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What is a snowbird?
Living in two places every year
Plan in advanced
Conclusion

 

 

What is a snowbird?

Simply put, snowbirds are retired or semi-retired people who “migrate” from the north to the south each year during the winter months to avoid dealing with cold and snowy weather. The majority of these people are over the age of sixty and have the financial freedom in retirement which allows them to move south for several months each year.
 

Living in two places every year

When snowbirds move twice a year, every year, they need to become efficient as possible when doing so. They will not want to spend a week or more moving every time they venture either south or north for a season.

So, many of them essentially have two residences. Each of these residences will generally have most things they need, thus eliminating the need to move those things back and forth. Even things such as having two sets of clothing.

However, purchasing an additional car just to have down south with them for a couple months a year usually tends to be an option most people do not have. Even if is financially feasible, who wouldn’t be at least a little nervous about leaving their car hundreds or thousands of miles away for six to eight months a year? Even if you put it into storage, it can get damaged by things like mice or bugs and it can get a little bit pricey too.

This is why many snowbirds will end up shipping their cars south when they move for the winters, then north for the spring.
 

Plan in advanced

If you are a snowbird you should always plan your moves in advanced. This will help you get lower prices on most things involved with the cost of your trip including things like flights and vehicle shipping.

We recommend that you plan your car shipment at least a month in advanced. This will not only help slightly with price, but it will also help you get a better pick up time and delivery time. It will also give you more time to prepare your vehicle for the shipment.

You will also want to make sure that you make arrangements to have someone check in on your first home up north while you are down south enjoying the weather. Ask a relative like an older child or a neighbor to go over to the house once a week or a couple times a month to make sure that everything is okay and that there are no major issues like flooding.

You will need to get your mail forwarded to your southern address before you move south too. You can temporarily forward your mail for up to a year with the United States Postal Service. You can forward your mail for up to a year temporarily. You can sign up to do so by clicking here.
 

Conclusion

The whole point of going south for the winter is ease and relaxation. It is about avoiding the stress of dealing with shoveling snow and winterizing your home. So why would you replace that with the stress of two complete moves each year?

If you plan properly the “move” south for the winter will be as easy as getting a plane with a day of preparation before you leave and another once you get to your destination – that is it.

Other details about your move shouldn’t cause you any stress or frustration either. Details like worrying about the well being of your first house up north or shipping your car south for the winter can be easily taken care of as long as you do so in advance.

Enjoy your golden years without the stress and become a snowbird who knows how to prepare for their annual trip south.

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Why auto transport costs what it does
Distance
Type of vehicle
Fuel prices
Shipping time
Shipping method
Season
Beware of super low prices when shipping your vehicle
Conclusion

 
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Why auto transport costs what it does

When it comes to determining the cost for a product, companies usually just figure out what the product costs them to produce then mark it up, so they can profit. There usually aren’t too many unusual things that factor into the total cost of the product. It’s mainly just the particular company’s overhead cost plus the mark up.

However, vehicle transport is different. There are a bunch of different variables that factor into the cost of your auto shipment. The price you end up paying is carefully calculated using all of these different factors.

What are the “variables” that affect auto transport prices? Well, the primary ones are:

  • Distance
  • Type of vehicle (make and model)
  • Fuel prices
  • Shipping time
  • Shipping method
  • Season

 

Distance

Distance is the most obvious factor in the price of shipping your vehicle. Quite simply, the further you need to ship your car, the more it will cost. Keep in mind though that the other variables mentioned above could make a longer distance car shipment less expensive than a shorter one if they all fall into line together (E.g. time is no issue, it’s during the fall, it’s an average sized car and fuel prices are low).
 

Type of vehicle

The make and model of the car matters, for the most part, because different vehicles are different sizes. Thus, some cars require additional labor and handling if they’re larger than usual and it will cost extra to ship these larger vehicles.
 

Fuel prices

As we all know, fuel prices fluctuate throughout the year. As demand increases for fuel in the summer months, the supply decreases. As a result, the price of fuel increases. That is one thing to consider regarding fuel prices.

However, you also need to consider that current global events at any given time can occasionally affect the price of fuel. Remember, about ten years ago, fuel prices in the United States rose to about four dollars and fifty cents during the summer of 2008. This had to do with the turmoil in the middle east at the time as well as the financial crisis the country was facing back then. Car shipping prices rose much higher than normal and it was a direct result of the sky rocketing fuel prices at the time.
 

Shipping time

We always advise anyone thinking of shipping their car to plan as far in advance as possible. This way you can avoid the additional cost of an expedited car shipment. You should also plan to be without your vehicle for between one and three weeks depending on how far you are shipping it. When you request any sort of expedited option, your cost will increase considerably.
 

Shipping method

Choosing an expedited shipping option, as mentioned above, can also fall under the umbrella of a shipping method. However, when you talk about shipping method with regards to auto transport, it generally means you are talking about things like enclosed transport, top load versus bottom load or air versus ground.

When you choose anything other than ground transport on an open-air carrier without a preference for top or bottom load, you will incur an additional fee or series of fees (depending on how many extras you choose). Not all of these fees are equal. For example, choosing to ship your vehicle via air will cost you thousands more than if you ship on the ground. However, if you choose top load over bottom load, it will only cost an extra hundred bucks or so.
 

Season

The time of year in which you choose to transport your vehicle will have a moderate effect on your final price as well. The season during which you ship can affect several things which will then have a direct effect on your cost to ship.

Carrier availability is one such thing. Depending on when you choose to ship, carriers may be in high demand and that would then drive the cost of shipping up. This generally tends to be the case during the summer months. Also, as mentioned earlier, fuel prices are affected by the time of year that you choose to ship. If fuel prices are higher, your price will also end up being higher.
 

Beware of super low prices when shipping your vehicle

You should also be aware of the bait and switch pricing scams. There are a few “fly by night” auto transport companies that will deliberately under-cut the competition by a wide margin, then when you ship with them, they will inform you of “additional fees” once your car is in transit. If you refuse to pay, they will hold your vehicle. It will take time and money with legal action to get your car back. So, when your looking for an auto transport quote you see most companies have about the same price quoted but then you see that one company has a quote for half the price of the next lowest quote – do not book with that company.
 

Conclusion

There’s a bunch of different things that will affect the price of shipping a car: Distance of the shipment, the make and model of the car being shipped, the time of the year that you ship it, which method of shipping that you use to ship it, fuel prices during the time at which you ship it, whether or not the car is operable and more.

It can be nearly impossible to try and estimate an auto shipping price yourself with all these different things at play. That’s why when you’re interested in getting an estimate for your car shipment, any reputable auto transport company will give you a free quote. These quotes are pretty accurate as well. Sometimes, circumstances may change, and the quote might end up slightly lower than the final price to ship. However, you’ll know this before you pay or have to hand your car over.

Table of Contents:
Standard Auto Transport
Luxury and Exotic Car Transport
Inoperable Vehicle Transport

 


 

Standard Auto Transport

For many people considering shipping their car, a common fear tends to be that their car could possibly fall off the carrier during transport. In reality, this is barely even possible so long as your driver takes the routine steps needed to secure your vehicle to the auto carrier prior to transport.

First, the driver must safely drive the car onto the carrier with exact precision. Yes, it is only matter of driving or backing the car up a few feet, but the wheels of the car must be completely and perfectly lined up with the loading ramp rollers (the two treads). If this is even slightly off the driver won’t be able to properly get the vehicle onto the carrier. Don’t worry though, auto transporters have so much experience doing this that it’s second nature for them.

Next, the vehicles are attached to the auto carrier at four different spots. The driver will use a series of chains and straps to secure the vehicle to the carrier.

The vast majority of vehicles are made with precise tie-down holes in their frame. Chains with specially made hooks to fit these holes are connected tightly in order to secure the cars to the auto carrier. The drivers are even required to mount the angle of the chain a certain amount of degrees from the vehicle to the trailer.

Luxury and Exotic Car Transport

Most Luxury and exotic car manufacturers use less intrusive means to do this, so they don’t alter the actual car or frame at all. So instead, they use extremely high-strength straps which are secured over each tire and strapped to the trailer. Doing it this way also eliminates any potential scratches or dents to the vehicle frame during shipping as well.

Either method is extremely secure. Auto Carriers have (very rarely) tipped over in accidents in the past and not a single vehicle has fallen off in some cases. That’s how securely fastened these cars are to the carrier.

Inoperable Vehicle Transport

Inoperable vehicles are a different story. It’s much less frequent that someone will ship an inoperable vehicle but when they do there’s much more that goes into it.

When you ship a non-running vehicle, the auto transporter will need to have a winch on the carrier. A winch hooks to your vehicle and can slowly pull it onto the carrier. Sometimes, a fork lift will be needed to move your car close enough to the trailer, so the winch can be connected.

These shipments of inoperable vehicles are much more costly than regular car shipping because of all the extra work that goes into it as well as the low availability of carriers equipped with winches.

Shopping for a new or pre-owned vehicle? Dealerships nation wide start gearing up for a new years worth of inventory beginning as early as October. These late in the year months have consistently proven that fall is the best time to buy a car. Better deals and cooler temperatures while shopping make a world of difference when shopping for your next big purchase or lease. Finding a vehicle from 2018, when there are only a few weeks left in the year and 2019 models have hit the floor can make a huge difference in your wallet. Aside from some major re designs, such as Chevrolet’s body overhaul of the Equinox in 2018,  most models are identical year to year apart from minor details. When buying the current years model after next years inventory has already arrived could translate into a huge savings and a lower lease rate. We like what Kelly Blue Book has to say about these model changeovers, that ” Cars and old bread have one thing in common: Prices are discounted when the new, fresh stuff appears.” This applies to used cars as well during these upcoming months, which are historically better than the spring and summer months.
 
Fall is the best time to buy a car
 
New models are typically released over the summer during annual events, surrounding the 4th of July holiday.  The timing of these new car roll outs prove that fall is the best time to buy a car,  simply because shopping for this years model while new inventory floods frantic dealers lots can help you get into a new vehicle at a much lower rate than summer shoppers. Winter time and year end sales are highly discounted as well but be warned that when inventory runs low during this time, if you wait too long stock will eventually run out and these deals will be missed. Or you may end up with a vehicle outside of your preferred model color or trim.
     Getting your first choice of vehicle with the best deals of the year is ideal so some inventory research is highly suggested at the very beginning of fall, we suggest as early as mid October. Also keep in mind that the radius of your search for the perfect car is no longer limited to vehicles in your immediate area when you can ship your car.  Most recent car sales actually start online in the from of research about specs different models and available options. According to Edmunds.com “Many people are perfectly happy with cars they have purchased virtually sight unseen. The key is to use an array of Internet tools and buying, inspecting and shipping services. By using them, you can shop from a much larger pool of vehicles and can often find a better bargain.”
     When Black Friday sales after Thanksgiving come around it will officially signify the scramble of the approaching holiday season, and for many the opportunity to get into a new vehicle or give an impressive gift to a well deserving loved one. Gifting a vehicle to a new driver, spouse or anyone for that matter, wherever in the country they may be is surely a present they will be overjoyed with. Luckily this is made possible when you ship your car with Road Runner Auto Transport. Private sellers who maybe also looking to trade in or buy a car in a newer model during this time make up a large portion of newly available inventory. These private sellers take advantage of year end sales themselves, and as a result can be that much more eager to compromise on prices in order to close the deal in time to finance their next big purchase. Its just as important to be informed of these buying trends in order to get the best deal you possibly can, as well as taking the time to know your credit score or get a pre approved financing deal in place prior to shopping for your next dream vehicle. When you are ready to buy a car keep Road Runner Auto Transport in mind!
 
Fall Car Shows
During these upcoming Autumn months when the days appear to be shorter and the nights become cooler, car enthusiasts across the country are celebrating fall festivities in style. Ship your car with us and join car fans of all ages at a variety of automotive events across the country that will be celebrating this season.
    The car show has been a long standing tradition of family fun since the early days of the automobile. Some of these classic vehicles are not only immaculately preserved to remind us of this era, but will be displayed in competition for sport. Other fall car shows boast the creative side of the automotive industry and show the audience insight into the future of transportation, with customized and unique rides.  Some events even offer opportunities to test drive dream cars and chances to win prizes or benefit good causes. Halloween themed events encourage kids to participate in the festivities and show off their costumes in competition right along side the best in show cars.
    Whether looking for family entertainment or a place to show off your hot rod, check out these upcoming events in cities near you.
NY
October 28th
Classic Car Show
Hotel Indigo, Riverhead
October 28th
NY Auto Fest 10th Annual Halloween Car Show
Chelsea Mansion, East Norwich
November 3rd
Drive Your Dreams Car Show
Meadowlands Expo Center
LA
October 21st
CARS And Canvas by Car Guy of the West In The Arts District
2143 Violet St, Los Angeles
October 28th (last Sunday of every month)
CARS AND COFFEE LA
2725 Hyperion Avenue Los Angeles
November 30th- Dec9th
2018 LA Auto Show
LA Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa, LA
CHICAGO
October 13th
St. Pascal’s Fall Car Show Fundraiser
6143 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
October 20th
The Rockwell Rendezvous
4030 N ROCKWELL ST chicago
 November 17th&18th
10th Annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road, Rosemont
HOUSTON
October 27
Gateway Classic Cars every last Saturday of the month for Cars & Coffee: Presented by Grundy Insurance!
Gateway Classic Cars of Houston
1910 Cypress Station Drive, #Suite 200
November 10th
FALL FEST CAR SHOW by Spekture
Houston NW Church: 19911 State Highway 249
November 11th
36th Annual Los Magnificos Car Show & Concert
Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds
7902 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77505
PHILADELPHIA
October 13th
St. Anselms Oktoberfest Car Show
12670 Dunksferry Road Phila. Pa
October 20th
DVRR (Delaware Valley Road Runners) Halloween Car Show
Falls township Community Park 9125 Mill Creek Road
Levittown, PA, 19054
October 20th
CHARIOTS OF FIRE ONE DAY INDOOR-OUTDOOR CAR SHOW
CLASSIC AUTO MALL,PA. TURNPIKE EXIT 298 & RT.10,
MORGANTOWN, PA, 19543
October 27th
Cars and Customs
7701 Martin’s Creek Belvedere Highway
Bangor, PA, 18013
PHOENIX
November 10th
2nd Annual Walk in the Park & Classic Car Show
The Village at Mayo Clinic Hospital 5811 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix AZ
November 16th-18th
Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals
WestWorld of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
November 22nd-25th
Arizona Int’l Auto Show Thanksgiving Weekend
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

apps for driving

 

Moving to another state? With that comes a new town, new home, new job, new roads, and a new community. While many things may be unfamiliar to you, your smartphone can become your lifeline to learning your new town. Check out the best apps for driving that can accompany you while exploring.

 

Waze

Waze is one of the best apps for driving in regards to traffic. It will notify you if there is an accident, construction, or police activity. It will provide you with an alternative route. However, this alternative route is sometimes off the beaten path. The plus side to this is you can explore your new area while taking a detour to your new destination.

 

Roadtrippers

Considering driving from one coast of Alaska to another? Then Roadtrippers is for you. Roadtrippers is great for an extended road trip and driving. In addition to giving you the best route, it will provide you with vacation tools such as hotel reviews, campgrounds, points of interest, and restaurants. In need of gas? The app will provide you with nearby gas stations and even give you an estimate amount on how much you are going to spend.

 

SpotHero

As you’re driving and exploring your new area and neighborhood, you may come across a town that you would like to get out and explore. But what about parking? SpotHero allows you to easily book in any participating and available garage, lot, or valet. You can even prepay to reserve a spot if you knew ahead of time where you are going to be.

 

Are you moving? You worry about downloading some of these best apps for driving and let us worry about shipping your car.

 

electric cars

America has a top 5 list of “Best Selling Electric Cars” and 3 of Tesla’s electric cars are on the list. Tesla’s electric cars that make the list are the Model 3 with 12,055 vehicle shipments in the United States, Model S with 6,550 vehicle shipments, and the Model X with 5, 525 vehicle shipments.

Tesla’s Model 3 is the cheapest electric car. On a single charge, the car can travel up to about 310 miles. This car is making its way to popularity and has recently hit many milestones in production. The car was designed to broaden the company’s customer base to not just luxury. The sporting version starts at around $35,000 making it more affordable than other models put out by Tesla.

The Model S sedan can travel up to 335 miles on a single charge and starts at $74,500. It is a popular sports car and is known to pick up speed. Tesla offers two models for the Model S. Customers can choose between an S 60 or S 60D. The major difference between the two models is the speed capacity of the car. The D product line has a faster 0- to 60 miles per hour acceleration. However, it has a lower overall range in terms of miles traveled.

The Model X is Tesla’s luxury sport utility vehicle. It has a max speed range of 295 miles and it starts at $79,500. The Model X seats 7 passengers and can go from a 0-to- 60 acceleration in 3.8 seconds. This car has the honor of being known to be the fastest sport utility vehicle.

Interested in purchasing yourself one of Tesla’s electric cars but there isn’t a dealership near you? Contact us today for all your car shipment needs. We will deliver your brand new electric car right to your doorstep.

 

college car shipment

It’s that time of year again where summer starts to wind down for college students. Back to school shopping for clothes, supplies, and dormitory necessities. It is also a decision-making time for parents. Should you allow your child to bring his/her car on campus? Allowing your child the responsibility of having his/her car at college is a big decision, and we can help if your decision is yes. Booking your college car shipment starts now!

College car shipment can save you time, money, and your sanity. Going back to college is a stress time for many, especially if it is a first. There are so many things you need to remember, and with it still being summer, you may be time crunched because of a busy schedule. That is where we come in. We can ship your child’s car to his/her college hassle free. How does it work? To begin your process, you would contact our representatives or visit our website for the online quote calculator. Your will be required to inform us of some important car information such as your starting and ending destination, car year, model, and make. Once we have an agreed upon car shipment pick up date, your reservation will be sent to dispatch. When your car is picked up by a carrier, you will receive a phone call from the carrier driver about three hours prior to pick up. At pick up you would meet the carrier, hand over your keys, and inspect your car for any dings or dents. You will complete a Bill of Lading prior to your car being loaded on to the carrier. The rest is in our hands until your car is ready for pick up at its new destination, a college or university. This leaves you and your child time to get other errands done, and if the college is across the United States or thousands of miles away, you can book a flight and not deal with long hours of driving, traffic, filling up your gas tank, or putting miles on the car. When your car reaches the college or university, the carrier driver will contact you to arrange drop off. Once again, you will inspect your car’s condition, and sign a Bill of Lading.

So, contact us today to book your college car shipment.

 

distracted driving

Distracted driving is unfortunately increasing as drivers are preoccupied while driving on the road. Distracted driving counts as any behavior where the driver is unable to dedicate his/her full attention to the road. While the use of cellphones is at the peak of the list, other behaviors include eating and drinking, talking to people in the car, and/or playing with the stereo or navigation system. Texting while driving is extremely dangerous, yet drivers can’t seem to put their cell phones down until they reach their destination. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 lives were lost on United States roads in 2016, which was a 5.6% increase from 2015. While all age groups are guilty of distracted driving, the fatal accident rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers that are 20 years of age and older. Many drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but still put themselves and other drivers on the road in danger. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds, which is equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Within those 5 seconds, anything can happen on the road: an animal or pedestrian can decide to cross, the car in front of you can stop short, or a light can change.

 

Change needs to occur in order to save lives and prevent injuries, but where to start? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is fighting against distracted driving by education Americans about the dangers. They are also partnering up with state and local police to enforce laws against distracted driving.

 

So in need of getting your car shipped, but don’t think you can dedicate yourself and attention to the long drive? Contact us today and let us handle shipping your car to its new destination.

carrier transport

Driving can be expensive and time consuming on your part, so why not choose a safer, easier, and more affordable option? You are starting your research on different types of carriers to transport your car. You keep seeing the terms open carrier transport and close carrier transport, but which one is the better choice for you and your car? There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of transport. It is important to consider the information below prior to making your decision.

 

An open carrier transport is the most popular way to transport your car. This means your car will be outdoors and is not enclosed. Therefore, it is not protected from outside factors while traveling. Your car will be neatly strapped to the carrier in order to reduce mobility and to protect against vibrations that are caused on the road while driving. There are several types of transporting vehicles from single car carriers to trucks capable of transporting ten or more cars.  Your car may be subjected to weather and road elements such as rain, snow, hail, debris, bugs, and birds. However, the good news is, an open carrier transport is usually faster and since they are in demand, there are usually more trucks and drivers available for your needs. If you are transporting your car last minute, then you may want to consider open carrier transports.

 

A closed carrier transport means your car is enclosed and housed inside of a covered truck. If you have a classic or an exotic car, then a closed carrier transport may be the better choice for you. The reason being that the biggest advantage to a closed carrier transport is that your car will be protected from weather and road  elements. However, if you decide to go for the closed carrier transport, be sure to book your transport dates early and quickly! The truth is there are fewer closed transport carriers on the road, which makes them harder to schedule. As a result, it could also be more costly.

 

Call us today for open carrier transport and closed carrier transport quotes, so you can make an informed decision on which carrier is the best for you!

 


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