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How to Ship Your Car to Hawaii

Planning your next move and have no idea where to start? Maybe you’ve got all of your house materials packed up and are just now trying to figure out how to ship a vehicle?

Moving across the country can be hard. Moving across an ocean can be harder. We’re here to help you ace your move to Hawaii with these tips.

Where do I even start?

What we recommend doing before shipping a vehicle is researching all of your options. Luckily, there is not a one-size-fits-all model when it comes to shipping your vehicle. And that’s wonderful. Why? Because this means that there is an array of options to fit you and your budget. Here are some of the options available to you:

Port Drop-off and Pick-up

This method of shipping your vehicle is an option for those on a tight budget. Driving your car to a port will ensure that a shipping company will place it on a ship and send it to Hawaii. Once there, they will roll the vehicle off the ship and park it for your arrival.

Here is a time estimate from one of top reputable port shipping companies, Matson:

  • To Hawaii from West Coast 9 – 24 Days
  • To Alaska from Tacoma 3 – 7 Days*
  • To Guam from West Coast 14 – 21 Days
  • To Micronesia from West Coast 18 – 27 Days*
  • To the South Pacific from West Coast 25 – 28 Days

This option is especially great for those who live near a west coast port such as Tacoma, Seattle, Long Beach, and Oakland. If you do not live near one of these ports, this option still could work but probably won’t be the cheapest option for you. So if you’re turned off from doing this there’s another option…

Hire a Company to Ship it for you

Although this option may sound too expensive for your budget, it potentially could be cheaper than the first, especially if you live on the east coast of the mainland US.

What is the best way to ensure you’re getting the best deal? Shop around. There are so many shipping services out there. Knowing your wants and needs for shipping your car to Hawaii is essential. Some shipping companies will offer you a premium, no sweat from you option for a more exclusive price. However, there will also be companies that ask you to put in a little more work and they will take care of the rest for a more affordable price.

The best thing for you to do is gather quotes from reputable companies and make an educated decision based on what you want from a company.

But know this: you always have options.

I’ve picked my shipping option, what now?

You’ve selected your shipping service, so now what?

Prepare Documentation

No matter the shipping you choose, you’ll need a few documents for this process.

  1. Vehicle title or lien holder authorization letter
  2. Registration (current vehicle registration)
  3. Photo ID that matches the title and registration

Prepare your Car

The next step you’ll want to follow to preparing your car correctly for the move.

  1. Make sure you gas tank is filled no more than ¼ of the way at the time of your shipping it
  2. Disconnect your car alarm system or battery. This is to ensure that in the event that an alarm goes off, your battery will not be completely drained.
  3. Remove all personal possessions. This is what you must do if your car is being loaded directly onto a ship.
  4. You’ll also want to remove all unbolted accessories from the vehicle.
  5. As a measure of precaution, we would also recommend having two pairs of keys; one to stay with the car and one for you in the event that one becomes lost.
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Moving During Covid-19

What To Know About Moving During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected every industry in the United States and abroad, with the moving industry being no exception. Though moving companies are being considered as an essential business in most places at this time, it is important to remember that the guidelines can change based on new information or unexpected spikes in cases in certain areas. This is a confusing and difficult time for people and businesses around the world and it’s important to us at A-1 Auto Transport that our customers understand the necessary preparation and precautions to take when moving during the current pandemic.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential that you regularly check guidelines and regulations, both with the moving company you use and the local government in the area you plan to move. If you plan to move long distance, this applies even more; if you’re moving internationally, even more so. Regularly checking for information from health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highly recommended for anyone planning to move and the further your move, the more important that you do so. The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) has a terrific resource about moving during COVID-19 that you should also reference if you plan to relocate in the near future.

Best Practices For Moving During COVID-19

Consult with the moving company you’re using to see if they have any special guidelines that need to be followed. Many companies are now offering what is called contactless moving, meaning that there is no contact between you and the movers. In addition, contactless moving services ask that you not be present when the movers are doing the loading and unloading of your items.

Another best practice is to keep plenty of cleaning supplies on hand before, during, and especially after the move is completed. Even if you use a contactless moving service, you’ll still want to sanitize any boxes and furniture that were handled in your absence. Keep things like Lysol disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer well on hand for your own safety and wipe down everything before handling it. Thoroughly washing your hands throughout the unpacking process is also highly recommended.

Ask the moving company what precautions they are taking before hiring them. Important questions include whether they use masks and gloves while doing the job, as well as if they do any health screenings of their employees. Even if they’re not health care workers, it’s important that they use personal protective equipment to minimize risk, as well as thoroughly sanitizing their trucks between moving jobs. If a moving company is taking all of these steps, odds you’ve found a company that is taking their role seriously during the pandemic.

If possible, it’s recommended that you leave three days in between when your items are dropped off and when you handle them. According to currently medical advice, the virus is not nearly as potent on surfaces after a three day waiting period. If you feel that you are experiencing any symptoms that may indicative of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough), you should not move until your symptoms have cleared and, ideally, you have been tested to confirm that you do not have the virus.

Due to travel concerns, it’s advisable to travel by car rather than plane, even if moving long distance. Airports and airplanes are already a risky proposition when it comes to getting sick and with current developments, they present a legitimate health risk for anyone who flies. If you happen to be moving overseas or to another country, you may not have the luxury of skipping out on air travel, in which case you should take every precaution possible. The U.S. Department of State has international travel guidelines and regulations that you should consult if this is the case.

The final piece of advice we can offer is to have a contingency plan in case of delays caused by the Coronavirus. If one of the workers at the moving company or someone in your own family comes down with something, you may find yourself between homes for a brief period of time. If all proper guidelines are followed, the chances of this happening are very low, but it’s always better to be prepared for a worst case scenario than have to figure out what to do on the fly. Make a note of any hotels with availability that may be on your route as you travel and keep enough of your essential items on hand to get by for at least two weeks to be best prepared.

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Types Of Auto Transport Trailers

Passenger vehicles can be transported via truck using auto transport trailers. This type of trailer is also known as a car hauler or vehicle-carrying trailer.

Modern designs are separated into either enclosed or open. The majority of commercial trailers are equipped with integrated ramps that facilitate the loading of vehicles, and with power hydraulics that lower and raise ramps to ensure separate accessibility.

Commercial auto transport trailers

Vehicle carrying trailers sized for commercial purposes are mainly transporting new vehicles from manufacturers to car dealerships. However, another big industry in the United States is the transportation of second-hand cars. It’s used by owners that opt to ship their vehicles, as opposed to driving them for relocation, and even by buyers that purchase used cars (especially on the online market) and need someone to transport them to their address.

Similarly to most semi-trailers, the majority of commercial car haulers are attached to tractors through a fifth-wheel coupling system. Enclosed trailers possess walls, just as conventional box trailers, that ensure more protection to shipped cars while being detrimental to their shipping capacity.

Open trailers allow a greater carrying capacity through their common design with a skeletal steel tube at the cost of greater exposure of the cargo to external elements. A typical commercial carrier fits 5 to 9 vehicles, depending on the size of the cars and the model of the trailer (up to a maximum weight cap of 80,000 lbs. and limited to road vehicles according to U.S. law). However, in other parts of the world they have vehicles with a higher-capacity driving on public roads such as the side-by-side Chinese loading model.

Open commercial vehicle trailers are usually designed with two decks, each of them being subdivided into multiple storage and loading ramps that may be lifted and tilted independently of each other with hydraulic devices. Unlike flatbed towing trucks that usually transport non-driving cars, vehicle carrier trailers do not have winches or loaders, but rely on cars being driven during the loading process.

The hydraulic device of the trailer allows the alignment of the ramps on slopes, which ensures the driving and securing of vehicles with chains, wheel straps, or tied-down ratchets to the ramp floor. Afterwards, optimizing the stacking can be done by tilting the ramp in the needed direction.

Loading cars on the upper deck of any two-deck commercial trailer is done by tilting and hydraulically lowering the rear part of the upper deck in order to form a drive-up ramp directly onto itself. The upper deck is by default loaded in the beginning of the process and unloaded last. This is done because having vehicles on the bottom deck makes it impractical to form the drive-up ramp by lowering the upper deck.

Vital and optional equipment

The hydraulic device of the trailer is operated by a designated box mounted directly onto the trailer.

Some trucks have a special “overhead” meant to expand the storage capacity. These stinger units, as the trucks are called, have the extra storage unit fixated above the cabin, being accessible solely from the upper ramp of the vehicle carrier trailer. It makes it possible to load up to three cars: two over the tires and 1 on the roof.

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Boats on the river

Boat Shipping Costs

Boat owners, just like any other people who own vehicles, may not want to sail them if the distance is too large or if they lack time. If you’re moving to another state or country or just leaving for a few months for work or a vacation, you may not have time to invest in sailing your boat. Furthermore, if the transport must be carried on land, then sailing it will not be possible.

For these situations, you can call a shipping company. Most new clients worry about the price, but it’s rarely as high as you might imagine. It can also be negotiated and adjusted through discounts, cheaper methods, and/or comparing quotes. Next, we will discuss what factors affect boat shipping costs, and which options are cheaper.

Mode of Transport

Boat shipping companies use three main modes of transportation for their services: by road, by sailing the boat itself to the destination, or by ship. The shipping cost is different for each mode. Sailing is the cheapest choice for the transport of large ships, either in the middle of the ocean or over short distances. Although road transportation is a common choice when moving boats over long routes, when going to a destination with poor road infrastructure, it may be better to ship them by sea. The type of transportation used and the distance that must be covered play a significant role in defining the total cost of the shipment.

Method of Transport

Another element that influences the total cost of the boat’s transport is the shipping method chosen by the service providers. Roll-on roll-off shipping and container shipping are two of the most widely used methods of boat transportation.

Container Boat Transportation

The cost of using containers is influenced by the amount of ships loaded in it. You can opt for full services, and your boat will be exclusively hosted in a container. Or, you can choose the shared service or groupage container service, and your boat will be loaded together with multiple others. The groupage option is ideal for people that have to stay within budget, but it does not provide the same security level as an exclusive container service.

Roll-On Roll-Off Boat Transportation

With this transportation mode, the boat gets loaded on a trailer and then rolled on a cargo ship. When it arrives at the delivery site, the trailer will roll off. This method is cheaper than container boat shipping.

Besides the type of transport used, other factors need to be considered: the distance that needs to get covered, the volume or weight of the boats that will be shipped, as well as the weather forecast at departure and during the voyage.

Boat Value

Boat shipping companies take into account the value of the cargo when they calculate the cost of its transport, as it holds importance for obtaining an insurance policy. New ships have a higher value on the market. Therefore, their transportation costs are higher than those of second-hand ships.

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Moving day

35 Industry Secrets to Save Money on Your Move

The time and money you invest in your move can be reduced if you follow a few industry secrets. In this article, we’ll cover how you can save money. The following tips may require a larger time investment on your part or for certain things to work in your favor. However, even if your circumstances aren’t helpful, you’ll still find plenty of ways to save money.

1) Stay organized.

It’s easy to lose track of your finances when moving. Have a notebook where you track all of your expenses, where you list items you need to buy and tasks you need to accomplish. You’ll save time by staying on track and avoiding delays just as much as by using discounts and looking through different offers.

2) Take advantage of the off season.

Starting with October and ending in April, you’ll find most moving companies lower their price and/or release discounts. The weather discourages people from moving during this season, but because employees still need to be paid, movers will try to obtain your patronage in any way they can.

3) Check for cancellations.

If someone cancels their move, the company will probably be much more open to negotiations in order to fill the gap in their schedule. If you’re set on moving on a particular date, you can contact different companies and check if they’ve had cancellations. Then, you can offer to take the place of their last client in exchange for a reduction in price.

4) Get a container

When using a truck, you’ll have to load your belongings on the same day it arrives. This can be difficult to do on your own. You may be left with no choice but to rely on the movers’ help to load everything which will increase costs.

However, if you request a container, they can come by a week in advance and leave it in front of your home. Afterwards, you can take as much time as you need to pack your belongings and load them.

5) Research your options.

Just because you must pay your movers, it doesn’t mean doing it yourself will cost you any less. In many cases, paying a bit for your packaging materials, sacrificing some work time, paying for the rented truck, fuel bills, etc. add up to more than what a professional service will cost. The best way is to calculate all the costs of a DIY move versus what the quote from our company is, and then see for yourself which is cheaper.

6) Get combo deals.

Some movers offer moving trucks and storage as part of the same deal. You may even be able to rent the truck. Remember to ask about any other deals they may have available.

7) Get bundles on your digital services.

You’ll need an internet connection at your new home. Since you’ll be searching for a provider, it’s good to compare offers and get the best deal. Bundles are popular, and you can get some great discounts if you take the time to look for them.

8) Rent a truck.

If you’re moving to the other side of town, you can save some money by renting a truck. You won’t have to drive it across several states, so fuel expenses and time concerns won’t be a problem.

9) Request a fixed moving fee.

The quote you receive from your movers is not the actual price, but an estimate created by taking into account the size of your home, where you’re going, and various other factors. However, you may be able to obtain a fixed price in certain situations. This way, you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay, and there’s no chance of the price getting bigger on the moving date. On the other hand, you may end up losing money if the initial estimate was larger than what you’d have to pay for moving your property.

10) Avoid the beginning or end of a week or month.

When setting a moving date, it’s good to avoid weekends and Mondays. The first and last weeks in a month tend to be busy too. Most people choose these periods out of convenience. The competition is higher and so is the price.

11) Buy recycled boxes.

There may be people who’ve just moved into your neighborhood. They likely have a lot of boxes and packing materials they no longer need and would be willing to sell them for next to nothing. You can also search for used boxes online.

12) Get moving insurance.

If you pack your items, the movers won’t offer insurance. However, you can get it from another source. This way, you’ll recuperate your losses if something breaks. If you have no experience with packing, you may need additional protection.

13) Make sure there are no hidden fees.

Ask the company about it, check the contract, and ensure there are no surprises. If the movers try to give you what seems like a free service, confirm whether it’s actually free before accepting it.

14) Rags, linens, and blankets as packing materials

You can transport your blankets and some of your clothes in the same boxes as your dishes. You’ll keep your fragile items safe and save space at the same time.

15) Friends and family.

Instead of paying a steady fee to the movers to help with lifting the boxes, you can get friends and family for this task. Furniture can be especially heavy, so you may want to get several people in case 2 are insufficient. It will also help you save time.

16) Use large items as storage for smaller ones.

Drawers can hold numerous smaller items inside them. Most of the gaps in your furniture can be used for the same purpose. However, make sure there is sufficient padding between the smaller and the bigger items, so they won’t damage each other.

17) Socks as containers.

Very small items that are easy to lose can be stored within socks. They’ll protect them during the transport too, and you’ll save time and packing materials.

18) Get a neighbor to sell your items.

If someone is holding a garage sale next door, see if they can sell some of your old items. You can earn money without wasting time and get rid of unneeded clutter that would be costly to move.

19) Hold a garage sale yourself.

If you have the time, sell your items on your own. You’d have to give part of your earnings to your neighbor if you leave your items with him. When you want to take a break from packing, why not open up a stall? A good alternative is to sell them online.

20) Cheap packing supplies

It’s very convenient to get your packing supplies from the moving company, but it can be more expensive. You can find packing tape sold in bulk at department and office supply stores.

Use newspapers, gazettes, and used notebooks as free packing materials. If you buy a device that comes in a box and is surrounding by packing materials such as peanuts, keep those too and use them for the move.

21) Sleep at family or friends’ houses

Although it’s not recommended due to the risks involved, if you decide to drive a truck with all of your belonging across the US, you’ll need accommodation. It’s much cheaper and safer to stay with family and friends if they live on your path.

22) Negotiate.

The movers may be willing to negotiate, and it never hurts to try. However, if the answer is no or if they’re unwilling to go below a certain sum, you should respect their decision and move on.

23) Sell the boxes after the move.

You won’t need them anymore and they’ll just take up space. Instead of throwing them out, you can find buyers for them online.

24) Shut down utilities.

Close every contract you have with utility companies for your old home. Even if you’re selling it, make sure the bills are sent to the new owner and not to yourself. If you know the date or period when you’re moving out, you can schedule utilities to be interrupted the following month after your departure.

25) Measure your furniture.

You should check if your furniture can enter the new home and where it will fit. Make sure you have the exact dimensions and double check them at the location. If you cannot move your bed or wardrobe easily, it may better to sell it.

26) Move your non-perishables

If your food won’t rot during the trip, you might as well move it with your other belongings instead of throwing it away. You can even compare prices and transfer non-perishables that are noticeably more expensive in the state you’re going to.

27) Check for fuel sub-charges.

One type of hidden fee is fuel costs calculated/mentioned after the transport. Ask the movers about them just in case.

28) Reconsider moving heavy items.

You may be better off selling your workout equipment than moving it. Your items’ weight is a big factor in how much you’ll be charged for their move. If you own weights and other objects that are very heavy yet not that expensive, it may be better to sell and then buy new ones at the other location.

29) Find a free babysitter.

While you work on the move, you can get a family member or a trusted friend to guard your children. It’s a way in which friends can help even if they can’t assist with the lifting.

30) Check your appliances.

If your refrigerator is way past its warranty and it’s starting to malfunction, you’ll likely save more money by buying a new one. Appliances can be heavy and they break down in time. When did you buy them and how much did you use them? If some of your belongings are likely to break down in a few months, it may be cheaper not to move them.

31) Use the original package.

If you haven’t thrown away the box in which your TV arrived, it will be perfect for moving it. Any boxes you’ve saved from old appliances should be used for those appliances.

32) Cook for your movers.

You will need to feed your movers. Making them some sandwiches at home can be an economical alternative to ordering. If you do order meals, you can get cheap and tasty food such as pizza.

33) Get household items from the dollar store.

You may want to clean the house you’ve moved out of, so the future owners don’t find a mess. You may also need to do a lot of cleaning at your future home. You’ll need enough supplies for both houses, so you may want to get them for cheap.

34) Sell, donate, or throw it in the garbage.

After years of living in an apartment or house, most people have numerous items that used to be useful and are now just gathering dust on a shelf. Whether you forgot to throw them out or kept them as memorabilia, it’s a good time to remove them before they increase your moving costs. If it’s no longer useful and/or won’t fit in your new home, it’s best you get rid of it.

35) Take small items with you.

It’s important you don’t leave your documents and other essentials in a truck. However, you can take other small items with you too, especially if you think they’ll be useful as soon as you get to your new house.

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How to ship a car cross country?

How To Ship A Car | Cross Country Car Shipping

Moving across the country? Don’t want to drive your car to your destination? With a car shipping service like Cross Country Car Shipping, your car can be waiting for you when you arrive – and you won’t have to drive it a single mile.

But how do you go about shipping a car? What do you need to keep in mind? How can you find a car shipping service that offers reasonable rates and great service? You can find out everything you need to know about how to ship a car in this guide!

Think About The Right Car Shipping Service For Your Needs

There are a few different factors you should keep in mind when selecting a car shipping service. First, you should decide between traditional door-to-door car shipping and expedited car shipping.

  • Door-to-door car shipping – This type of car shipping is exactly what it sounds like. A truck pulls up to your door and picks up your vehicle. Then, it’s shipped across the country to your destination, where it will be unloaded and left in the specified parking spot. If you want a convenient service, this is definitely the best choice for you.
  • Terminal-to-terminal car shipping – This is a more cost-effective service compared to door-to-door car shipping. You’ll drop off your car at a specified delivery point (terminal) and you’ll also pick your vehicle up at a terminal in the destination city. Because you’ll drop off and pick up the car, the cost of this service is usually quite a bit lower than door-to-door shipping, which involves a lot more logistics.
  • Expedited car shipping – You can choose to have either door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal car shipping expedited if you need your car delivered quickly. If you need your car to be at its destination by a particular deadline or within a short time period, this service is right for you. It’s quite a bit more expensive, but guarantees your delivery date.

In addition, you may want to consider how your vehicle will be transported on the truck.

  • Open-air transport – This is the most common method of transporting most vehicles, and it’s the least expensive. Your car will be loaded alongside others on a specialized trailer that allows the transportation of up to 12 vehicles. It will be exposed to the elements while it’s being transported.
  • Enclosed car transport – In this method of transport, your car will be completely enclosed in a truck trailer. Since the truck can’t carry nearly as many vehicles with this method of transportation, it’s typically quite a bit more expensive. However, this is ideal for high-value vehicles like exotic cars, sports cars, and classic vehicles, as it protects them from the elements, vandalism, and public view.

The right choice for you depends on when you need your car delivered, your place of origin and your destination, and your budget. If you’re not sure which method of car transportation is right for you, Cross Country Car Shipping can help – contact us online for more information.

Know The Factors That Will Affect The Cost Of Shipping Your Vehicle

Curious about what affects the cost of shipping a car locally, state-by-state, or across the country? Here are a few of the top factors taken into account by shipping companies.

  • Distance – The overall distance that your car travels will be one of the biggest factors behind the cost of shipping your vehicle. A longer trip means more wear & tear on the truck & trailer, higher fuel costs, and more labor costs – so it also means you’ll pay more.
    Counter-intuitively, though, a long-distance shipment costs less per mile, compared to shipping a car just a few hundred miles. You’ll still pay more overall, though, since it will be going a longer distance.
  • Vehicle height and length – In most cases, you’ll get the lowest rates on cars that are under 189 inches, which is the average length of a sedan. Vehicle carriers can fit more cars on them if they’re shorter. In contrast, cars that exceed 196 inches in length are harder to fit onto vehicle carriers, and will likely incur a higher shipping cost.
    Vehicle height is also a factor. Sedans are the cheapest to ship, since their short height means they can fit just about anywhere on a vehicle carrier. In contrast, large vehicles like trucks and SUVs are much taller – and may need to be transported in a specific position or using a specialized trailer.
  • Vehicle make & model – The overall weight and size of a vehicle also affect its cost to move. A heavier vehicle – like a Ford F-150 – will contribute more to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) compared to a smaller car, like a Toyota Corolla. Simply put, the heavier each car is, the fewer cars can be transported at once – leading to higher costs.
  • Required delivery date – The sooner you need your car, the more you’ll pay. If you need it very fast, you may even have to pay expedited rates. If you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to ship your vehicle, you’ll save quite a bit of money compared to rush deliveries.
  • Location for pickup and delivery – It’s usually cheaper to have your car delivered to a major city than it is to have it sent to a rural area, for example. Major cities are on major shipping routes, so it’s quick and easy to drop off your vehicle. Door-to-door delivery to a rural area, though, will require a special trip, and incur higher fees.
  • Operability of vehicle – If your car works, it will be cheaper to transport, since it won’t need to be towed on or off the truck, or towed to its destination. Inoperable vehicles will incur higher delivery fees.

Explore Reputable Local Vehicle Shipping Companies For Your Vehicle & Get Quotes

The next step in shipping a car is to find a local vehicle shipping company to work with you. You should look for a company that’s licensed by federal and state DOT authorities, and is fully bonded and insured.

In addition, make sure that you choose a vehicle shipping company that has plenty of experience shipping cars across the country, and a track record of satisfied customers. At Cross Country Car Shipping, for example, we’ve been in business for over 25 years – and in that time, we’ve transported tens of thousands of vehicles of all types and sizes. You can get more details about our services from our past customers here, or contact us to learn more about our skills and expertise.

It’s often a good idea to contact multiple local transportation companies for quotes. This way, you can compare the prices offered by each company, and choose the one that will offer you the best service at a reasonable price.

Prepare Your Vehicle For Transport

There are a few steps you should take to prepare your car for transport. Making sure that you perform these quick checks and maintenance steps will help ensure a smooth transportation process.

  • Leave your gas tank ¼ full – If your gas tank is too full, there is a chance that it may slosh around and out of your vehicle during the transportation process. A full tank of gas also adds weight to your vehicle, and it will only need to be driven on and off the trailer, so there’s no reason to keep it full.
  • Wash & clean your car fully – You should wash your car and detail it before you have it transported. Why? Because this will ensure that you notice any dings, dents, scratches or nicks that are already present on your vehicle – and if there are any new ones after it’s been shipped, you’ll notice it.
  • Check all fluid levels – Make sure your various fluids – washer fluid, brake fluid, coolant, oil, etc. – are all in good shape and at the proper levels. Fill or change any fluids that are not up to spec, as this will ensure your vehicle operates properly when it’s being transported.
  • Check battery and tires – Keeping your battery charged and your tires inflated properly will ensure there are no difficulties moving your vehicle, so top off your battery and tires before transporting it.
  • Remove all exterior ornaments – Remove things like roof racks and bike racks, as well as any purely decorative ornaments and accessories. This ensures they won’t be damaged during transport.
  • Remove personal items & belongings – You should remove any valuables you want to safeguard, as this will decrease risk while your car is being transported across the country. In addition, make sure you remove any electronic toll passes from your car – otherwise they may pick up unnecessary tolls as your vehicle is transported across the country.
  • Leave your spare tire & jack – Just in case of a flat or another issue, it’s a good idea to keep your jack and spare tire in place so that the truck driver can address the problem.
  • Take photos of the entire vehicle, inside & out – The final step of your preparation should be to document the condition of your vehicle. In the rare event that there are scratches or damage to your car, it’s important that you have photographic proof to show that they are new and were caused during the transportation process.

Ship Your Vehicle – And Pick It Up At Your Destination

Once you’ve prepared your vehicle, it will be picked up at your home or your specified terminal on the date that you specified with your transportation company.

You’ll be kept updated about its location as it’s transported. Then, once it reaches its destination, you can pick it up at the specified date – and drive off! It’s just that simple.

Know How To Ship Your Vehicle With This Guide!

We hope this guide from Cross Country Car Shipping has helped you learn more about the process of shipping a car. While the process may seem complex, it’s relatively simple and easy if you work with a professional, experienced car shipping company.

Ready to get started? Don’t wait. Give us a call at 888-599-1147 to get a free quote for shipping your vehicle – and get the vehicle transportation services you need from Cross Country Car Shipping.

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The Benefit Of Transporting Off Road Vehicles To 4X4 Shops For Work

A 4×4 vehicle is designed to comfortably tackle technical maneuvers over the most unforgiving terrain. After all, what’s the point of owning an off-road machine if you’re not going to put it through its paces once in a while?

With such hard driving, breakdowns are inevitable and you’ll need the services a specialized off-road shop, like Dixie 4 Wheel Drive to get back on the road. However, you’ll first need to figure out the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to transport your vehicle to the specialized shop.

You have two options here: you can opt to drive your vehicle yourself or have it shipped to the shop instead.

While both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, getting someone to do all the heavy lifting does have some clear benefits. These include:

1.  The convenience.

Custom built 4x4s require special care and your local mechanic might just not be up to the task. This explains why clients nationwide opt to come to a specialized shop- they know they have the skills and tools to do an excellent job.

Unfortunately, you might not have the time to haul your rig to an out-of-town shop to get the repairs done. Instead, you can choose the convenience of having it transported to the shop. This way, they can work on your ride, complete the repairs and have it brought back to you in time for your next off-road adventure.

2.  It’s cost-effective to ship vehicles.

Think of all the costs you’ll incur while driving the vehicle to a specialized 4×4 shop yourself. You’ll have to pay for meals, fuel, and accommodation along the way, not to mention the additional wear and tear your vehicle will sustain. The costs can quickly add up.

By contrast, shipping your 4×4 down to our shop saves you money. Auto transporters like us charge an affordable standard rate per mile, with no hidden fees and they’ll give you a quote so you can get an idea of the shipping costs beforehand.

3.  It eliminates the hassle of looking for special equipment.

If you choose to bring your off-roader to a shop on your own, you’ll need to look for a trailer plus another vehicle to haul it here. This might not be a big deal if you have the equipment lying around but if not, you have to borrow or rent it. Why not save yourself the hassle and frustration by letting a professional take care of sourcing the trailer, loading and hauling your rig?

4.  It saves you from making roundabout trips.

Some off road enthusiast clients purchase stock 4 wheel drive vehicles then bring them to a speciality shop for custom 4×4 modifications and upgrades. Instead of making a circuitous trip to pick the car, drive it to the shop and then back home, why not let someone else handle the transportation?

We know just how hectic and expensive transporting your off-road vehicle to a 4×4 shop for work can be. That’s why many shops like Dixie 4 Wheel Drive are happy to make all the arrangements on your behalf so you can rest assured that your rig will be carefully, safely and securely loaded and transported to their shop at an affordable cost.

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7 things to know when shipping a car to Hawaii


If you are moving to Hawaii or for some other reason and would like to ship a car to Hawaii then there are a few important things that you need to keep in mind. Today we will look at the 7 most important things that you need to know before you ship your precious car across the water.


1.) The shipping cost: This should, of course, be somewhere near the top of the list of things you want to know before shipping the car. There is, however, no definitive answer here as the shipping cost depends on a lot of factors such as the weight of the car, how much the car is worth, and the exact distance the car has to be shipped over.

On an average, it would cost somewhere between $1000 to $1500. Keep in mind that the cheapest service is not always the best. Opt for one that has good reviews and has been around for a considerable amount of time.


2.) The shipping time: This again is a very subjective point. The exact timeframe depends upon how your car is being shipped. If there is only transport over water required then it will take around 10 – 17 days but if land, as well as sea journey, is required then this time can go up to almost 3 weeks to a month or even more.

The shipping agency will be your best bet as far as the exact timeframe is concerned. Keep in mind that these times are subject to weather conditions and other factors and there can always be a delay. So make sure that there are no important documents inside the car and that you do not need the car in the immediate future.


3.) Proper documentation: This goes without saying that the car must have proper documentation. You should have the original documents of ownership, registrations, and insurance and emission tests. If any documents are required apart from these as per the shipping agency then make sure you have it before actually shipping the car.


4.) Preparing your car for shipping: This is another important step and is often something most people are not clear about. Make sure that the vehicle has been recently serviced and has no check engine lights on.

The reason for this, is laws can change at any given moment so to be safe have your vehicle already running good before you drive it in Hawaii. Although Hawaii doesn’t have any laws that prevent anyone from driving pollutant ridden vehicles in Hawaii, your vehicle will have to undergo a safety check that can range from $9.00-$19.00.

5.) How to hold the car carriers responsible for any damages upon arrival: Pictures, pictures and more pictures. Take pictures of every part of your vehicle to ensure to you have sufficient evidence in case of an accident or possible theft. Even go as far as taking pictures of the windshields.


6.) Vehicle Arrival Certification: When registering your car with any Hawaii DMV, submit this form if you don’t have the shipping receipt or bill of lading for the vehicle you brought into Hawaii from out-of-state (if applicable).

7.) Before you drive in Hawaii: In the state of Hawaii If you have any pre-existing medical condition, you have to complete and submit a medical exam form to your county driver licensing office to determine your eligibility for a HI driver’s license. And must only be completed by a physician.

Out-Of-State Vehicle Permit Hawaii

You need to Submit this form if you’re temporarily in Hawaii and need to drive your vehicle but won’t be in Hawaii long enough to need a HI car registration.

Now that you are clued up on how to ship your car to Hawaii, why not relax and play some of our favorite driving games?

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Choosing the Right Auto Shipping Service after Comparing Quotes

For a lot of people, shipping their vehicle is a new experience. This is why you might not be quite sure how to start. You should compare quotes, pick the proper transportation method, and determine a company, set up locations for pick-up and delivery. Thus, a bunch of other things have to be accounted for. If you use professional shipping company, all you need to do is sit back and relax while the crew handles your transportation. This is going to take out all the hassle so you have nothing to worry about.

When you ship your car, however, you want to get a few different quotes that you can compare. You should also take a look at certain reviews and make sure to discuss things with a member of the company to iron out the details because the prices are far from being the only important factor. Collect and compare different quotes and make sure that you make the best decision. The quote is going to be based on a few different factors.

Weight of the car

This is the first thing which is going to impact the amount of the quote. Logically, it would be cheaper to ship a small scooter from one country to another in comparison to a large RV, for instance. You should have a rough estimation of the weight of the vehicle when you ask for a quote. You can search it up online and make sure that this is unloaded weight.

Coverage Costs

For a lot of different quotes, you might need to supply insurance information and check what the actual policies will cover. An insured vehicle is likely to cost less to ship than an uninsured one. This is because certain but not all insurance policies will include coverage of the kind. If the car is uninsured, the shipping company has to take care of it and that’s something which will increase the price.


The last piece of information that you need to provide before you are presented with a quote is the location from which it will picked up and the location that it’s being dropped off. If you drive your car to the pick-up location, this is going to reduce the total cost. Also, if you go ahead and pick-up your car on your own where the main unloading point at the destination is, this will also reduce the total cost.

In any case, you should let us handle everything in relation. We have a friendly and particularly helpful team of experts who will get your car where it needs to be at the best possible rate without any further worries.

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9 Tips for Car Shipping

Relying on a professional shipper to handle your car transportation is definitely the best way to go. However, there are a few things that you might want to take into account in advance. Here are 9 tips to consider.


Of course, when it comes to it, you need to be sure that you get the best deal. Of course, you should have a budget which is realistic in mind so that you could compare all the quotes. There are sites such as which are going to make it a lot easier to compare different quotes.


This is particularly critical. You can check the Department of Transportation for the licensing of the carrier as he is obligated to have on. You can also use the Better Business Bureau as well as to find additional feedback.


The limits of liability as well as the deductibles need to be checked out before you sign off you’re your carrier. The majority of them should offer coverage of at least $100,000, some going as high as $250,000.


If the vehicle is a vintage, classic or luxury, you will need to request an enclosed transportation or to have you vehicle top loaded. This typically costs a certain amount more but you will have your car on the top of the truck, which means that the contact with the debris of the road is reduced. Typically this is not as important for off road vehicles.


You should do so in order to ensure that you are aware of any damage on your car beforehand. Furthermore, you shouldn’t be overly worried about this because the industry damage rate is under 3%.


The majority of the car shipping carriers would require you to empty out your vehicle in order to reduce the weight. This is going to make the overall shipping a lot more convenient. This is why you don’t want to leave anything in the vehicle – also for safety reasons as well.


This is once again for weight-reduction purposes. The amount should be enough to drive it off to the closest gas station but that’s about it.


This is important. You need to understand that your car will be dropped off at a pre-determined location that you should agree with. There are services such as door-to-door but this doesn’t mean that the car will be dropped in front of your home – it needs to be reachable.


If you want to ensure that you have your car shipped in time, you might want to make the arrangement a few weeks in advance. Patience is very important and you need to account for it.

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