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3 Reasons You May Need A Car Hauler & A Few Helpful Tips If You Do

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons You May Need A Car Hauler & A Few Helpful Tips If You Do

Car hauling is generally thought of as an industry mostly controlled by the tractor and trailer trucking industry for the shipping of new cars to dealerships, but this is a misconception. Often, an individual may find themselves in need of having a personal car shipped somewhere for various reasons. If you own a vehicle that you are hesitant to drive, you may be wondering if car hauling is a viable option. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider car hauling and some tips to help get the best service. Reason: relocating If you find yourself making a major long distance move, it may not be practical to drive (or have someone else drive) all those taxing miles in your vehicle to relocate it to your new location. In this case, much like major moving companies, there are long distance carriers that will haul your vehicle across the country on a trailer, car carrier or tractor trailer. The fee to have this done is generally charged by weight and distance. Often times, this fee is barely more than the fuel it would cost to actually drive the vehicle to the destination and the hotel rooms the driver may need to sleep along the way. When you factor in a few other things, such as wear and tear on the vehicle, the time you may need to take off from work, and a possible roadside breakdown which could involve a wrecker service, mechanics fee and possible additional nights in a hotel while the repairs are being made, it makes the idea of having your vehicle shipped long distance a better idea. Reason: used car purchase You may find yourself the proud new owner of a used vehicle that may have been purchased under as-is conditions with hopes of the vehicle being a good fixer-upper. In this type of situation, even though the distance may not be too far, a wise decision would be to hire an individual car hauler service to relocate the vehicle to its destination from its place of purchase. Doing so eliminates the risk of breaking down on the way. This is often done on what is known as a rollback car carrier, which is a single car hauler that is ideal for shorter distances of auto shipping. That way, you can have your mechanic give the vehicle a good check-over and make any necessary repairs for it to be deemed safe to drive. Reason: collector vehicle If your vehicle is a collector and you have taken a lot of time restoring it to place it in car shows, you may not want to drive it unnecessarily. Often, collectors choose to have their vehicles hauled to shows but, sometimes, they purchase or rent enclosed car haulers to transport their show vehicles themselves. Single enclosed car haulers have enough room in them for one vehicle, as well as storage space for tools and other equipment that may be necessary to properly display a collector vehicle at a car show. Helpful tips Be sure to investigate and find favorable reviews and references for the company you select to ship your vehicle. Ask the companies you are considering about their history of safety records. Ask the companies about their insurance coverage and what their policies are in...

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Tips for Patching Fiberglass Fender Damage on Your Car

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Patching Fiberglass Fender Damage on Your Car

When it comes to automotive applications, fiberglass is a versatile, durable material that works well for most uses. It’s lightweight and easy to work with, making it a convenient choice for many body panels and for repair work. For these reasons, it’s not surprising that many automotive fenders are crafted from fiberglass. If your car has a damaged fender, you may be able to repair it on your own by patching it with fiberglass material. Here’s a look at what you need to know to do the fiberglass repair work yourself. Prep the Damaged Panel Before you can do any repair work, you’ll need to remove the damaged fender from the car for prep. Open the hood so you can access the bolts that are along the edge of the fender inside the engine compartment. Use a wrench or socket set to remove the bolts and set them aside so you can get to them later. Then, remove the bolt inside the bumper cover that’s holding the bottom of the fender in position. You may need to get under the front of the car for this because it’s usually behind the bumper. Disconnect the wiring harness for the marker lights, if there are any on the panel. Remove the light assembly and set it aside. Finally, pull the fender panel off the car and lay it on a drop cloth. Use a grinding wheel to remove the damaged portion of the fiberglass. Wipe the whole fender with a rag that’s been dipped in acetone. This cleans the whole surface and prepares it for the fiberglass application. Let it dry before you proceed. Finally, you’ll need to attach a piece of a thick sheet of plastic on the inside of the fender panel. The plastic should cover the hole where you removed the damage. Use a spray adhesive to keep it in place. This plastic will be the foundation that you apply the fiberglass to. Trim the Fiberglass Mat Cut several sections of fiberglass mat to fit the area that you need to patch. You’ll want several pieces, because it’s going to take multiple layers to get the job done. As you trim pieces, make each piece slightly larger than the one you cut before it, because the graduated sizes will create a taper along the edges of the repair work. This makes it easier for you to restore the panel to the same exact dimension and thickness it was originally, making it nearly impossible to know that it was repaired. Mix the Fiberglass Resin You’ll need to mix a polyester resin to adhere the fiberglass sheets to the panel. Each resin product requires different steps to mix it, so be sure that you read the instructions carefully. You’ll start with the base mixture, then add a catalyst to encourage the resin to harden. Mix the resin in as completely as possible. Spread the prepared resin over the surface that you’re patching. Make sure that the resin is even. It’s often easiest to apply it with a felt roller. If you see any bubbles in the resin when you apply it, make sure you pop them and smooth them out. Once the first coat of resin is applied, put the smallest fiberglass piece onto the surface of the resin. Then,...

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6 Ways To Establish A Client Base For Your Owner-Operator Trucking Business

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Ways To Establish A Client Base For Your Owner-Operator Trucking Business

If you are buying a used semi truck and starting an owner-operator business, it’s a good idea to develop a repeat business client base. At first, many owner-operators take whatever loads they can find just to keep up with their financial demands. While that is great to meet your needs at the moment, it may not be helpful for the future of your business. To start your owner-operator business at full speed, here are a few ways you can find long-term clients and contracts. Scour newspaper articles for expanding businesses Look through newspaper articles available in the region you want to service. You’ll want to search for information about businesses that are expanding or may expand in the future. Here are several examples of what to look for in business-related articles: expanding to an additional location extending work hours for current employees, including mandatory over-time hiring additional employees to keep up with demands extending fulfillment timelines Businesses that are expanding may require additional delivery services by owner-operators such as yourself. Call the businesses and ask to speak with the freight manager. Join industry trade groups that need your services Join industry trade groups that require transportation of goods. For example, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association has members that require freight services. By becoming a member, you can offer your services to the automotive aftermarket suppliers. Join area Chamber of Commerce organizations  Many cities and communities have their own Chamber of Commerce. These are organizations of business owners that meet to network and promote businesses within the organization. You may find that many of the business owners in these groups are intent on supporting other local business owners, such as yourself. Most Chambers have websites that list all the members in the Chamber and the services and goods they each provide. By having your business listed, other members can easily find your contact information. Also, the same listing of businesses within the communities you service gives you a list of potential clients for your owner-operator trucking business. Sign up to be a postal service supplier The United States Postal Service often seeks transportation services from trucking businesses, including owner-operators. Register with the USPS to become a transportation service supplier by submitting an application for approval. Once approved, you can then submit an unsolicited proposal or look through their availability listings. Find freight companies that contract with owner operators Some freight companies contract with owner operators so they can continue to meet their fulfillment demands during critical times. For example, one nationwide freight shipping company has intense demands during the end-of-year gift giving season. Therefore, they contract with owner-operators on what they call a custom critical basis. Look for other shipping companies and order-fulfillment processing centers that may be overwhelmed seasonally. Get approved by the GSA for government contracting Become a transportation service provider for the federal government. The U.S. General Services Administration is the entity that accepts applications for trucking businesses to be considered for contracts with various agencies within the federal government. You cannot be considered for a contract unless you have gotten approved to contract with the federal government. You’ll want to be sure you meet the requirements in order for your application to be approved, of course. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the jobs will start...

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