This is absolutely cool

•April 30, 2019 • Comments Off on This is absolutely cool

Organized by our good friend Noah Lambert. We would if we could.

Welcome to the first annual Mezzo 200 Reliability Trial. Modeled after the famed road races of last century, the Mezzo 200 (pronounced met-sō) is a leisurely 200 mile organized drive through the most beautiful roads in the Illinois River valley. There are no points, no penalties, no registration fees and no prizes, just a fun day of classic motoring. Held each year in early October, the Mezzo 200 is a “last gasp” outing for those registered on Illinois extended antique license plates and a great excuse to get out and enjoy the fall foliage with like-minded enthusiasts. Fix that oil leak, register your car below for FREE, and we hope to see you in October!

CARS

Cars eligible for registration are any sports or touring car produced in or before 1973. This is a fun day of driving for enthusiasts of old cars, not a snobby car show. Breakdowns are encouraged and rust is part of the fun. Bring the strangest thing you’ve got!

Learn more and register here. We’d love to hear and see your post-rally stories and photos.

Five Reasons the 2022 Honda Odyssey Captures the Flag, Again

•July 22, 2021 • Comments Off on Five Reasons the 2022 Honda Odyssey Captures the Flag, Again

There’s an old game called Capture the Flag.  If you can get the flag, you are king of the hill. It seems like the Honda Odyssey has been playing this game with other minivans and capturing the flag year after year from automotive journalists and minivan buyers. What about this year?

The Odyssey has strong competition from the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica.  There are Kia and Dodge competitors as well.  Of course, it also must compete with the three-row SUVs of every brand, including its own.  

To climb to the top of the hill and capture the flag, it’s got to do everything right in five key categories. Can it do it?

Spaciousness

Many three-row SUVs look bigger on the outside than they are on the inside.  Many others have tiny third rows.  The Odyssey claims remarkable spaciousness with second row seating that has almost as much legroom as the front seat.  Then the third third row has enough legroom that teenagers and adults can handle some time back there.  

The middle-row Super Mode pushes the seats to one side for easier access. In Buddy Mode, the two seats can be secured together leaving room on either side. The second-row middle seat, when included, is big enough for a car seat. That allows up to three babies and toddlers on the middle row, closer to Mom and Dad.  

Cargo Capacity

If you look at how the cargo hold is configured in most SUVs and minivans, there’s not enough space for luggage for those 6, 7 or 8 family members. That’s a big drawback. The 2022 Honda Odyssey manages to have almost 40 cubic feet with all seats upright and in use. That’s about the same size as the Honda CR-V although the space is more vertical than horizontal. 

Convenience

A minivan generally manages a few more conveniences than its SUV rivals. Honda figured this out years ago and still offers its vacuum system. It also offers a camera system that lets Mom watch the kids on the back row. It lets Dad speak to the kids without raising his voice thanks to a microphone system. 

Driver Friendly

A minivan is sometimes saddled with a bad reputation for how it treats the driver. The Odyssey challenges that with a 280-horsepower engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Parents have plenty of power to deal with tough highway situations.

Driver assistance systems provide a touch of automation as well as helpful warnings. The parent driver can feel a bit more relaxed when there’s a blind spot monitor, lane assistance, road departure assistance, and automatic forward braking ready to help out.

Pricing

The Odyssey manages to provide seating for up to 8 in a price range that is more affordable than many of its SUV competitors. Obviously that appeals to parents who are already stretching their dollars to the limit.

With all this in mind, it seems the 2022 Honda Odyssey is poised to continue its position as a favorite among parents. 

New To Motocross? Know These Injuries To Avoid Them!

•June 28, 2021 • Comments Off on New To Motocross? Know These Injuries To Avoid Them!

If you are into Motocross, you must have been injured at least once in your riding history. 

Motocross puts your body under extreme stress and also leads to fatal injuries during crashes. The majority of the injuries occur during racing events. 

Moreover, injuries during ‘big air’ stunts and tricks have become more frequent since the advancement of Freestyle Motocross.

Among the list of fatalities in Motocross accidents, spinal cord injuries and casualties among riders top the list. Though these injuries can happen to any part of the body, they are more common in the upper limbs than the lower limbs.

To help you be aware of the various injuries, we have compiled a list of the most common ones that you may encounter.

Have a look.

Collar Bone Fracture

This is one of the most common injuries in Motocross. Collarbone fracture’s major cause is the instinct of putting your hand to break your fall. Due to the speed at which you fall and hit the ground, your arms experience a significant impact of force which causes the collarbone to break. 

Most of the collarbone fractures heal in around 4-8 weeks by wearing a sling. You might need surgery if the injury is complex.

Make sure you avoid harsh braking and avoid being thrown out. Avoiding such crashes will help keep your collarbone in one piece. 

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocations are the next most common injuries that happen to dirt bikers after collarbone fractures. To heal them, you can start rehabilitation therapy after you no longer have shoulder pain. Rehabilitation therapy can last from 2 weeks to 3-4 months.

You can avoid such injuries by avoiding falls (easier said than done). Avoiding falls can be possible only with ample practice and vigilance while riding. Also, wearing proper motocross gear like a neck brace and shoulder support will help minimise the impact of crashes (should they happen). 

Wrist Fracture

A wrist fracture is another common injury type that frequently happens on the motocross tracks. During an accident, you may brace your arm to save yourself from falling, leading to a wrist fracture. Even a minor wrist injury is painful because the wrist has a very complex muscle structure. Moreover, healing a wrist fracture can be difficult if the bone breaks into multiple pieces.

A severe fracture or sprain will require considerable rest to heal. Surgery may be necessary if realignment of the bones is required. An injured arm will need to be in a cast regardless of whether surgery is performed. Physical therapy will help you regain wrist mobility once the doctor removes the cast.

Splinting of the wrist is also advised to prevent injury. 

Ankle Injuries

An ankle is also a complex structure like the wrist and shoulder. So you are equally prone to getting an ankle injury during the fall. 

An ankle fracture can be caused by falling from the bike or by colliding with neighbouring riders. If you have an ankle fracture, it might need realignment or surgery to heal completely. 

Following the surgery, your ankle needs to be cast for 6 to 12 weeks. After casting, you need to undergo physiotherapy regularly to regain movement and strength. 

You are advised to wear correct protective clothing to support your ankles. You are also advised to wear an ankle brace to provide additional protection. 

Final Word

If you are a Motocross rider, you have to be always prepared for crashes as there is no certainty on the tracks. You could have various injuries, including fractures (wrist, collarbone, ankle) and ACL tear. 

To minimise these, you must ensure proper preventative measures discussed in this article. 

We hope these tips will help you prevent injuries while being a motocross riding newbie!

How to Start a Vehicle Recovery Company

•March 23, 2021 • Comments Off on How to Start a Vehicle Recovery Company

If you love cars and want to launch a company that taps into this passion, a vehicle recovery company might be a smart business venture. As millions of vehicles will breakdown or experience accidents each year, your business could generate a substantial annual profit.

If you are unsure how to get started, read these top tips on how to start a vehicle recovery company.

Seek Financial Investment

A vehicle recovery business will require much heavy-duty equipment. Unless you have a considerable amount of money in the bank, you will need to seek investment to purchase trucks, parts, and accessories. For example, you could apply for a bank loan or secure the money from a private investor.

Write a Business Plan

If you want a bank or investor to take you seriously, you must write a compelling business plan. It will not only breakdown how much money you will need to get started, but it should cover your company’s:

A business plan can help an investor make an informed decision on your company. Plus, you can use it as a helpful guide for launching your new venture.

Find a Reliable Fleet

Your customers are relying on your trucks to rescue them from the roadside. For this reason, you must secure a reliable vehicle fleet to ensure your drivers arrive on schedule. Do your homework to find an honest, dependable fleet vehicle provider. It will prevent your trucks from breaking down on the way to a customer.

Choose the Right Insurance

Don’t underestimate the importance of different insurance options when starting a vehicle recovery business. Your trucks will be on the road all day, and they will likely hook up or lift vehicles to tow them to a garage. Despite your driver’s exceptional driving and recovery skills, accidents can occur.

For this reason, you must research the best recovery truck insurance options to protect your business. Also, you would be wise to take out professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance.

Install Beacon Lights

Safety must be your vehicle recovery company’s main priority. As you will need to rescue drivers from a highway or attend accident scenes to recover vehicles, you must warn other drivers of your presence on the road.

To do so, you must install beacon lights onto a fleet of vehicles, as they can attract attention and serve as a warning sign. Most recovery vehicles tend to feature multi-use Britax beacons to highlight different hazards.

An Exceptional Customer Service

Set your vehicle recovery business apart from its rivals by striving to provide an exceptional customer service experience. As most customers will feel distressed, upset, or angry at the roadside, a compassionate driver could lift their mood and take some of the stress out of the experience. Hire drivers who have exceptional communication and social skills. It could help your business generate positive word of mouth and earn many loyal customers.

Fix Your Car Or Trade It: How to Decide

•February 16, 2021 • Comments Off on Fix Your Car Or Trade It: How to Decide

You have noticed that your car repair bills are beginning to go up.  Should you trade your car?  How can you get the most for your automotive dollar? You don’t want to throw good money at a car that won’t be around in a year. On the other hand, you don’t want to trade a car that has lots of life left.

What are the markers of a car’s lifespan?  You’ll need to know that in order to decide when to trade it at the right time.  For that matter, how should you define the optimal moment when a car should be traded? 

Perfect Timing

For some, a car’s life span is the end of its warranty. The average warranty period expires at five years. A few brands push that to six years.  A small number of manufacturers cover the powertrain for up to 100,000 or ten years.  If you drive 10,000 a year, you’ll make it to ten years. However, it must be said that most of us drive 15,000 miles a year or more. 

After the warranty expires, the waiting and watching begins.  You need to be vigilant about maintenance to extend the car’s life and make sure that small  issues don’t turn into expensive repairs.  

You are looking for the optimal moment to trade your vehicle before you waste money on repairs that you could have foreseen. Your regular mechanic should be involved with helping you make a decision about when to trade.  If you want good car repair advice, you need to settle on a good shop and stick with it. Shopping around for deals may save a little money, but you will miss out on a good mechanic’s expertise. 

Admitting that Time is Up

If your repairs bills are so much that they add up to the equivalent of new car payments, then you need to admit that time is up.  Even if you aren’t facing a huge repair, you may be looking at some big car expenses such as new tires. That’s a car payment right there.  If your car just has six months or a year of good health, you should trade it instead of getting new tires and major maintenance.

A light on the dash may be a sign that time is up. It may signal that the car is about to have a major issue. At that point, it may be worth having the light turned off and just trading the car as is.  You don’t want to plunk down $1,000s on a new transmission. That money is better spent as a downpayment on something new. 

A strange noise may signal a problem with your suspension.  A funny smell may be letting you know that the exhaust system is breaking or the engine is getting too close to a breakdown.  In either scenario, you can admit time is up and trade your car.  You’ll get some good money for it, and you can use that toward a down payment.

You need to stay ready for a sign that your car is going to turn into a money pit.  As soon as you or your mechanic recognizes the clues, you should trade right away. You’ll have less stress about break downs, and you’ll spend your automotive dollars on a sure thing.

Taking Charge of Fleet Ownership

•February 15, 2021 • Comments Off on Taking Charge of Fleet Ownership

Fleet ownership has changed due to the pandemic, but there are still many elements that are the same.  For one thing, there’s still the matter of making sure your drivers are trained to handle your fleet’s duties.  You’ve also got to tend to maintenance, whether you have three trucks or 39.

Businesses on the move seem to be best positioned to withstand the ups and downs of this economy.  Deliveries are taking place on a grander scale than ever before.  Smaller delivery vehicles, whether cars, trucks or vans, are on the roads by the hundreds of thousands. It’s the era of the business vehicle while the individual stays working from home.

Fleet owners and managers can use today’s modern tools to keep track on every aspect of the fleet.  This should open up opportunities to stretch their maintenance dollar and avoid bigger repairs. Fleet truck service costs are bound to go up, but an active manager can do a lot to reduce the cost to their business.

Mileage Monitoring and Maintenance

Monitoring your work trucks for signs of wear and tear is essential in any economy, but it is especially important now.  This means keeping an eye on how many miles each truck is traveling, how they are traveling, and where they are traveling.  From fleet manager to each individual driver, it is essential to be aware of the next mileage cap.

Mileage is the first marker for maintenance, but it isn’t the only one. If you have a truck that is driven in heavy stop-and-go traffic, it may need maintenance sooner than the mileage may indicate. Likewise, if you have a van that is routinely overloaded because you are trying to make do with less vehicles, that van may need maintenance sooner. 

Each type of maintenance needs to be given equal attention. It is common to be diligent about oil changes, but some fleet managers cut corners by delaying the other types of maintenance that a truck needs. A wheel alignment may save your tires. New brake fluid and brake pads are essential to safety. 

Rotating the Fleet

Companies can maximize the value of their fleet by using tracking technology. Higher-mileage vehicles can be given lighter routes while lower-mileage vehicles can be shifted into longer hauls. Ideally, managers can maximize the return on their investment by selling fleet vehicles at just the right time, given warranties, repairs and related factors.  

Although there is a tendency to assign a vehicle to a driver, rotating which driver has which vehicle can actually reduce wear and tear.  The truck can take light duty some days and heavy duty others. If you do this with all of your vehicles, you may keep maintenance spread out at longer intervals.  

Invest in Technology

There is technology for so many aspects of fleet ownership.  For starters, GPS can reduce waste on the road by keeping your trucks moving.  Driver monitoring can improve their driving habits and reduce your insurance costs.  Apps that make it easy to maintain records on each fleet vehicle can warn you when a vehicle is getting old or missing a maintenance milestone. 

Often your vehicles are the same brand, even the same make.  As you monitor what happens to a high-mileage truck,  you may be warned about what will happen to others in your fleet. It may help you make decisions about when to sell old vehicles. This may help you upgrade before you waste money on major repairs.  

Fleet managers who embrace technology are bound to see cost savings. Work can continue at its rapid pace without as much impact on the business bottom line.

Making Car Ownership Cheaper: A Guide

•January 29, 2021 • Comments Off on Making Car Ownership Cheaper: A Guide

Cars and other vehicles are known for being extremely expensive to run, especially if you own a large model or a car that is not fuel-efficient. To ensure that you can enjoy and make the most out of your car without draining your income, here is a list of some of the top steps that you can take to slash the costs of car ownership.

1.   Find Coupons

Although you might believe that it is only possible to find coupons for the grocery store, this is not the case, and there are an array of coupons out there for those that are looking to buy new parts for their car. Buying parts yourself rather than allowing a garage to buy these for you is a less expensive way of repairing your car, and yet this can be made even cheaper with a Tire Rack coupon. This coupon can allow you to upgrade your car by finding the perfect tires for your vehicle and the road type that you drive on at the lowest price possible.

2.   Keep Up with Maintenance

When you are struggling to meet the costs of car ownership, it can be easy to wait until something goes wrong to give your car the TLC that it needs. However, keeping up with maintenance tasks can minimize the number of serious repairs that your car needs over the years. Not only this, but you should make sure that you look for signs of damage to your car regularly and that you take your vehicle straight to your garage when you spot these, rather than waiting until your car is not road worthy before you look for a repair service. Another way of avoiding costly garage repairs is to drive safely, as this will help you to avoid accidents and other unforeseen events which could damage your car.

3.   Look at Insurance Deals

Insurance can knock the stuffing out of your bank account, especially if you are young and male, with people in this demographic seeing some of the highest insurance costs. Therefore, you should shop around for the best deals on your car insurance by using a comparison website. You might also be able to get a black box deal. A black box will then be attached to your car to measure your driving performance. If you are found to drive safely, you will be able to pay less car insurance.

4.   Use Less Fuel

Fuel prices are increasing, and this can often prevent people from running the car of their dreams. You should find ways to reduce your fuel usage. This includes slowing down over speed bumps, avoiding revving your car, coasting and using cruise control when you can, and not leaving your car running when you are warming it up or de-icing it in the morning. You should also hunt around for the lowest fuel prices in your area, with some gas stations offering better prices than others. However, work out if traveling further to get to this cheaper gas station is worth the money. You might spend more on gas getting there and back.

How to Find the Right Repair Shop for Your Brand New Fiat

•January 19, 2021 • Comments Off on How to Find the Right Repair Shop for Your Brand New Fiat

Fiat makes one of the most reliable and efficient cars that don’t require frequent repairs. As per experts at service centres like automoda.com.au, it’s a car nonetheless. Hence, your vehicle may call for a service or repair from time to time. 

Whether it is a minor or major issue, you have to drive down to a repair shop with your broken car to get it repaired. But a simple search will show you dozens of shops around you. So how do you choose the right one for your brand new Fiat? Below are a few things to look at.

Look at the Founding Date

As a rule of thumb, it’s wise to work with an established repair shop. Over time, an established shop learns the art and science of repairing a car for any damage. So, it is in a better position to offer the correct diagnostic and repair service. 

A new repair centre can potentially misdiagnose your Fiat. In such cases, you end up paying for repairs that weren’t even needed. Even worse, the actual fault might still be present and will show up later down the road. Get a brief guide on how to spot incorrect diagnostics and rip-offs for your reference.

An established shop also helps in other ways. By working with the local spare parts suppliers for so long, they’ve developed a close relationship with them. So they can offer a better price for any additional part.

Experience of Mechanics Matter the Most

The next thing you should look at is the experience of the mechanics who will be working on your Fiat car. They should be experienced and knowledgeable about Fiat cars, specifically. It’s even better if they’ve received any form of certifications and such. Even if they have less experience, they should have worked on Fiat cars before.

You can check for these things on the website, on their “About Us” page. You’ll also find the list of services they offer, among other details.

Warranty Coverage on the Parts

Although it’s not the job of a repair shop, it’s better to deal in spare parts that have warranty coverage. A limited period warranty covers most genuine Fiat spare parts. This ensures you don’t have to pay again if the parts are damaged within a short period.

When consulting with the repair shop, you should interrogate about the warranty coverage. Also, ask if the shop plays a role in warranty support.

Read the Online Reviews

Reviews are where you get a sense of how well the repair shop is doing with its customers. There will be a mix of good and bad reviews. But if the good reviews outnumber the bad ones, then the technicians are doing an impressive job.

Reviews will also inform you if the repair shop specialises in Fiat or any other models. So, read the top reviews before you drive down.

Make Sure it’s Local

Lastly, you should ensure the repair shop is located within your city, town, borough, locality, etc. That’s because you might have to drive down multiple times to get your car repaired. If it’s not within your near vicinity, then expect longer driving times for each trip you make.

Before you make the trip to the repair shop, it’s better to have a consultation over the phone. Most technicians will be happy to have a conversation with you.

5 Tips for Making a Buying Decision on a Luxury Car

•December 29, 2020 • Comments Off on 5 Tips for Making a Buying Decision on a Luxury Car

Buying a new car can be both an exciting and intimidating endeavor, especially if you’re in the market for a luxury car. With all of the options available today and reasons to buy a designer vehicle, even the most informed car connoisseur has to take the time to consider the possible choices.

Plus, shopping with luxury retailers is a different experience than one you would have when shopping with an economy-class one. This is because designer brands offer higher quality components and craftsmanship, which obviously makes them more expensive.

With more factors to consider and more money involved, it’s understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed by the process. Here are five tips to ensure you make a buying decision that works for your lifestyle, your budget, and your timeline.

1. Research and determine your top choices

First and foremost, you need to know your options. Even if you already have a make or model preference, you need to be sure you explore other options to compare it to. Consider making a list of the things your new car has to have, things that would be nice to have but aren’t necessary, and things you absolutely won’t consider.

For example, you may need a car that gets at least 25 MPG, it would be nice to have one that gets 30 MPG, and you absolutely won’t consider a car that gets under 20 MPG. By determining which elements are most and least preferred, you begin narrowing down your list of viable options.

Research customer reviews, articles, and online forums to choose the right luxury car for you. You should then be able to nail down your top three to five choices before it’s time to check them out in person.

2. Visit a dealership

You may already know this, but you should never buy a car on the first dealership visit. No matter what situation or deal arises, your mind needs to be set on walking away. Dealerships see your business as a commodity so by walking away empty-handed from your first visit, you’re actually more likely to get a better deal the second time around.

Besides the fact that you’ll get a better deal later, your goal for the first visit should be to gain as much information as possible and let the salesperson do all the talking. Come prepared with questions for them and a checklist of things to observe.

There are some things you can only learn about a car by seeing it in person. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to take a couple of test drives to further narrow down your top choices.

3. Try renting first

Test drives are an important step in the car buying process. They allow you to get a better idea of what features you need and which ones you can do without. However, they don’t give you the full experience you need to make the most informed decision possible.

Renting a luxury car you’re interested in – or one that’s very similar – allows you to have a trial run of what it would be like to actually own the car, and potentially make or break your decision. By incorporating it into your daily routine, you will be able to determine if the car suits your lifestyle.

Consider factors such as whether or not the car’s gas mileage is compatible with your commute, if it has enough space for your desired storage capacity, how compatible your mobile phone is with Bluetooth or other infotainment features, and overall how intuitive and easy these luxury features are to use.

Not only will renting give you more time to identify which features you will actually use, but it will also help you decide how much you’re willing to pay and make an informed decision without being persuaded by a luxury car salesman.

4. Make a final selection and plan a time to buy

At this point in the buying decision process, you should be ready to choose a car. Take this time to first revisit your initial list of needs, wants, and deal-breakers to ensure the care you’re leaning toward matches that list. If the car you have chosen isn’t a match, you may need to revisit other options you previously considered.

Don’t be afraid to go back to the research stage, either: This is a big decision, think it through so you don’t have any regrets! If you’ve identified the luxury car of your dreams, then all that’s left to do is find the best time to buy. Even if the car is already within your budget, it never hurts to get a good deal.

Research shows that the best time to buy a car is on a weekday because they’re less busy, and toward the end of the month because that’s when salespeople are trying to meet their quotas. If you want to be extra savvy, check the manufacturer’s website to see when the next model is being released, as you can occasionally get an even better deal when the model is outgoing.

5. Prepare to negotiate

Finally, it’s time to visit the dealership again – this time with the intent to buy, but you don’t need to tell them that right away. If you plan to trade-in your current vehicle, come prepared with quotes from other dealerships to ensure you get the most value possible.

Also, be sure you have looked at the market value of the model you plan to buy and determine what your maximum offer price should be. Once you’re looking at the car with a salesperson, be sure to check out every detail of it. This includes everything from checking under the hood to testing out the seat warmers, to examining the seat stitching.

This way, if you identify any imperfections in the interior or exterior, you can be sure the salesperson offers to take care of them for you free of charge. Remember, they want to give you the best possible experience so you won’t have to haggle with them, but it’s always smart to be prepared to.

Buying Your Dream Car

You’ve worked hard to be able to afford a luxury car. Buying your dream car should be an exciting time for you. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or need to figure it out along the way, these tips will help you make the right buying decision for you.

Benefits of Transporting Your Car

•December 23, 2020 • Comments Off on Benefits of Transporting Your Car

Your vehicle is one of the most valuable assets you have. Because of this, you don’t want to entrust just anyone with it. If you have to ship your car for any reason, you want to feel confident that the company you choose will take good care of your vehicle and transport it quickly and smoothly with no issues.

People use auto transport brokers to ship cars for many reasons. Maybe, you are relocating for work and need your vehicle delivered to your new home. Or maybe, you have found your dream car from a seller in a different state and you need to have the car shipped. Whatever your need is, an auto transport broker will get the job done.

The main benefit of using a broker is the flexibility they provide.

If you research auto shipping online, you will find two types of companies that offer these services – auto transport brokers and car carriers. Essentially, an auto transport broker is the middleman between you and the car carrier. Brokers don’t own their own fleet of trucks. Instead, they “broker” their shipments to carrier companies.

Brokers typically have a network of both large and small car carrier companies that they work with. When a customer needs to ship a vehicle, a broker will reach out to their carriers and find one to fill the order. Experienced brokers have access to hundreds of carriers.

Since brokers don’t have their own fleet of trucks, they aren’t limited to specific regions or routes. Instead, they have access to carriers across the entire country. This makes it easier to match a customer to a carrier who meets their specific, individual needs. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, when, and where you need it to go, brokers have more flexibility than carriers do.

Working with carriers directly can be challenging. First thing, it’s hard to find them. Most carriers are solo carriers who don’t have the time or money to market themselves directly to the public. The only thing they have time for is picking up and delivering vehicles. It’s almost impossible to find a carrier because most don’t have websites or contact information listed publicly.

Instead, carriers work with brokers to find shipments. Carriers are also limited to what areas they can deliver to, what types of vehicles they can transport, and the time frames they are available during. You would have to call many, many carriers and exercise a lot of patience when trying to find one that can meet your needs.

What makes the best auto transport brokers?

Deciding what auto transport broker company to use isn’t a decision to take lightly. A bunch of factors determine what companies are the best – the cost of shipping, customer service, reliability, safety, and speed.

There are very strict requirements for being in the car shipping industry. Auto transport brokers must register with FMCSA and DOT, as well as be licensed. You want to ensure that the company you have chosen to work with meets these requirements and is in good standing.

Experience separates the best brokers from the mediocre ones. The best brokers will have a long and safe track record. They will also have adequate insurance coverage in the event there is any damage during transit.

If you work with a broker that has been in business for years, they will know the ins and outs of the industry. This will make the shipping process easier. And also make your life less stressful!

Excellent customer service is also an important factor in choosing an auto transport broker. You want to choose a broker who will communicate with you throughout the shipping process and takes the time to answer all of your questions.

Auto transport brokers manage and coordinate everything for you.

If you work with a broker, you will eliminate so many headaches. You won’t have to spend any time researching carriers because the broker will do the research and vetting for you. They verify insurance coverage, licenses, and credentials for every carrier they work with. Brokers are industry experts and will only select the right carriers for shipments.

As the middleman, brokers handle all communications between you and the carrier. From beginning to end, the shipping process will be taken care of for you. Choosing a reliable broker will save you time, money, and energy.

It takes a significant amount of time to drive a vehicle or haul it to a far-away location. And if you have to take off of work to do it, you could lose wages. If you work with a trusted auto transport broker, you won’t have to worry about taking any time off to transport your vehicle.

Transporting your vehicle can be overwhelmingly stressful because of the time and energy it requires. Hiring a professional will reduce your stress and save you mileage.

Accidents are more likely to happen when you drive long distances. Especially if you are driving for long hours each day. You won’t have to worry about your safety because you won’t be behind the wheel. You can avoid possible accidents and protect your well-being.

Your car shouldn’t be damaged during transport, but if it is you won’t be responsible for paying for it. Most insurance companies offer coverage for vehicle transportation services. This should give you peace of mind! Your car will be inspected before it is shipped, and carefully examined again when it reaches its final destination.

You can even save money by using a car shipping service because you won’t be spending tons on fuel to get the car where you’re headed. You’ll also be avoiding the cost of maintenance or repairs that are needed once the vehicle arrives.

Auto transport to eliminate stress

A quality auto transport broker company will never hand you off to a carrier or leave you in the dark. They will keep you involved in the shipping process from beginning to end. Using a broker can help make this life change easier and less stressful for you. They will go the distance, so you don’t have to.

9 Tips to Prepare Your Teen for the Open Road

•December 8, 2020 • Comments Off on 9 Tips to Prepare Your Teen for the Open Road

Is your teen ready to hit the open road? Are you becoming increasingly nervous about this reality? Learning to drive is one of the most important rites of passage in a teenager’s life. While getting a license is a joyous occasion for young people, parents are not always as elated with this coming-of-age experience.

Properly preparing your child for the open road is the best way to lower your stress levels while you send your child into the world as a driver. The following tips are intended to give your teen the preparation before they begin to venture out onto the open road.

1. Practice, Practice, Practice

Proper preparation involves plenty of practice. As terrified as you both may be, you and your child can face this fear together and let them drive. Start out on streets with little or no traffic. As they build their skills and confidence, you will need to take them out on the highway.

2. Define Driving Rules

Establishing driving rules for your teen will make everything clear up front. Being a new driver, your child does not know what to expect when they are on the road. Your rules need to address any and all things you can foresee. Your teen needs to show that they are aware of and understand all of the driving rules.

3. Create a Contract with Your Child

Once the driving rules and regulations are defined, your teen must be held accountable for upholding these rules. Create a contract highlighting the rules and identify the punishment for violation of the regulations. Have your teen sign the agreement to acknowledge that they are accountable for their actions.

4. Encourage Safe Driving Habits

Instilling safe driving habits in your teen is one of the most important parts of the preparation process. Habits like wearing a seatbelt and not using mobile phones while driving should become second nature by way of repetition. What safety habits can you think of teaching your teen?

5. Choose an Appropriate Vehicle

If you are going to purchase a vehicle for your child, it is vital that you pick an appropriate vehicle. The objective is to find a safe used car. Conduct research on reliable and safe vehicles for new drivers.

6. Teach Your Teen Vehicle Maintenance

Every car owner should know basic vehicle maintenance. Teach your child about checking their oil and other fluid levels and changing their tires. Maintenance can increase the life of the car’s engine and other systems. It can be hazardous if a car malfunctions from low oil levels.

7. Use a Driving App

The power of smartphones is prevalent in today’s world. There seems to be an app for practically everything you can imagine. It is no wonder that there are apps developed for driving safety.

These apps keep your teens from using their phones while driving and also tend to have features that notify parents when the app has been disabled. Take a look at some of these apps, and decide which is best for you and your teen.

8. Keep an Emergency Kit in the Trunk

There are certain items that your teen should have handy in the trunk. Aside from the obvious spare tire, an emergency kit should be on hand in case of an emergency.

The emergency kit should include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Reflective triangles
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective vest
  • Rain poncho

9. Trust Their Judgment

If you have done your job in preparing your teen to drive, you should be able to trust their judgment on the road. There is not much you can do about the natural fear you may have when your child pulls out of the driveway, but if your child is responsible and reliable, trust that they will drive safely.

Conclusion

While nearly every parent feels some level of fear when their teen begins to drive, thoroughly preparing them for the experience will help to ease a guardian’s mind. The tips given here will certainly impart a sense of responsibility and accountability in your teen.

Although you can’t be there to protect your child on the road, by preparing them, you can be that voice of reason in their head as they drive. How do you intend to prepare your child for the open road?