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Understanding What A Surety Bond Is

Essentially, a surety bond guarantees completion of a contracted service in the event that the contractor does not hold up their end of the bargain. What this does is assure the auto transporter of compensation if they are not fully paid for the service they provide, or the terms or the contract are not upheld by the broker. A surety bond, which may also be called a performance bond, is a form of consumer protection in that it serves as “insurance” against the job not being finished or a broker that doesn’t play by the rules. It also protects drivers…

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Do You Need My Keys To Ship My Vehicle?

It’s normal to feel uneasy about giving your car keys to someone else–it’s not something we’re used to doing, and cars are expensive–but it’s a standard and necessary part of the job for auto movers. Here are the main reasons that your keys are required as part of having your car shipped: The driver has to move cars on and off of the transport carrier and occasionally may need to reorganize the positions of the vehicles. This is done so that they are in the correct order for drop off at their respective destinations and so other cars can be…

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles Gaining Acceptance

There’s no denying the growth and influence of alternative fuel vehicles–and really no reason to doubt that the trend will continue on its upward trajectory. As the technology continues to improve and gas prices continue to rise, car buyers are looking more and more to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as an eco-friendly alternative and a more economical mode of transport. Auto makers have started to catch on and hedge their bets with alternative fuel cars because, quite frankly, they don’t have a choice. Several states, which include California, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont, are working…

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How To Research Auto Transport Brokers Before Shipping Your Car With Them

Before signing up with an auto transport broker, it’s important to understand the difference between an auto transport broker and an auto transport carrier or hauler. A carrier is a company or individual that moves your vehicle–something we can all understand pretty easily. A broker, however, requires more explanation since it’s an essential, and often misunderstood, part of the auto transport business. At it’s simplest, a broker is someone that coordinates a transaction by connecting a customer who needs a service to a company that provides it. Certain industries–auto transport among them–rely heavily on brokers to help facilitate business exchanges…

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Contributing Authors

Joe Webster

Joe WebsterJoe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. After college, he started his career in the…

Amanda Williams

Amanda WilliamsAmanda Williams is a mother, an author, and entrepreneur. Her pastimes include the San Diego Padres, anything and everything Disney related, reading for pleasure, running for fun, family trips to Sea World, the San Diego…

Neal Kearney

Neal KearneyGraduating from UCSC with a Bachelor's Degree in history, Neal has been an avid writer since childhood and loves writing about anything from automobiles or motorcycles to surfing. Neal has gotten quite a bit of…

Angela Caito

Angela CaitoAngela Caito wants to live in a world where love is prevalent, her children are happy, and her waist stays thin no matter how many Oreos she eats. She loves hiking, sailing, surfing, camping and…

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