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You should always take the best care of your car possible

Prepare your car for cold, snow and sleet

Don’t forget about the road salt!

Conclusion

 

car driving on road in Alaska


 

You should always take the best care of your car possible

If you’re online reading an article about car care, you obviously care enough about your car to take that extra step. However, you should already know that the best way to take care of your car is to do so constantly.

You shouldn’t only be periodically concerned with major things such as seasonal changes. Pay attention to the everything including tire pressure, fluid levels and overall engine health. Constantly monitor your car’s condition and if you think something’s wrong, take it to the shop and get it checked out if you can’t figure it out for yourself.

Make sure you always have the instruments you need in order to evaluate your car’s condition as well as the tools to fix any issues if possible. Things like tire gauges, tire irons, a jack, a spare or at least a donut, a wrench, extra wiper fluid, extra anti-freeze, and whatever else you can think of. You should also have a membership with a roadside assistance program like AAA, just in case something happens while your out on the road where you can’t fix your car yourself and need a hand or the car towed.

Prepare your car for cold, snow and sleet

With all that in mind, you should also be prepared for specific things such as winter conditions. When you ship your car to Alaska, these are the conditions your car will be facing the majority of the time. You’ll want to make sure that your car is completely “winterized.” Now, not every part of Alaska is a constant winter storm with feet of snow. However, heavier winter weather generally tends to be the norm in the slight majority of the state.

One of the first things you should do is to make sure that you get some new snow tires with good treads on them, so you can be sure that you’re ready for any snowy and icy roads. You will also want to make sure that they are new and not used. Used tires can be really worn and the treads won’t be as effective. In a perfect world, used tire dealers would be honest and only sell used tires that were in good enough condition for some considerably mileage. Sadly, this often isn’t the case. Some people will even sell bald tires to unsuspecting customers. New tires are, by far, your best bet.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have spare windshield wipers in your car. During cold snowy weather, windshield wipers can end up sticking to your windshield if you don’t angle them off your windshield earlier in the day (always try to do this in cold weather climates as a precaution).

Unfortunately, many people don’t pay enough attention to the forecast or will forget to take this precaution. Then when they try and move their wipers to clear snow off of their vehicle or when they turn their wipers on, they will snap. This can render your car undriveable if you’re still experiencing snow at the time it occurs. This is why having an extra pair of wipers and knowing how to put them on can be invaluable in a place like Alaska.

As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to make sure that you have your car’s fluid filled as well as extra in your trunk just in case you end up needing it. The two most important fluids in terms of weather in a wintery climate to keep an eye on are windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze. Both of these are crucial to keeping your car drivable in an Alaskan climate.

You’ll also want to be sure that you have a good snow and ice scraper in your car. When you aren’t in your car for an extended period of time and the snow is coming down, it will obviously accumulate all over your car. When this happens, you’ll need to clear it off before you start driving. Driving with snow all over your car is not only dangerous, it’s illegal! You also don’t want to get stuck clearing off your car with your hands, it’s much more difficult and much colder.

Finally, before you even ship your vehicle to Alaska, get your car checked out at the shop. You’ll need to be sure that your car is obviously in good general shape, but you’ll also want to be sure that your heat and defrosters are working fine. These are critically important while you’re actually driving to keeping visibility at a maximum.

Don’t forget about the road salt!

The biggest winter road condition people don’t account for when driving their car in Alaska is the salt of the road from the plows as well as the increased amounts of small rocks and pebbles from the road that occur because of the winter weather. These things can cause small scratches and dings on your car. For the most part, you can’t prevent this but, if you get your car waxed before you ship it to Alaska, this could possibly help lessen the potential for these small scratches and dings occurring.

Conclusion

All of this might seem like a little much to some of you, but this high level of preparation is worth it for the piece of mind alone. It’s obviously also worth it because odds are that you will run into some sort of weather-related issue with your car while you’re in Alaska. Once you’ve made all these preparations, all you’ll need to worry about is getting your car to Alaska. With the auto shipping experts at Alaska Car Transport, you won’t have to “worry” about that either. Get a free quote today or call us at (907) 331-3100!

      Traveling to vacation in Alaska via cruise ship, while easy and visually satisfying, passes nowhere near the vast interior of the state, and much of the “Last Frontier” remains elusive.  For an authentic wild Alaskan experience we recommend getting off the boat and exploring for yourself. Also known as the “land of the midnight sun”  due to its proximity to the arctic circle, Alaska’s sheer size and remote access to spread apart towns make seeing all of it in one trip nearly impossible. Focusing on specific regions to explore on your Alaskan road trip certainly proves to create a much more enjoyable  journey. The south central and inland portion of Alaska are better seen in person and in our opinion, driving at your own pace.
Alaskan road trip
     An Alaskan road trip up the all dirt, no pavement for 414 miles Dalton highway absolutely must be on  the bucket list. Made famous by documentaries and series such as History channels “Ice Road Truckers” (which premiered about a decade ago) this stretch of land is also known to locals a “The Haul road”. This route begins at the Elliot Highway just north of Fairbanks and ends in Deadhorse near the magnificent Arctic Ocean.  According to the ultimate Alaska travel guide, https://www.themilepost.com/ fuel is available at the E. L. Patton Yukon River Bridge (Mile 56), as well as towns such as Deadhorse and the worlds northernmost truck stop Coldfoot. Other towns along the way, Prospect Creek and Galbraith Lake, are mostly uninhabited except for campers and transient residents during warmer months. The road itself is mostly gravel and dirt so cars and motorcycles without 4-wheel drive are not recommended for this adventure. The nearest medical facilities are in Fairbanks and Deadhorse so anyone embarking on a journey on the Dalton is encouraged to bring survival gear and a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. Most rental car companies do not allow you to take cars on dirt roads, but if you ship your own vehicle it can make for an unforgettable Alaskan road trip experience.
     The interior of Alaska, and South central region including points from Anchorage to the Largest city Fairbanks have naturally occurring attractions worth seeing such as road side glaciers, scenic valleys, coastal views as well as rich cultural and historical sites. If you are planning to stop at lots of state parks, make sure to buy a $40 Alaska state park permit. Its good for the calendar year and allows for seamless access to note worth sites such as, Flattop mountain at Glen Alps, Alaska’s most visited Peak. An Alaskan road trip would not be complete without a stop at the best possible place to view the magical Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks. The climate here allows for more clear nights than other places on the coast where the “Northern Lights” appear more often, vivid and mesmerizing than almost anywhere else in the world. The best time to experience it is late at night or early in the morning
Alaskan road trip
     Travelers embarking on an Alaskan road trip should take time to carefully plan their routes and bring paper maps in case your navigation app proves unreliable, service can still be spotty in some parts of the state. If your road trip brings you further south after Fairbanks, stopping in Girdwood’s mountain town can be a thrilling recreational option, if winter sports are among the interests of your traveling companions. The Alyeska Resort offers six lifts for skiing and snowboarding during peak season from November to April. conditions naturally depend on the weather, but according to one travelers review “Even though we traveled outside ski season, the peaks around the hotel still had snow and two of the lifts were still operational.” Cross country skiing, snowmobiling and sled dog rides are other prevalent activities in these gorgeous Alaskan mountain towns (that are not black diamond rated).  The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, originally ran from Anchorage to Nome on the western Bering sea coast. Nome is less than 150 miles from the Arctic Circle, where there are no longer any trees, so you can almost see forever.
Alaskan road trip
      A detour further through Denali National Park for a few days of camping fishing and outdoor adventure can be a much wilder experience. The city of Talkeetna is an easy half day’s drive from Girdwood to the base of Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley). The view of North America’s highest peak is well worth the drive, although the northbound trip is not quite as scenic as areas south, it is an inspirational life changing sight to stand before. Denali National Park and Preserve has just one 92 mile long road with just the first 15 miles paved. According to the official https://www.nps.gov site “Whether you wish to tent-camp, or camp with an RV or other vehicle, one or more of the park campgrounds should suit your interests. Please note that vehicles can only camp in established, open campgrounds in the park – not along pullouts or the side of the road.” We suggest that you ship your own vehicle and enjoy the comforts of car camping surrounded by wildlife and the seemingly untouched wilderness. Moose and other majestic wild animals run free in the last frontier as they have since the beginning of time. Getting away from the hustle of major cities and experiencing this full submersion into nature, like no other place in the country, makes the drive through the 49th state an epic northwestern adventure.
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military residency

If you are an active duty military member and living or relocating to Alaska, you should establish military residency. In order to file military residency there is an application that needs to be completed and accompanied by acceptable proof. Applicants must provide proof of residency showing an intent to remain indefinitely in Alaska. In addition, below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable proof.

 

Acceptable Proof for When Filing for Military Residency:

A copy of proof that you’ve moved household belongings to Alaska such as a moving truck rental receipt, receipt for moving boxes mailed to Alaska (USPS), receipt showing items shipped via the Alaska Ferry System, Excess baggage receipt (beyond allowed limit) from Airline, or shipping receipt.

 

A lease or rental agreement in the applicant’s name. The lease must be signed. You may also show a cancelled rent check or rental receipts. If you choose to not rent, but instead purchase, you must show proof of purchasing a home such as a mortgage statement or escrow papers.

 

Documents pertaining to your car are also accepted. You could show your Alaska Driver’s License, ID or instructional permit, and vehicle registration.

 

Unacceptable Proof for When Filing for Military Residency:

Letter from a friend stating you live in Alaska, documents relating to a motorhome, recreational vehicle, motorcycle or watercraft, unemployment records, marriage license, court records, employer provided housing, employer paid moving expenses, military provided housing, and utilities bills, bank statements, and/or mail with a home address.

 

For more information on establishing military residency, visit: https://pfd.alaska.gov/Eligibility/Establishing-Residency

 

So interested in finding out information on establishing military residency because you are relocating? Contact us today to get started on your car shipment  process. Some of your car shipment fees may even be covered by the military.

eco- friendly driving

Eco- friendly driving is beginning to have its benefits, especially in Alaska. Eco- friendly driving is becoming increasingly popular as more car companies are adding eco- friendly models to their inventory. Eco- friendly driving is considered any car that emits less pollutants than a regular driving car. Cars included under this category are electric cars, hybrids, alternative fuel vehicles, or other fuel- efficient vehicles. As an incentive to get the majority of the population to go green, Alaska is offering some perks.

 

Alaska’s eco- friendly drivers are able to apply for auto insurance discounts. Depending on who your insurance carrier is, is dependant on the discount you may or may not receive. Potential eco- friendly discounts include hybrid auto discounts, alternative fuel vehicle discounts, economy car discounts, low- mileage discounts, and pay as you drive discounts. Each insurance company is different in what they may offer. Also, some insurance companies automatically offer a 10 percent discount on car insurance for owning or leasing a hybrid car. Some insurance companies offer a 30 percent insurance discount for keeping your miles low and to a minimum. In the event that your current insurance company doesn’t offer any perks for driving an eco- friendly car, you could always switch your insurance carrier. If you are relocating to Alaska, then you are in the driver’s seat. Since you are now knowledgeable that some insurance companies offer perks, when you decide to relocate, shop around for a new insurance company that will offer you incentives to driving an eco- friendly car.

 

Eco- friendly driving is becoming increasingly popular so as a result, insurance companies are thanking drivers by offering discounts and incentives. Interested in these perks? Interested in becoming an eco- friendly driver? You can buy an eco- friendly car online and we can ship it right to your doorstep. Or relocating and already have an eco- friendly car? We can ship your car to Alaska so you can take advantage of their eco- friendly incentives.

Posted in: Alaska Car Shipping

moving to alaska

Alaska’s summer temperatures are extremely pleasant. As a result, moving to Alaska in August is one of the best times. The temperatures are not too cold nor too hott; they’re just right. In August, you can expect daytime temperatures to range from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the further north you go, the longer the day you have. North of Fairbanks, the day is 24 hours long. In Fairbanks, you can expect to see daylight for 22 hours. Anchorage has 19.5 hours of daylight, and in Juneau you can expect 18.2 hours of daylight. As a result, extended daylight hours with cool to warm temperatures makes moving to Alaska in August the perfect time. You can unpack, organize, and set up your new home without the need for a heavy winter jacket, boots, gloves, scarfs, and hats. This will make it easy to lift, carry, and transport all of your boxes and belongings. Also, with a laundry list of things to do that accompany moving, you will have extra hours in the day to complete it.

 

Car transport times are often dependent on popular routes and seasons. If a route is popular, such as New York to California, your car will be assigned to a carrier quicker because it is a popular route. August happens to be a busy month for car transport companies with students going back to college, summertime visitors heading back to their primary residents, and busy schedules that don’t allow drivers the time to physically drive a car to its new destination. As a result, there are more carriers on the road. This is beneficial to you because that means your car can be picked up by a carrier quicker.

 

Considering relocating to Alaska, but not on a time constraint? Why not move now? Moving to Alaska in August has its perks and we are here to help  you get started on your car shipment process.

 

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Real estate in Alaska

Buying real estate in Alaska can be an exciting experience, but also nerve wracking, especially if you aren’t familiar with the state and towns. Choosing the perfect place to settle down in can be overwhelming, so where do you start when buying real estate in Alaska? Do you want a real estate agent from your location that can do research on areas in Alaska? Or do you want to deal with a real estate agent in your new area? Do you think seeing homes virtually is enough to make a decision? Or should you plan to spend a week or two in Alaska in order to attend open houses?

 

Before buying real estate in Alaska, you should know:

  1. Property disclosures are required and you are entitled to know the following disclosures: environmental concerns, thermal standards, crimes occurring in the location, lead paint, radon gas, and homeowners association disputes/ insurance claims.

  2. Depending where you are moving from, Alaska’s property taxes can be considerably more expensive than other areas. It is a good idea to check out the average cost of property taxes and to figure out your budget prior to seeing homes. You can have your taxes included in the monthly mortgage or you can pay them in a lump sum annual.

  3. Inspections should be done after an offer is made and accepted. You are entitled to choose your own independent inspector and it is suggested that you do so rather than going with the real estate’s inspector. This is to keep the home inspector honest rather than going with a real estate’s inspector who could possibly push through some property issues just to close a sale quicker. After your house is inspected, you will get a detailed report on termites, bug or rodent problems, environmental risks due to location, the presences of lead, foundation or structure problems, and/or issues with heating, cooling, electrical, or plumbing.

 

Interested in buying real estate in Alaska? Contact us today and let us worry about shipping your car to your new home.

Posted in: Alaska Car Shipping

port to port shipment

Port to port shipment, door to door shipment, door to port shipment, port to door shipment, we offer it all. So what exactly is port to port shipment? Port to port shipment is defined as your car being shipped from one port (location a) to another port (location b). It is usually the basic form of sea freight transportation. When transporting your car across the sea; for example, from New York to Alaska, ports are involved. The reason for this is because there is a body of water between the two lands.

 

If you are considering shipping your car with a body of water in between, then you are looking at port to port shipment. So, how does it work? Once you select a company for your car shipment needs, you want to secure your placement. Once your car is ready for shipment and assigned to a carrier, your car will be picked up at an agreed upon port. The driver and its carrier will meet you, where your car will be secured to the carrier. If you cannot be present for pick up or drop off, we suggest you leave your keys with a friend or neighbor who is available. The person you do leave your car keys with has to be over the age of 18. In the event that you are unable to leave your keys with someone, you can leave your keys somewhere on the property. However, if you decide to do this, be sure to call us so we can have our dispatch team contact the driver and inform him/her where your keys are located. Once your car is loaded to a carrier, the route to its new port will begin. Upon arrival to its new port, you will be contacted by the driver. When your car arrives, it will be ready to be picked up at the new agreed upon port and you will be on your way. It is really that simple and our team is here to assist you along the way.

Now that you have an understanding about port to port shipment, contact us today to get started on your booking to Alaska.

Posted in: Alaska Car Shipping

registering a car

Are you looking to relocate to Alaska? Are you shipping your car from your current location to Alaska? What do you need to know about registering a car in Alaska? By law, registering a car in Alaska needs to be done within 10 days of entering Alaska or taking employment in the state. In order to register your car, you need to submit the following: current out- of- state registration, proof of title, form 812 which is an application for title and registration form, and associated fees. In addition, when registering a car in Alaska, you need proof of car insurance. Alaska law requires that owners of cars have liability insurance. The liability insurance must cover all of the following: $50,000 for bodily injury or death of any one person, $100,000 for bodily injury or death for any accident, and $25,000 for property damage. Failure to have this insurance in effect can lead to a suspension of a driver’s license. Once you follow the easy steps mentioned above, you will have your registration for two years. When the two year period is up, you will need to renew your registration. Every vehicle is assigned an expiration date when the vehicle is first registered and it forever keeps that month, even when the ownership may change.  If you happen to let your car registration expire for less than a full year, then you will be charged the full biennial fee beginning with the month that the registration expired. There is also a Motor Vehicle Registration Tax or MVRT that is applied to all registrations. The tax rate varies for each location of municipalities and boroughs.

 

For more information, visit http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/reg/require.htm.

 

So interested in registering a car in Alaska because you are relocating? Contact us  today to get started on your car shipment process.

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moving to Alaska

Looking into moving to Alaska? Have you been talking to family and friends about the relocation and unsure of what decision you should make? Moving to Alaska, the largest state in the United States, is a huge decision, and there are many myths about the relocation. Below are some common myths about moving to Alaska. If moving to Alaska is your dream, don’t let these top two myths stop you, after all, they are myths!

 

It’s Cold All Year Round

If you mention Alaska to someone a topic that is sure to come up in conversation is its climate. Alaska’s climate is associated with cold temperatures. For most of the year, Alaska’s temperatures can reach below freezing, and you can expect to see snowfall anywhere from October to April. However, it is not cold all year round. Summer months in Alaska can reach temperatures well above freezing. In fact, in July and August, you can expect to see temperatures in the 70 degrees Fahrenheit range, specifically in the southern towns. There has also been some state records of high temperatures. Prospect Park has the statewide record of high temperatures with 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Fort Yukon holds the record of highest temperatures for 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Wild Wildlife

Alaska is known for its wildlife, but don’t let your fear of seeing wildlife out in the everyday world stop you from moving to Alaska. Yes, Alaska is home to polar bears, grizzly bears, and black bears, but they do not run rampant in Alaska. First, polar bears live along Alaska’s arctic coastlines, which is far from human habitats and housings. However, you can expect to see grizzly bears and black bears as they are a bit more common. Due to this, Alaska has set up “bear- proof” metal garbage containers throughout the towns in order to mask any garbage smells that may peak the interest of these bears.

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off highway licenses

Many parts of Alaska are rural and are located outside the bustling towns and cities. While many who live here enjoy the countryside and its quietness, the rural communities do bring about a challenge. Many rural areas do not have any DMV offices nearby, so where does one get a license? Alaska now offers off highway licenses. The challenge many young adults were running into was finding employment when many jobs require a driver’s license. As a result, the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles offered an additional service to its rural residents. Off highway licenses allow the driver to drive on roads that are not connected to the Alaska State highway system, and on roads that are not connected to a highway with heavy daily traffic. Best of all, since DMV offices aren’t located near rural communities, individuals can get off- highway licenses through the mail. Although your off-highway license will have no photograph, it is still a valid license for off- roads.

Interested in off highway licenses? In order to get an off- highway license, you will need the following completed, which is all the typical licensing requirements except the road test:

  • Pass the written portion and vision test

  • Pay the fee

  • Provide original legal documents that verify your date of birth, social security number, and identity

  • No skills (road) test is required

Alaska also offers an off highway commercial driver’s license. Alaska is the only state that offers this opportunity to its residents. The requirements are pretty much the same, with the addition of passing the commercial motor vehicle driver general knowledge test.

If a resident obtains an off highway license because they live in a rural area, but then decides to move to a more populated city, he/she is able to remove the off highway restriction. In order to do this, the individual would need to complete a road test at the DMV office.

Looking to relocate to a rural area of Alaska? Contact us today for your car shipment needs.

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