What is FloridaDirectAutoTransport.com transport process?

Posted on January 17th, 2012 by admin

First we would like to say thank you for considering choosing us to handle your transport job. We pride ourselves on being a 100% positive transport experience company and strive to remain that way. Now we will explain in detail our complete transport process from start to finish. If you are shipping a common passenger vehicle such as a ( 2 door, 4 door car, mid size SUV, 150/1500 series pickup truck, large SUV, or even Heavy Construction Equipment the transport process will be as follows..

Step 1

- Request, email, or call for a transport quote. Be sure to have all the transport information that is needed such as: pickup address or zip code, drop off address or zip code, year/make/model and preffered transport date. Any extra details such as the vehicle’s condition (example:  running or not running), location (example: auction yard, dealership, port, apartment complex, etc.) or other (example: exotic car, collectors car, physically altered vehicle  will help us give you the most accurate transport quote along with a transport time frame.

Step 2

- After receiving a quote contact us by email or phone to confirm or to ask more detailed questions. Even if our quote is higher than your transport budget or higher than another company’s quote please contact us and let us know. If possible we might be able to lower our quote to match or beat any companies quotes. We strive to stay competitive but prefer to have 100% customer satisfaction. Please note that if you book transport services with FloridaDirectAutoTransport.com the final transport cost will never exceed our first original quote.  Warning! With other transport companies a quote is just a estimated cost. Once another transport company gets your deposit or credit card approval the final transport cost may change. Remember the deposit is the fee that transport broker charges for their service and the balance is the transport trucks fee for the physical transport. We lose a lot of business to company’s that operate in this manner because they will always give unrealistic low quotes that are irresistible.  In the event that another company is unable to find a transport truck to move your vehicle because of a low ball quote they will then tell you the transport costs have increased. By that time it’s to late as you have already signed a contract approving credit card charges and dedicated your time. Regardless if you use our company do not get tricked into taking quotes that are below the average quoted rates.

Step 3

Booking transport with FloridaDirectAutoTransport.com is easy. Simply email the following information..

- complete pickup address

- pickup contact phone #

- complete drop off address

- drop off contact phone #

- year/make/model/color  of vehicle or equipment

- date of  shipment

Once we have all of that information we can then enter the transport job into our system for scheduling. As soon as we have a confirmed transport truck will then request a deposit to confirm transport. Just like any other transport company a deposit is needed to dispatch the transport truck for pickup.

Step 4

Deposit for transport is needed to confirm the transport job. In most cases without a deposit we can not send a truck to pickup your vehicle. The deposit insures that the transport of your vehicle has been solely dedicated to our company only. A transport truck may need to drive 50 miles or more to pickup your vehicle so we need to be 100% sure the transport job is confirmed. To send us a deposit is  a very easy process. Once we have all the transport info we will then send you a secure online payable invoice via paypal.com. To date this is by far the safest way to make a payment as your credit card information is not shared with anyone beside you and paypal.com. To send us a deposit through Paypal.com you do not need an account with paypal.com. Simply follow the highlighted link in the emailed invoice marked Pay Now. Once we receive the deposit payment your transport job is confirmed. We will then assign the transport job to a transport truck and give you an estimated transport schedule.

Step 5

Pickup of the vehicle will be announced by the transport driver to the contact person at the vehicle’s pickup address. Usually the truck driver will call 12-24hrs before arrival to schedule the estimated time of pickup. This part of the transport job can be the most hectic as it involves two parties meeting at a set location. The truck driver may be traveling 50 or more miles to pickup or drop off a vehicle and the person releasing or receiving the vehicle will need to be available within an estimated time frame. When the transport driver gets closer to the pickup or drop off location minor to major delays can occur thus delaying the estimated time of arrival. To make it easier on everyone try to be available for at least an hour or two after the truck drivers estimated arrival time. It is even better to leave your vehicle with a third party who can release the vehicle without you being present. Leaving the vehicle with a hotel lobby/security, mechanic shop, front desk, or place of business allows you to go about your day worry free of being somewhere at an estimated time.

That pretty much sums up our transport process if you are ready to start CLICK HERE. If you have any other questions please contact us by email or phone. Thanks,

 

Arizona Auto Transport

Posted on October 11th, 2011 by admin

Arizona Auto Transport

We provide transport services in and out of Arizona to any locations within North America. Our trucks are always traveling through Arizona to pickup and deliver vehicles. The major routes in Arizona for transport traffic are:
I-40 going East and West passing through major cities such as Flagstaff and Kingman

I- 10 going East and West on the southern part of Arizona passing through Tucson, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and San Tran Valley

I-8 going East and West which branches off of I-10 to send traffic towards Yuma then Southern California

I-17 going North or South connecting I-40 to I-10

I-19 going North and South between Tucson and Nogales

 

If your vehicle is located within 25-50 miles maximum distance from any of the major interstates the transport cost should not be affected.  In the Western States most people live close to highways and interstates however if your pickup or drop off location is not close to any of the major interstates or highways transport cost can cost more or be delayed to due a low volume of transport traffic. In general freight and transport traffic travel East and West through Arizona on the I-10 east and west, I-40 east and west along with the I-8 east and west. If possible it may make sense to position your car’s pickup or drop off location along or close to any of these major highways to save on vehicle shipping cost.

Alabama Auto Transport

Posted on October 11th, 2011 by admin

Alabama Auto Transport

We provide transport services in and out of Alabama to any locations within North America. Our trucks are always traveling through Alabama to pickup and deliver vehicles. The major routes in Alabama for transport traffic are:
I-20 going in and out of Birmingham East and West
I-65 going North or South Passing by Athens, Priceville, Hartselle, Falkville, Cullman, Huntsville , Decatur, down to Montgomery and Mobile etc..
I-59 which goes Northeast and Southwest through Alabama into Birmingham. Major cities along the way such as Gadsden and Fort Payne
I-22 going Northwest and Southwest into and out of  Birmingham passing Jasper and Winfield
I-10 going East or West through Mobile

If your vehicle is located within 25-50 miles maximum distance from any of the major interstates the transport cost should not be affected. However if your pickup or drop off location is not close to any of the major interstates or highways transport cost can cost more or be delayed to due a low volume of transport traffic. In general freight and transport traffic travel East and West through Alabama on the I-20 and I-10 and North and South on I-65. If possible it may make sense to position your vehicles pickup or drop off location along or close to these major highways to save money on vehicle shipping cost.

First Look and test drive: 2011 Ford F-150 Eco Boost pickup

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by admin

The other day my friend and I got to Test Drive the new F-150 FX2 with the new V6 twin turbo Eco Boost engine. The FX2 F-150 that we got to test drive is the same as any FX model pickup but with the addition on the new twin-turbo V6 motor. The new engine features 3.5 liter displacement, 4 valves per cylinder, direct fuel injection which sprays fuel directly on the piston, vvt ( Variable Valve Timing ) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, and twin turbos just to name a few. The reason Ford decided to put this engine in there F-150 line of pickups is an attempt to work towards future fuel economy standards. This Eco Boost engine already resides in Fords Taurus and some Buick vehicles. Usually you would find a V8 as the standard engine in any 1/2 ton pickup but Ford has taken a chance to be the industry leader into the future of more fuel efficient smaller displacement engine vehicles. Besides the F-150 Ford has also opted to use smaller engines with the addition of a turbocharger in some of their other model vehicles. Using a smaller displacement engine will almost certainly guarantee better fuel economy but at the expense of power output. However with the addition of a turbocharger, a mechanical device that uses exhaust energy (waste energy ) and converts is into a positive intake pressure (psi). P.S.I. (pounds per square in) also called turbo boost can then make up for a smaller engine loss in size by forcing air into the engine thus creating a stronger combustion cycle. The use of turbochargers in the automotive passenger vehicle and even sports car market is not a new thing ,but more seldom seen.

The debate within the industry and even Ford Motor Company is.. “Will the consumer market accept the smaller displacement turbo charged engine over the beloved big V8?” We can say that after driving this truck almost any die hard V8 pickup lover will easily change there made up minds. Torque which is the scientific term for the force that actually moves a vehicle is very good from the new Eco Boost engine. We could actually go as far to say that the torque is near brutal in the new F-150 with Eco Boost engine. Depending on how hard and at what speed you hit the gas pedal you can expect an acceleration feeling that no production naturally aspirated v8 will give you. Ford has really made sure that the throttle and power response in the new Eco Boost equipped F-150 will satisfy all and they have accomplished that and more.

On an environmental stand point a smaller displacement engine tends to be more fuel efficient in all aspects of operation. An engine that uses less fuel in turn puts out less Co2 emissions (pollution). When you are driving a vehicle at slow speeds or even at a stop light your vehicle’s engine does not require much if any fuel. So at slower or light load engine conditions it would be best for fuel efficiency sake to have a smaller engine.

In every form of physics for something you gain there will be something you loose. Fortunately for the combustion engine this can be overcome by applying positive intake pressure to compensate for any loss in size. Another way to understand what power a particular engine is capable of producing is that flow equals power. This means a big engine is suppose to make big power because it can suck in more air, use the air for combustion, then expel the leftover waste energy. The turbocharger helps solve the problem of a smaller engine by allowing it to flow more air like that of a bigger engine.

How to book Auto Transport Services?

Posted on February 9th, 2011 by admin

Booking and Confirming Vehicle Shipping and Auto Transport Services with FloridaDirectAutoTransport.com is a fairly simple process. The first step is to fill out a Free Online Auto Transport Quote Request or send a Transport Request email to floridaautotrans@gmail.com. Once you have filled out and sent your free auto transport quote request you can expect to get response within 0-12 hours. After you receive our transport rate quote and decide that you want us to handle your transport job you can either email or call to pre-confirm. Along with basic transport info such as pickup address and drop off address we might also ask for some additional information to insure a problem free transport experience. For a final confirmation we will need a partial deposit of the total transport cost. In this industry deposit for any transport job such as Auto Transport , Heavy Equipment Transport, or Vehicle Shipping is a very common and normal business practice. What a deposit does is assure the company handling your car shipping that you are dedicated to using their service and have agreed to terms of service. Upon delivery of your vehicle the balance of the transport cost is to be paid to the transport driver in cash, cashiers check, or personal check. If you are unable to pay the transport truck at the delivery address you will need to pay the full transport cost before delivery or make other arrangements. If any problems are to arise FloridaDirectAutoTransport.com can be contacted 24/7 and even on holidays by phone,email, or text message. In general that is how a normal transport job is carried out. Thanks

Moving and Relocation

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by admin

Most people that are moving or in the process of relocation for work reasons will also need auto transport services. We currently do not personally handle moving and relocation jobs but we are happy to announce our affiliate yourtransportboard.com. If you are need of a moving and relocation company you can get free quotes at: Free Moving and Relocation Quotes

Marine Vessels and Parts

Posted on May 12th, 2010 by admin

25ft Wellcraft

Call (305)582-0206

Buying Online Auction Vehicles from Copart, Ride Safely, IAA, Manheim,

Posted on April 27th, 2010 by admin

Buying a vehicle from an auction yard can be a risk due to uncertainty of a vehicles condition. Most auction cars, trucks, and equipment do not have warranties or guarantees for their present condition. The term for buying a vehicle with no warranty is SOLD AS IS. To reduce risk when buying an auction vehicle you can implement some basic risk reduction techniques. When you are on the auction website look at pictures of the vehicle that you might be planning to buy. Inspect the vehicle very closely by enlarging the screen or picture.

Things to look for are:

1) dents, dings, waves or ripples in the body of the car. Vehicles that may appear to have no damage may show signs of body deformation.

2) look at the body panels and body parts of the vehicle for proper creases and clearances. If a vehicle has had prior damage it can show up in the form of misaligned parts. Parts such as headlights ,tail lights, fenders and bumper should be lined up proper with no gaps.

3) look for cracked windshields or windows. Vehicles that may have been in previous accidents may show frame or body damage in the form of cracked or broken windows. You can tell the difference between chassis damage and F.O.B. (Foreign Object) damage. Damage from a foreign object will show an obvious point of impact.

4) General Physical inspection of a vehicle that you may be planning to buy should be look at the car in a whole. Wheels should be properly aligned with the body of the car. Bumpers and body panels should be intact along with other parts of the vehicle.

5) Mechanical condition is the toughest thing to asses on a vehicle. It is almost impossible to tell a vehicles mechanical condition without a test drive or at least a start up and engine idle. Other drive-train parts such as transmission, differential, drive shafts and suspension parts are not easily visible to visual inspection. Most auctions will declare if a vehicle is in a running and driving condition.

6) Salvage Vehicles / Rebuild-able / Rebuilt Vehicles and Damaged Vehicles:  Salvage vehicle buying should be left for dealers, mechanics, and experienced salvage auction bidders. All the same rules apply as above but care must be taken to assess damages that vehicles may have sustained. Persons who buy damaged vehicles have an understanding of the cost to fix and buy parts for salvage vehicles. Even then salvage buyers can get in over their head when they find new unexpected damages or parts that they may need to rebuild a auction car.

In our experience 95% of the time a good mechanically inclined person can predict the condition of a vehicle without a physical inspection. On the other hand we have seen vehicles that are said to be in perfect running and driving condition to have minor to major damage to the frame or power train parts of the vehicle.

To remove all doubt it is best to have a vehicle physically inspect before you invest any of your hard earned money. If you cannot inspect a vehicle personally you could ask a the auction company if they have an appraisal service. An appraiser can physically inspect a vehicle to determine if it is worth the amount of money you are willing to spend while considering any damage the vehicle may have. We have personally transported vehicles that were thought to be in perfect to near perfect condition to only find out that there is light to severe hidden damages. If the auction yard that you are looking to buy a vehicle or equipment at does not have any inspection services you could take it into your own hands and find a mechanic in the auction yard location are to inspect the vehicle for you.

Using Vegetable Oil for Fuel

Posted on April 16th, 2010 by admin

F.D.A.T has been using bio fuels in our own fleet of trucks for over 4 years. For diesel motor vehicles, the process of using bio fuels can be used in 3 to 4 different methods. The use of vegetable oil in internal combustion engines is not new to the world. The first diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil. Fossil fuels took over because it was easier to source in mass quantities.

Bio Diesel is the process of using plant based vegetable oil and turning it into a fuel that has similar flow characteristics as fossil fuel diesel. The process to make bio-diesel is called transesterification. Anyone with vegetable oil can make their own biodiesel with some equipment, general knowledge, and a little trial and error. For any beginners start small to avoid wasting materials. Vegetable oil can be used to make fuel either as virgin oil or used waste vegetable oil also called W.V.O. Once again the main purpose of transesterification is to make vegetable oil as close to the viscosity of fossil fuel diesel. Diesel engines have been designed to run on petroleum diesel which is a much thinner fuel compared to vegetable oil which is thicker at low temps.

The second method to using vegetable oil for fuel is called Blending. Blending is just what it sounds like, meaning you simply blend vegetable oil with diesel fuel. You must mix the vegetable oil and petroleum diesel in a ratio that will not cause engine malfunction. As mentioned before, diesel engines of today are designed to run with fossil fuel diesel which is much thinner than vegetable oil. If the blended mixture is too thick, it will not burn properly in the engine. The problem is not that the vegetable oil is harder to burn it is just that the parts in today’s diesel engines are meant to use thinner fuel. What vegetable oil blenders will do is add a solvent that will thin out the vegetable oil, making it closer to the thinner petroleum diesel. We have blended vegetable oil with diesel for many years with no major problems at all. Anyone can do this and it is the easiest way to start using bio fuels. Start with small ratio mixtures like 10-20% vegetable oil to a full tank of petroleum diesel. For more detailed information, do a search on vegetable oil blending.

Running straight vegetable oil (SVO) in a diesel engine means using veg oil as the primary fuel without any petroleum products. There are two popular ways in which SVO can be used in diesel engines: a one tank system or two tank system. A one tank system stores vegetable oil where it is either heated or not heated. Heating the oil thins it allowing the oil to have similar viscosity flow as petroleum diesel. An example of this would be when you heat up a pan of cooking oil. Oil in a heated pan goes from thick oil to thinner oil as it gets hotter. Some one tank systems utilize a heating element that can warm the oil up to an ideal temperature before the engine is started. Two tank SVO systems use the vehicles original tank and auxiliary tank filled with unmodified filtered vegetable oil. With this system the engine will be started with petroleum diesel from the vehicle original fuel tank then switched to vegetable oil once running  and up to operating temperature. By the time the engine warms up the vegetable oil tank will reach pre determined operating temperature. Two tank SVO systems uses engine heat to warm the oil in the vegetable oil tank. This is accomplished by using engine coolant fluids to heat the vegetable oil tank using a radiating element similar to a water heater.

The most important thing about using vegetable oil as fuel is to make sure the oil is clean with no particles and that the oil has no water in it. A diesel engine fuel systems do not tolerate water or dirty fuel. Before you try to run vegetable oil in your diesel vehicle do as much research as you possibly can. Also start small and work your way up.  You can get a lot more detailed information on the use of bio fuels by doing searches on any of the popular search engines.

Car Transport Florida

Posted on April 16th, 2010 by admin

The state of Florida sees more auto transport request inquires than any other state in North America. Florida has the most amount of visitors that will most likely be driving a vehicle during their stay. Besides visitors Florida has many seasonal residents, residents and vacationers. Florida unlike many metropolitan cites in North America has no major mass transit systems. With no major public transportation personal vehicle transport is the only available mode of transport. Because of Florida’s geographic location along with no mass transportation Florida sees a very high amount of automobiles entering and leaving it’s major cities and towns.  Professional Car Transporters are constantly traveling in and out of Florida transporting vehicles to and from Florida’s major towns and cites. Transport trucks can be seen traveling on Florida’s major highways such as I-10, I-95, I-75, and Florida Turnpike. Even though there is a good amount of transport carriers in Florida you should remember that they prefer to stay on or close to the Florida’s major highways. If your vehicles origin or destination is 50 miles or more away from the major highways you could expect a slight increase transport price. This is the same case for vehicles being transported in any state in North America. Florida is a very long state heading North to South but is very narrow from East to West. Other states in America can have cities and towns that are far away from any major highways. Vehicle Transport Carriers sometimes travel up to 250 miles off route to pickup or drop off vehicles and freight. If you are planning to have a vehicle transported in or out of Florida be sure to contact us for a FREE QUOTE.