Car shipping from Costa Mesa across the continent is not only possible these days it’s also easy. With today’s technology, international car shipping is relatively easy compared to what it used to be in the past. Communications technologies are flawless and you can even track your car online.That being the case, international car shipping saw a great surge lately.
A lot of people find it unnecessary to sell their car especially if it’s their baby, when they need to move abroad. Another reason for not selling a car is when it’s still relatively new and buying a new one is just expensive for you at the moment. If you are planning to move abroad with your car, there are a few things that you need to know about car shipping, so read on. In this article I will be giving you some tips that you can follow in order to ship your car across international boarder without a hitch.
1. The standard services As far as international car shipping is concerned, the standard service is the roll on roll off method also known as ro-ro method. In this type of service, all you need to do is drive your car to the cargo deck of the ship. Once in there, it will be securely fastened and that’s it, all you need to do is go to your suite and wait until you arrive. The moment you arrive, you will then drive your car outside of the ship and then you are good to go. That is why it is called roll on roll off.
2. Enclosed container Your other option would be to use a close container. This is a bit pricey but it offers a lot of protections for your car. If you choose this option, your car will be placed within a closed container and will strapped secured into place. The real advantage of the closed container against the ro-ro method is that your car is not exposed to the natural elements.
3. Insurance policy An insurance policy is one thing that you have to be sure you have when shipping your car internationally. If you are short on money, you can get a $500 coverage for standard cosmetic damage. If you want a full coverage, you have to get a Marine Shipping Insurance for a higher price. The one thing that you have to avoid is shipping your car without a coverage because not only is it illegal, it’s also dangerous.
4. Know the different levies When crossing international boundaries, you have to know the levies of different countries. At this point, you will have to decide whether it is more feasible to just sell your car or to continue with the car shipping process because levies can make the overall cost quite high. For example, countries like Australia and France charge custom fees at 30% of the car’s Blue Book value.
5. Other reminders Be sure that you are present both during the pre-shipping and post-shipping inspection. This is important because all the current damages of your car must be clearly spelled out. You must have your own copy of the bill of lading because you will need this upon the arrival of your car.If you know these things, you will see that international car shipping isn’t really that difficult. Just remember, you don’t need to prematurely sell your car in case you need to move abroad because international car shipping is now safe and doable.
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During the recent months of the current economic crisis, many car dealers have had to close their doors. One dealership that has weathered this and several other difficult financial markets is also the country's longest-lived family-owned vehicle retailer, W. Hare & Son. From the age of Conestoga wagons to the present and hybrid cars, this Indiana-based dealership has survived more than one and a half centuries of the ups and downs of continuous operation.
The saga began in 1847 when Wesley Hare started building wagons, carriages and buggies out of his log cabin in Noblesville, Indiana. His primary market was the steady stream of Americans heading west to California to pan for gold. All his vehicles came with a one-year warranty on his axles, wheels, and springs.
Hare's business was booming. Within a short time, he added 45 employees and accumulated a small fortune.
Shortly after the Civil War ended in 1865, Hare's son E.M. took over the business, and the company officially became W. Hare & Son. Operations moved into a four-story building complete with an elevator, a rare commodity for the time. Eventually the business churned out about 700 buggies annually.
Near the turn of the century, however, E.M. realized that the "horseless carriage" might have a future. Against the advice of his employees, Hare signed contracts with Hupmobile, Studebaker and Cadillac to sell a few of these motorized buggies. By 1912, these automobiles comprised most of his business.
Eventually six generations of Hares would manage the dealership. Each manager had his or her own unique challenges of business. For example, during the Great Depression, the dealer had to rely on its towing service to plump up the bottom line. When manufacturers ceased all automobile production during World War II, Hare had no cars to sell for three and a half years. Lube jobs and tune-ups filled in the gap.
Today, visitors to the Hare showroom can view a bit of the company's history. The walls display a 90-foot long mural depicting the journey. Plus, the showroom also houses two Hare buggies built in the 1870's.
The current managers, Courtney Cole and Monica Peck, who are the great-great-great granddaughters of Wesley Hare, have to keep up with current marketing trends. Currently Hare offers 50 service stalls, a photo booth for online ads, and about 1000 new Chevrolets in its sales lot. They sell about 300 cars per month and employ 150 people.
Whatever the future may hold, their place in history is secure. They head a list compiled by the National Automobile Dealers of U.S. dealers who have been in continuous business for 100 years or more. The list's top ten include:
1847, W. Hare & Son, Inc., Noblesville, Indiana
1852, Schaefer & Bierlein, Inc., Frankenmuth, Michigan
1859, Reynolds' Garage & Marine, Inc., Lyme, Connecticut
1875, Kemmann Chevrolet, Inc., Lowden, Iowa
1875, Normandin Chrysler/Jeep, San Jose, California
1885, Moser Motor Sales, Inc., Berne, Indiana
1895, Ferman Motor Car Co., Inc., Tampa, Florida
1897, Hill International Trucks, LLC, East Liverpool, Ohio
1898, Eich Motor Co., St. Cloud, Minnesota
1900, Diehl Ford, Inc., Bellingham, Washington
Historical events are captured in the music of the era. 'Over There,' 'How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm after They've Seen Paree, and 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' were some of the Doughboy songs of World War I. Al Jolson singing 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime', and 'Dust Bowl Blues' marked the Great Depression. 'Fightin Side of Me' revealed the nation's conflict over Vietnam in the '60s. So it is only natural that the automobile, which changed American life forever would be immortalized in song and it was.
At first the automobile was only for the wealthy and this was reflected in early sheet music. Even though there were no lyrics, 'The Swagger' and 'Up Broadway' featured fashionably dressed urban couples with an automobile. Then came the song 'The Auto Man' with the lyrics implying that ownership of an automobile indicated wealth and prestige. But along came Henry Ford who pledged to manufacture an automobile that the man on the street could afford and he kept his promise. In October 1908 the first Model T's, priced at $850, rolled off the assembly line. Over nineteen years of production, its price would drop to $260. The Model T was referred to as the Tin Lizzie and the Flivver and became the subject of many songs. Lizzie is a nickname for Elizabeth and was a popular name for horses at that time.
So then they sang:
Old Zeke Perkins sold his hogs the other day,
The gosh-darned fool threw his money right away;
Rode into town, sittin on a board,
Came home ridin' in a brand-new Ford!
However, the roads were still designed for horses and did not easily accommodate the speed of the new tin horse so in 1912 along came the song, "Bump, Bump, Bump in Your Automobile." While the song lyrics emphasized the poor road conditions, one line inferred that women were attracted to male car owners with the words "Molly May said she loved Willie Green. Best of all she loved Willie's machine." This theme was repeated in many of the early automobile songs.
And the poor road conditions often resulted in mechanical breakdowns that popularized the tune, 'Get Out and Get Under' with the cover sheet depicting a well dressed man under a cabriolet with his legs extended, wrench in hand and his fashionably dressed lady friend in the passenger seat looking down anxiously. The freedom provided by this new invention also carried over to courting customs allowing more opportunities for intimacy and privacy triggering some social anxiety about the relationships between unmarried couples. This together with the liberation of single women in the Roaring 20's inspired tunes such as 'Up and Down the Eight Mile Road,' 1926.
There were also songs about particular models like 'Cole 30 Flyer' with the lyrics 'You will win me Bill, heart and soul, if you buy a Cole.' These may well have been early attempts at product-placement advertising. Since Ford was producing most of the automobiles of the era, they were popular song subjects. In 1928 when the Model A was introduced, Walter O'Keefe wrote 'Henry's Made a Lady out of Lizzie'. Abner Silver and Jack Meskell followed with 'Poor Lizzie, what will become of you now that your sister is here.'