Don’t Get Wrenched is a blog designed to help auto repair customers know as much as possible about auto repair so that they can protect themselves from costly repair costs. Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years, she now owns a new project management business.
Vehicle industry is consistently growing, and we see more and more cars on the roads every year due to the increase in the population. Car manufacturers work on new technologies to improve the driving experience while adding new security measures to prevent theft and break-ins. Until a few years ago, these built-in safeguards seemed to be working, and the theft rates dropped significantly.
However, criminals adopted to the technological advancements and the vehicular crime is on the rise once again. The theft rates are increasing every year as the tech-savvy criminals find new ways to steal cars and their contents. With a greater variety of cars to target and the knowledge to steal them, thieves have been pretty busier than ever lately.
Car owners aren’t totally helpless against these adept criminals though. Thieves aren’t the only ones benefiting from the technological innovations; tech companies and security firms constantly work on new solutions for the security flaws of vehicles and vehicle tracking devices have become one of the most effective security systems on the market thanks to their efforts. GPS-based applications and devices help tremendously in improving the security of a vehicle and preventing car thefts.
It is a well-known fact that car thieves have been very active in the last few years. The onboard security measures of vehicles started to fail their owners when the criminals discovered new methods to work around them. Vehicle tracking devices have become reliable and affordable with the latest innovations and have become an essential tool for car owners to protect their pride and joy. GPS vehicle tracking technology is improving at an unprecedented rate, and new tools emerge every day to help vehicle owners improve the security of their cars. Vehicle tracking devices are equipped with prominent features such as real-time tracking, event alerts, sensors, and geofence zones to prevent theft and recover a stolen vehicle should the worst happen.
Some people are skeptical at first as to how a simple tracking device can protect a car against a determined thief, but GPS Tracker devices are anything but simple. Vehicle trackers are sophisticated devices that can calculate the location of a car in seconds, determine the speed and direction of a vehicle and have sensitive sensors that can detect the slightest tampering to alert the designated people. Car owners can use some of these features as an early warning and defense system. Geofence zones and sensors allow the owners to make sure that no one can move their vehicle or tamper with it without sending multiple alerts to them.
Geofence zones are virtual perimeters that trigger an alert everytime a vehicle enters or leaves one of the preset locations. People with access to the vehicle tracker can create safe zones around locations they park their vehicle for extended periods of time such as their garage and office parking lot. If someone moves a car outside of the zone without authorization, the vehicle tracker issues an alert to the owner immediately. Instant smartphone notifications give people the chance to call the police and recover their car by informing its location before the thieves manage to get away.
GPS tracking devices are armed with multiple sensors to prevent tampering, moving the vehicle or starting the engine without the owner’s consent. Owners can activate the sensors after they park their car for the night and they will be alerted immediately if anyone tries to break into their vehicle.
Despite having such effective security measures, a well-prepared and determined thief may be able to get past them and manage to drive away with your vehicle. Situations like these are when vehicle tracking devices help the most. With real-time tracking feature, a car owner can pinpoint the location of their stolen vehicle and alert the local law enforcement agencies. Police officers can recover a vehicle without breaking a sweat when they know its location and they may even be able
to catch the criminals red-handed as an added bonus.
As the theft rates increase at a record rate, vehicle owners have every right to be worried about the security of their cars. Vehicle tracking systems can help alleviate their fears and allow them to keep an eye on their vehicle at all times. In this day and age, owning a vehicle comes with a set of challenges but GPS technology helps car owners overcome their daily struggles. Security no longer becomes a major issue and thieves can’t get away with a vehicle tracking device onboard. Vehicles are sizable investments and having a vehicle stolen is the worst possible scenario considering most of the stolen vehicles are never to be seen again. The ability to recover a stolen vehicle alone makes vehicle tracking systems worth their cost and the additional benefits make them one of the best security systems on the market.
I’ve been asked this question many times, here’s a cheat sheet on how to do it! Thank you David Kochanek.
Whenever you’re planning a long-distance move, driving your own vehicle doesn’t
always make sense. You may have multiple cars or may prefer not to put the extra
miles on your own vehicle. Whatever the case, car shipping is a great way to ensure the
safe delivery of your vehicle to a new destination.
If you’ve never used an interstate car transport service before, it can be helpful to do a
bit of research in advance on the company you will be using and the shipping process in
general. Knowing what to expect and being prepared will help everything go more
To help get you started, we’ve assembled this quick guide to car transport.
Questions to Ask the Auto Transport Company
Before choosing an auto shipping company, it’s a good idea to ask a few questions
about their process and expectations. Some things to look out for include:
– Will the vehicles be transported in covered or uncovered carriers?
– Will the vehicle be shipped door-to-door, or will you need to pick it up at a terminal?
– How long will the car take to ship?
– Will you pay in full upon delivery or do you need to pay a deposit up front?
– How much does it cost to ship a car to your destination?
– Will you be charged by the mile or a flat rate?
Door-to-door shipping is a convenient option that allows for your car to be picked up at
your house and dropped off at the final destination. However, this convenience does
come at a higher price; you may wish to save some money by arranging to drop the car
off at a terminal and pick it up from the shipping terminal in your new city.
Also bear in mind that it takes longer to ship a car than it does to drive it in most cases.
Expect shipping to take up to two weeks when crossing long distances.
What Kind of Insurance Do I Need to Ship My Car?
Insurance is an important part of keeping a vehicle safe and protected from damage.
The shipping company should do its part to protect the vehicle during transit, but
unexpected damage can still occur. Common scenarios include damage from road
debris, loading/unloading incidents and inclement weather during the transport period.
Having insurance in place on the vehicle prior to shipping will help to offset these costs
if they become a problem.
Before arranging for car transport, call your car insurance company to ask about how
the policy will apply to the vehicle while in transit. Ensure that you will be covered for
damage that occurs during transportation. Also contact the transportation company to
see whether they have additional protection that can be purchased or that is included in
the price of delivery. You should be able to obtain an insurance certificate to back up
whatever answer they provide.
Once you know what insurance is available, you’ll want to decide whether that coverage
is enough to offer peace of mind or if you’ll want additional protection. You can buy
specialized shipping insurance from your insurance company or even the transport
company itself that can help fill in any gaps of missing coverage. This is especially important for collector cars and other vehicles that especially valuable.
Before agreeing to coverage, ensure that your vehicle has been appraised and that the
value of the insurance matches the worth of your car.
Preparing Your Car for Transport
When shipping a car, you’ll want to be sure that the vehicle is clean and free of any
extra items. To reduce the risk of theft or potential damage, be sure to remove any
personal items as well as aftermarket upgrades:
– Custom alarm systems
– Aftermarket sound systems
– Mounted GPS devices
Also be sure to remove any toll passes and anything else that might attract attention
from potential thieves while the car is being transported. If you have an alarm system
that can’t be removed, disable it to prevent it being triggered by the shipping company
Once the car has been cleaned out of these items, go ahead and wash the car of any dirt, grime and debris. This gives you a good opportunity to see the car’s current
condition so that it will be easier to spot damage later if something happens.
Take note of any existing damage such as nicks, scratches or dents. Take photos as
necessary to record this damage. This will protect you later if the insurance company or
transport company refuse to pay for damages incurred during travel. Keep your notes
and damage photos stored somewhere safe that you’ll be able to find easily once you’ve reached your destination.
You may also want to have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic to look for any non-
aesthetic damages or issues. It’s important to note that most vehicle transport services
require the car to be operable. If your car cannot be effectively and safely driven, you’ll
need to make special arrangements and may not be able to use a standard delivery
service. Have your car mechanic pay special attention to the emergency brake, which will be used to secure the car during shipping. Any fluid leaks should also be dealt with before shipping as these could be potentially dangerous. If you can avoid it, don’t ship a car with a full gas tank; the extra weight could cost you in shipping charges.
Finally, finish your preparations by securing any loose parts and pieces such as
antennas, convertible tops, sun roofs, roof racks and anything else that is detachable or
could spring open. Securing these items reduces the number of things that could
possibly go wrong during transport.
Dropping Off the Vehicle
Once you’ve completed your inspection, the shipping company will most likely want to
inspect the car themselves. Take this moment to bring up any preexisting damage so
that there is a record of it being discussed; this can save you a lot of hassles later if
something does occur while the car is in transit. You’ll also want to have a spare key made so that you can hold onto the original keys and give a spare to the transport driver.
Take this final opportunity to ask any questions and be sure you know the answer to the
question of, “How much to ship a car to my destination”. You don’t want to be met with any surprises on the other side.
After everything is squared away with the transport company, you can rest easy
knowing that your car is prepared for the road. Damage during transport by a
trustworthy service is uncommon, but you’ll be well-protected if the unexpected happens
after following the tips in this guide.
From my Personal Injury lawyer friend, it’s an eye opening infographic.
Life on the Road: The Cost of Distracted Driving
In the United States, driver mistakes are the leading cause of road carnages. Studies posit that distractions, lack of attention and performance errors, are the major factors contributing to road fatalities. Distracted driving is very costly. The net loss in terms of dollars is heartbreaking. Moreover, the precious lives that are lost everyday due to road crashes.
Economic losses associated with distracted driving
As seen in this distracted driving infographic below, distracted driving was costing $175 billion in 2014. Though these are the damages recorded on paper, the actual costs are usually way over these values. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the economic damages by road accidents account for about $1 trillion.
The economic losses are constantly increasing due to the increasing incidences of distracted driving. With the increasing technology, mobile phones, road maps and GPS systems are the major causes of distractions. Moreover, radio systems, familiar passengers and unprecedented eating while driving also cause unnecessary distractions.
Your life or the person you are carrying is very precious. On average, taking your attention off the road for just five second sis equivalent to travelling an entire length a football field at 555 miles per hour with eyes closed! A sad reality is that most drivers are aware of the dangers of getting distracted while during. However, most of them usually put forward claims that they are experts behind the wheel and can multitask.
Besides all these, distractions are equally as deadly as driving under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, it does not only endanger the life of the driver and the passengers but it also has a direct impact on the life of the pedestrians.
Road crashes always end in partial or complete destruction of vehicles. Moreover, electricity lines and telephone lines are usually destroyed. Buildings are also always damaged. The physical destruction associated with road crashes are tremendous.
From the first day in the driving school, drivers are always encouraged to put their eyes on the road. Although most of them do not usually heed to this instruction, they should be constantly reminded and enlightened on their roles to help keep the roads safe.