Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at
The state of Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state in the U.S. in terms of total area, yet ranks 6th in total population with a population of over 12.7 million residents. It also ranks 9th in total population density. Founded in 1631 by the Dutch, the area that is now Pennsylvania was ceded to the British in the mid-17th century and became a colony soon after. It was instrumental in the American Revolution and Philadelphia, the largest city in the state, actually served as the nation’s capital for a time, before being moved to New York City and then its current residence in Washington, DC. Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of many industrial innovations, and was the home of some of the first mills that sparked the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. as well as the home of the first successful oil well, which helped pave the way for oil becoming the number-one energy source in the world. Read more about Pennsylvania at the state’s official website.
Transporting a vehicle to or from Pennsylvania is fairly easy. As one of the most populated states in the U.S., Pennsylvania sees a lot of people moving in and out of the state every single day, and auto transportation services are generally in high demand. Areas such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Allentown (the top-three largest cities in the state) will generally be cheaper to ship to or from and generally take less time to pickup out of due to their high population count and high density. Philadelphia, in particular, is a popular transportation location, as it sits right along I-95, one of the most heavily-traveled interstates in the country and one of the most popular auto transportation routes in the industry. Philadelphia’s metro area extends into two different states (not including Pennsylvania), and is the sixth-largest metro area in the U.S. by population.
Central Philadelphia will likely cost more money to ship to or from, however. Philadelphia has a sprawling population, but it’s located on the southeastern border of the state; likewise, Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state, is located near the western border of Pennsylvania. With its two largest population centers located on opposite ends of the state, transportation between the two can actually be more expensive because much of central Pennsylvania is rural and spread out, with few populated areas. Central Pennsylvania is mainly farmland or used for other things such as manufacturing or distribution or warehousing, which can make it more difficult for shippers to move into those areas as not a lot of people are going in and out of there. For more about shipping to or from Pennsylvania, visit our helpful auto transport to or from Pennsylvania article.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at
Canton is a small city located in Fulton County, Illinois, and is currently home to over 18,000 residents. Though it is a part of the greater Peoria-Canton Combined Statistical Area, Canton also anchors the smaller Canton micropolitan area, which covers all of Fulton County; the micropolitan area’s population currently stands at over 37,000 residents. Canton was founded in 1825 and grew into a small factory town in the region, thanks to the abundant deposits of coal. A fire during the late 19th century leveled the industrial center of Canton, though it has since been partially rebuilt. The city is working hard to find investors for new growth and industrial development, but the small stature of the town is making it more difficult. You can read more about Canton here.
Shipping a vehicle to Canton can be difficult. Because the town sits in the middle of an agricultural area, there are no major interstates that run through it, but Canton takes it a step further by having no major interstate and limited state-route access; for all intents and purposes, the only way in or out of Canton is via surface streets. This makes it difficult for auto transporters to run routes in or out of the town, and can increase prices drastically over shipping to a larger city nearby. Peoria is the closest metro area to Canton, and Bloomington is not far away either, but most carriers will be running routes through Chicago and the rest of the northern Great Lakes region, which would make sense considering Chicago is one of the largest cities in the country. If you can get the vehicle either to or from Chicago for transportation, you’ll likely find much better deals than shipping to Canton proper.
It really just comes down to how easy it is for transporters to get to a specific area, at least in terms of transportation price and service. Auto shippers want to run routes through major metro areas, as it increases their chances of finding new customers and keeping on the road. The more time they spend with an empty truck, waiting for loads, the longer they go without getting paid, and that’s a problem if you’re a small business owner traveling across the country. This is why you’ll likely find Chicago, Peoria or Bloomington will be cheaper and quicker to ship to or from. Carriers are running through those areas much more often than through Canton proper. If you’re searching for more information about transporting a vehicle to or from Canton, visit our helpful auto transport to or from Canton article.
Monday, April 21st, 2014 at
The Mazda 6 is Mazda’s main family car. Built on the same platform as the discontinued Mazda 626 (the Mazda 6 is essentially just the next generation of the 626, as it shares many components with its predecessor), it currently comes in two variants, either the four-door sedan or the five-door station wagon, though each has different trim levels and package options to differentiate them. It is one of Mazda’s fastest-selling and best-selling vehicles, having reached the 1 million units sold mark faster than any other Mazda vehicle. The base model starts around $20,000, with some models going upwards of $30,000 depending on the options you choose to install in it. You can also learn more about the Mazda 6 via Cars.com’s official Mazda 6 page.
The Mazda 6, being a mid-size car, sits in the same vein as vehicles like the Honda Accord, and it’s not surprising that their price tags are about the same. The Mazda 6 acts as Mazda’s flagship vehicle and anchors the rest of Mazda’s mid-size line of vehicles. This really doesn’t have much to do with your auto transport costs, but what does is how big your vehicle is and how popular your vehicle is. Some cars are a bit cheaper to ship because they’re common, and the Mazda 6 – which, as mentioned, is just an upgraded version of the familiar Mazda 626 – is a familiar vehicle for many auto transporters. This leads to lower prices and faster pickup times, as the Mazda 6 fits squarely in the “standard” category of vehicles. There is no extra size or weight to consider when loading, transporting or unloading the Mazda 6 (and if there is it’s because someone modified it, and you should definitely let your transport company know if it has been modified).
It’s important to understand a bit about your vehicle and how it will need to be shipped when you are looking to actually transport it. Automobiles come in many different shapes and sizes, and making sure that each vehicle is properly secured according to its specifications is a must for car shippers. Let your auto transport company know if anything is amiss regarding your Mazda 6 – for instance, if it does not start or run, or if it doesn’t brake or steer. These can have an impact on how the vehicle is loaded and how it is secured, which can have an impact on the price you pay. If you’re interested in getting free car transport quotes, fill out our free online quote form. You’ll get ten free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. You can also read more about shipping a Mazda 6 here.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at
The city of Los Angeles is the second-largest by population in the U.S., the largest in the state of California, and anchors the third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. – as such, it’s a popular location for people to move to and from on a daily basis. Like most cities in the U.S. today, Los Angeles is split up into various commercial and residential districts, neighborhoods, and bedroom cities. The greater L.A. area spans multiple counties and hundreds of neighborhoods within the city itself and its sprawling bedroom cities, which means that household moving to Los Angeles encompasses the entire area. This makes it easier when finding quotes to ship to or from the city, though it can make it confusing depending on where exactly you’re shipping to.
Los Angeles, being as large as it is, is surprisingly automobile-friendly. This stems from its growth and development – prior to the 20th century, Los Angeles was shadowed by the growth and size of San Francisco. After the Great San Francisco Fire, of course, Los Angeles became the cultural and economic hot spot in California, and this came at a time when the automobile began seeing massive growth as well. Los Angeles and the automobile became synonymous by the 1950′s (despite L.A. having a one-grand trolley system, which has since been declared defunct for all intents and purposes), and its growth skyrocketed from there, particularly during the 1940′s when Hollywood became huge. Its many neighborhoods have been added over the years, and now Los Angeles is basically one huge sprawling metropolis.
Most outlying areas will be easy for auto transporters to get to or from. Wide streets in the various outlying neighborhoods were built for heavy automobile traffic, and many larger trucks are able to move around just fine. Downtown L.A. and the surrounding high-rise residential buildings may be more difficult for you to get household goods moving to or from – if you’re shipping to an area that household moving vans can’t get to, your goods will be transferred to a smaller in-town moving van that will deliver to your abode and unload there. Let your transportation company know which neighborhood or bedroom city you are shipping to or from and they will be able to let you know how delivery of your goods will be handled. You can get free household moving quotes by visiting our household goods moving quotes page and filling out the free online quote form.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at
If you own a classic convertible or a new sports convertible or even just a plain-old looking sedan convertible (we’re looking at you, Chrysler), you want to make sure that it’s taken care of. Convertibles are susceptible to a lot more damage than a standard hard top configuration, particularly during transportation of the vehicle. Convertibles are those vehicles that people love to drive but don’t think about really taking care of and protecting, particularly soft top convertibles. Hard top convertibles are less susceptible to damage, as their tops are not cloth but metal or whatever else the vehicle’s body is made of. When transporting a convertible, however, you want to make sure that you follow a few guidelines so it’s not in any danger.
For starters, never ship a convertible with the top down, unless it has no top. This is auto transport 101 – don’t ever let a truck driver load your vehicle onto their truck unless the top is up, whether it’s cloth or otherwise. It doesn’t matter if you’re shipping through Texas or some other dry place, the interior of the vehicle is prone to damage during transport if it’s exposed to the elements, and a convertible kind of does that in spades. Some vehicles with a cloth top may need an external cover, which the shipper could provide (not all carry them so you’ll want to discuss this with your auto transport representative before you book your order), and in some cases open transport may not be a good choice so enclosed shipping may be preferred in some instances.
On the whole, though, shipping a convertible should be handled with delicate hands. If the convertible has a really nice interior or has been recently restored, you’ll want to take extra precautions – perhaps covering the interior of the vehicle with cloth or plastic and keep the windows and top up would help. If worse comes to worse, ship enclosed and spare yourself the worry of your vehicle’s interior getting damaged. If you’re interested in getting quotes to transport your convertible, fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. If you have questions or concerns regarding preparing your convertible for transport, give us a call at our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our live agents. They can help answer your questions, give you advice on the best way to transport your convertible, and also help you get your free quotes.