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December 10 2014

alinakayani

Auto Transport Brokers vs Vehicle Carriers

When it becomes necessary for you to make use of the services of an auto shipping company, many individuals feel that going direct to the shippers will work out cheaper.  This is not always the case, however.  Although brokers do charge a small fee for their services, they provide years worth of knowledge in the industry which will help to ensure that you are paired with one of the most reliable carriers. In the long-run, brokers often end up a cheaper option when you consider the number of vehicles that are either delayed or damaged by shippers that ultimately cost you more.

Although every auto shipping company is legally required to hold a certain amount of insurance, they do not always make you aware of the exclusions found in the fine print which will almost always exclude damage caused either prior to or just after shipment of the vehicle, and does not cover damage caused to the interior of your vehicle by items you ship inside the vehicle or in the trunk, theft or acts of nature.

Vehicle carriers' primary concern is that of moving a vehicle from point A to point B as quickly as possible and will more easily estimate pick-up and delivery dates. However, should a damage claim need to be made upon the delivery of your vehicle,  you, the client, are left alone to work your way through complicated claim processes with little to no help from the shipper.

Auto Brokers, on the other hand, focus primarily on customer service and are often well equipped to negotiate cheaper rates on your behalf because the majority of work for Auto Carriers, comes from brokers.  Brokers also have the necessary resources to check up on auto carriers to ensure that their insurance and other authorizations are current and up to date.

Should a shipment be delayed or canceled due to a breakdown, auto brokers are in a perfect situation to quickly allocate another carrier in order to keep your shipment in line with, or as close to the original delivery agreements with little or no extra costs.

It is also far easier to find reviews online for a broker than for a carrier.  This is due to the fact that carriers are less concerned about their web appearance than brokers are.  Should a claim be forthcoming, although this does not happen quite as often as one is made to believe, working through an auto broker is far quicker and easier due to their intimate professional knowledge of the shipping industry as a whole and their vast experience.

A quote given by brokers is more likely to change slightly as it is the duty of the broker to negotiate the best terms with the carriers on your behalf, making their estimates merely a ball-park figure from which they will start their negotiations.

Brokers depend heavily on total customer satisfaction ratings, as well as satisfied auto transport carriers.

Whether this is your first time shipping a vehicle, or your tenth, customer service should still be of great significance to you. Superior customer service makes for a worry free auto transport experience. For a truly unique experience in shipping your car, visit www.amerifreight.net where you can expect to find well-informed agents who will take you by the hand and keep you updated and happy with your shipment from the moment you make first contact with them to the satisfactory delivery of your vehicle.

alinakayani

Discounted Auto Shipping

For most people, trying to find the best, dependable shipping company at the most discounted rate, can quickly become a massive task of sifting through millions of quotes with no way of determining which company offers the best customer service.

Often, choosing the cheapest quote becomes more expensive in the long-run, while going with the highest quote will lead to you throwing money away.

It quickly becomes quite apparent that finding a company online that offers numerous quotes from one application is not all that it is cracked up to be, and certainly will not save you time online in your research. As soon as you enter your quote request in, you become caught in the middle of a sea of brokers all fighting for your business.

It is far better to do some homework yourself by reading reviews of three or four selected brokers or shipping companies. Then you can check on each company’s credentials at www.bbb.org.

There are many review sites online, and a simple google search will quickly throw out results which you can then follow up on. It is recommended that you  use at least one of the top review companies like:  www.transportreviews.com; www.consumeraffairs.com and www.carmoversdirectory.net.

Once you have read a few reviews, you will quickly work out which companies provide the most dependable service, whether it be a carrier or shipping broker.  With this information, you will be well on your way to selecting the best company to work with who will be sure to meet your expectations, whether your priority is speed, customer service or safety.

Once you have chosen your top company, you will need the make, year and model of your vehicle, as well as the odometer reading.  You can request a quote over the phone or you can make use of free shipping calculators offered by various auto shipping company websites, (eg. www.carmoversdirecory.net).

Please be aware that if you choose to use professional shipping brokers, the estimate they give at first is not a hard and fast quote.  You are given a price that, according to your requirements, is close to the final figure.  The reason for this is that a broker will choose from a list of dependable shippers that will be most likely to meet your requirements and then negotiate terms and final price on your behalf.  Using a broker may or may not turn out to be slightly more costly, but in most cases, your shipping experience will end up cheaper in the long-run and the risk of you encountering other problems such as damage, delays or other inconveniences will be greatly minimized. Should something go wrong with the shipment, you will have full assistance and co-operation from your broker, assuming that your broker of choice is one of the top rated companies.

Amerifreight offer generous discounts to the military, students, senior citizens, police and firemen. Their well trained agents pride themselves in customer care and quality service.  If this is your first time shipping a vehicle, Amerifreight’s helpful agents will walk you through the process, step by step.  Contact an agent today at www.amerifreight.net to receive an instant quote and answers to all of your transport questions.

alinakayani

Do I Need Insurance to Ship My Vehicle?

All carriers are federally-mandated to hold a minimum of $750,000 worth of insurance.  Some may hold up to $1 million worth of insurance, but the insurance held by auto shipping companies does not cover personal items shipped inside the vehicle or the trunk;  or damage sustained during transit that is not due to the shipping company's negligence, whether minor or major.  Should your vehicle sustain damage during transit that is not covered by the mover’s insurance, you will need to submit a claim through your own insurance.  Should the cost of damage be less than the deductible, you will need to bear the cost personally.  Also, should your auto be delayed for some reason, the costs incurred for rental of another vehicle is not covered in either the mandated carriers' insurance or personal insurance.

There is a gap cover known as the AFta PLAN that is offered as a benefit to cover your vehicle in the above circumstances.  Before agreeing to ship your auto with any shipping broker or transport shipping agency, you should ask them if they are registered agents for the AFta PLAN. If they are not, you should probably find a broker or shipping company that does offer it.

Gap coverage is not insurance, but it provides peace of mind when shipping your car and fills in the gaps that a carrier’s insurance would not.  It covers minor damage, pays deductibles, compensates any out-of-pocket expenses should damage occur where the shipping company's insurance fails to pay, and grants car rental compensation.  You should not ship your vehicle without it.

There are two levels of protection offered by the AFta PLAN Gap Coverage:  Standard and Comprehensive.  The costs for the Gap coverage PLANs range from $55 to $95.  The Standard PLAN covers minor damage up to $400, and the Comprehensive AFta PLAN covers the following:

  1. Major damage up to $1000,

  2. Minor damage up to $400,

  3. Car rental compensation up to $30 per day up to 5 days if delivery is delayed 20 or more days beyond the agreed pick-up date;  and

  4. Lost or damaged keys up to $200.

The AFta PLAN subscription can still be purchased directly, should your broker or shipping company not be a registered agent for the AFta PLAN. However, it will cost more than the prices noted in this article.

Visit www.CarMoversDirectory.net or www.AFtaPLAN.com today to see a list of registered AFta PLAN Agents.

alinakayani
Shipping Your Vehicle With Amerifreight

At Amerifreight, we value customer service and utilize the services of only the best, dependable shipping companies that have proven their worth in the shipping industry over a period of time.  We only use BBB accredited shipping companies who have been approved and are licensed to transport your vehicle from one state to another.

Our freight agents are highly trained in the transportation of your vehicle and are willing and able to answer any questions that you may have prior to shipping your vehicle. For those customers who are new to the shipping industry, our freight agents provide first class information of the entire transportation process from start to finish.  We will then personally follow the shipping process of your vehicle, keeping you updated on a regular basis, until your vehicle is delivered safely to its' destination.

Our agents are friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to assist in ensuring that your experience is a positive one.  All we ask is for your honest review upon delivery of your auto, in order to provide future customers with a reliable and honest opinion of the services offered.

Upon requesting a quote from our freighting agents at www.amerifreight.net, you will instantly receive a free estimate of your car shipping costs.  Amerifreight will guarantee you a competitive rate and offer generous discounts to the military, police, fireman, student and senior citizens.

Amerifreight maintains a strong A+ BBB rating with the Better Business Bureau and welcomes you to read any of their thousands of 5 Star Reviews from previous and repeat customers on any transport review site like  www.transportreviews.com,  www.carmoversdirectory.net and www.consumeraffairs.com.

To begin your top knotch shipping experience, contact us now at www.amerifreight.net

November 19 2014

alinakayani

“Good To Knows” of Door-to-door Shipping (Part 1 of 3)

The shipping of autos is widely practiced by the American public, yet there are still many misconceptions amongst the public. However, there are many “good-to-knows” that can make your experience a far more pleasant one.

When shipping your vehicle, it is very important for you to know that you have several choices; A.) You can go directly to shipping companies for your vehicle transport, and hope that in your research you have found the best company and that you have sufficient information on shipping your vehicle to ensure a safe, happy and easy experience, or B.) You could approach someone with far more experience in shipping vehicles, whose knowledge is based on many years of cross country vehicle transport, and let them guide you through the process, freeing up your time for other immediate concerns.

What I am referring to is the use of Brokers. Immediately a concern arises. Will I not pay more for the use of a Broker as they will want their commission? No, not necessarily. Brokers are widely used in order to negotiate the cheapest available rate for you that the Shipping companies will accept in order to provide their service. That being said, the initial figure you are given by a broker is rarely the exact amount you will pay.It is more of a “ball-park” figure to assist you in budgeting. Brokers do not provide the actual transporting service but they do negotiate very strongly on your behalf. Shipping companies need business from Brokers to keep themselves financially afloat and since Brokers bring them the majority of their business, they try very hard to “win” the business from said Brokers, creating healthy competition. When you go direct to shipping companies, they quote you a price and you either take it or leave it. You do not provide sufficient business for them to consider giving you favorable rates.

Since Brokers have on ongoing updated list of preferred shipping agencies who have provided them with pleasant service for their customers in the past, you are far more likely to receive a top rated carrier, versus searching for one on your own. Brokers also have the power to ship various vehicles (from their many clients) on the same carrier thus making the trip more cost effective for the Auto Shipping Agency and are able to shift the saving on to you, their client. Obviously, there are the occasional incidences that occur due to natural risks of using a third party to transport your vehicle from one place to another. If you happen to be one of the rare few unlucky ones, your Broker will step in once again to assist you is resolving whatever situation could possibly arise, give you wise advice on what to do and what not to do and will ultimately fight for you on your behalf. After all, you are their client. Their reputation is very important to their business and you, their client hold that power in your hands. You will be asked to leave a review of their service provided to you in order to assist other individuals who require the same service at a later date.

To find the best broker in the industry may seem like a daunting task. However, there are many websites that provide review services and other resources for you, for example: www.carmoversdirectory.netwww.transportreviews.com, and www.consumeraffairs.com along with many others. These website often provide you with additional tools to assist you, from answering frequently asked shipping questions, providing customer reviews, and free quote calculators. www.carmoversdirectory.net provides you with these services along with many other such as BBB ratings.

If you are ready to ship your vehicle, the best company, by far, can be found at www.amerifreight.net. Their skilled customer service agents are ready and waiting to help make your shipping experience as quick and inexpensive as possible. Visit Amerifreight’s website today to receive a free quote.

alinakayani

Shipping Your Vehicle

The process of shipping your vehicle can be intimidating to first time auto shippers, but with the help of www.CarMoversDirecory.net, vehicle transportation can be a piece of cake.

Auto Shipping Brokers are there to assist you with the process and to make it as easy as possible.  Choosing a broker can be simple when you have the proper resources at hand.  The best websites to start searching for a broker can be found at www.transportreviews.com and www.carmoversdirectory.com.

When seeking out review websites for auto brokers and carriers, it is unrealistic to expect any broker to have 100% positive reviews.  Should this be the case, it would be wise to consider those reviews as misleading and unreliable.  However, the number of positive reviews should outweigh the negative ones.  You should also read negative reviews carefully and decide whether the review of the auto broker is a reflection of the bad service provided by the broker or the service provided by the carrier.

Auto Carriers and Brokers are two separate entities, however, they work closely with one another and are both essential to the shipping industry.  Brokers use their experience to pre-select auto carriers that they have had previous excellent service from.  They also use their essential function in the industry to get the cheapest Transport Carrier rates for their customers.  They provide auto carriers with the majority of their business and play an essential role in the success of the carriers.  It is therefore, very important to choose a dependable broker to assist you in shipping your vehicle.

Once you have chosen your broker, you will be asked to provide certain information such as the year, make and model of your vehicle, your time requirements (date of pick-up and delivery), pick-up address and contact details, the address for delivery, vehicle type (SUV, Sedan, Convertible, etc) and your preference for carrier type(Open or Enclosed).  You will then be given a price estimate.  You need only book your car shipment order a couple weeks beforehand, as carriers will not book orders any further in advance.

When your broker has found an approved carrier for your vehicle, at the best discounted rate, you will be contacted and the final price of shipping is then agreed upon before your credit card is billed and your vehicle booked with the carrier.  You should be given the name and contact details for the transport shipping carrier and your pick up date will be arranged.

Once your car has been picked up, a good broker will maintain contact with you in order to ensure a good experience and will eagerly resolve any issues, should any arise, on your behalf and give you the best assistance and advice.  A good broker should be BBB Accredited and should maintain a B+ or higher rating.  This can be checked at www.bbb.org or here at www.CarMoversDirectory.net.

A vehicle inspection will occur prior to transportation of your car, as well as upon delivery.  You will then be asked by your broker to place a review of your service online.

For a positive shipping experience, we suggest that you place your order with www.amerifreight.net, an A+ BBB Accredited and highly rated broker in the industry.  All consultants at Amerifreight are highly trained and their main focus is the well-being of their client and the clients’ experience.

Visit www.CarMoversDirectory.net today to begin the car shipping process and to receive a free quote!

alinakayani

“Good To Knows” of Door-to-door Shipping (Part 2 of 3)

If you wish to ship your auto from one state to another, the cost of such an undertaking is one of the very first factors that pop into your head.  You have a budget that you need to stick to and you would like to ensure that the cost of shipping your vehicle easily falls within your reach.  You need to find the most dependable auto shipping company at a discounted rate, but you need the shipper to be BBB accredited, licensed and approved.  To secure these factors, you would be best served by utilizing the services of an auto broker.

In the shipping industry, there are various factors that will affect the final cost.  Auto shipping companies have pricing structures that include the distance, time frame, time of year and weight of your car.  Auto brokers consider the following, when estimating the cost to transport your auto:

  1. Current location of the vehicle and the intended destination – is your vehicle to be dropped off near the freeway or is it to be dropped off in a residential area that requires special permits;

  2. Time frame – do you need to ship your vehicle urgently or do you have a larger window of time to allow your auto broker to find the best price;

  3. Fuel costs – most shippers use diesel; when the price of diesel increases, so do shipping costs.

  4. Whether you require door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal pick up and delivery;  and

  5. If you wish to ship your car in an enclosed or open carrier.

To make your shipping budget easily attainable, there are free calculating tools available at www.carmoversdirectory.net.  For a quote to ship your vehicle, you will need the following information about your car:

  1. Make, model and year;

  2. Odometer reading;

  3. A vehicle inspection report (in the case of a previously used vehicle).

It is often necessary that you have your own insurance for your vehicle, however, all carriers have a federally-mandated  $750,000 worth of insurance; others could have more than $1 million worth of insurance.  It is important to ensure that your vehicle is insured through the carrier’s insurance.  You should also ask if your broker offers Gap Cover Insurance known as the AFta PLAN.  Should the company/broker you choose not offer this coverage, it can be purchased separately through www.AFtaPLAN.com.

The insurance held by shipping companies does not cover personal items inside your trunk or car.  These items should be removed, along with any items added to your vehicle such as antennas, bike racks or fog lamps.

All Auto Shippers are required by law to have both liability and cargo insurance, however, you may not necessarily be made aware of the exclusions included in their insurance.  You are entitled to request written proof of coverage and the limitations or exclusions.  If the insurance is not enough to cover your vehicle, ask them to give you the cost of the additional cover needed in writing.

Remember to ask for a list of any additional charges you will be required to cover, ie. Extra insurance fees, fuel surcharges or anything else that you should be made aware of.  All shippers in the US have an MC number, an active USDOT number and Operating Authority.  This information can be checked at www.safersys.org.

To get your auto shipped with a top approved, licensed and dependable discounted shipper, request assistance from a knowledgeable customer service agent at www.amerifreight.net.

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November 05 2014

alinakayani

Shipping Your Vehicle vs Driving It Yourself

Moving your vehicle from one place to another, without actually driving it, is not really as difficult as it may seem at first.  The idea of allowing someone to move your vehicle for you, however, can often be nerve-wracking.

 

There are, however, a handful of transport moving companies and brokers out there who still believe in the age-old philosophy of “a good customer is a happy customer”.  Amerifreight is definitely one of them.

 

As you read through countless reviews left for various auto shipping brokers and carriers, it becomes increasingly obvious that the auto transporting business is fraught with frustration and bad experiences, mostly through a lack of understanding or unbiased information available to clients in general.

 

Some might argue that at the end of the day, driving your own vehicle, no matter how inconvenient and impractical it may be, could be your best option.  You may want to look more closely at the pros and cons of such a decision, before coming to a conclusion.

 

In today’s world of technology, more and more people are purchasing items via the internet, including that perfect family car or collectors vehicle.  More often than not, your choice of vehicle will not be found at your neighbor next door or down the road.  This would mean that you would have to put your entire life on hold, spend a fair amount on transport for you to go get the purchased vehicle, not to mention that you would then incur further costs driving your new vehicle home in terms of wear and tear, mileage and resale value.

 

Many American families own more than one vehicle, which they have to move over great distances, taking time and even more money along with the negative aspects such as wear and tear, mileage etc. already mentioned.  Most people don’t have that much “free time” on their hands, not to mention that driving distances hold their own risk in terms of safety – a proven fact.

 

Utilizing the services of a Auto Shipping brokerage is, on many levels, the better option.  At first, it may appear to be rather expensive, until one sits down and works out the actual cost of moving your own vehicle, then suddenly it becomes a “no-brainer” option.  It becomes obvious that it is actually cheaper, not to mention more convenient, to use a broker, even more so than to go direct to an auto transportation company.  As it is, generally speaking, the average American does not have a lot of monthly or annual experience with shipping a vehicle, so it is really a matter of luck as to who you end up using.  Brokers, on the other hand, have daily experience with auto shipping companies.  They know what to look out for.  The experience of their clients is a very important factor to their business success.  They have, over time, built up a “select” list of auto shipping companies, based on previous experience, an experience that cannot fairly have a price tag placed on it.

 

For your peace of mind, and sanity, based on thousands of “real customer reviews”, it is highly recommend utilizing the services of Amerifreight and their staff, whose focus is honestly, the best experience for the customer.  While things do happen that could dampen the experience, no matter who you use, for the most part, Amerifreight customer experiences are positive.  People, like to complain and generally prefer to post negative reviews, yet, after reading so many reviews, it is still very apparent, that customers of Amerifreight are “happy customers”.

 

Amerifreight has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, you may check that out yourself easily at www.carmoversdirectory.net, no need to just take my word for it …
When you are ready to ship your vehicle, even door-to-door, after having validated the information in this article, you can easily contact an Amerifreight agent via their website at www.amerifreight.net

alinakayani

Getting Quotes from Shipping Companies

Isn’t it amazing how many quotes you can get from Auto Shippers and Auto Shipping Brokers in one day by simply entering your email address and phone number on one website for a quote?

 

For many of us, being flooded by quotes, is not only irritating but a major waste of time!  Unfortunately, if you put your email address onto an Auto Shipping website, you are asking for more than one quote, in this highly competitive industry.  If you place your telephone number, your have given auto shipping companies to call you to try to sell you on their shipping service, and that is precisely what they will do.

 

To assist you in minimizing the amount of time you spend online trying to find the best, most dependable discounted vehicle shipper, we suggest that you first spend a little time online at well-known websites like www.transportreviews.com and www.carmoversdirectory.net to get the low-down on auto shipping companies and auto shipping brokers and read a couple of articles on their websites for a more in depth knowledge of the ins and outs of vehicle shipping.

 

‘Why brokers?’  you may ask.  Since the auto transportation world is highly complex and competitive, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration, before and during a move by working through brokers, and no, generally it does not cost you more.  Brokers are highly skilled in negotiating the best discounted rate in this industry and only work with a select list of vehicle transport companies that have already proven their worth in the industry over a number of years.  Brokers are quick to drop shipping companies off their books the first time they are let down or their client suffers inconvenience at their hands.  Brokers need your business and therefore place their client high on their list of priorities.  They also rely heavily on your review left online at the end of your moving experience with them for business going forward.

 

Also, the auto shipping industry is highly unregulated which means that you would be safer going through a broker rather than direct to the shipping companies.  An important thing to note, is that the original quoted price given to you via a broker or a shipping company, is not necessarily going to be the final price you will pay.  If you are dealing direct with an auto shipping agency, you need to be aware that there could be other costs involved that you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line.  If you are working through a broker, it is important to understand that the broker gives you a close estimate of the final costs involved to ship your vehicle, however, a broker, once having taken your details and requirements, then needs to “sell” the business to a top, approved and licensed auto shipping companies and need to “negotiate” the lowest discounted rate possible.  Once this step has been completed, the broker then comes back to you with the lowest, discounted figure they were able to get a shipper to ship your vehicle from your location to your destination at a time that would best suit you.  Top notch brokers will not debit your credit card or bill you before getting your confirmation that you are happy to go ahead at the new given price.

 

How do you find a top notch broker, you may well ask?  Go back to reviews and check on the Better Business Bureau rating for your chosen company, which should be a B+ or higher rating before handing over your business.  You will find this rating either on the BBB website or at www.carmoversdirectory.net.  Oh, and just to make your research quicker and easier, you’ll find various other useful tools here too, such as a rate calculator and a quote manager.

 

So if you are thinking about shipping your vehicle to another state, save yourself time and make it easier by visiting www.carmoversdirectory.net, use the tools freely available on the website and read the tips and up-to-date hot information on shipping your vehicle.

alinakayani

Getting Quotes from Shipping Companies

Isn’t it amazing how many quotes you can get from Auto Shippers and Auto Shipping Brokers in one day by simply entering your email address and phone number on one website for a quote?

 

For many of us, being flooded by quotes, is not only irritating but a major waste of time!  Unfortunately, if you put your email address onto an Auto Shipping website, you are asking for more than one quote, in this highly competitive industry.  If you place your telephone number, your have given auto shipping companies to call you to try to sell you on their shipping service, and that is precisely what they will do.

 

To assist you in minimizing the amount of time you spend online trying to find the best, most dependable discounted vehicle shipper, we suggest that you first spend a little time online at well-known websites like www.transportreviews.com and www.carmoversdirectory.net to get the low-down on auto shipping companies and auto shipping brokers and read a couple of articles on their websites for a more in depth knowledge of the ins and outs of vehicle shipping.

 

‘Why brokers?’  you may ask.  Since the auto transportation world is highly complex and competitive, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration, before and during a move by working through brokers, and no, generally it does not cost you more.  Brokers are highly skilled in negotiating the best discounted rate in this industry and only work with a select list of vehicle transport companies that have already proven their worth in the industry over a number of years.  Brokers are quick to drop shipping companies off their books the first time they are let down or their client suffers inconvenience at their hands.  Brokers need your business and therefore place their client high on their list of priorities.  They also rely heavily on your review left online at the end of your moving experience with them for business going forward.

 

Also, the auto shipping industry is highly unregulated which means that you would be safer going through a broker rather than direct to the shipping companies.  An important thing to note, is that the original quoted price given to you via a broker or a shipping company, is not necessarily going to be the final price you will pay.  If you are dealing direct with an auto shipping agency, you need to be aware that there could be other costs involved that you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line.  If you are working through a broker, it is important to understand that the broker gives you a close estimate of the final costs involved to ship your vehicle, however, a broker, once having taken your details and requirements, then needs to “sell” the business to a top, approved and licensed auto shipping companies and need to “negotiate” the lowest discounted rate possible.  Once this step has been completed, the broker then comes back to you with the lowest, discounted figure they were able to get a shipper to ship your vehicle from your location to your destination at a time that would best suit you.  Top notch brokers will not debit your credit card or bill you before getting your confirmation that you are happy to go ahead at the new given price.

 

How do you find a top notch broker, you may well ask?  Go back to reviews and check on the Better Business Bureau rating for your chosen company, which should be a B+ or higher rating before handing over your business.  You will find this rating either on the BBB website or at www.carmoversdirectory.net.  Oh, and just to make your research quicker and easier, you’ll find various other useful tools here too, such as a rate calculator and a quote manager.

 

So if you are thinking about shipping your vehicle to another state, save yourself time and make it easier by visiting www.carmoversdirectory.net, use the tools freely available on the website and read the tips and up-to-date hot information on shipping your vehicle.

alinakayani

About tracking and privacy

We've been using quantcast and google analytics for quite some time (I think since the birth of Soup?) to collect minimal meaningful data about the visitors, where they come from and their approximate demographics.

We've not even been using the extended feature sets of those platforms, because that would've meant putting user data into the hands of a third party.

But what do we know from these solutions? Yes, we have a lot of polish users. And we're very proud of being in the top 30 something polish websites - at least according to quantcast - despite not understanding how we got there.

And that's kinda sorta the point - insight how we got anywhere. And this means metrics.

Now, metrics is a very loaded topic. Everyone does it, but nobody talks about it, except in their Terms Of Service legalese. People immediately think of spying, and it's kinda ... somehow ... well, it's not exactly not spying. But I personally don't think it's really spying either, but that maybe because I'm the one running the platform and have many years of experience what it means to know jack shit about your users and what they're doing.

So my view on things is biased. Thus, I decided to go the pragmatic route and just commit myself and the company to explaining what we're doing - hopefully in a way that people who are not into metrics can get a grasp too. If I can't explain it, or it feels creepy to explain it, well, that should be enough to make me think it over. And I'm taking a huge flaming pile of dung on legalese, because, you know, fuck you - not.

So my take on it is, metrics should be more like a census and what's called "city development data". To be able to plan what areas to develop, a city needs to know where people go to work, when and where they buy things, what the average income is etc.

It's the same with a web platform like Soup, except for jobs and shopping centers we have blogs and groups, and instead of cars and net worth of the individual we have posts and days since registration.

Anyhow, @whatweknow is dedicated from now on to explain what we're collecting, what we're doing with it, and maybe even post some results. If you have an interesting question that we should be able to answer with metrics, don't be afraid to ask @kitchen or reply to a post here! Sometimes we may be unable to give answers or give them not in absolute numbers, but we should be able to crank out at least a percentage or a general vicinity every once in a while. And if not, you may at least get an explanation why :)

Last but not least, a word to the wise: be inquisitive about your privacy on the internets, and use ghostery to understand what sites know about you.

Reposted fromwhatweknow whatweknow viaupdates updates

October 16 2014

alinakayani

How to Ship Your Vehicle in the USA

So you need to ship a vehicle or two to another state, but where do you start?

First, you need to find a licensed auto shipping company, accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with a B+ or higher rating to transport your vehicle. You need a discounted rate that will fit your budget. You need great customer service. You also need someone to help you through the complicated process of shipping your vehicle from one state to the next.
You have so many questions with no answers. You feel overwhelmed. So, you do what the average American does – you Google it. You find many reviews – most of which scare you. You find numerous shipping companies who are more than willing to assist you, however, you are suddenly inundated with quotes from dozens of companies, and yet, you are no closer to accomplishing this daunting task than when you began.

In order to find a reputable, discounted, BBB Accredited and licensed vehicle shipping company in USA, you would do best to go through a broker. Although you will be required to pay a brokerage fee, in the long run, you save money, as vehicle shipping brokers understand the transport process and have your best interest at heart. Brokers negotiate with numerous carriers, on your behalf, and source the best bid from shipping companies and then pass the information on to you. They explain the entire process to you, giving you pointers to look out for, and should your vehicle be damaged in transit, they will assist you with the claim. Brokers, over time, have sourced the best approved, dependable, licensed movers who have proven themselves to be reliable over extensive periods of time. The reputation of top shipping brokers depends on the service offered by the carriers, so should the carriers not live up to the expectations of the brokers, they are quickly removed from databases of approved auto shipping carriers.

Currently, one of the top licensed brokers with BBB Accreditation is Amerifreight Car Shipping. Not only do they have an A+ (Plus) rating with the BBB, but Amerifreight’s staff provides outstanding customer service, a rare quality in the shipping industry. Their consultants are highly trained in their field of expertise. Don’t be surprised when you are encouraged to leave a review after your shipping experience. Brokers rely heavily upon the reviews left by their clients due to the nature of the business. Brokers also use the review process to determine the quality of customer service offered by their consultants and to see where they can improve their services.

To get your vehicle professionally shipped at a discounted rate with a dependable auto shipping company, contactAmerifreight now via their website that can be found at www.amerifreight.net.

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Best Discounted Advertising Rates for Top Shipping Companies

If you run a successful National Car Shipping company that is BBB Accredited, then you will surely want to be included in the new website carmoversdirectory.net, as soon as possible.

More and more people are opting to use auto shipping brokers in the car shipping industry and competition is getting stiff. In order to provide consumers with a reliable source for car shipping from state to state,carmoversdirectory.net, currently in its Beta phase, aims to provide the ultimate resource for all auto transport services on the internet. This directory will provide consumers with all relevant information for them to make an informed decision as to which vehicle shipping company they should use for their automobile transport needs. Auto shipping companies will also utilize carmoversdirectory.net to determine which shipping company will be the best fit for their clients’ shipping needs.

Carmoversdirectory.net will list all dependable vehicle shipping companies along with their relevant contact details, description and website details of their services, and will promote those companies that are Accredited with the Better Business Bureau.

The directory is broken down into three listing types. Allied Listings (AL)Standard Listings (SL) and Basic Listings (BL).

Allied Listings include companies that endorse carmoversdirectory.net and have a CMD banner posted on their website. They are shipping companies that keep their data up to date. On these listings, research has been done and verified by CMD (BBB and Transport Authority sites). A score is allocated to the auto shipping company that is listed here.

Standard Listings include auto shipping companies that have claimed their business name already listed on carmoversdirectory.net and actively maintain and update their listings with the correct information. These companies do not have a CMD banner on their websites.

Basic Listings are reserved for vehicle shippers who have been automatically included on carmoversdirectory.net, and therefore, only have the basic information available. This information is not verified and could be incomplete and / or incorrect. This information could be yours. Vehicle Shipping brokers and potential clients will consider these listings as unreliable and risky due to the possibility that the information contained on these listings remains unverified. If you are an Auto Shipping company, it would pay to see if your information has been included oncarmoversdirectory.net or not, and ensure that you have been listed as a licensed, BBB Accredited and approved auto shipper. You can sign up using the sign up menu option to register or visit:http://www.carmoversdirectory.net/signup/advertiser

In order to secure the best discounted advertised rates, you must sign up during the beta phase. This discounted rate will remain, unless the advertiser fails to pay or cancels.

Visit this website now at http://www.carmoversdirectory.net/signup/advertiser

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Pakistan Business Directory – Pakbd.com

This is an age of technology and people need to be fast in order to meet this competitive world. Business companies are in hurry in order to become one of the top most companies and they are utilizing different tactics for this purpose. Everyone is in hurry and wants to get victory in the competition. Our company works on a goal to make your victory easy for you.

PakBD.com is an online Pakistan business directory that holds a large number of unique business profile listing. It facilitates complete directory listing of all types of businesses in all over Pakistan. You can find everything here ranges from restaurants to Auto Mechanic in Pakistan. Here at PakBD, we are availing you a home online for your business. If you are a business man and you want to take the ownership of your business profile that you kept at totally free of cost then PakBD is a best option for you. You just need to visit our site and start to tell your customers about your business and facilities. You can do all this in a simple way and you don’t need to pay even a single penny on this procedure.

Our website covers a wide range of top and updated businesses. Top categories of our business include business servicesprofessional servicescomputershome appliancesengineeringelectronics and electricalbanking and financeleather productsmetals minerals and miningtextile productsindustrial machinery and services,chemicalseducation and training, and printing and publishing etc

The website is designed in a well mannered way. You can find anything easily. Here at PakBD, we have made categories of businesses and industries so that you can browse easily. Moreover, you can browse by city or category so that you can get to your desired place in the blink of an eye. Moreover, you can find your targeted place in just a few seconds by going through the option of Map that is included in our site. Additionally, if you have any query about our services then you can contact us through filling our Contact Us form. Surely, our company and splendid services will help you and you can reach to your desired position. We have a team of professionals those work for you in a well mannered way. If you have any query they will respond you fast and help you to solve your issues related to business. Our company helps you to grow your business without any delay.

September 29 2014

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How to Choose A Dependable, Discounted Shipping Company in America

Shipping your vehicle from one state to another can be a daunting task. How can you be sure that the freighting company you use will offer the most discounted rate necessary to fit your budget? How do you find an approved shipping company to transport your vehicle that is cheap, yet dependable?

This article is written with the customer in mind in an attempt to assist you in finding the best, top, approved shipping company to move your vehicle across states with at an affordable discounted rate that will not only fit your budget, but a company that puts great emphasis on customer service too. After all, you don’t want to just hand over your keys to the first one that offers.

First things first, do your due diligence. Although the internet is full of transport shipping companies and brokers, there are reliable sources to get the deal best suited for you. Your first stop would be to visit a directory service online where the customer is able to leave an honest review about their experience. Some examples of these directories online would be transportreviews.com; carmoversdirectory.net; transportrankings.com; or movecars.com. You also want to ensure that the company you find is listed on and accredited by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB). You will find this website at http://www.bbb.org/. Also, the shipping company or broker you choose to use should be BBB Accredited and have a B+ or higher rating and should be approved and licenced to move your vehicle.

Next you would need to decide whether to deal directly with the shipping company or work through a broker. My advice would be to go through a broker. The reason being, is that dealing directly with a shipping company is a risk most are not willing to take. Should your vehicle be damaged in transit, you may find out when it is too late that the company you used is not insured. Brokers do all background checks on your behalf and over their years of service, build up a data base of dependable transport movers / shipping companies who are approved by the BBB, licensed and insured. Should you choose an unreliable carrier, more often than not, you will find yourself left with a damaged vehicle with no form of recourse.

By using a broker, you will be supported from the time you place your order to the time your vehicle is delivered. The shipping company used by the broker would have to prove their worth before a broker would recommend using them as it has a direct impact on their reputation. Currently one of the highest top rated BBB Accredited and licensed brokers is Amerifreight. Although things can and sometimes do go wrong, Amerifreight‘s staff are highly trained in their field of expertise, their customer service is outstanding and their consultants are very easy to speak to.

In the freighting business, leaving your review of the experience you had is imperative. This is what drives the discount level that you [500] would receive when shipping your vehicle. It is so vital to the industry that by agreeing to submit your honest review can even result in an additional discount. The level of the review is a direct reflection on the company or broker you chose to use and their service levels. You will never find 100% of customers being 100% happy as this is simply not the nature of mankind. Look at the overall picture or image the majority of reviews for any particular company gives.

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Top Rated BBB Accredited National Car Shipping Directory

Do you run an auto transport company and need to be included in a top rated BBB accredited national car shipping directory?
Competition is stiff in the shipping industry with more and more people opting to make use of brokers for their national shipping needs. In order to provide consumers with a reliable source for shipping their vehicles from one state to another that will fit their budget, carmoversdirectory.net – now in beta phase – aims to provide the ultimate resource for auto transport services on the net. This directory will provide consumers with the information necessary for them to make an informed decision as to which company to use for their shipping needs. If you run a shipping company that provides amongst the best approved national shipping services, you will want to be listed as such on carmoversdirectory.net. Brokers for auto shipping will utilize carmoversdirectory.net also, in order to determine the quality of service provided by the various shippers they will select when trying to fulfil their client needs.
Carmoversdirectory.net will list all dependable shippers and brokers along with their relevant contact details, website and brief description of their services on CMD and will promote those companies that are accredited with at least a B rating with the Better Business Bureau.
There are three listing types:
AL (Allied Listings)
These are companies that endorse CMD and have a carmoverdirectory.com banner posted on their own website and shipping companies who update their data frequently. Research has been done on Allied Listings, all major reference sites have been checked by CMD (BBB and Transport Authority sites) and a score is allocated to the shipping company listed.
SL (Standard Listings)
These are shipping companies who have claimed their business name and are actively maintaining and updating their listings with the correct information to help visitors decide who to ship with, however, they do not have a carmoversdirectory.com banner on their websites.
BL (Basic Listings)
Those businesses that have been listed by CMD and only the basic information is available on them. The information is unverified and may be incomplete, incorrect, out of date and unverified. The use of these companies could be risky due to the lack of reliable information. Standard listings are not authorized to carry a CMD banner on their websites.
To find out if you have already been listed or to ensure that you are listed as a licensed and approved, dependable auto shipper, please visit carmoversdirectory.net or use the sign up menu option to register or use this link: http://www.carmoversdirectory.net/signup/advertiser
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