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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,

 

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.

Auto Transport Florida

Posted on April 3rd, 2010 by admin

Transport of motor vehicles in and out of Florida is higher in volume than any other state in North America. The reason why Florida has more than average demand for auto transport is geographic location and lack of mass transit. Visitors and residents of Florida have limited options for personal transport when it comes time to move in and around the state of Florida. For that reason, many (P.O.V.) Personally Owned Vehicles are transported in and out of Florida.

If you are planning to have your personal vehicle transported in or out of Florida, the time and season of year can have a minor impact in transport scheduling. Every winter season, Florida sees a mass migration of seasonal residents from northern states. Vehicle transport jobs, such as auto transport from New York to Florida, New Jersey to Florida and Massachusetts to Florida, are very common. If your vehicle needs to be transported from a northern state to Florida, it is very likely that there will be many car transport trucks heading to Florida. The only problem may be that they are already booked and loaded with automobiles. You could see a 1-2 week delay at the most if you are shipping your vehicle during this time period. The industry name for this seasonal transport time is called Snowbird Auto Transport.

Vehicles requiring transport out of Florida can sometimes see minor price breaks due to the fact that more vehicles and freight enter into Florida than what leaves the state. Most transport companies will not tell you this but a lot of transport trucks leave Florida heading north with completely empty space or available transport space. Do not always expect a price reduction but your chances of getting a lower transport price may better.

Regardless of the origin and destination that you need to ship a car, you should always arrange transport ahead of time. A good rule when shipping a car is to find a transport company 3-4 weeks in advance and to book auto transport services in 1-2 weeks ahead of time.

Free Auto Transport and Car shipping Quote Request

Posted on March 21st, 2010 by admin

Free auto transport quote request is very common on the popular search engines. The auto transport companies on the top of the search engine share more than enough transport inquires because it’s impossible for them to handle all of them personally. For example the keyword: “Auto Transport” has over 240,000 searches per month. To maximize profits, these companies sell Free Quote Transport Inquires in the form of leads. These auto transport leads are simply converted into profit by selling them to auto transport brokers. One transport lead can be sold to 5-15 transport broker companies. If you are to fill out and submit an online FREE QUOTE form you can expect to be contacted by phone or email by a number of auto transport brokers. Transport broker companies can pay up to $1.50-$15.00 per transport lead. The Auto Transport Industry is super competitive with companies fighting hard for your business. Competition in any service industry is good for you the consumer but sooner or later customer service and satisfaction is sacrificed in order to close a deal to make profit. Transport broker companies have professional sales people whose job is to convert leads into booked transport jobs. When you are contacted by an auto transport sales person, it can be overwhelming as you are pressured to accept their service. All companies provide the same general service, the only difference will be service, customer satisfaction, and price. The best thing to do is listen, research, and evaluate the company fighting for your business. Dealing with the carrier directly is the best way to go, but it is unlikely that a transport carrier will be available when you are in need of transport services. Direct Auto Transport is the best solution, but not many transport companies offer this service.

Towing Services

Posted on March 17th, 2010 by admin

Tow trucks have a couple different names. They can be called: wrecker, flat bed wrecker, rollback, flat bed tow truck etc…  There are different tow trucks some can have a lift that will carry a vehicle by lifting one end up in the air with it’s wheel lift.  Other tow trucks can have a flatbed that tilts to the ground making a ramp for vehicles to be driven on or pulled on by a winch.  Towing and Wrecker services are usually reserved for roadside breakdowns however towing services can be used for longer distance transport jobs. It is not uncommon for a tow truck to travel 75 or more miles in one direction. Flatbed tow trucks are sometimes the only option to transport damaged non running motor vehicles and short distance transport jobs. The majority of a tow truck’s work comes from roadside breakdowns, mechanic shops, auto repair shops, auto insurance claims, auction yards, and storage facilities. Tow trucks can also be used to pickup and gather vehicles for larger car carriers that do not wish to be traveling on small roads. We have a good network of towing and wrecker services throughout North America that can provide transport service and vehicle storage. On our Free Quote page be sure to mention you need towing services in the additional information field.

Auto Transport “How Long does Auto Transport take?”

Posted on March 15th, 2010 by admin

The amount of time it will take your vehicle to be transported depends on many factors. The most obvious factor that will determine total transport time is distance from origin to destination. All commercial transport trucks are limited by law to travel for a regulated amount of time. Most truck drivers can travel 400-650 miles in one day. Besides operating on an limited amount of operating time all truck drivers are mandated to rest for a certain amount of time usually 10 hours. Between hours of operation and mandatory rest time you can make a general estimate on a transport trucks travel time.

The second factor that can determine the amount of time it takes for transport will be if the vehicles origin or destination is in a remote location or off route location. Commercial vehicles always try to stay on major highways and interstate roads. If a vehicle needs to be picked or dropped off in a rural area not close to any major highways it could cause a delay. Most Carriers avoid traveling off the major traffic routes to avoid delays and other problems caused by traffic, stop lights, road conditions etc…. The main reason why carriers prefer to stay on major highways is because of average travel speed (ATS). Any commercial truck that travels long distances wants to be able to maintain an average speed from point A to point B. Commercial Carriers will loose time and money by traveling on roads that will not allow them to maintain decent average travel speeds. Because of commercial vehicles weight and size stop and go traffic will decrease fuel efficiency, driver stamina, mechanical longevity and travel time.

The unknown factor in estimated delivery time will be the drop off or pickup location of other vehicles on the transport trailers along with miscellaneous delays. These delays can range from traffic, weather conditions, and mechanical problems on the transport truck. When an Auto Transport Company gives you an estimated pickup and delivery schedule they have included all of the above factors into the time estimate.