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How to Transport a Non-Running Vehicle

A vehicle that can't run is certainly not ideal if you have a pressing need to get it somewhere. Thankfully, auto transport companies can help you to solve this problem. However, while many auto transport companies do ship vehicles fairly regularly, they ship higher amounts of vehicles that are fully operational. What this means is that it is not a given that a company will be able to transport your non-running vehicle. Check out the following guide that will help to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.



Can You Fix It First?

Ideally, you should try to fix the vehicle first, as it'll save you both money and hassle in the long run. For example, if you know that the car isn't running because the battery is no longer of use, buy a new one. It'll only set you back between $40 to $60 in most cases. If it's not running because of a flat tire, change it. The point is that you shouldn't put off such a small maintenance or repair job.



Inform the Auto Transport Company

Under no circumstances should you ever inform the auto transport company that your vehicle doesn't run AFTER the driver already shows up to pick it up. You should always consult with them first and let them know the state of your vehicle.


The reason why you should do this is that not every auto transport company is equipped or willing to transport a non-running vehicle. Secondly, the auto transport carrier, even if they do transport non-running vehicles, will need special equipment to do so. More specifically, they will need a winch in order to both load it and unload it. The issue is that all auto transport trucks do not have a winch, meaning that some of them will have to manually attach it ahead of time. If the driver shows up to pick your vehicle and doesn't have a winch, you're out of luck as they say.


So all you have to do is let them of your situation before you and they agree to anything.



Will It Cost More?

In the majority of instances, you will be charged more. It'll usually be around $150 to $200 extra. If you are quoted a price above that amount, go with another company or try to negotiate with them. It delays the process for carriers to have to load and unload a non-running vehicles, as well as is an inconvenience for the driver, hence the higher price. That's why it's best to try and fix your vehicle to get it to run again if you can, as was mentioned above.


At A-1 Auto Transport, we will be able to assist you with your vehicle if it doesn't run and can provide you with an affordable price. We have a significant amount of experience in handling non-running vehicles. Just let us know ahead of time so that we can work out an agreement. Make sure to contact us today for a free quote!




Your Guide To Buying A New Or Used Car Online


Simplifying the Internet Auto Buying Experience

Many of our customers seek us out because they’ve bought a car online and are looking for a way to move it without adding too much onto the cost of the vehicle. As a service to our readers and customers, we’ve compiled a list of resources and helpful information to help guide you through the process--and avoid the pitfalls--of shopping for a car on the internet.


Most new purchases, no matter how big or small, start with internet research. As with anything else, some websites are better and more trustworthy than others and that holds true with online car buying sites too.


In this blog post, we’ll review some of the primary websites and what they have to offer. We’ve also included a section about how to protect yourself as a consumer when buying a car online, as well as a guide to what you should know when making a major online purchase. 


During the research phase, it’s important to remember what you’re looking for and what matters to you. That may sound obvious, but it’s easy to lose sight of what you should be looking for when presented with the countless options you’ll find online.


Taking a moment to look familiarize yourself with what’s offered from different manufacturers can be a helpful step early in the process. There are plenty of places online that you can find reviews so we’ll just briefly go over two important websites that you may find helpful.


Kelley Blue Book - One of the most definitive places online to quickly and easily find values for any vehicle. It’s a great way to get an idea of what you should pay for a certain type of vehicle with respect to condition, make and model.


Edmunds - Like the Kelley Blue Book website, Edmunds also has information about prices, but the information goes well beyond that. You can find resources to help you with almost every aspect of buying a new or used vehicle.


Discussion Forums - If you like a particular style of driving or a particular car, there’s a discussion forum out there that that focuses on it. From off-road enthusiasts to environmentally conscious drivers, there’s something for everyone and it’s usually one of the best places to get specific information or have your questions answered.


Reviewing Popular Online Auto Market Places

eBay Motors - eBay Motors is one of the most popular and trusted online resources for buying a used vehicle. Not only is the website easy to use and find what you need, but you can also find information and feedback about the seller, which many buyers find comforting. Remember that eBay uses a bidding system to sell most of the items on the website, which is also true for vehicles.


*It should be noted that while eBay partners with the auto transport company uShip, users do have the choice of going with other options.


Craigslist - Craigslist is the old standby when it comes to finding a used vehicle, especially if you’re looking to buy something locally. With its simple, straightforward design and ease of use, it’s no wonder that the website is so widely used by both buyers and sellers. Craigslist offers an open search (by both owner or dealer owned vehicles), as well as a multitude of other search options. For classics and car collectors, most savvy web searchers tend to favor Auto Trader or Hemmings over Craigslist (see below) - Auto Trader is one of the most well-liked online spots when it comes to searching for a new or used vehicle. They tend to offer slightly better conditioned and more high-end vehicles than you’ll find on Craigslist. One thing that users appreciate about using the site is that it allows them to save searches so they can effectively “keep an eye out” for a particular car or truck. - A website similar to Auto Trader, also has a search feature with a large database of vehicles to choose from using several different filters. Like the other popular sites, results can also be filtered by zip code and distance, price, make, and model.


Hemmings - Hemmings is the best place to look if you’re searching for a classic or collector car. While the other options mentioned above are helpful, there’s simply no comparison when it comes to finding news, information, and a marketplace for classic vehicles.


Online Car Buying: Consumer Safety Issues 

Any time you buy a vehicle, you need to take some precautions--doubly so online. Some of them--like a test drive--may not be an option when buying remotely, but there are some basic steps you should follow to ensure you get a good value. This section will focus on buying a car online; you can find general information about buying a used car here.


A lot of the fraud that occurs in the online auto market involves payment transactions at the point of sale. Sometimes this takes the form of a payment request that’s harder to trace, such as a money order or wire transfer. Either of these should be a red flag. It’s typically best to make online purchases with a credit card so that you have some form of consumer protection from the company that issues the card.


Click here for information about online security tips for buyers and sellers.


If you are submitting a payment online, be sure that you’re using a secure internet connection. It is not advisable to make online payments with public internet connections or Wifi hot spots.


One of the most important, though sometimes overlooked, aspects of buying a car online is the paperwork. All of the documents pertaining to the sale will be digital and it’s essential that you print out and save all paperwork in case it’s needed in the future.


A-1 Auto Transport is a leading nationwide car shipper for collectors, auto auctions, and online vehicle shoppers across the U.S.! Contact us today for a FREE estimate or call us at the number at the top of the page with your questions!

Military Auto Transport Tips

If you're in the military, especially a part of a military family, and have to be deployed to a base either abroad or in the United States, you will most likely be eligible to have your vehicle shipped directly to the base. However, since many families today have more than one vehicle, unfortunately, you will often have to pay for the second vehicle to be shipped yourself. Before we get into some important tips that can help you out with this process, there is some basic information that you should know first.



All Military Branches Cover Just One Vehicle

The good news about being in the military is that every single branch of the U.S. Armed Forces covers the transport cost of one family vehicle to be shipped. The bad news is that you will have to deal with some red tape and will have to make sure to follow their policies and restrictions extremely closely.



Not All Vehicles Are Eligible

Not all vehicles are eligible to be transported. It depends on the region that it's being shipped to, as well as the regulations of the particular base. For example, some bases don't allow for pickup trucks or large SUVs to be transported, sometimes due to a lack of capacity in the base to store them. You will have to be aware of this ahead of time and plan accordingly.



Some Helpful Tips

  • The first tip to follow is to request special assistance if you need more than one vehicle shipped. This works particularly well if you're stationed in the United States and not stationed abroad. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force have been known to be helpful in matters such as this. They may help you out by either bending the rules a bit and covering the cost of both vehicles or at least offering to pay for the partial cost of the second vehicle.
  • Second, you should check to see if the auto transport company offers a special military discount. Many will certainly offer you a discount, sometimes of 10% to 20%, and it can't hurt to ask!
  • Third, you should always try to contact an auto transport company that is based out of a location that is close to a military base. Many of these companies frequently deal with military families and thus will be more likely to help you out. Plus, you never know what "connections" they might have!
  • Fourth, consider selling your second vehicle if you have one. If you're going to be living on a base, you may not really  have a need for it. Plus, with the extra money, you'll have some added "moving expenses" covered. This will help to give you a better peace of mind as you make the transition and can give your family much needed financial cushioning.

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Contact A-1 Auto Transport today and let us help you out with your military transport needs. We're more than willing to go the extra mile to help out those who selflessly serve our nation!



W Motors: The First Middle Eastern Supercar Maker

Though you may not have heard of it, you've probably already seen it. The Lykan Hypersport was one of the main featured cars in Fast and Furious 7 and is being billed as the first Arab supercar in existence. It's the work of Dubai-based W Motors, a company founded by Ralph R. Debbas that is dedicating itself solely to building high-end luxury sports cars that cost seven figures. So what's the cost of the Lykan Hypersport? A whopping $3.4 million.



This is a company that makes no qualms about the fact that they're only trying to appeal to the elite of the elite. And with all of the wealth in existence in the oil-rich parts of the Middle East, it does business sense to try and manufacture a vehicle that's based in the area. While it doesn't signal the start of a practical motor industry for the Middle East designed for regular consumers, it's certainly a start.


So what do you actually get with that $3.4 million?  Find out below.


The Specs of the Lykan Hypersport

The Lykan Hypersport is more about status than actual performance, but it's certainly not lacking in specs. It features a 3.7 litre 780bhp, twin-turbo flat-six mid-rear engine that has been taken from Porsche tuner RUF.


And thanks to the 770hp and 708 ft.-lb of torque pulse that goes through a six-speed sequential, as well as a seven-speed PDK gearbox to the rear wheels, it achieves a 0-100 km/h performance of 2.8 seconds. In fact, it can reach a speed as high as 395 km/h, which is the equivalent of 245 miles/h. It also has a surprisingly decent mpg, since it gets 24 mpg on average.



So What Makes It Different? 

Despite its high price tag, W Motors has not designed the Lykan Hypersport to be at the top of the line in terms of its specs. In fact, it already assumes that its clientele already have other luxury sports cars. Instead, the Lykan Hypersport is supposed to be something different. And it certainly is, representing the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury service.


For starters, its seats are stitched with gold thread and there's a center display that is holographic.


The meat of the package is the global servicing system that it includes. All the driver has to do is press a button and a technical advisor will appear to provide assistance. Furthermore, W Motors will send a team of “flying doctors” to wherever you are in the world to assist you.


Also included is a 24/7 concierge service that is invite-only and a Swiss luxury watch by esteemed designer and watchmaker Franck Muller.


Finally, adding to the appeal is that W Motors is only manufacturing just seven Lykan Hypersports.



The Future of W Motors

W Motors is trying to initially appeal to the elite in the Middle East, but they have more ambitious long-term goals of appealing to the wealthy from around the world. 

They plan to release a “Supersport” model for $1.6 million and a more affordable SUV for “just” $250,000.


With a bigger factory to be built in Dubai later this year, time will tell if W Motors ends up lasting. They're certainly going all out to try to make an impression.


Auto Transport Discounts

Discounts are what every customer wants when deciding to purchase a service or a product. While everyone wants to pay less for something than the listed price, many fail to put things in perspective in that it is the company's job to make a profit. After all, they're not a charity. In spite of this reality, discounts do exist. They're a way to drive sales, fend off competition, and create good will with some customers.



The auto transport industry is an industry that is full of brokers and carriers all vying for the same customers, meaning that it's one that is extremely competitive. As a result, auto transport discounts do exist.



Why are Auto Transport Discounts Available?

One of the main reasons why transport companies offer auto transport discounts is to convince potential customers to choose them over another company. Offering discounts, even if they're small, is an extra incentive for many and can make a big difference on their decisions. Auto transport companies will often choose to make a smaller profit on a sale than risk losing it entirely.


Another reason why auto transport discounts are sometimes offered is for customer retention purposes. Repeat business is quite important for an auto transport broker or carrier, as it provides financial stability to them. Many dealerships and car manufacturers frequently transport vehicles year-round and offering them bulk discounts can ensure that they stay with the same company.


The third reason is to reward customer loyalty and to create referral incentives. Many auto transport companies have loyalty programs that results in discounts on future bookings. In addition, some have referral programs in place that allow you to be rewarded with a discount or rebate if you refer someone to the company.



How to Get an Auto Transport Discount

Getting an auto transport discount is not that difficult. Generally, auto transport discounts are most commonly offered as:

  • Military discounts
  • Student discounts
  • Senior Citizen discounts
  • Repeat Customer discounts

Each auto transport company has different discount policies, but some even offer discounts for AAA or AARP group members, in addition to various other groups. The best way to find out is to ask the customer service representative of the company directly. Many will be happy to give you a discount if that means securing your business.


If you are eligible for a discount, it will usually be reflected in a reduced deposit that you have to pay. The auto transport brokers that are ethical and professional will take on the discount themselves instead of taking it out of the money that they offer a carrier. If they take money away from the carrier, the carrier may choose not to work with them again in the future, not to mention might have less incentive to deliver your vehicle in a speedy and timely manner.


Contact A-1 Auto Transport today and check to see if you're eligible for any discounts! Our customer service representatives would be happy to help you.