Auto Transport Advice – Terminal Shipping vs Door-to-Door Shipping

Although the concept of car shipping may seem simple, car owners often find many of the decisions they have to make confusing. For example, what’s the difference between terminal and door-to-door service and how do these choices impact you?

Terminal Shipping

Many car shipping companies use terminals to coordinate their loads. A terminal is often simply a big parking lot. The car owner drops the car off at a terminal near the starting point. The car is held there until sufficient vehicles are heading in the same direction. The vehicles are all loaded on a truck which drives to a terminal near the destination where the owner can pick it up.

Some shippers offer discounts for terminal-to-terminal auto transport. This is a convenient method for people who live in dense downtown areas where door-to-door service might be impossible.

On the other hand, the car may sit in the terminal for days, subject to theft and vandalism. The terminals have better security than the owner’s garage, but the concentration of cars is a tempting target for criminals. The car is likely to be exposed to the elements which can also lead to damage, and the contract will almost certainly have a clause to absolve the shipper of weather-related damage.

As for convenience, it’s both more and less convenient than door-to-door auto transport. It is more so because the owner can drop the car off at leisure rather than needing to wait for a truck to show up. However terminal shipping is less convenient because the car is out of the owner’s hands for longer.

Door-to-Door Shipping

Door-to-door auto transport is just what it sounds like. The truck drives right to your door and the car is driven directly onto the carrier. The truck then drives to the destination where the car is dropped off at the front door of your new home.

If the owner’s home is in an area where large trucks have difficulty navigating, the truck may have to be met in a nearby parking lot. Although door-to-door shipping may cost more, many owners prefer it. Since their car is out of their control for less time, there is less chance of something happening to the vehicle. While the shipper is waiting for enough cars to be available to make the transport trip cost effective, the customer retains full use of the vehicle.

So Which Is Better?

As with many choices, the ideal solution depends on your preferences and your situation. However, most car owners say they are happier with door-to-door auto transport. The slight inconvenience of waiting for the truck is offset by the advantages of knowing that their car is in the care of a driver at all times on its journey.

Before making a decision, talk to the transport company about your particular needs and you will be able to decide which of the methods is better for you.

S80 and C30, Volvo’s Entrants to Auto Shows

Despite the fact that we are still in the early parts of 2006, there had already been many auto shows not only in the United States but in other countries as well that featured the most captivating and the most promising production vehicles. These auto shows also became the venue for automobile manufacturers to show off their concept vehicles.

Volvo has made sure that their company would not be left out when it came to this large showcase of exemplary vehicles. During the Geneva Auto Show, the company’s entry was the 2007 Volvo S80 which is already a production vehicle. The 2007 Volvo S80 is a luxury vehicle and it basically competes with the likes of the Audi A6, the Acura RL, the BMW 5 series, and the Lexus ES 350. Although it is already in production, this vehicle would start to be on sale come the first quarter of next year.

The Detroit Auto Show became the venue for Volvo Cars to show off the Volvo C30 which was introduced as a concept vehicle. However, the company already is producing this vehicle so much so that it would be available for sale at around the same time as the Volvo S80. Most likely, this vehicle would be competing with the Mini Cooper, the Scion xB, the Golf GTI, and the Audi A3. It roams around looking like a modern sport hatchback.

The safety features of the 2007 Volvo S80 is still like the typical ones that Volvo equips with vehicles. It is an elegant vehicle yet the company claims that it would not be elitist. Although this vehicle has already been in production since 1999, come 2007, the new version would come with minor upgrades like its new front fascia that appears to have more curves, a sleeker appearance, as well as a sportier aura.

The Volvo C30 is already set to be introduced as a production vehicle during the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle was primarily designed so as to attract and bring in the young and active people from urban areas. The safety features are still just right for Volvo standards however this new one comes with a sporty touch yet provides a much more fashionable appeal.

Aston Martin- A Car With a Movie Screen History

Have you ever wondered where the car company name of Aston Martin originated? With headquarters situated in Warwickshire, England, the Aston Martin Lagonda Limited line of luxury cars gathered its name from a hill climber named Aston Clinton and one of the founding fathers of the company, Lionel Martin. The history of the Aston Martin is rather intriguing, seeing as it earned the esteemed respect of being the glamorous auto selection for the series of James Bond books and movies.

The first mention of the vehicle came in the seventh 007 novel, “Goldfinger” (1964), promptly followed by a showing on the silver screen in the movie of the same title. The Aston Martin was then regarded as the company car in “GoldenEye” (1995) and his private vehicle in “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997). Additional Aston Martin models also made appearances in a variety of James Bond films, including the Volante and Vantage in “The Living Daylights” (1987), the Vanguish in “Die Another Day” (2002). The new DBS was even featured in the latest Bond flick, “Casino Royale” (2006).

The History of Aston Martins

The Aston Martin car company was founded in 1913 with the help of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two worked with one another to produce their first car under the company name, which incorporated the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini and a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine. Before the production of their first car took place, the company would have to overcome the obstacle of World War I, which had both owners serving their country under different branches of military. All of their machinery was lost in the war effort.

After the war, the company was re-founded in Kensington and rejuvenated with new car designs. In 1920, Bamford left the company and funding started to come from a different resource. By 1922, the company produced cars that fared quite well in the French Grand Prix, actually setting records in speed and endurance. Unfortunately, the company went bankrupt in 1924 and was bought by Lady Charnwood, only to see failure again in 1925. The factory closed in 1926, prompting Martin to walk away from the business.

That same year, the company was renamed Aston Martin Motors and received the backing of an assortment of wealthy investors. A known designer was brought in and racers, such as the 1929 Aston Martin International, the Le Mans, and the Ulster became quite successful. It wasn’t until 1936 that the company decided to produce cars that were suitable for the open road.

The Second War World slowed production, but in 1947, the company underwent yet another change in leadership. The cars now showcased the signature letters of “DB”, marking the initials of the managing director, David Brown. A number of DB series cars flourished, ranging from the DB2 in 1950 to the DB V8 of the 1970s. The V8 lasted until 1988 until the Virage line was introduced, followed by the Vantage in 1992. Several other models would trail, including the V12 Vantage (1999), the V12-engine Vanquish (2001), the convertible DB9 Volante (2004), and the 2006 V8 Vantage sports car.

Aston Martin Cars

Throughout the history of Aston Martin vehicles, there have been many different pre-war and post-war GT and supercars introduced to the public. Before the war, the company was responsible for models, such as the Aston Martin Standard Sports (1921-1925), Aston Martin International Le Mans (1932), and the Aston Martin 15/98 (1937-1939). After the war passed on, a host of “DB” series cars were created, including the Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports (also known as the DB1; 1948-1950), Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (1961-1963), Aston Martin DB7 (1993-2003), and the 2004 Aston Martin DB9.

Supercars, such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage hit the market from 1977 to 1989, which was named the First Supercar of Britain. It was valued for its ability to reach speeds of up to 170 mph. During the 90s, the Aston Martin Virage, Aston Martin Vantage, and Aston Martin V8 Coupe/V8 Volante were prime. With the Virage, the public embraced the possibilities of a sleeker, modern design and improved acceleration.

Currently, consumers may purchase Aston Martin cars, such as the V8 Vantage and the V8 Vantage Roadster, which is a light, yet pretty strong vehicle. The DB9 and the DB9 Volante are also on the market, which offers buyers the optional Sport Pack upgrade. The Vanguish S is available today as well, which can reach a top speed of 200 mph.

The Future of Aston Martin Cars

There have been numerous concept cars created throughout the years, including the 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog and 1993 Lagonda Vignale. A recent concept has emerged for the company, which comes in the form of the Aston Martin Rapide. It is likely that this model will become the latest in the line of cars, which will offer a longer, Grand Tourer-style that seats four. Perhaps, you may even see the limited edition line of the Aston Martin DBS that appeared in the Casino Royale film (only 300 of these exist).