Glossary Of Auto Transport Terms

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This glossary is a partial listing of auto transport terms to help you make a more informed and intelligent decision regarding the shipment of your vehicle(s). A complete list of nearly 80 terms can be reviewed or downloaded at www.shipcarsnow.com

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Glossary Of Auto Transport Terms

  1. 1. Glossary Of Auto Transport Terms<br />June 9, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Partial Listing Of Auto Transport Terms<br /> This glossary is a partial listing of auto transport terms to help you make a more informed and intelligent decision regarding the shipment of your vehicle(s). A complete list of nearly 80 terms can be reviewed or downloaded at: <br />www.shipcarsnow.com<br />A Union Pacific Company<br />
  3. 3. A AUTO tRANSPORT<br /> Moving or shipping automobiles as freight. Auto shippers are strongly encouraged to seek out reputable, fully-insured, financially strong car haulers. A new generation of smart, customer-focused auto transport companies are making nationwide auto transport more convenient and affordable than ever before. <br />
  4. 4. bBI-LEVEL RAIL CAR<br /> A type of rail car used for auto transport, called a bi-level because it has two decks, an upper and a lower. Bi-level capacity is between 8 - 12 vehicles. They are often used to transport vans, pickups and SUVs, or passenger vehicles that have radio antennas or higher profiles that exclude them from fitting on a tri-level rail car.<br />
  5. 5. C CAR HAULER / CARRIER<br /> A company which provides auto transport service; the physical transport of a vehicle.<br />
  6. 6. Auto transport using a fully enclosed van, semi trailer or rail car, usually with metal sides and a top. Enclosed auto transport offers increased protection against weather, road debris and other hazards especially over long distances. Enclosed truck transport is a premium service which usually costs more than standard open auto transport. Enclosed rail transport is standard and often costs less than open truck transport when moving cars more than 500 miles.<br />eEnclosed auto transport<br />
  7. 7. I Intermodal / multimodal<br /> The process of shipping a vehicle using more than one mode of auto transport. Offered by only a few select car haulers, intermodal auto transport integrates both short-distance truck transport and long-distance rail service options.<br />
  8. 8. PPick Up And Transit Time<br /> Pick up and transit times may vary based on the auto transport company you choose. Auto transport usually averages between 1 to 3 weeks, depending on pick-up and delivery locations, availability of the vehicles, shipping capacity, and distance. Most car haulers also offer expedited service at an additional fee.<br />
  9. 9. Vehicle size classes are a way of classifying automobiles to estimate auto transport fees prior shipment. Passenger cars are generally classified as vehicles from 0-60” in height, or as mini-compact, sub-compact, compact, mid-size or large cars based on their industry standard interior volume index measured in cubic feet. The larger the vehicle, the higher the cost to transport it.<br />V Vehicle size Classifications<br />
  10. 10. Reinforced straps used in an auto rail car which go over the wheels and secure the vehicle to the floor to minimize transportation damage.<br />wWheel Straps<br />
  11. 11. About<br />We are a Union Pacific Company <br />Trusted name & leader in transportation<br />Delivering over 6 million cars annually<br />We deliver autos nationwide<br />Speedy truck delivery<br />Economical and green rail options<br />We make it easy to ship cars!<br />Easy-to-use, no hassle, online<br />One call, we do it all 1-866-207-3360<br />Read entire glossary at www.shipcarsnow.com<br />

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