All-Pro Auto Transport

Common Mistakes When Choosing An Auto Transport Company

When choosing an auto transport company you should always check out their ratings and how long they have been in business.    Getting a recommendation from someone you know, or from a popular car shipping review site can also be a solid indication that you are selecting the right company.

Ask the company if the payment has to be made in full before the car is even shipped.  This is a red flag because why would a company ask for money before the service has been rendered?  A deposit sometimes is asked of a customer only to insure the company that your going with that you are serious about shipping your vehicle.  Make sure that the deposit is fully refundable if the service hasn’t been performed.  If you have a bad feeling about a company then your probably right about going with your gut feeling.

Go with a company that conducts themselves in a professional manner and  makes your fell comfortable about the transport.  Each carrier should be fully insured.  It is best to ask for a copy of the insurance to make sure that your car is fully covered during its transport.

Why Can It Take Longer Than 7 Days To Ship My Car?

Our typical time frame for an auto transport pick up is anywhere within the first 1 to 7 days from the date that you make your vehicle available to us. Over 90 percent of the time, it an be done within this schedule, however, in certain circumstances, it may exceed this frame.

If you are going from a rural area to another, scheduling a carrier may take longer to accommodate your area. Our suggestion is to be willing to meet in a larger city to help with the process. Another reason can be the amount of vehicles leaving your area, towards your destination. Typically for a carrier to make their route, they need 7-10 other vehicles for their load. If you are the only one going out, it can take additional time to schedule.

Lastly, depending on the time of year you are shipping, weather conditions can play a role in the timeliness of pickup. If there tends to be snow storms, heat waves or other natural extremes, it may also surpass the 1-7 days. Again, over 90% of our vehicles are assigned an picked up within that 1-7 day frame, and that we do our best to get your vehicle assigned as fast as possible.

Preparing Your Vehicle For Winter

Before and after a long car trip, the integrity of your tires should be checked, in order to insure your and other drivers safety. Some of the most common causes of poor tire health can be from under inflation, over inflation, needing to rotate the tires, or if its been a while, new tires in general. Some quick ways to check this are the following.

  1. Check the pressure of your tire, and see if it matches what your owners manual suggests for its pressure capacity.
  2. Note any type of ware and tear done to the treads on the wheel base. Make sure there is enough grip on all tires.
  3. Do a quick walk around… see if any of the tires look deflated or asymmetrical. If you have completed these, and just wanted to confirm, never hesitate to go to a professional.

We urge when shipping your car, that the integrity of your tires is prime, so we can prevent any kind of issues that may arise.

How To Check The Health of Your Tires

Before and after a long car trip, the integrity of your tires should be checked, in order to insure your and other driver’s safety.  Some of the most common causes of poor tire health can be from under inflation, over inflation, needing to rotate the tires, or if it has been a while, new tires in general.

Some quick ways to check this are the following:

  1. Check the pressure of your tire, and see if it matches what your owners manual suggests for its pressure capacity.
  2. Note any type of ware and tear done to the treads on the wheel base.  Make sure there is enough grip on all tires.
  3. Do a quick walk around… see if any of the tires look deflated or asymmetrical.

If you have completed these, and just wanted to confirm, never hesitate to go to a professional.

We urge when shipping your car, that the integrity of your tires is prime, so we can prevent any kind of issues that may arise.

The State of Bridges in the US

The disrepair of bridges throughout the United States has been a concern for the past several years. For a bridge to be considered structurally deficient, it would have to have major deterioration, cracks, or any flaw that could reduce it’s ability to support vehicles. In a 2004 federal report, more than 6,000 of about 115,000 bridges in the National Highway System were deemed structurally deficient. In California alone, 13% of bridges are considered structurally deficient, with the average daily traffic exceeding 40,000 vehicles.

Since the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, some states have made progress in repairing old bridges, but many states still have thousands in disrepair. Billions are needed to get everything up to date. It wouldn’t be surprising if road tolls would continue to rise with the continuing rise of repair costs.  According to the latest estimate by the American Society of Civil Engineers, it would cost $9.4 billion a year for 20 years to eliminate all bridge deficiencies in the USA.

A bill that was passed a few years back offers a bit of relief, by calling for annual inspections of structurally deficient and fracture-critical bridges, uniform training standards for inspectors, and an extra $1 billion to help states repair bridges that are eligible for federal funds.

Why Do People Ship Their Car?

People ship their car most of the time because driving across the country can be time consuming as well as expensive.  Lot’s of car dealer ships ship vehicles as well to customers in other states who have purchased car’s from their dealerships.   When selling a car on eBay or through a private party shipping vehicles through auto transport companies are ideal.

College students who are going to school out of state also benefit from car shipping.  Parents are usually concerned about there child’s safety when driving long distances and feel more comfortable with leaving the driving to the professionals.

What is an inoperable vehicle?

Inoperable has many different definitions depending on who you ask. All-Pro Auto Transport defines non-running as a vehicle that is unable to load itself on and off the carrier without assistance. However, the vehicle must be able to roll, break and steer so our drivers can wench it on and off their truck. In the world of auto shipping several automobiles may be classified as non-running. For example, if the battery is dead, have engine problems or for any reason that it’s not drivable, we will consider that non-running.

Many people may purchase their vehicles from an auto auction or another place that may sell wrecked vehicles. Other people may have an older car that hasn’t been driven in years. Just be sure the breaks still work, the tires have air and can roll. This isn’t the Flintstones where we can roll them with our feet! Our professional drivers will use the proper tools to load the vehicle on and off their truck.

What is an enclosed carrier?

Enclosed car carriers are auto moving trucks which are enclosed on all sides. Most of the time they are used for collectibles such as antique cars, high-end sport cars and other luxury automobiles. They protect vehicles from outside weather elements, road debris and other damage that can occur when moving cars by way of an open carrier.

They are also used for lowered cars, like Corvette’s and Ferrari’s . Enclosed carriers usually cost between $400 and $600 dollars depending on the distance traveled.   It is best to use these kinds of carriers if your worried about any damage that may occur during your auto transport.