Your car got there. But, uh … your keys didn’t.

March 7, 2018

Who wants to hear this from their auto transporter?  A late-night call from a destination a thousand miles away – you know it can’t be good news, right?   And you are correct. The driver – the same driver who picked up your auto from your driveway, drove it onto the carrier, carefully checked for any pre-existing dents or nicks – that driver now wants you to know that he can’t find the keys, and he wonders, did he leave them with you?   OK, it’s maybe a little late to suggest this, but … it’s a good idea to…

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How is my shipping price determined?

March 2, 2018

Here’s what we take into consideration as we calculate the quote we offer for shipping your vehicle:   Distance The destination point is the main component in calculating how much it costs to ship a car with DIY Transport. Longer distances naturally lead to a higher overall price, but at a lower cost per mile. Our calculator gives you the best auto transport quotes for any shipment.   Make & Model The driver has to know how much space will be needed, so we ask for exact vehicle specifications. Longer and/or taller cars will need additional adjustment, so are more…

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When will my car arrive at its destination?

February 28, 2018

We at DIY Transport  are committed to getting your vehicle to its destination in the timeliest manner possible. Transit time for shipping cars cross-country takes on average up to three weeks, but is often much less. Federal law stipulates that automobile shipping trucks travel no more than 500 miles per day, which includes any and all auto transport delivery stops along the way. Drivers are also only allowed to drive 6 days a week, and they must take a longer rest period every two weeks. At DIY Transport, we are careful to utilize our drivers’ time by providing them with…

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Which cars are auto thieves’ favorites?

February 23, 2018

Auto thefts have risen in recent years, but one thing remains the same: thieves love Honda Accords and Civics made in the 1990s. These two vehicles remain by far the two most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Too, the bureau’s latest annual “Hot Wheels” ranking indicates there are certain model years that are the most popular: The eight most commonly stolen model years of the Accord are 1990-1997. The nine most commonly stolen model years of the Civic are 1992-2000. That’s because these were some of the final Accords and Civics…

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Smart dealerships know the benefits of auto transport

February 21, 2018

You might think it’s ironic that automobiles are transported, since they themselves are designed and built to provide transportation. But the truth is, when new cars are driven to their respective dealerships, consumers tend to consider them used vehicles. And there is the risk of accidents or damage arising from highway conditions along the way.   Some dealers do have their own car haulers, but this situation is rare, mostly because it is almost never cheaper than using a transporter. Thus, new cars will almost exclusively be shipped on an auto transporter to avoid putting miles on the vehicles and…

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The 3 most-asked questions about auto shipping

February 16, 2018

Customers often have a lot of questions about auto shipping and its process. Would it surprise you to know that three questions, especially, are among the most asked?   It’s understandable that there are a lot of questions involved when considering shipping your car to another state – or another country. Most people have similar concerns.  So before you ask, let us answer:   Should I even be using an auto shipping service? There are many times when “drive it yourself” is not a good idea. Fluctuating fuel costs, road hazards, and weather conditions are just a few examples. So…

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Make your move easy on the kids

February 14, 2018

You’re moving. The papers are signed, the new job is waiting, DIY Transport has shipped the car and it’ll be ready for pickup when you get there. Today’s the day. You’re excited.  And the kids seem – nervous?   Relocating can be stressful, whether you’re moving for a new job or simply want to start over. When young children are involved, the whole process can be even more chaotic. After all, the move is your idea, and you’re in charge of it.  But they are not in charge – they depend on you for their security, and what’s exciting to…

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A Quick Dictionary of Auto Transport Services

February 9, 2018

Every field has its own language, decipherable, it seems, only to those “in the know.”  The auto transport industry is no different, and sometimes we forget that we may be using terms you’re not familiar with. But there’s no need to feel lost in this sea of confusing auto transport words and phrases. Here, we break down some of the most common industry terms so you can spend more time planning your vehicle transport and less time worrying about confusing jargon. DIY Transport’s “Quick Dictionary” Auto Hauler: Carrier trucks that are designed to ship a vehicle from state to state. Some…

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When your pets have to move, too

February 7, 2018

Nearly half of U.S. households have a dog or cat, and in most households those pets are considered members of the family. If that describes your household, and you’re moving from one state to another or across the country  (or across the ocean), there’s a chance that you may have a furry friend coming along with you. You may have already made arrangements for auto transport, but what will you do about your pets? Shipping a pet is a bit different than shipping a car, and special attention is needed in the process to make the experience as comfortable for…

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Is there a “best time” to ship your car?

February 2, 2018

Weather conditions — both at your pickup location and your destination — as well as seasonal demand will have an effect on the price and the efficiency of your vehicle transport. DIY Transport offers these tips for a hassle-free experience: The first thing you’ll want to decide is what’s most important to you: is it most important that your car get shipped quickly, or do you want the cheapest rates possible? Are you going through an area that’s under highway construction? Are you going from cold to temperate temperatures, or the reverse? More info here. Let’s say you’re shipping a…

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