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How long does it take to ship a car?

How long will it take to ship my car? That’s one of the first questions you may come to when deciding whether or not to ship your vehicle. There are actually three different waiting periods: dispatch, pickup and transit time.

Dispatch: Firstly, there is the timetable prior to dispatch. This will last between your ready date and until a truck is assigned to your shipment. This window typically lasts anywhere from 1-7 days after your ready date.

Pickup: Your second waiting period will be between the time of dispatch and the day in which your vehicle is actually picked up. This will vary based on how far away the truck is at the time of dispatch. The truck could be around the corner or it could be a few states away.

Transit Time: The third and final phase will vary based on the length of your move.

So potentially, a vehicle shipment could take anywhere from 1 to 17 days. As you can see, shipping times can vary greatly depending on the time it takes to get dispatched as well as the length of the move.

For a more accurate estimate, contact an auto shipping company. They will be able to give you an estimate specific to your move and current industry trends.

Snowbirds Heading Home

Winter is finally coming to an end…which means it’s time to plan your next vehicle shipment. You can begin your shipment easily, quickly and without cost by requesting a quote on the form located on the right.

The perk of being a snowbird is that you get to enjoy the best of each location…head north and enjoy beautiful spring!

Shipping a vehicle south or west? You may be eligible for a discount in the coming weeks as many vehicles will be returning to the north and north east. Ask your auto shipping company about any discounts they may offer!

 

Self-Driving Cars -Around the Corner

Think of your morning routine. Does it include a stressful and long drive to work? What about your evening commute? Wouldn’t it be nice to just sit back and relax while the car did everything for you? It’s not so far away. Trade that frustrating time in traffic for extra time to check email, catch up on news or enjoy just a few quite moments to yourself. This is where the future is going and our self-driving cars are driving us there. Not only is it an idea, it’s a promise. Mercedes has promised that by 2020 you will be able to purchase a vehicle that will in fact drive itself.

You can read about the Rinspeed’s concept car here -complete with photos!

 

Sinkhole at Corvette Museum

Corvette lover? Prepare for some sad news. A sinkhole has damaged part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Eight Corvettes were damaged. The museum is still open to visitors, however the damaged section of the building is off limits. You can read more in detail about the incident here.

Carless Households On The Rise?

I read a really interesting article by Mark Rogowsky, it can be found here, about the recent trend in using ride sharing services such as Zipcar and Uber. He points out that city-dwellers are foregoing purchasing a vehicle due to the convenience and low cost of these vehicle sharing options. This could lead to a big dip in auto sales. Having never lived in a large city (suburbanite, right here!) I never even thought about not having my very own vehicle, so this really peaked my interest. I looked a bit further into it and found other vehicle sharing options, such as the concept of peer-to-peer rentals. Do you participate in these car sharing ventures? Could you see yourself trading your everyday driver for a Zipcar membership?

V2V Technology: Changing The Way We Travel?

Imagine a world where your car knows the exact location of the surrounding vehicles, can slow you down to prevent a crash, and is constantly looking out to prevent an accident. This world is about to become reality. The Department of Transportation released plans on Monday to require manufacturers to equip vehicles with transponders to track the information of the location, direction and speed of surrounding vehicles…up to ten times per second. Think of the implications of this technology. How many crashes will be prevented? How many people will avoid death? This could be the beginning of a vehicle safety revolution. To read more about the new V2V technology, click here.

 

Stranded in Your Car: What to Do

We just saw it happen in Atlanta this week: snow fell and traffic stopped. Here are a few tips to remember if you’re ever caught in a similar situation:

  • Try to stay warm -This may seem obvious but you may not immediately think of digging out that blanket roaming around in the back seat. Put on your gloves, zip up your coat and get comfy.
  • Don’t burn your gas -You don’t know how long you will be stuck in the traffic gridlock, don’t waste your gas. Turn your car off and only use it to turn on the heat every 25 minutes or so.
  • Stay in your car -Unless you are very close to a building in which you can seek shelter, it is best to stay in your vehicle. This will keep you safe from the elements as well as keep you from getting lost.
  • Don’t waste your phone battery -You may need to call for help at some point. Don’t play Candy Crush until your phone dies.
  • Check your tailpipe every once in a while -Snow and ice can build up, leaving the exhaust fumes backing up into the cabin of your vehicle. This is a very easy way of getting carbon-monoxide poisoning.
  • Try to move around -Stretch, change positions, stand up if possible. This will keep your blood flowing, keeping you warmer.

 

The Super Bowl is coming…and so are the commercials.

As yet another football season comes to a close, we’re faced with that bittersweet event…the Super Bowl. Football fan or not- you will probably see or at least hear about these ads. It’s no surprise that the auto industry plans to be hitting this event pretty hard. A few companies have already released their commercials or teasers of their commercials. You can check out the early commercials here: http://www.superbowl-commercials.org/cat/2014

Are you influenced by Super Bowl commercials? Would a commercial change your mind about a vehicle or brand?

 

Subcompact Cars Under Perform In IIHS Test

A recent test of subcompact cars by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed some unsettling results. Out of twelve subcompact cars tested, none of them received a “good” rating, the highest rating possible. Only one car, the Chevrolet Spark received an “acceptable” rating. Six of the cars received the worst rating of “poor”.

The study tested how well the vehicles will hold up when striking an object with 25% of the front driver-side corner of the vehicle at 40 mph. This varies from the government’s frontal crash test, in which the vehicles strike an object head on at 35 mph.

Two of the worst performers in the test were the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit.

It is worth noting that these vehicles received high ratings on other IIHS tests.

To view more information about the test, including detailed rating information about the cars tested, click here.