors to consider when looking toward technology that’s trending:

Innovation – is this simply a new must-have toy or will it offer real value for you? If you go old-school on this one, you will never fail. Is this something that is offering you a “status upgrade” or is this new gadget offering you real value for your dollar? Of course, if you are in a position to frivolously purchase new goods on a whim, then perhaps this category does not apply. However, for most everyday folks, this is one of the most important questions. Is this something that can wait until the next big thing comes along or does this provide real value dollar for dollar?

Timeless – will it be evergreen? Some technology purchases are timeless. Of course, there will be newer versions and some upgrades. Think of it this way, is that bluetooth technology and integrated GPS something you would want in your car as you pass it on to your newly licensed teen driver? Sure, why not, while they may be outdated for you, for your new teen driver, they are timeless.

Safety – does it distract or provide safety features. Once again, this is an important factor to consider. Some technology featured in automobiles such as touch screen car controls may provide an unwanted distraction. Taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel could turn out to be too much of a good thing. On the other hand, if new car technology helps to prevent an accident such as forward collision mitigation or a backup camera, then these new technologies have you covered from front to back.

There are plenty of questions to ask yourself and three important factors to consider when it comes to technology and automobiles. If having the technology makes sense financially and will benefit you in both the long term and the short term, we see no reason not to have it!

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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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