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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!

 

american cuisines

The United States is known as the melting pot of American culture. It is known for its diversity in people, cultures, foods, traditions, and languages. While the same holidays and traditions are celebrated throughout the United States, American cuisines vary from region to region. Although you may be from the United States and have grown up celebrating American cultures, there are a variety of popular American cuisines that differ by regions.

 

Northeastern United States

Most Northeastern states are known for their seafood and dairy products due to its prime location of being on the seaports. Many Northeastern dishes are baked, steamed, or stewed rather than fried and limited spices are used. Some staple dishes in this region include the hamburger, lobster roll, bake beans, steak tips, clam chowder and cakes, oysters, and the Italian sandwich- a variety of ham, salami, cheeses, peppers, pickles, and tomato.

 

Midwestern United States

The midwest is considered the breadbasket of the nation, and therefore, it is known for its carbs. Corn, soy, and wheat are used in many popular American cuisines. Many of the ingredients used in these dishes are grown locally and regionally. Some staple dishes include turkey with cranberry sauce and wild rice, bratwurst with sauerkraut and potatoes, casseroles, and apple pie.

 

Southern United States

Southern style cooking is typically called “comfort food.” In these regions you will find dishes that are usually fried, richer, and heavier. Popular ways to serve meat include either by barbecue or fried. Some staple dishes include pork or chicken with corn, peas and rice, collard greens, cornbread, grits, buttermilk biscuits with honey, cobbler, and a baked pie.

 

Western United States

As you move more west, Mexican influences are popular in many of the classic dishes. Beef, beans, rice and avocados are widely used in these regions. Popular dishes include wraps, burritos, tacos, and sushi. Salads such as Greek, Cobb, and Asian Chicken are equally popular. Fish such as salmon is popular in the Northwest region as many people in this area fish along the coastline.

 

So researching American cuisines by regions because you are thinking of relocating? Contact us today for your car shipment needs.

 

The car transport industry has been increasingly booming. Whether customers are using car transport services for relocation, new purchases, traveling, or personal/ business reasons, the industry is growing. So what exactly do you need to know and understand before booking one of our car transport services such as door to door transport?

 

When shipping within the United States, the car transport service you want to consider is door to door transport. Door to door transport is the method used for car transport that is within the United States. If you are transporting your car from one state to another state, this option would be for you. The driver and carrier would meet you at your location in order to pick up your car. If you are unable to physically be there, it is best to leave your keys with your neighbor. However, in the event this isn’t possible, you would contact your car shipment company and inform them of a hidden location for where you would leave your keys. Of course, if you are unable to be there when you car is going to be picked up, you will want to document your car’s condition. The best way to document your car is through pictures. This will be important for when signing the Bill of Lading and when receiving your car at its new location. The Bill of Lading is a document that states your car is in the actual condition you say it is in. Once the carrier has picked up your car, your car transport begins. Your car, which is loaded onto a carrier, is driven to your new destination.

 

Booking us for your car transport services will provide you with a stress free experience. RoadRunner car transport services provides you with the opportunity to track your car. While you cannot track the exact city and state your car is in, you can track the major milestones of your transport such as when your car has been assigned to a carrier, when the driver is on its way, when your car is enroute to you, and when you car has been delivered. So, contact us today to get started on your car transport services!

 

backup cameras required

Having a backup camera included in your new car’s package use to be a choice. However, the United States has now made backup cameras required for all new cars being sold. The push and mandate for backup cameras comes from an increase of accidents. New regulations have made backup cameras required in order to prevent accidents in which pedestrians, often children, are run over because  drivers cannot see them as they back up their vehicles. According to the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 200 people are killed each year, and another 14,000 are injured in accidents relating to a car backing up and the driver not seeing the pedestrian. This requirement came after a series of other mandations to try and make backing up safer. In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring car companies to take measures to adopt technology in cars in order to improve rear view visibility. However, after many delays, the Department of Transportation made backup cameras required in 2014, giving car companies several years to prepare before making it go into full effect. Now, as of May 2018, backup cameras are becoming mandatory. This mandate is for all vehicles under 10,000 pounds. The back up camera must show a 10- foot- by 20- foot zone behind the vehicle.  This requirement isn’t new to all car companies. Many higher- end models and cars already have this option included in many of their packages. However, this technology will now be standard in even the cheapest of new cars being produced. This is likely to increase the cost of building cars, which will be passed on to the consumers. However, the cost is not high compared to the impact it will have to saving lives. Consumers can expect to see just a forty dollar increase in car prices.

 

Looking into shipping your brand new car with its new backup camera? Contact us today!

Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, has been a federal holiday since 1941. Many banks, businesses, and restaurants are closed or have holiday hours. Prior to the year of 1941, many establishments closed, but it was an unpaid holiday for many workers. Since then, the Fourth of July has become a paid holiday for employees who work for establishments that are closed.

 

However, there is more to the day than just a paid day off for employees. The actual holiday of the Fourth of July dates back to July 2, 1776 when Congress voted in favor of independence for the United States of America from the ruling of Great Britain. Two dates later, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and published. Back then, it was just 13 colonies that had adopted the Declaration of Independence, as the United States of 50 states was not established yet.

 

The Fourth of July is a holiday celebrated by many Americans, and the way it is celebrated comes from John Adams. On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail stating that he wanted the Fourth of July to be a huge celebration with parades, shows, games, guns, bells, bonfires, and lights throughout the United States. Today, many Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July the way John Adams would have wanted it. The birth of American Independence is remembered and celebrated with fireworks, parades, picnics and BBQs. Family and friends gather together to honor the day. Typical Fourth of July food include hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, and watermelon. Sporting events include baseball games, three- legged races, swimming activities, and tug- of- war games. Many Americans display the American flag outside of their homes or buildings. Neighbors and communities gather to watch firework displays. If the area you live in isn’t putting on a firework display, you can count on watching it be shown on television.

 

vehicle registration

You’ve made the decision to relocate. You’ve packed up your house and shipped your car to your new location. Now, you need to take the appropriate steps for vehicle registration at the DMV office. Vehicle registration for new vehicles in new states needs to be done in person, unless there is an extenuating circumstance. In these cases, you can file for vehicle registration by mail, which results in a longer process. If you are sending in your paperwork and payment by mail, you must allow two weeks for the documents to be delivered. There is also an additional 90 day processing time. Fortunately, if you are able to register in person you can download vehicle registration forms online and then bring them to your local DMV office in order to save a bit of time .  In order to register your car in your new state, you will need to show proof of identity, car insurance, and ownership. There will also be a title fee, license plate fee, and tax, which all differ depending on which state you are registering in. Car registration in your new state must be completed within 30 days of establishing new residency. Also, you need to have an up to date insurance policy in your new state prior to registration. Many states do not accept out- of- state insurance policies, so it is important to take this step prior to visiting the DMV office.

 

If you imported a car from another country, you will need slightly different vehicle registration paperwork. Your imported car will need to pass United States Customs and Border Protection as well as all state emissions standards. Emission standards vary from state to state. There are more documents for imported vehicle registration. Paperwork forms include: Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles, Entry Summary, Entry and Manifest of Merchandize Free of Duty, Carrier’s Certificate of Release, Declaration for Free Entry of Returned American Products, and Customs Declaration. All of these forms can be downloaded and brought to your local DMV office. Then, you will need to follow the process for regular vehicle registration.

 

So, contact us for all your car shipment so you can relocate fast and easy!

 

bill of lading

The Bill of Lading, or BL/ BoL for short, is a legal receipt document provided by the carrier company that acknowledges the cargo for shipment. It directly states what is being shipped, where it is coming, and where it is going. The Bill of Lading serves as contract and must be presented at delivery. It is the most important document needed for the car shipment process. The Bill of Lading legally shows that the carrier has received the correct vehicle and it is in the appropriate condition. The Bill of Lading contains other important information necessary for car shipment. Other information included in the Bill of Lading are the names of the sender/ shipper company and customer, the names of the ports of departure and destination, dates of departure and arrival, a breakdown of what is in the car, and vehicles details such as model, year, markings, etc. The Bill of Lading also serves as proof of ownership for the customer. It was created to provide a receipt to the shipping company in case the owner couldn’t be at departure or delivery. Besides the Bill of Lading, there are two other crucial documents needed for your car shipment. The other two documents needed for car shipment are a policy of insurance and an invoice/ statement of a bill.

 

There are multiple ways to obtain a Bill of Lading. You can receive it from your shipping company, download it online and print a company, or complete it online and electronically submit. The company you decide to use will inform you on what method they prefer. There are many different types of Bill of Ladings and the one you complete for your car shipment is dependent on the type of vehicle you are shipping.

 

So, contact us today to started with your car shipment, and we’ll ensure you have the appropriate documents completed, especially your Bill of Lading.

 

car shipping

With the increase of car shipping demand and popularity, there have been some changes in the car shipping industry. Prior to the high demands, drivers logged their route and hours by paper. If they took a rest break, no one would know or be notified. What did this mean for you the customer? You were left in the dark about where your car was, when it would be arriving, and if there were any delays.  However, legislation has made it so car shipping companies and drivers must digitally log their information. This change in car shipping is known as Electronic Logging Device Mandate or ELD. What does this mean for you the customer? You can now get an up to date tracking on your car shipment.

 

Prior to mandating ELDs in cars, car shipping companies had the choice on whether or not they wanted to use this device and technology. Many did not install this system, which left room for errors and inaccurate information for when recording information, times, and locations because information was put in manually. It also didn’t provide car shipping companies and consumers with “in the know” information and left room for many questions and “the unknown”.  The requirement to now install ELDs have greatly changed the car shipping experience as we know it. ELD is more effective on car shipping because you can access first- hand knowledge and data on your car. The ELD will track your car’s movement which will provide you with accurate information on your car’s whereabouts.

 

How does it work? The ELD is installed in the car that is being shipped. From there, the ELD is registered and can transmit data and information. The driver and car shipping company can even make “edit” notes (annotations) if any information is incorrect. Since every moment of the driver’s journey is logged and monitored, it will ensure that your car is on the right track and in transit to you. If drivers want to take a rest period, they would simply use the edit section to log a rest period. Mandating ELDs have made your car shipping experience easy and non- stressful.

 

So, contact us today and get started on your car shipping experience.

 

For more information on ELD, visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices

 

car shipment time

There are many factors that impact your car shipment time. It is important to be proactive and realistic when making the decision to ship your car. If you are looking to book an open carrier transport, you are looking at a quicker car shipment time than if you were looking to book a closed carrier transport. Why? Closed carrier transports aren’t as in demand, which means they could take longer to find a carrier truck. The time frame that includes dropping your car off for shipment and picking your car up at your new location is dependent on numerous factors.

The first factor that impacts your car shipment time is location. Where are you shipping to? If your route is a commonly traveled route and includes major cities, then it is will take a shorter time to receive your car. However, if you are shipping to small town or a remote location, it will more than likely take a longer time to receive your car. Next up is what season you are considering to ship in. Season is important for two reasons. The first reason being if you are shipping to a location that is known for blizzards and snowfall, this may slow down your car shipment time. Weather plays a huge role on the roads, speeds, and driving conditions; therefore, winter months may impede your car shipment time. Secondly, some months are more in demand than others. For example, the spring is a very busy month for car shipment companies due to snowbirds and vacationers. This can work in your favor or against you. High demand seasons means more carrier trucks on the road, so if you are proactive in booking your car shipment, you may have no problem. However, if you aren’t proactive in booking your car shipment, you may have trouble finding a company that isn’t completely booked up. Therefore, as soon as you know, call us so we can get the process started. Lastly, there is transit time. Transit time means the timing your car will be on the road with a driver. This is all dependent on distance, season, and the types of road. To help with this, our company offers an update to tracker that will show you the path of your car and expected travel times.

 

So give us a call today or click here so that together we can figure out the best time to ship your car!

 

auto insurance

 

Having auto insurance on your car is just as important as having home insurance on your house. When we take out a protection plan, we need auto insurance that protects us against accidents, thefts, and other possible damages. Similarly, when car shipping, you need to have an all inclusive auto insurance policy. There are many things you should know about acquiring auto insurance prior to car shipping.

 

Proof of Auto Insurance

It is required by law that car shipping companies have a valid auto insurance certificate. You are permitted to ask to see the insurance upfront when booking. At this time, it is a good idea to ask any questions related to the company’s auto insurance. An important related question to ask is if the entire car is covered or just any damage that may occur during transporting.

 

Writing is Proof

You will more than likely be booking your car shipping details over the phone. Chances are, you are probably writing down information that the car company is sharing with you, but those are your words. It is important to ask the company to write down anything discussed and agreed upon that is not in their regular contract.

 

Double Check With Your Auto Insurance Company

The more protection the better! Depending on the personal policy you took out on your car, some insurance companies cover your car when it is being transported. It is a good idea to give your auto insurance company a call prior to car shipping. An important question to ask is whether your policy still covers your car while it is being shipped and/or in other states and countries.

 

Remove All Personal Items

While your car may be insured by your personal auto insurance company, and definitely by your car shipping company, your personal items will not be insured. It is important to completely empty your car of any personal belongings. This includes any electronics, loose change, CDs or cassettes, toll passes, important paperwork, etc. When in doubt, remove it.

 

So give us a call  or click here to find out more about what our company offers as far as auto insurance, and let’s get you on the road to shipping your car!

 


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