The idea of putting up with your old clunker in order to have the benefit of a paid off car may be tempting. But, how safe is driving your current vehicle? Driving your old, high mileage car can often be just as expensive and far more dangerous than making the payments on a new one. In this article, we will discuss exactly how you can know when it’s time to trade in old reliable for something new.
Repair Costs Can Be Expensive and Dangerous
Have you ever had to replace a transmission, head gasket or camshaft in one of your vehicles? If so, then you know exactly how expensive doing so can be. In most cases, it is far cheaper to purchase a new vehicle rather than continually paying the mechanic to replace broken parts.
Sure, you can wait for something to go seriously wrong before making the long term commitment that comes along with a new vehicle, but doing so can be extremely dangerous. If your car were to break down in the middle lane on a busy interstate, for instance, you can be stranded in a very vulnerable situation.
Lifestyle Changes May Require a New Car
The second most likely scenario that leads to needing a new vehicle is a change in lifestyle - such as having a child or accepting a job that requires you to travel.
If you are having your first child, then you certainly don’t want to drive her/him around in an unreliable car that may or may not have heating and air that works. Instead, ensure safety and comfort for yourself and your baby by looking for a new vehicle that is more suitable for your expanding family.
Also, an increase in travel can be a definite sign that you need a reliable vehicle. For many who travel, breaking down in an area that they are unfamiliar with is a huge fear - and rightfully so. With a new car, however, you greatly minimize that risk. Ship A Car Direct makes the process easy, and affordable to transport your vehicle! Contact us today to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.
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