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How to get the best deal when you are looking to buy a vehicle.

You feel ready to make the purchase. But do you really know what you will be facing?
When you feel ready to buy a vehicle, whether is new or used, you need to do some homework before heading to the dealership. It’s a large purchase you are about to do, and you hopefully will have this product for many years to come, so you need to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the deal you get.

Have an idea of what you want. What are you looking for? A sedan, crossover, truck or an SUV? Maybe a sports car? Choose a style of vehicle that goes with your daily life. Do you travel a lot? Do you live in a community with little space for parking? How many family members will be in the vehicle at a time? Along with many other questions. This will help you determine what type of vehicle is more convenient.
Keep your budget in mind. How much are you willing to spend on a down payment? What payments do you feel comfortable making?
Now that you know what kind of vehicles you are interested (and fit you…

Moving Tips - Changing homes isn't always easy

We recently moved offices and got us thinking about all our customers that have to relocate to a new home.
While packing, we decided to put together some of the things we did to make our move as smooth as possible. We thought this would be helpful for people moving to a new city, or a new home.


Before you start packing
Clean before your start putting things in boxes. You don't want dust coming from the old place to the new one.This will also help you get rid of things you really don't need or want anymore.Once you have sorted the things you actually want to take, you can decide whether you can donate the things you don't need anymore.Separate your items in categories like: glassware, cleaning supplies, bedding, etc. This way when you pack, you can sort things in a more organized way.Label your boxes. By category, or by room, you  can even mark which side must go up.Before you disconnect your electronics, take a picture, this way you will know where all the cables go.Update …

Canada's Gasoline Prices - Understanding Changing Prices

There are several factors that affect the prices at the pumps in Canada. Some prices might change day to day or pump to pump, or even province to province.

It’s hard to keep up, but below is some basic information that can be used to understand the fuel prices at gas stations.

The price at the pump for a litre of gasoline is calculated by the price of crude oil, the cost of refining that crude, marketing and distribution costs, taxes and, of course, profits to the seller (considering the people/company who extract the oil all the way to the pump with the end product).

Prices vary from province to province due to the cost of transportation and taxes provincial and municipal.

The amount of fuel a station can sell may also affect end price. Potentially, a station that sells more fuel and other products, may be able to offer their products at a lower price than a station that sells less fuel.



A strategy that some gas station retail sites use is to offer food, car washes, personal items, l…

Canada’s 5 best-selling vehicles for the first 6 months of 2018

Best selling vehicles in Canada This June, there was a 2 per cent drop in total sales  and the first-half of 2018 ends as the second-strongest start to the year in Canadian history.
Canadians have bought and leased more than 2 million vehicles in 2018 for just the second time ever, but that’s with fewer total sales than last year.
More Canadians are acquiring new vehicles by getting into longer-term loans, having been attracted to car dealer showrooms with strong incentives but still the Canadian auto industry may not be as healthy as it appears on paper.
Vehicle sales in the first 6 months of 2018 According to Global Automakers of Canada, 1.04 million new vehicles were sold between January and June. Surprisingly the most popular vehicles on which the industry depends for great swathes of volume, are suffering substantial demand decreases.
Honda and Toyota, for instance, sold nearly 5,000 fewer Corollas and Civics in the first-half of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

Count…

Driving in the city, tips for a safe ride home

It doesn't matter what season it is, if you own a vehicle and drive within a city you know how stressful it can be, or how situations can turn dangerous in a blink of an eye.
Here are some tips and ideas that will help you be a safe driver and be secure when you are on the road.
Be calm when driving. Before you get in your vehicle, make sure you are calm. If you drive when you are stressed, anxious, upset or emotional in any way, you can become a dangerous driver. When you are not calm or relaxed, you wont be as focused on the road as you should; remember driving a vehicle is a huge responsibility as you hold the safety of yourself., your passenger and other drivers on the road in your hands.
If you are emotional in any way, give yourself a few minutes before starting your drive. Breathe and try to put your thoughts on hold, so you can concentrate on the road ahead. 
Use technology for your advantage when driving. Be aware of traffic waves, or rush hours. there is a great deal of…

Winter weather - Wind Chill

ShipMyRide's team put together some information that can be very important for you this winter season. Looking at the temperature on our smart phones or on TV is one thing but the actual feeling on our skin and body on the outside can tell a different story. 
Besides the temperature you need to check the Wind Chill. The wind chill is how cold it actually feels on your skin when the cold wind is added to the low temperatures. On your mobile apps, or weather websites, they may refer to it as the "feels-like" temperature.
This phenomenon is caused because the wind actually strips away the thin layer of warm air above our skin. The stronger the wind, will result on a greater heat lost from our body, and the colder the sensation on our skin. When the winds are weaker or lighter, the temperature sensation will feel closer to the actual air temperature on our skin.

The dangers of Wind Chill in Canadian winter weather Hypothermia 
The colder the wind chill with low temperatures…

Truck Driver Tips - Driving in Winter Conditions

We are starting to see snowfalls across the country, some mild and some a little more than expected. Diving through the highways in this conditions can be nerve wrecking. But there are things you can do as the driver to make sure you make it to your destination safe.


Know your driving limits. Before you take on the challenge on icy and snow covered roads, be true to yourself on your skills for driving in these poor conditions. Remember is not only you out there, there will be hundreds of cars and other semi trucks. If you don't feel prepared make sure you get enough practice with a more experienced driver or with a professional trainer.

Stopping or slowing down in the highway. Always know when it is getting too much for you, if you are tired driving though a snowfall, STOP. Stop in a safe dedicated place on the road or a truck stop and get some rest, or wait for the weather conditions to improve. If you can go on, slow down. Speed limits are often too fast for snow icy or snow co…

Prepare yourself and your vehicle for Winter!

ShipMyRide’s Team, has put together some tips for this harsh winter condition driving and how to prepare yourself and how to prepare an emergency kit to always keep in your vehicle.

ALWAYS wear warm cloths before going out; dress in layers and with appropriate rated boots and jackets. You never know when you might have to be out in the elements to change a tire, or repair anything outside the comfort of your vehicle. 

PREPARE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT, with this weather conditions, we might experience road closures while driving on the highway, or we might be stuck due to mechanical failures, among others. Whatever the reason is, we might have to stay in our vehicle for hours at a time. For this reason, we recommend preparing a “Winter Survival Kit” with the following items: 
Small shovel, windshield scraper with brushflashlight with extra batteriesBattery powered radioWater in plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)Snack food including energ…

Car dealers in Canada, have you heard of Dealer.com?

Yesterday, Cox Automotive Canada announced that Dealer.com, a digital marketing solution and partner for dealerships, will be available directly to Canadian dealerships through the Canadian Dealer.com team in February 2019.
Dealer.com is an American company which brings a full suite of digital marketing tools to OEMs to connect with dealers, coupled with direct consultation to make those tools work harder for their customers.


After 20 years in the U.S. market, and over 10 years of experience in Canada, Dealer.com is now offering its website and digital advertising solutions directly to Canadian dealers.
“With the Dealer.com premier website and digital marketing solution coming soon directly from our Canadian team, dealers will have exclusive access to new products and features previously unavailable in Canada,” said Cox Automotive Canada president, Maria Soklis. “The Dealer.com experience will be easier and more efficient than ever before with dedicated Canadian service, along with c…

Daylight Saving Time, ShipMyRide is ready! Are you?

Today is the day that we need to change the time on all our watches, clocks and cars. Daylight Saving Time starts today. This is used to save energy and for us to make a the most of natural daylight.  Nowadays, almost 40% of countries worldwide use DST to better use daylight and conserve energy.
Daylight Saving Time Facts
- The first countries to use DST were Germany and Austria.
- 1916 is the year where they used DST for the first time.
- A little-known fact that a few hundred Canadians beat the German Empire by 8 years. On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period.
On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST.
-New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson and British builder William Willett, came up with the idea of proposing a 2-hour shift forward in October and a 2-hour shift back in March.
-Many sources also credit Benjamin Franklin with being the first t…

Brace yourself, Winter is Coming... Canada's Complete 2018 Winter Forecast Has Been Revealed.

Through some research, we found out that when it comes to the weather, most online sites have a hard time being accurate. But there is one website that predicts the winter weather almost perfectly right, and that site is the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

So what are the foreseen weather temperatures for Southern British Columbia? Forecast for B.C.: Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Nanaimo
Winter Temperatures: Near-normal temperatures.
Coldest periods: Late December, early January, and late February. They seem to expect a later winter arrival.
Precipitation: Above-normal. Get your gear ready!
Snow: Above-normal. People in BC will have to be extremely careful when driving in these conditions.
Snowiest Period: Snowiest periods in early to mid-January and late February. Late snow for them, that’s is great! Okay, but, what about The Praries? What's expected for Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat
Forecast for Manitoba: Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage, La Prairie, S…

Jeep Fun Facts

As an auto transport company in Canada, we get to move some cool cars every month.  In today’s post we are going to talk about Jeep! We will share a couple fun facts about this amazing brand.


Founded:1943 trademark
                1945 first civilian Jeep launched

Headquarters based inToledo, Ohio, U.S.

Owner:Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Parent:Willys-Overland (1943-1953)
              Kaiser-Jeep (1953-1970)
              American Motors Corporation (1970-1986)
              Chrysler (1987-present)

The original jeep was designed in just two days With the United States' involvement in WWII on the horizon, the government recognized a desperate need to replace its aging fleet of Model T's, calling for a small, lightweight, three seat, four wheel drive vehicle. Karl Probst started work on his design for a barely-solvent truck company called Bantam on July 17, 1940, and finished two days later. By the 22nd, the entire proposal—including cost estimates—was handed in to Uncle Sam. FUN…

Car Shipping For Auto Dealerships

We can help you move your dealer tradesAs the name implies, a dealer trade is an exchange of vehicles between two car dealerships. Dealer trades allow the dealership staff to transform their interested potential customers into a sale. This helps both the dealer and the customer, who came to them first, and this way the dealer won't lose the sale to another dealership that has the car the customer actually wants.



Whether you own or work with an auto dealership for new/used cars, you know that SHIP MY RIDE is the one certified car shipping company to call when you need to move one, two or your whole fleet.
Auto fleet management can be stressful if you give the job to the wrong auto shipping company, who likes monkey business after all? 
This is why hundreds of car dealers trust us with their new vehicles, to transport them with care and quality service, also to deliver them and provide the best customer service experience.
As the name implies, a dealer trade is an exchange of vehic…

Door-To-Door Delivery Auto Transport in Canada

Some customers prefer to receive their vehicle at their door when shipping their car. We are a vehicle shipping company with many years in the car shipping industry. We know that our customers expect nothing less than professional and excellence in service, and we keep that in mind along all the car shipping process. We, not only understand, but we also commit to our highly appreciated customers requirements, preferences and needs.
You don’t need to worry when you want to transport or ship your vehicle or car in Canada, you must know that SHIP MY RIDE as a certified car transport company carries $2,000,000 of auto shipping insurance. 
This protects your car when it’s being shipped from province to province, city to city in all of Canada.


Vehicle shipping services in Canada with ShipMyRide. Our main terminal is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. But we can transport your ride (vehicles, car or trucks) in all of the provinces in Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manito…

Why should you ship your car?

REASONS TO SHIP YOUR RIDE IN CANADASHIP MY RIDE is an auto transportation carrier company dedicated to make your car shipping easier. When it comes to move your ride from your current city or province to different one, you need to take into consideration the car shipping expenses that might be required to complete the process. Don't risk your vehicle's safety and yours!
Expenses to consider if you drive your ride
The first expense and the most considerable one is the gas, since it varies from province to province and from vehicle to vehicle; this might affect your budget in a considerable way..
As a second expense we consider the meals of the day which are at least 3, but also every time you stop for gas at a gas station there is a convenience store so adding a can of soda, chips and snacks increases your expenses.
Hotels is the next expense that will affect your budget. It depends on what type of hotels you want to spend the night in, it is really important that you feel res…

Auto Transport, Car Carrier Vs Freight Broker In Canada

The first thing that we need to do before moving a vehicle in Canada is to evaluate the car carrier company that will move our vehicle. It is really important that they have the proper shipping and loading equipment and the transportation paperwork required to transport vehicles (Insurance, licenses, etc.) This is something that we need to ask for before delivering our vehicle to any car shipping company.


 A certified car carrier is the one who has the vehicle on their control, therefore, they have the most reliable information when it comes to provide an update of the vehicle. It is the main source of information.

When we talk about having specific routes we are telling you that we know where we are going, it is really important that the company in Canada that transports your vehicle knows the area since it will give you a better idea of the time it's going to take him to deliver the vehicle.

SHIP MY RIDE is an auto carrier company based in Calgary, Canada, with their own fleet o…

Auto Transport Tips For Car Shipping

Moving is not a simple process. Moving your vehicle may be a little bit of work, but not impossible. There are several tips that you should keep in mind once you have decided to ship your vehicle to a new city.



Available moving budgetKnowing your budget is really important when you look for a car carrier or an auto transportation company since prices may vary a lot. Keep in mind that car carrier companies charge in different ways, for example, per kilometer, per mile, per hour. It depends on the auto shipping company you are contacting.
Use what you got for your benefitNow a days we have great set of tools, and a big deal of information in our hands, use it! On the Internet you can research car shipping companies in Canada from different places to ask for their auto shipping quotes, their services, and all their car shipping details you may want to know.
Background searchMost of the companies in Canada offer free auto transport quotes, some of them are instant some of them are not; you r…

ShipMyRide - Acura NSX Shipping

We had the opportunity to move an Acura NSX recently, and we thought we should share with all of you some facts about this vehicle.


2 doors- 2 passengers vehicle.All-wheel drive; 21/22 mpg city/hwy (est).3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine.573 hp.476 lb-ft .9-speed automatic transmission.Each NSX is individually painted and hand-finished. The entire paint process occurs in-house over the course of more than 20 hours per car.BERLINA BLACK — an original NSX colour first seen in Japan in 1990.Roof: Woven from a virtually impenetrable carbon composite matrix, carbon fibre is astonishingly lightweight, yet capable of resisting immense amounts of tension and force — thus its popularity in professional motorsports.Braking is, by definition, an exercise in trying to control the uncontrollable: imposing blink-of-an-eye trajectory changes upon an object in motion, forcing instant stillness from maximum speed. Extreme braking is business as usual for the NSX, proven on both the oval and the street.…

Trucknews.com: Freightliner Manitoba to expand at CentrePort Canada

Freightliner trucks have been part of ShipMyRide's equipment for a long time!
Some exciting news have come to our attention, take a look:

WINNIPEG, Man. – Freightliner Manitoba plans to build a new, 78,000-sq.ft., state-of-the-art facility at CentrePort Canada’s Brookside Industrial Park.

Expected to open early 2020, the new building will sit on 13.5 acres and boast 35 service bays, an indoor showroom, warehousing space, and an enhanced new service and parts department.

“Our new location gives us the chance to more than double our space and build an extremely exciting service concept for Manitoba,” said Ken Talbot, president of Freightliner. “We’re excited to offer our customers and employees more: more space, more parking and a more modern facility overall. We also plan to grow our staff once we move in to the new location.”

Canada West, a privately-owned real estate investment group based in Edmonton, Alta., will also invest at CentrePort, spending $60 million to construct up t…

Avalanche risk closes stretch of Highway 16 (February 8, 2018)

A bit of Highway 16 will be shut down all of Wednesday (February 7) night and could remain that route well into Thursday (February 8) morning.
DriveBC says the torrential slide hazard has imposed the closure of more than 90 kilometers of the highway starting 13 kilometers east of Prince Rupert and closure 35 kilometers west of Terrace.
The closure is anticipated to last until 2 p.m. PT Thursday.
Authorities are cautioning drivers on Highway 16 from Prince George to Smithers about low visibility conditions because of snowfall. They are recommending to avoid driving highway if you don’t have to. For the last few days parts of B.C's. Interior have been hit hard by snowfall causing snow cleaning and removal to be a challenging task.  
We advise you not to hit the road if its not absolutely necessary, there are risky highway conditions at this time. Authorities are doing their best to keep the highways safe and clean of snow, but some areas might be hard to reach.
Do your part and p…

Driving through the Coquihalla? You are thinking about it…

Driving through the Coquihalla? You are thinking about it… 
You may have lots of driving experience, but not much on highway driving experience. Most of us drive within the city, but fly or catch the bus when we have to go to a different province or city. Nothing wrong with that! What happens when you have to relocate and you need to take your vehicle with you? There are a couple options. You will need to ship your vehicle or drive it to your new destination.
In Canada, there are a few highways that many people try to avoid. One of them is the Coquihalla in British Columbia.
High mountain passes are roads built on high mountains. But that is not all there is, these mountains are more than just mounds of rock. They are living, breathing environments, and for this they are subject to a diverse range of weather situations and events that can change without notice. 
A sunny day can turn into a snow storm in just moments. As we know, the higher the elevation the cooler the weather and wind…