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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!

 

car shipping quote

Getting a car shipping quote is easy!

Getting a shipping quote is simple with online forms that allow you to just easily plug in your information. Simply input your start and end destinations, car details such as year, make, and model, along with the dates, and the generator will automatically spit out a shipping quote. However, is the car shipping quote you received accurate? Even pricing around a variety of companies, with the same route, you will notice that each time you may get a different car shipping quote. Afterwards, some may just choose the cheapest quote thinking they are saving money. However, the cheapest quote isn’t always the best, especially if there are hidden fees. Hidden fees may impact the accuracy of your car shipping quote. A variety of hidden fees can easily and dramatically increase the cost of your car shipment. An online form may not provide you will all the information you may need in order to make an informed decision on choosing a company to ship your car.  Some fees that may impact the accuracy of your car shipping quote include: taxes, highway fees and tolls, insurance fees, and fuel. It is important to remember that instant online quotes give you an idea of what you will be looking at for car shipping. Some online forms will include insurance in the quote; however, this is not always the case. If it is,  it is important to inquire whether the insurance fee added in the instant quote is all inclusive coverage. The most effective way to ensure accuracy when it comes to shipping your car is to contact a representative. A customer service representative will provide you with the exact details of what your trip with entail. Our specialists are available to give you a break down of the online quote and share any fees that may not be included; therefore, when it comes to booking, there are no surprises.

 

Contact RoadRunner Car Transport to get your accurate car shipping quote today!

 

transporting your car

Choosing a company to transport your car takes a lot of time and research. Afterall, your car will be transported without your supervision, so you want to ensure you have hired a company that suits your needs and shares your vision. While you may have many questions running through your mind, especially if it is your first time, there are some considerations that should be at the top of your list for when you are making your choice on what company will be transporting your car. RoadRunner Auto Transport can ensure that your car will receive first class service.

 

Peace for Your Mind

When transporting your car, you are going to want an update on the exact locations. Our services will allow you to track your car so you know exactly where is it at all times. Keeping you informed 24 hours a day will keep your mind at peace. Therefore, you can cworry about other aspects relating to your trip and not the transporting of your car. 

 

Real People

There is nothing more frustrating than having a question, concern, or in need of information and you have to speak to a machine rather than a representative. We are a full service team that answers your calls directly. Our team is trained and knowledgeable in all the aspects of car transport. Easy communication with our team will ensure all of your questions are answered and your concerns are put to ease.

 

Fully Insured

By law, transporting car companies have to carry insurance. With our company, your car will have coverage for any in- transit damage caused by carrier negligence or failure to any equipment caused by the assigned auto delivery company. This is not necessary true for all companies. Some companies have waivers in their contracts that makes their liability ineffective while your car is in their possession. So, do your research to ensure that your vehicle will be fully insured during transportation.

 

Let us help you put your mind at ease. Contact RoadRunner Auto Transport for your car transporting needs.

 

Car Shipping

Determining car shipping costs can be difficult as there are many factors that contribute to the overall rate.This is why Road Runner Auto Transport has a convenient online rate calculator. Enter your vehicle information, origin/delivery destination and shipping dates to discover your cost instantly. Before you do so, make sure to read this article to better understand the factors contributing to your car shipping costs.

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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.

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Season

Auto hauling seasons also affect shipping cost. Mainly, the cost of car 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.

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Size

Generally, one of the standards of estimating the price of car shipping 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.

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Type of Transport

The main types of car shipping 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.

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Fuel

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

Don’t forget to use our online rate calculator by clicking here. If you would like more information on shipping your car please give us a call at (888) 777-2123.

Buy a Car Online

Purchasing a new vehicle can be a very time consuming and stressful experience. There are many advantages when you buy a car online or out of state. It may come across as an odd purchase to do online but technology has paved the way to make it a smooth and easy transaction. Follow our guide to ensure an easy purchase and delivery.

The first step to make is allocating a budget for your new vehicle. What type of vehicle will meet your specific needs and allocate the correct budget so you don’t spend outside of your means. Make sure to do your research. Websites like Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds are great tools to use to receive information about potential car options. You may think that buying out of state is not an option if you don’t have the time to visit the dealership. We can assist you buy picking up from any out of state dealership and delivering your dream car directly to your doorstep. Buying out of state can save you a lot of money as long as you do the right research. Remember you can also buy a car online without a dealer. Just make sure to ask private sellers for CarFax reports on the vehicle you choose. Another good option would be to have a local mechanic perform a pre-buy inspection. This should cost around $100 and will relieve some stress associated with purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. You can also utilize sites like Truecar or Nowcar to assist with negotiating rates with dealers.

After you do the appropriate research and negotiation your final step is to have your new car delivered to your home.  We can assist you in your final step whether your vehicle is from out of state or even if you just can’t find the time to pick it up.  We have a few options for you to choose from depending on your preference. You can opt for enclosed or open transport. Enclosed transport would be a good option for luxury, exotic or classic cars. Open transport is the more affordable option it is still safe however your car is not covered during transport.  We provide full service pickup and doorstep delivery for both options as well as insurance coverage.  We suggest you make your booking 2 weeks ahead so we can coordinate the pickup and have your car delivered within your desired time frame. You can give us a call at (888) 777-2123 to set up a reservation or even book directly online by clicking here.

Winter Driving Tips

We suggest you follow these winter driving tips to ensure your safety as the temperature drops.

Driving in the winter can be dangerous if you are not properly prepared and unaware of how your vehicle handles the snow. Follow these tips to ensure your safety on the road this winter.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Always ensure your vehicle is fully prepared for the sudden drop in temperatures. Always keep a winter survival kit in your car. This includes an ice scraper and a shovel.  Make sure to check your tires and ensure they can handle the snow.  Always keep your gas tank half full this will avoid a gas-line freeze. It will also ensure you can keep your engine running and stay warm if you ever get stuck in the snow.  Also make sure your windshield wipers are functioning and you have windshield fluid. This is necessary to ensure you can see clearly during a snow storm.

Cautious Driving

Always be cautious when driving in the snow, the conditions heighten the risks for accidents if you are not careful. Remember to always accelerate and decelerate slowly. Make sure you hit the gas slowly to accelerate to avoid skids.  Don’t speed its dangerous on icy roads. Make sure to give yourself ample time to slow down for stops. Never hit the breaks to fast, this can also cause you to skid and may cause an accident.  If you can avoid stopping, try to do so. If your nearing a red light, try to deaccelerate slowly and roll until the light changes.

If you can avoid driving in a snow storm it’s best to do so, especially if you are an inexperienced driver. If it’s a necessity make sure to prepare your vehicle ahead of time and practice cautious driving.


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