Archive for March, 2011

car shipping from Hawaii

Car shipping TO Hawaii is generally much safer than FROM Hawaii because it is much harder for companies to change the pricing.  A common issue with Hawaii car transport is that a shipping company can lure in customers with promises of extremely cheap pricing and ask them to prepay for the shipment. Often Americans take quotes, both written and verbal, from companies as legitimate quotes and rarely question the legitimacy of the company.  Unfortunately some companies take advantage of that.  Here is an example of how they do that while shipping FROM Hawaii to the mainland.  After they have quoted the price to you and your car is on the boat headed to the port they inform you they accidentally underquoted the price to take your car from the port to the destination.  From the time your car arrives at the port there are only 5 days (on average depending on the port) to get it picked up or you have to pay port storage fees.  There is not a lot of time to waste and they know this and since they have control of your car you can either fight with them which they are prepared for or just allow them to charge you more money.  A simple way to avoid this is to do your homework before you choose the company.  Check and see how many years they have been in business and what kind of reputation they have on the Better Business Bureau.  From that you can better educate yourself on how they generally conduct business and what your experience will be like.

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Electric cars

The British motor industry is planning to invest over 7 Billion pounds into building an electric car for its consumers.  They surveyed their consumers and found only a small percentage of them were interested in actually buying an electric car, but that percentage (2%) still adds up when you spread it over almost 20million households.  With recent success of cars like the Nissan Leaf, other manufacturers are making an effort to get in line.  This is the best type of competition because it is a race to see who can build a better car that will in essence only improve our environment for the long haul.  And these major manufacturers have the financial backing to properly do it.

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Relocation Tricks

As a car transport company, we inevitably end up moving lots of automobiles from people who are relocating their life to a new city or state.  While we are never involved in the transport of household items, recent comments from several customers reminded me of the problems consumers face when making a decision for household items.  The major complaint I get from consumers when moving their household items is the up-sell they get when the company arrives to load their items.  A piece of advise from us would be when you call give them an itemized list of EVERYTHING in your house so there is no reason for the price to change.  Secondly, make sure the company you chose has been around a while, newer companies worry less about their reputation and more about getting money in the bank.  While you may pay more initially to go with a reputable company, you can have piece of mind your items will safely arrive to their destination.

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Green Cars in Demand

Competition between major manufacturers to create a totally green car is heating up.  In the 2011 auto show in Houston several car makers had their new all electric or partially electric cars on display.   Nissan had their heavily advertised LEAF, Toyota had their electric model from their extremely successful Prius on display.  American manufacturer Chevy is getting into the game as well with their Volt.  Then the semi electric manufacturers such as Lincoln, BMW and Ford have been showing their varieties hopefully this new demand from customers will push Americans away from our dependency on fossil fuels.  Global warming aside, the pollution is indisputable and the fact that we are sending money out of the country at such a heavy volume should concern us, and the current demand for change I believe is reflecting that.

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