Interstate Car Transport – Before You Transport Your Car, Be Informed

First thing, you need to get free quotes from as many transport companies as possible, because having several quotes will be you pricing guide. Without a few quotes first, you have no clue what the average shipping cost for your specific move would actual range. The most convenient way for getting quotes is online. Just search in Google by keywords like, “interstate car transport”,” auto transport”, “car shipping”, etc. The search results will display plenty of companies to choose from. Another good option is word of mouth because referrals speak from their experience which takes the guessing game out of a company.

After you have obtained several free quotes, it’s time for you to compile your data and start sifting through the companies you’ve just received your quotes from. Keep in mind, this isn’t the type of business where you go with the lowest price first, you can pay dearly for that mistake later. The reason being is because there are some companies out there that really don’t care if your car gets moved or not, as long as you paid the initial deposit to book for transport. The lower the rate, the less likely an independent auto transport carrier will accept the job. This can cause major delays with your transport. This problem normally exists when dealing with brokers because they rely solely on independent truckers and motor carrier companies to move their freight.

The verification process is quite simple. First, I would request insurance documents, as well bond if using a broker service. Any legitimate company would be excited and more than happy to forward you their documentation. Second, you would want to verify those documents by either calling the insurance and/or bonding companies noted on the paperwork. You can also go online to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and not only would you be able to verify insurance and bonding, you will also see reports like company age/ history, safety record, and such. Third but not least, don’t forget the Better Business Bureau, they’ll be able to give you some idea of a company’s business morals.   

You’ve decided which company to use, what next? Well, if they passed the verification process and you’re satisfied with the quote, it’s time to book you car for transport. You can either book online, or call customer service to speak with a representative. Normally a deposit of $100-$300 is required when booking your car for transport, depending on distance and total cost. Your deposit can be made with a credit card, or you can send certified funds by mail. The mail option can delay the process because they will not book your car for transport until the funds are received and cleared. Beware! Most deposits are non refundable in this business if you renege on the contract, so read the fine print.

Your car has been booked, and now it’s time to prepare your car for shipping. Before releasing your car to the transporter, be sure to remove all your personal belongings and wash the vehicle thoroughly. Transport companies will not be responsible for any missing items while in their possession, so it’s wise not to leave anything. Also, washing the car helps tremendously when the driver does a vehicle inspection. A clean car will reveal all noticeable scratches and blemishes so that the driver can do a proper inspection. I would then inspect the drivers’ inspection sheet against my vehicle, to verify if any damages documented are in fact on my car as well. This is your best protection before signing the shipping documents.

Your car has made it to its destination, whether it’s you or someone who represents you, must be sure to do a thorough post inspection now that your vehicle has arrived. A copy of the inspection sheet you received at pick up will be used to match up any damages that may have occurred during transport. In any case of damages, do not sign delivery documents until you and the driver both verify the damages in writing on the inspection sheet. Also, make sure to take photos of the damages at the scene. This is how you prove to the insurance company, the bonding company and the United States Courts, if necessary, your vehicle was damaged during interstate car transport.

How To Fix Your Xbox 360 Yourself

Are you having problems with your Xbox 360 like three flashing red lights near the power button, or the red error ring, or other problems with overheating, graphic errors, and freeze ups? Well, you are not alone. Albeit the Xbox 360 is far superior to other game consoles, it is not perfect and your only choices for repair are to ship it back to Microsoft or do the repairs yourself.

The overheating problem is one of the most common issues and it can be fixed most of the time by putting the console in a more ventilated place. However, hardware failure (ie, the three flashing lights) is the worst. You can unplug and restart the console and sometimes this fixes the issue but often you will see the same error or after playing for a while it will happen again. The system will need to have repairs done. Microsoft is able to perform these repairs, but the unit has to be shipped to them. This can take a few weeks and depending on the severity of the problem can cost you around $ 150 to have the problem fixed. So hopefully after a few weeks and $ 150 later Microsoft was able to fix the issue and your Xbox 360 is returned without being damaged in transit.

Or, you can fix the three flashing red lights issue yourself. To do this you will need the Xbox 360 Repair Guide. This guide offers simple easy to follow instructions on how to fix all hardware failures as well as other Xbox issues like overheating, graphics errors, and freeze ups. Many people have reported getting their Xbox 360 back in working order in around an hour after reading the instructions. And others have even started their own Xbox 360 repair business buying problem consoles, fixing them, and selling them doubling their money! As you can see this solution far out ways the turnaround time from Microsoft and it's much cheaper in fact you can make money from it.