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How to Select a Reliable Car Shipping Company Online

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

There are many reasons why people need to book car shipping. The internet has provided a way for many consumers to find just about anything they need from the comfort of their own home. From finding that special present at a rock bottom price to ordering your new cell phone, just about anything can be done in cyberspace. The anonymity of the internet often scares people and people may be worried about finding a business that is legit and reliable. By doing a few key things one can rest assured that the business they are giving their hard earned dollar to is in fact a reputable company. Let’s take a look at the car shipping industry and go over a few key details that one should be looking for when it comes to finding a company worth choosing.

• Look at car shipping companies’ websites- Of course, if a business is doing business online they will have a website. It is always wise to spend a few minutes going over the website. Does the website look professional to you? Do you feel safe giving your personal details to this company? A good way to tell is look at the design and layout of the site. Is it easy to navigate? Is there a customer service phone number listed? Most of the times car shipping companies will have a customer service number, usually a toll free one, in clear and plain sight. Knowing that you can reach someone to answer all your questions is always a good sign of the company’s reputation.

• Look for instant car shipping rates on the website- Today, everything happens in a flash and this is also the case with getting a quote for your shipping needs. The most reliable and reputable car shipping companies will offer a way for you to get your quote in just a matter of seconds. Simply fill out the online form and get your car shipping rates delivered to your email. Once you have the quote, it may be best to take the time and call into the customer service center. Go over the quote with the representative and have them explain anything you may not understand. A professional car shipping service that is legit will not try and tack on any additional fees or those hidden charges. What you see is what you get is the motto for the companies that are true to their word. If the representative on the phone starts telling you about extra fees, it may be wise to begin searching elsewhere.

• Read online reviews- while the old saying “you cannot always believe what you read” is true, you can still learn from the experience of others. If you find a company has more negative reviews than positive this could be a red flag. There are many car shipping companies to choose from so take your time and find the one that will meet all your needs. Take all the time you need as it is not every day that you willingly hand over the keys to your car to a perfect stranger.

Auto Sat Nav Systems

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Satellite navigation systems have become very popular within recent years and are now becoming much more affordable which has opened the devices up to a larger market. There are a lot of good reasons why you should invest in a Sat Nav system for your car. One of the best reasons is that it can help you find your way around if you are driving somewhere unfamiliar. One great feature that some systems are enabled with is the ability to warn the driver when approaching a speed camera.It is a strange fact that many purchasers of new cars are ready to pay several times the true value of a satellite navigation system in order to have it installed by the maker. It is true that the car’s manufacturer normally does an excellent job of installing the unit, but then you are paying through the nose for it.

If you bought the sat nav unit separately and had it installed by a third party, you would get it for a third or a quarter of the cost. Still, it is part of the image of buying a new car to have all the latest gadgets built in to it. Satellite navigation, popularly called sat nav, is a real godsend, if you buy a system that is up-to-date and that is frequently updated.

It is not necessary to have the sat nav installed in the car factory in order to have it installed well. Many third party installers are quite competent of making a good job of it too without having to have your radio/CD player removed.

Many auto navigation systems are attached to the instrument panel by means of rubber suction cups anyway. Buying a sat nav unit that does not have to have holes cut for it will also keep the price to a minimum without having to forgo quality or safety.

An important issue to remember is that there are many kinds of GPS systems, each with rather specific uses. GPS for an ocean-going yacht does not have to have road maps, whereas GPS for a bicycle may not give sufficient advanced notification for the speed of a car.

Even if you buy a GPS sat nav system for a road vehicle, there are different types. The three fundamental kinds are: stand-alone, such as you see fitted at the car factory; hand-held and systems that are intended to be used with a laptop computer or similar device.

The stand-alone units are the most prevalent, because they have certain advantages: they are built for the job of getting you from A to B via C, D and E, if required; they hold a database of landmarks which will help you know that you are on the correct road; a voice will give you directions so that yo do not have to keep looking at the screen and it will memorize and integrate previous routes.

Hand-held sat nav systems work, but require more thought and sometimes additional software to be supplied by the user. The screen is usually too small to be of much use and some only create voice directions. Others only provide pictorial directions. However, they are better than nothing if you are hiking or cycling in unfamiliar terrain.

Laptops and PDA’s provide an excellent service, particularly if you already had the device for other purposes such as office work.

So, it is not just a question of getting hold of a cheap sat nav console and thinking that they are all the same, you have to see it running so that you can judge whether it is going to be of any use to you in your situation.

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