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The Four States Mustang Corral

This year marks the 22nd year of the Four States Mustang Corral Show in Texarkana, TX! All of the cars at the show must be Fords or have Ford engines. Though Mustang’s are the most popular car at this show, the show isn’t just for Mustangs. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car. There are a few distinct classes of cars that will be at the show. Each has their own scoring criteria: Concours: This class of cars are for Mustangs that…

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The Requirements of Importing a Vehicle to the United States

While it’s not as common of a practice, importing a vehicle to the United States is something that you may want to consider. The problem with doing so is that it can be a very complicated process, as there are numerous rules and regulations that have to be followed. All vehicles that are imported to the United States have to follow strict requirements in regards to emission standards, safety standards, and even with bumper standards. Imported cars that auto dealers sell in the country are manufactured abroad specifically for the US market. Vehicles made abroad not specifically for the U.S….

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The 5 Trends Shaping the Auto Industry in 2015

2014 proved to be the best year in auto sales since 2006. And in 2015, this momentum is expected to continue, as some estimates peg sales as being as high as 17 million vehicles. Some of the reasons for the increase in sales are an improvement in consumer confidence, more access to credit, and an economy that is much healthier than it has been during the past few years. With that being said, here are the 5 trends that are shaping the auto industry in 2015. Better In-Car Technology This isn’t referring to such things as heated seats, but instead,…

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The Changing Nigeria Auto Market

The Nigerian auto market should be undergoing some big changes this year and beyond, as the government in Nigeria is trying to initiate an overhaul. As a country that boasts the largest economy in Africa, it also has the largest population. Recently, Nigeria surpassed South Africa in becoming the 21st biggest economy, with it being valued at over $500 billion. The problem that their government is currently dealing with though is in trying to get automakers to start manufacturing automobiles in Nigeria itself, rather than relying on imports as they have been doing for the past few decades. The steps…

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Shipping Individual Car Parts Abroad

Whatever your need may be, such as if you’re stationed overseas or are an expat in need of car parts from the United States, there are some rules and regulations that you should understand about shipping individual car parts abroad. Check out the following guide for some tips to make sure that your car parts arrive safe and sound to your final destination. Drain All Fluids With almost no exception, all international shipments of individual car parts, such as batteries or motors, have to contain zero fluids. All of the fluids have to be drained entirely, with no trace of…

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Cargo Shipping History: Intermodal Containers

Almost any product you buy has been shipped at one point or another, and often, inside of an intermodal container (also commonly referred to simply as a shipping container). From everyday purchases you make at the drug store to the car you drive to get there, every type of good that’s bought and sold has to be transported from one point to another. In this blog post, we take a look at the history of one of the most popular methods of moving goods around the world: intermodal containers. The widespread use of standardized containers meant that cargo could be…

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The Fall of the Russian Ruble and Car Exports

The Russian ruble has declined significantly during the past few years, as controversies surrounding international actions and embargoes being placed on it by the United States and the EU have severely hindered its economy. But where there’s weakness, there’s also opportunity, as now the countries that are a part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which consists of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, have been able to engage in profitable import/export endeavors involving car exports. The opportunities that are available are numerous now, as the people living in these countries, such as in Tajikistan…

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The Benefits of the Strong U.S. Dollar and Car Imports

With the U.S. Dollar extremely strong right now, a position which doesn’t look to change, many auto manufacturers have reaped the benefits in the extra demand for their cars, in which the cost to create each one has also dropped partly due to crude prices that have also fallen.     Of course, this is mainly something that has benefited auto manufacturers in countries in Europe, as well as Japan and South Korea. A strong dollar compared to the euro, the Japanese yen, and the South Korean won has resulted in the United States being viewed as a much more attractive…

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What You Should Be Asking Your International Car Shipping Broker

If it’s your first time shipping your vehicle or transporting a motorcycle internationally, you may not know where to begin in trying to find an auto transport company that is reliable, affordable, and secure. It’s not as difficult as a process as you might think though. Considering some of the dubious companies that are out there, it does help to have a list of questions ready to ask them. The following is a list of questions that you should ask, as well as the answers that you should be looking for: What is Your Website Address? If you ask an auto transport…

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Does It Ever Make Sense to Ship Your Car Via Air Freight?

In the vast majority of cases, if you chose to have your car shipped, either domestically or overseas, you will chose from a land option or via ocean freight. Not only are these the most common methods, but it simply makes the most sense from a financial perspective. You’ll have a far easier time finding a quality auto transport company that ships via ocean freight or via a trailer than you would finding one that offers the air freight option. In some cases though, the air freight option should be considered. Even thought it is VASTLY more expensive, the following…

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West Coast Port Congestion in 2015

Unbeknownst to many people, but certainly known amongst shipping companies, is the fact that there have been various shipping delays in recent months that have been brought on by severe port congestion in certain West Coast ports in the United States. Part of the issue has been a dispute that has taken place between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), leading to no permanent contract in place between them. This affects you because this means that, depending on the port in which your vehicle will be shipping from or arriving internationally, you might…

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New Import Regulations in Australia

Many auto manufacturers, such as Toyota, have announced during the past few months that they’re planning on shutting down their auto manufacturing plants that are based in Australia in the upcoming years. Despite the fact that automobile production has been occurring for over 100 years, many companies are finding it more financially beneficial to produce their cars elsewhere that they sell in Australia. As a direct response to this, the Australian government has reviewed its Motor Vehicles Standards Act. For a long time, their regulations were that any imported car, whether it was new or used, were required to adhere…

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Shipping Your Motorcycle Overseas

Shipping your motorcycle overseas can be done pretty easily, despite what you may think. So, if you’re relocating due to a job or simply want to live abroad for awhile, having your motorcycle shipped to your new international destination can be a painless process. The most important thing to do before proceeding any further is to make sure that you hire a credible auto transport company. A credible auto transport company, such as A-1 Auto Transport, will be able to make sure that your motorcycle is shipped safely and at a reasonable time frame. However, another benefit of hiring a…

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The Qualities of a Successful Auto Transport Company

 There are so many auto transport companies out there, that trying to choose one can be a bit difficult. But the fact remains that the auto transport companies that last are the ones that share certain qualities and characteristics in their operations. All auto transport companies are not made equal, and if you spot the following traits in one, you’ll know that you most likely have a winner: A Fair and Honest Price An auto transport company that is successful will offer fair prices. They won’t try and swindle customers and barrage them with hidden fees after the fact. Instead,…

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Preserving Classic Cars

Since they were invented, cars have held a special place in society, as they not only are the means by which many people travel, but are also (some of them at least) wonderful designs that represent the time period in which they were made. To many, classic cars are a look back into a different time period, such as the 1950s diner era, as represented in a film like American Graffti. Despite their historical value, classic cars don’t have the recognition and protection that they deserve from a legal standpoint. There are some positive signs though in development, as many…

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Ship Car To Gabes

If you have never had to transport a vehicle outside of the country, the process may seem a bit arduous. Transport companies use seaports in various locations throughout the U.S. to ship vehicles to different destinations around the world. Gabes is one of the largest industrial cities in the country and a great place to buy famous Tunisian spices. You can get your vehicle transported overseas in one of two ways. If you would like to save some money, you can simply ship your vehicle on the open deck of a ship. If the vehicle you’re planning on shipping doesn’t…

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Ship Car To Ettadhamen

When an ocean is separating you from your destination, driving is obviously not an option. Shipping services have a couple shipping options shippers can choose from to get their car transported to Ettadhamen. Typically, shipping services will handle customs at the port of export and can even offer to haul a vehicle that isn’t in close proximity to the departure port. Be Prepared for Customs Overseas When your vehicle arrives in Ettadhamen you may be required to pay additional fees for customs duty and offloading fees. Make sure the car battery is fully charged so agents can offload the car…

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Ship Car To Bizerte

If you are planning on starting your relocation into Bizerte, you will undoubtedly take unforgettable memories with you. There are many sightseeing attractions in Bizerte such as the Rebaa Mosque and Old Harbour. This city is lined with miles of beaches occupied by thousands of tourists and locals every year. How to Get a Vehicle Transported to the Port of Departure Shippers that live close to the seaport that their car will be shipped from can simply drive their vehicle there. If the customer cannot deliver their vehicle due to distance, shipping services operating on a door to door basis…

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Ship Car To Aryanah

When you know that you want to have the freedom to explore Aryanah in the comfort of your own car, the next step is to contact an international automobile shipping company. Shipping companies can haul vehicles to the port of departure from just about any location. In just a matter of minutes, a representative of the shipping company can give you a quote and bring you one step closer to Aryanah. Preparing to Clear Foreign Customs Everyone that ships a car overseas will have their imported goods inspected by Customs clearance agents. A shipper is restricted from transporting any household…

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Ship Car To Trois-Rivieres

Trois-Rivieres is a financial and cultural center for Maurice area of Canada in Quebec. Industry in the city includes electronics, cabinet making, metal works, thermoplastics and agriculture. There are plans for a large technology park in coming years that will increase the wealth of the city and bring many people in for employment opportunities. The tourist sector of the city has been steadily experiencing growth each year due to summer festivals, art and music shows and outdoor activities. Trois-Rivieres has been named the Cultural Capital of Canada as well as the Poetry Capital of Quebec. It’s a charming city to…

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Ship Car To Villa Nueva

Villa Nueva is a scenically beautiful small city near Guatemala City in Guatemala. With more than 25 local factories producing plastics, textiles and other industrial products, many people move to the area for work and growth in the employment sector. Temperatures are usually in the mid 70’s year round, and there are several parks and shopping centers to enjoy in the town. While the roadways are not all paved, having a personal car to drive is very beneficial as public transportation is very limited and robberies have been known to happen on the small city buses. Renting a car while…

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Ship Car To Verona

Verona, the famed city that William Shakespeare used in his antiquated tales of star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliette. The city that was once a large Romanesque empire, and now is a massive commercial business enterprise is a very popular city in Italy to move to from America. With the commercial empire rising annually, the workforce has been redeveloping since the early 1950’s and has grown by leaps and bounds since the mid 1990’s. Driving in the city can be expensive due to the rates of cab fares and public transportation and having your own car available will help you…

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Ship Car To Venice

Shipping your own personal automobile to Venice, Italy when you have relocated to the city either temporarily for work or school, or as a permanent resident, will be very beneficial as you travel from place to place. Venice is known throughout the world for the beauty of the art as well as the centuries old architecture throughout the city. Due to that, Venice thrives in the tourism industry as more than 50,000 tourists from around the world travel to Venice daily. Venice is also very productive with shipbuilding and industrial exports including glass and lace, to countries around the globe….

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Ship Car To Turin

For tourists travelling to Turin, Italy, they are generally amazed with the eclectic art galleries, palaces, beautiful gardens and spacious parks. Turin however, has much more to offer for those moving to the city than just exciting tourist attractions. The architecture and rental homes are beautiful, and as home to the Fiat automobile group, it is a bustling industrial epicenter especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. Other notable automobile manufacturers like Maserati, General Motors and Lancia, among more than 10 other automobile manufacturers, are prevalent and help maintain a high level of unemployment in the city. If you need…

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Ship Car To Trieste

Each year more than 10,000 people relocate to Trieste from all parts of the world including Germany, Serbia, Hungary and the United States. Driving in the small seaboard city is generally fairly tranquil as long as you know how traffic flows and what the Italian road signs mean. Shipping a car to Trieste is advisable due to the fact that cab fares are usually priced quite high in the city and even with the cost of shipping money will be saved by having your own vehicle to drive daily. In order to have your car shipped to Trieste you will…

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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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