Intercity Lines http://www.intercitylines.com America's Premier Enclosed Automotive Transport Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:01:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/www.intercitylines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/intercity-lines-logo.png?fit=32%2C32 Intercity Lines http://www.intercitylines.com 32 32 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/#comments 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”

intercity loading a cobra

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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/#comments 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/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 01:30:57 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2762 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 […]

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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 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 reputation of being the best to lure customers.

Unfortunately, often the customer and their cars get the short end of the stick. Having their cars shipped by sub par drivers and equipment that lack the customer service and transport skills that our drivers have. Leaving cars scratched, damage, or the customer in the dark. The customer service sometimes can be good going through a broker, but this is entirely dependent on the driver they broker the order too.

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. Exclusive and reputable car carriers often don’t ask for a deposit. Instead they ask for 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, don’t 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!

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The Future of Trucking http://www.intercitylines.com/the-future-of-trucking/ http://www.intercitylines.com/the-future-of-trucking/#comments 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

mercedes benz future truck

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/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2635 The auto transport industry has a large range of prices that companies charge to ship a car. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to ship the car. The price charged reflects the cost of their equipment and the price of fuel needed to ship your car. Shipping your car on a flat […]

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The auto transport industry has a large range of prices that companies charge to ship a car. This price drastically changes depending on the equipment used to ship the car. The price charged reflects the cost of their equipment and the price of fuel needed to ship your car. Shipping your car on a flat bed is usually the cheapest, but is the riskiest in regards to your car. Open trailers tend to be slightly more expensive and tend to be less risky than flat beds. 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. Companies with experienced drivers & high quality equipment are often more expensive than brokers or companies with older equipment.

Before shipping a car, make sure you get as much information as possible and don’t base your decision off price alone. Too of a low price, for shipping a car, should make you wary!

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/#comments 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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    12 Things to Consider When Shipping a Car http://www.intercitylines.com/12-things-consider-shipping-car/ http://www.intercitylines.com/12-things-consider-shipping-car/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:23:18 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2542 Shipping a Car? Get Tips from the Experts Does it need to be open or enclosed?  Open is cheap, prone to damage and theft ,usually not door to door, car is held in place with chains, difficult for low clearance cars….Enclosed is door to door not terminal to terminal,have lift gates for low clearance cars, […]

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    Shipping a Car? Get Tips from the Experts
    1. Does it need to be open or enclosed?  Open is cheap, prone to damage and theft ,usually not door to door, car is held in place with chains, difficult for low clearance cars….Enclosed is door to door not terminal to terminal,have lift gates for low clearance cars, less chance of damage or theft.
    2.  Never give a deposit,  Most reputable car transporters do not require a deposit…if they demand a deposit be wary.
    3.  The best transport companies will pickup and deliver the vehicle using the same driver… whether its’ across the state or across the country
    4.  Check references on forums, friends, local dealers and sites like transportreviews.com
    5.  Scheduling…always discuss scheduling needs with your transporter.  It’s especially important if you expect delivery for a Birthday or other timed event
    6.  Never base your decision on price alone!  You’ll find that the cheapest is usually not the best choice.  A transport rig can is about $500,000 new and todays transport pricing reflect equipment costs, and Drivers pay unpredictable fuel prices.  A low ball price should make you wary.
    7.  Insurance.  It’s always best to have your transporter provide a copy of their insurance policy that shows coverage amounts for General Liability , Workmens’ Compensation and Cargo limits…Insurance Company names will also be listed.
    8.  Once you’ve chosen a transport company you’re ready to prepare the car for shipping.  How much gasoline?  It really doesn’t matter, but don’t fill it prior to shipping as hot temperatures can cause the gas to expand and possibly leak from the overflow.  Make sure the battery is fully charged.  It’s not recommended to ship additional items in the car, these can cause damage if not properly secured.
    9.  Explain those “quirky” things about your car to the 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 safely across the country.
    10.  REMOVE your EZ pass transponder!  It’s possible for the transponder to be read even inside of an enclosed trailer.
    11.  Discuss payment requirements with your transport company…many require a cashiers check on delivery.
    12. Ask your Driver for his mobile number, he should contact you first, but it’s always handy to be able to reach your Driver directly if plans change.

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    Race Car Transportation http://www.intercitylines.com/race-car-transportation/ http://www.intercitylines.com/race-car-transportation/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:53:32 +0000 http://www.intercitylines.com/?p=2262 Intercity Lines offers fully enclosed and insured race car transportation to and from the track. Our drivers can pick your up car up from your driveway at home and bring it to any race track in the country safely and securely. We specialize in the transportation of vintage, classic, and contemporary racing vehicles. Intercity Lines has […]

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    Intercity Lines offers fully enclosed and insured race car transportation to and from the track. Our drivers can pick your up car up from your driveway at home and bring it to any race track in the country safely and securely. We specialize in the transportation of vintage, classic, and contemporary racing vehicles. Intercity Lines has over thirty four years of experience with race cars and understands how to transport them, accounting for their unique bodies, low clearance, and other attributes that require the care and handling of true car enthusiasts and professionals. To have your race car safely shipped to an event.

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