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11 Things to Know Before Shipping a Car

1. It is risky depending on your method of shipment

You can ship your car with an open or enclosed trailer. Open trailers are typically cheaper, but are prone to damage, theft, and the weather. Cars on open trailers are typically secured with chains, while reputable enclosed car transport companies use nylon straps or wheel nets to prevent damage to the vehicle. Be wary of companies that use chains to secure their vehicles. Chains are often put over a vehicle’s axle, which can put a lot of strain on that vehicle especially if they are over tightened. If the chains loosen, they will bang against the car for the remainder of the journey- over every pothole and bump. Enclosed trailers have lift gates for low clearance cars and have a lesser chance of damage or theft. At Intercity Lines, we only have top of the line enclosed carriers that use nylon straps to ensure your car is transported safely. 

2. Reading reviews is not a waste of time

When shipping a car you are risking thousands of dollars. You need to use a transport company you can trust.  Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website to look up a company’s safety record: http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnaps .You should ask friends, family, and local dealerships for recommendations. You can also use car forums and review websites to ensure that you are picking a company who will offer you quality service. Some useful websites are: www.transportreviews.com and www.yelp.com

3. Beware of auto transport brokers

Auto transport brokers are something that most people are not aware of when they ship their first car. So what exactly is an auto transport broker? They are companies that bid your shipment to a group of other shipping companies. When doing business with an auto transport broker, you do not know what car carrier or driver they are going to broker your order to. Unfortunately customers often suffer at the hands of these tricksters because the cars are shipped with sub par drivers that lack customer service and transport skills. The equipment used can vary significantly in quality depending on the company the order is brokered too. The trailer may use ramps instead of hydraulic lift gates, which may damage low clearance vehicles. They may also lack oil drip pans, car covers, floor mats, etc. If you have an issue with your vehicle you will be going through two separate companies just to receive help. Get to know the driver you are trusting your vehicle with. Do not be fooled by these companies!

4. Never give a deposit

Red flags should go up if a company asks for a deposit! Exclusive and reputable car carriers often do not require a deposit, but instead ask for a payment when the car is picked up or dropped off. This allows you to ensure you are getting the service you expect and gives you a way to back out if they don’t live up to your expectations.

5. Never base your decision on price alone

You will find that the old expression ‘quality over quantity’ is relevant in the car shipping industry. The cheapest is usually not the best or safest choice. Transport pricing reflects the price of the equipment. A new enclosed shipping rig with the highest quality safety equipment can cost about $500,000 new. When a price is low you are most likely dealing with an auto transport broker or an open carrier that has sub par equipment. A low price should raise red flags!

6. Be aware of insurance policies

It is always best to have your transporter provide a Certificate of Insurance. This certificate should include coverage amounts for liability, workers comp, cargo limits and deductible if applicable. Typically broker companies do not carry their own insurances; only the brokerage bond. At Intercity Lines we have $2,000,000 worth of cargo insurance. 

7. Make your scheduling needs known

If the delivery of your car needs to coincide with a particular timed event such as a birthday or a car show you need to emphasize this to the company and your driver. Trucking is extremely difficult to predict. Most auto transport companies require a certain window of time for a pickup and delivery. Often at least 5-7 days because trucking is not like the airlines the situation changes every day!

8. Preparing your car for transport

Once you have picked an auto transport company, you feel comfortable with, it is time to prepare your car for shipping. Car carriers typically charge a non-run fee if the vehicle cannot be driven on and off the trailer. Making sure there is gas in the tank and that your battery is fully charged helps prevent being charged with this fee. Also, check the antifreeze level to ensure that it is adequate for the climates the car will endure during transport to avoid a cracked engine block or other problems. It is also not recommended to ship additional items in the car because if not properly secured these items can cause damage. Also remove your EZ Pass! It is possible for the transponder to be read even inside of an enclosed trailer.

9. Explain the oddities of your car

Explain those “quirky” things about your car to the driver such as kill switches, alarms, cut-off switches, and brakes only work with the motor running. The more information your driver has, the easier it will be for him to ship your car safely across the country and prevents you from getting charged an unnecessary non-run fee. Written instructions are very helpful!

10. Your car needs a thorough inspection

When your car is picked up, the truck driver should inspect it, and note any pre-existing damage, scratches, or marks. After delivery you or a trusted representative should inspect your classic car and note any damage caused during auto transportation before signing. If any damage is noticed you should submit a claim with the auto transport company.

Get a free quote with us today! Here at Intercity Lines we take care of our customers. Your vehicle will always be safe with us because we have the best drivers in the industry. We are a family owned auto transport business and have been in business since 1985! We only have enclosed trailers and specialize in classic car transport, luxury car transport, and exotic car transport. Give us a call today at 1-800-221-3936

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Intercity Lines’ New Fleet http://www.intercitylines.com/intercity-lines-new-fleet/ http://www.intercitylines.com/intercity-lines-new-fleet/#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:22:08 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=3079 The post Intercity Lines’ New Fleet appeared first on Intercity Lines.

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New Fleet Beginning to Hit the Road


Intercity  Lines, Inc, has contracted with  Kentucky Trailer Technologies to manufacture eighteen new auto transport trailers.  Each of the new fifty-three foot auto transporters features state-of-the-art design, notably a lighter weight to optimize fuel savings. Additionally, the trailers also feature wider decks to accommodate the wider bodies of new automobiles. These new trailers will help Intercity continue to give our customers and their cars the utmost level of service and security. Keep your eyes out for them as more and more hit the road!
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Tips for Shipping a Classic Car http://www.intercitylines.com/shipping-a-classic-car/ http://www.intercitylines.com/shipping-a-classic-car/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:32:27 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2785 Classic cars are often a prized possession to the owner. Classic cars also tend to be delicate and harder to repair than newer cars. Original classic cars, that have not been restored, can have their value drastically lowered if they are damaged and need to be repaired. Repairing classic cars, with original parts, can be […]

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Classic cars are often a prized possession to the owner. Classic cars also tend to be delicate and harder to repair than newer cars. Original classic cars, that have not been restored, can have their value drastically lowered if they are damaged and need to be repaired. Repairing classic cars, with original parts, can be difficult and expensive, but using newer parts can lower their value by ruining their original condition. Therefore, when shipping a classic car it’s essential to find the right car carrier. A car carrier and truck driver that have the proper equipment, expertise, and knowledge to ship the classic car from point A to point B without a scratch.

 

Here are some tips to help ensure you choose the right auto transport company to ship your classic car.

  1. Get a recommendation from a reputable source that can recommend the proper car carrier. Great resources are major auction companies, museums, car restorers, local car club members, and car collectors. Their recommendation combined with additional research, through classic car forums, and review sites can help ensure that you choose a car carrier that you can trust and is experienced in shipping classic collector cars.
  2. Make sure that the truck driver uses nylon straps or wheel nets to prevent damage to the chassis. Normal straps or improper use of straps can put unnecessary strain on the chassis or the body of the classic car causing damage.
  3. Choosing an auto transport company, with experienced drivers, can help ensure that they have the experience and knowledge to be aware of the low ground clearance, of many cars, preventing undercarriage damage. Along with being aware of the height clearance, between the car and upper deck, of the car carrier.
  4. When shipping a classic car do not choose on price alone. Most reputable car carriers have similar cost structures and the equipment is very expensive, so a company that quotes a price significantly lower than others should make you wary. It could be the difference between getting your classic car to it’s destination in one piece.
  5. Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website to look up a company’s safety record and insurance status
  6. Decide whether you would prefer your classic car be shipped in an open car carrier, which is often cheaper, or an enclosed car carrier, which offers much more safety and security to your car. Unless your classic car is in need of restoration, you are better off going with an enclosed car carrier because the risk of damage to your classic car is significantly lower.
  7. If your classic car does not run take that into consideration when deciding on an open or enclosed car carrier. Many open car carriers do not have winches to properly load your non running vehicle. Also, some carriers charge large fees for non running cars, so make sure you are clear on the condition of your classic car up front and understand all fees before having your classic car picked up and delivered.
  8. In regards to a car carrier’s insurance it usually only covers acts of negligence and is not responsible for unforeseeable acts of nature, so it’s important to make sure your classic car is covered with agreed value coverage from a company that specializes in collector car insurance before transporting. Hagerty insurance and Chubb Collector Car Insurance are leaders in classic car insurance and come highly recommended.
  9. Once you have decided on an auto transport company, to ship your classic car, you should make sure you take the proper steps to prepare it for transportation. One of the best things you can do to prepare your classic car is clean it, so it’s easier for you and the truck driver, shipping it, to do a proper and accurate inspection upon pickup and delivery. You want to make sure every scratch, dent, and imperfection is accounted for and this is much easier to do with a clean car. This will help any damage claim problems, that may arise, if your classic car is damaged during transport.
  10. Providing written instructions to the truck driver, in regards to anything they may need to know about operating your classic car, helps ensure they are able to properly load and unload your classic car. This can be information about battery and fuel cut-off switches, hidden switches, alarm instructions, and any other “tricks” to starting and running your car.
  11. It’s recommended that you only have your tank half full and your batteries fully charged to avoid additional fees that occur when your car does not run.
  12. Remove all items from the vehicle or trunk, which can cause damage or be damaged during auto transport
  13. Check antifreeze level of your classic car to make sure it is adequate for the climates the car will experience during transport to avoid a cracked engine block
  14. When the classic car is picked up, the truck driver will inspect it and note any pre-existing damage, scratches, or marks. After delivery, you or a trusted representative should inspect your classic car and note any damage caused during auto transportation before signing. In case you need to submit a claim for damage done to your classic car.

Choosing a reputable auto transport company, like Intercity Lines, that uses enclosed trailers and top drivers that drive exclusively for them, will help ensure your classic car is transported and delivered in the same condition it was picked up in.

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ZR1 Corvette Successfuly Shipped by Intercity Lines http://www.intercitylines.com/corvette-shipped/ http://www.intercitylines.com/corvette-shipped/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:39:35 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2833 The post ZR1 Corvette Successfuly Shipped by Intercity Lines appeared first on Intercity Lines.

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ZR1 Corvette Successfully Shipped by Intercity Lines

“I want to thank the crew at Intercity for taking extreme care on transporting my purchase on a 2010 ZR1 Corvette out to me which is truly a coast to coast 3000+ miles journey from Connecticut to California. This isn’t the first time I have used Intercity. I used them a couple of times in the past. My coordinator and Paul my driver provided great service as usual. Paul took time to inspect the car completely prior on loading and pointed somethings to me. The quality of service is second to none. In my opinion I consider Intercity is at the top of the echelon. Thank You Guys & Gals!” – Art

2010 ZRI Being Delivered by Intercity Lines

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Factory Five Cobra Successfully Delivered By Intercity http://www.intercitylines.com/factory-five-cobra-successfully-delivered-by-intercity/ http://www.intercitylines.com/factory-five-cobra-successfully-delivered-by-intercity/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:50:28 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2816 The post Factory Five Cobra Successfully Delivered By Intercity appeared first on Intercity Lines.

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Another Happy Customer

“Joe Mayhan from Intercity Lines, Inc. delivered my husbands Cobra today. He has long awaited this car, an item from his bucket list. Joe did an excellent job in delivering the Cobra safe and sound. It was well taken care of during the trip. Joe kept us updated along the way and was right on time with the delivery. Thanks Joe, great company. – Jim”

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The Demand for Truck Drivers is Predicted to Surge http://www.intercitylines.com/demand-for-truck-drivers/ http://www.intercitylines.com/demand-for-truck-drivers/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 19:20:30 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2770 70 percent of all goods in the United States are delivered by trucks. Currently, there is a shortage of 30,000 truck drivers in the United States. This is expected to grow to a shortage of 239,000 truck drivers by 2022. This makes the demand for drivers grow consistently and exponentially as the economy grows and […]

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70 percent of all goods in the United States are delivered by trucks. Currently, there is a shortage of 30,000 truck drivers in the United States. This is expected to grow to a shortage of 239,000 truck drivers by 2022. This makes the demand for drivers grow consistently and exponentially as the economy grows and so does the shortage. Making the trucking industry a very attractive career path with a lot of job security. This is amplified within the auto transport industry, which has some of the most precious cargo within the trucking industry, Cars! Becoming a car hauler is a great field and will continue to grow as the shortage increases. The number of cars that have exist grows exponentially as the number compounds in combination with classic cars and the millions of new cars produced each year. At Intercity Lines, we have more business than we can handle and value our drivers significantly because of this. By hauling some of the world’s most exclusive cars we cannot just hire anyone. We can only let the top drivers within the industry ship our cars; increasing their worth, pay, and job security significantly. If you’re interested in entering the trucking industry, the high end auto transport market is a very attractive career to pursue. Along with the increasing demand, drivers also get to see and drive the rarest and nicest cars in the world. Along with meeting thousands of other car lovers. Our drivers can make well over a $100,000 a year, some clearing well beyond that into the $2-300,000 range. If you’re an expert driver and love cars Apply Today

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Be Wary of Auto Transport Brokers http://www.intercitylines.com/be-wary-of-auto-transport-brokers/ http://www.intercitylines.com/be-wary-of-auto-transport-brokers/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 01:30:57 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2762 The post Be Wary of Auto Transport Brokers appeared first on Intercity Lines.

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What is an auto transport broker?

The answer is simply- someone you should avoid! An auto transport broker is a type of auto transport company that sells your car shipment order to their network of car carriers. When doing business with an auto transport broker, you do not know what car carrier or driver they are going to broker your order too. Broker’s often ask for deposit, due to this reason, so they know that they are going to get paid regardless of the quality of service you are given by the truck driver they broker too.

Often Broker’s use marketing tricks in order to generate these car shipment orders. We have experienced this first hand by Broker’s that use names similar to Intercity Lines, in order to capitalize on our nation wide pristine reputation in order to lure customers.

Unfortunately, often the customer and their cars suffer at the hands of these tricksters. The cars shipped by auto brokers have sub par drivers and equipment that lack the customer service and transport skills that our drivers have. These factors often leave cars scratched, damaged, or the customer in the dark. With a broker nothing is certain because they chose the driver you will be trusting with the safety your car- not you.

When shipping a car that has high value, numerically, or sentimentally, going through an auto transport company, like us, the real Intercity Lines is a much safer decision than a broker. Our drivers only drive for us and we NEVER broker our car shipments out. Therefore, you know that the reputation and customer service that caused you to go with an auto transport company like ours is the service you will receive.

An exclusive and reputable car carried often do not ask for a deposit. Instead, they ask for a payment when the car is picked up. This gives you the flexibility to back out even if the truck is in your driveway. Allowing you to see the equipment and meet the driver before giving them any money or more importantly- your car!

If you care about your car and receiving the customer service you deserve, do not get drawn in by the low prices or schemes brokers offer. Instead, go with a reputable car carrier whose brand is one you can trust allowing you to give them your prized car without worry. Exclusive car carrier dispatchers work directly with the drivers that will be shipping your car ensuring that you are never left in the dark.

Make the right decision and work with car carriers that you can trust! Chose Intercitylines!

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The Future of Trucking http://www.intercitylines.com/the-future-of-trucking/ http://www.intercitylines.com/the-future-of-trucking/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 19:14:07 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2755 Volvo Vehicle Platoons           The project aims to encourage a step change in personal transport usage by developing of environmental roadtrains called platoons. Systems will be developed facilitating the safe adoption of road trains on un-modified public highways with interaction with other traffic. A scheme will be developed whereby a lead vehicle […]

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Volvo Vehicle Platoons

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The project aims to encourage a step change in personal transport usage by developing of environmental roadtrains called platoons.

Systems will be developed facilitating the safe adoption of road trains on un-modified public highways with interaction with other traffic.

A scheme will be developed whereby a lead vehicle with a professional driver will take responsibility for a platoon. Following vehicles will enter a semi-autonomous control mode that allows the driver of the following vehicle to do other things that would normally be prohibited for reasons of safety; for example, operate a phone, reading a book or watching a movie.

Mercedes-Benz Future Truck

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The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025’s with his “Highway Pilot” system a consistent and realistic response to the current development – it communicates with its surroundings and drives autonomously. Autonomous driving carries through the more homogeneous traffic flow helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions significantly. Transport times are calculable. The aggregates of the trucks involved are protected by the uniform driving style. Autonomous driving is a “Can” feature – the driver is at all times free to decide to control the truck itself or to leave this to the art.

Peloton Truck Platoons 

peloton truck platoonsPeloton is an automated vehicle technology company that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications and radar-based active braking systems, combined with sophisticated vehicle control algorithms, to link pairs of heavy trucks. The safety systems are always active, and when the trucks are out on the open road, they can form close-formation platoons. The system controls braking and acceleration, similar to adaptive cruise control, and drivers remain fully engaged and retain steering control. The dramatic reduction in aerodynamic drag in these platoons provides unprecedented fuel economy savings for both the trailing and the leading truck. A real-time video link lets the rear driver see the road ahead of the platoon. The more extensive data flowing from the trucks also allows new levels of diagnostics and prognostics, while empowering better drivers and stronger fleet management.

 

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Price of Shipping a Car http://www.intercitylines.com/never-base-shipping-a-car-on-price-alone/ http://www.intercitylines.com/never-base-shipping-a-car-on-price-alone/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2635 The auto transport industry has a wide range of prices from hundreds of different companies that ship cars. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to ship the car. The price charged reflects the cost of their equipment, the price of fuel needed to ship your car, and the quality of service you will […]

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The auto transport industry has a wide range of prices from hundreds of different companies that ship cars. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to ship the car. The price charged reflects the cost of their equipment, the price of fuel needed to ship your car, and the quality of service you will receive.

Shipping your car on a flatbed trailer is usually the cheapest, but is the riskiest in regards to your car. Open trailers tend to be slightly more expensive and less of a risk than flatbeds. Enclosed trailers are usually more expensive than flat beds or open trailers, but typically provide a much higher level of security. A new enclosed transport rig can cost $500,000, which is reflected in the price of enclosed auto transport companies. These companies also tend to have well trained and experienced drivers and state-of-the-art equipment, in contrast to the companies that use older equipment and have lower prices.

If you receive a low quote to ship a car with an enclosed car carrier, be very wary because it is likely a broker. Brokers sell your car shipment to other drivers who are not affiliated with their own company.

At Intercity Lines, we never broker any of our shipments out. We have one of the best team of drivers and equipment, who solely drive for Intercity Lines, and handle all of our shipments. Therefore, you always know that you and your car is receiving the highest level of security and service.

 

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Things to Do Before Shipping a Car http://www.intercitylines.com/things-shipping-car-auto-transport-company/ http://www.intercitylines.com/things-shipping-car-auto-transport-company/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:22:54 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2557 Auto Transport Company’s Insurance: Request a copy of your Auto Transport Company’s Insurance policy that shows coverage amounts for General Liability, Workmens Compensation, and Cargo Limits Insurance Company names should also be listed on the copy they give you How Much Gasoline to Put in a Car Before Shipping? It doesn’t really matter, but don’t […]

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  • Auto Transport Company’s Insurance:
    • Request a copy of your Auto Transport Company’s Insurance policy that shows coverage amounts for General Liability, Workmens Compensation, and Cargo Limits
    • Insurance Company names should also be listed on the copy they give you
  • How Much Gasoline to Put in a Car Before Shipping?
    • It doesn’t really matter, but don’t fill the car before shipping because hot temperatures can cause the gas to expand and possibly leak from the overflow.
  • Car Battery during Auto Transport
    • Make sure the battery is fully charged and secured before auto transport
  • Shipping A Car With Additional Items & Furniture
    • Additional items while shipping a car can cause damage, if not properly secured, during auto transport
    • The amount allowed to be shipped, with the car, depends on the company.
  • What to Tell Your Auto Transport Driver
    •  Explain those “quirky” things about your car, to the auto transport driver, such as kill switches, alarms, cut-off switches, old Fords only start in neutral, brakes only work with the motor running on some cars.  The more information your Driver has the easier it will be for him to ship your car across the country.
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