Car Shipping to Ketchikan, AlaskaKetchikan is a city located in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is currently home to a population of over 8,000 residents, making it the fifth-largest city and tenth-largest when including non-incorporated, census-designated communities in Alaska, though recent estimates place the city’s population at over 13,000, a steep increase over its 2010 official census population count. Either way, the city is the oldest incorporated community in Alaska, tracing its founding back to before the turn of the 20th century and its incorporation to 1900. Finding car shipping to Ketchikan is going to be much more difficult than finding shipping services to or from Juneau or Anchorage or even Fairbanks, owing to the city’s size and location.

Auto transporters want to run routes into and out of big cities and major metro areas, only when it comes to Alaska auto transport services, they can’t even get there to begin with. This means that any shipment to or from Alaska is going to need to be done via an overseas car shipping company, which means shipping your vehicle to the port. This is just something that has to happen when you ship a vehicle – your carrier won’t be able to get to or from the city of Ketchikan itself, so port shipping is required.

The problem, though, is that most port shippers won’t actually ship to Ketchikan proper either, as their ships – which are big cargo ships, mind you, capable of hauling tons and tons of cargo – usually won’t go to Ketchikan due to lack of demand. Obviously, this makes finding car shipping to Ketchikan more difficult, but only a bit. Your best option would be to ship to the nearest large port to Ketchikan, which will likely be Juneau, though we do recommend that you speak to an agent about shipping there as they may be able to get a vehicle to or from Ketchikan proper, depending on if they know any overseas shippers that are willing to run routes there.

If you are interested in car shipping to Ketchikan, Alaska, though, don’t hesitate to fill out and submit our free online auto transport quote request form. The reason we recommend it is that your quotes will only come from companies that provide overseas auto transportation services, unlike other quote providers which don’t check to see if their shippers move vehicles overseas. This way you know that any company you get a quote from will definitely be able to do it. We also clear each company for dependability and reliability, making sure each one is top-rated, licensed, bonded, and that they work only with top-rated carriers. If you have questions, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Car Transport to Metro Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as “Metro Memphis” or the “Mid-South,” is an urban area centered on Memphis, Tennessee. It is currently home to a population of over 1.3 million, though its CSA (combined statistical area) spans four states and has a population of over 2.4 million. Auto transporters love running routes into and out of major cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas because it’s where the customers are, and they always want to stay close to their customers. Metro Memphis is not the most popular vehicle shipping location in the region, but it’s still easy to find car transport to metro Memphis based on the size of the metro area, both in terms of population and total area.

As mentioned, carriers like to stay on routes that take them into and out of big cities and major metropolitan areas. Car transport to Metro Memphis may be easier thanks to its size, but there’s definitely larger metropolitan areas out there. Memphis isn’t even the largest city in Tennessee, let alone the largest metro area in the region. But carriers can still get to a variety of different places in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and other surrounding cities and states. This helps them keep their profits higher, as they can deliver more vehicles per day since the population density in those metro areas is fairly high, and customers abound.

It also really helps that Memphis is a major transportation and logistics hub, making it easy for carriers trying to provide car transport to metro Memphis to get into and out of the metro area. Carriers can get into and out of Memphis via a number of major interstates including I-40 and I-55, two major highways through the region. I-40 runs east-west from west Texas while I-55 runs north from Mobile, Alabama. Not only that, but there are many state highways too, ones that connect to other major cities around Memphis and the metro area that surrounds it. This means that carriers have an easier time providing car transport to metro Memphis, which usually results in faster transit times for you and also lower prices, as carriers try hard to keep their prices competitive in order to keep their trucks (and their wallets) full.

If you are interested in car transport to metro Memphis, Tennessee, take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. Whether you’re trying to ship to Memphis proper or one of its many suburbs, it won’t take but a minute or two and, what’s really cool, is that our quote form can help you pinpoint where in a city you want to ship to, which helps get you more accurate quotes. If you fill out the form and submit it you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best auto shippers in the industry. You can then compare prices and services and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or need help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Why You Can't Ship Perishable ItemsHave you ever wondered why there are so many weird restrictions when you ship a car? Like, you can’t have any personal items in the vehicle. Or, you can’t have any garbage visible, or how you can’t put anything other than clothes and linens in the trunk. These restrictions (and all the rest) may seem frustrating to you, but to a carrier they’re definitely needed if the shipping experience is to be a positive one for them. This is a big reason why you can’t ship perishable items in a car, but there are other reasons – some of them common sense – and we’ll explain some of them in the following paragraphs.

To start, any time you try to ship perishable items you run the risk of those items…well, you know…perishing. Things such as milk and meat have a short amount of time they’re good unless they are stored properly, and “in a car traveling two thousand miles across the United States” is not the right way to go about storing them. Oddly enough, any time a customer does slip something like that into their car before it’s loaded, it (spoiler alert!) spoils. Shocker, we know. And the funniest thing about it is the customer tends to get upset that the carrier didn’t take proper care of their items…which they didn’t know about…which were shipped illegally (literally)…which were unknown…you see where we’re headed?

If you ask a carrier if you can put ten gallons of milk in your trunk before they load it they will literally laugh at you. It’s not a serious question in their eyes because they understand how the industry works. Even short trips of a few hundred miles are likely going to take a few days to complete, because carriers have lots of other places to go other than your delivery location. They also have more important things to do than to make sure that your items are safe and secure. If you need to ship perishable items, don’t call an auto shipping company, contact the Post Office – at the absolute minimum they’ll give you tips and advice on how to ship perishable items properly and safely.

If you are interested in shipping a car and not a dozen eggs, take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two and while you can’t get quotes to ship perishable items you can and will get multiple free quotes from some of the best car transporters in the industry. We know that they’re among the best because we clear each and every company you get a quote from for both dependability and reliability, and that means making sure each company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Car Transport to Mobile, AlabamaMobile (pronounced “mo-beel”, not “mo-bill”), is a city in as well as the county seat of Mobile County, in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is currently home to a population of over 195,100 residents, making it the third-largest city in the state by total population. Mobile is Alabama’s only saltwater port, which immediately makes the city a major economic center in the state, particularly for maritime industries such as overseas trading, fishing, and more. Since its founding Mobile has been a major trading center as well and is currently the 12th-largest port of entry in the United States. Its large size and diverse economy generally makes the area more popular in terms of auto shipping services, which usually means finding car transport to Mobile, Alabama really isn’t all that difficult during most times of the year.

The reason why it’s generally easy to ship to or from Mobile is the fact that car transporters want to stay on routes that take them into and out of major cities and metropolitan areas. Of course, there are larger cities than Mobile, even within Alabama, but that doesn’t mean Mobile is not a popular shipping location. Carriers can easily stop in Mobile to pickup or deliver a vehicle or two, then head north on a number of available routes to stop in other major cities such as Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville, which all just so happen to sit along I-55, which makes car transport to Mobile a lot easier to do from a carrier’s point of view.

I-55 is a major interstate highway that terminates in Mobile at its junction with I-10, itself a major east-west interstate stretching from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida. In other words, Mobile is at the intersection of two major interstate highways, which means it’s a natural focal point for people who use those interstates to conduct business. Auto shippers have an easy time providing car transport to Mobile thanks to the interstate highways – remember, carriers like big cities because it’s where their freight tends to congregate, and getting from one big city to another quickly helps them save even more money. This in turn allows them to lower their prices to their customers, in order to keep their prices and services competitive.

If you are interested in car transport to Mobile, Alabama, take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free, really easy, takes only a minute and gets you quotes in your email inbox from some of the best car shippers in the industry. We know that those companies are among the best because we clear each and every one for both dependability and reliability, and that means making sure each company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you need help getting your free quotes or understanding more about the industry, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417 to connect.

Car Shipping Transit TimeIn the auto transport industry, one of the really important things that you can know when shipping a car is the concept of transit time, and the fact that it’s hard to find ways to make your car shipping transit time any faster than it already is. To clarify, the term “transit time” refers to how long it takes for a carrier to get from Point A to Point B, not including the time it takes to load and unload the vehicle at pickup and delivery. Transit time refers to how long those companies are on the road getting your vehicle to where you want it to go, and naturally it’s a subjective term, as how long it’ll take to get your vehicle to you will depend on a number of factors including where you’re shipping from and to, the time of year you’re shipping, the company you book with, the type of truck they use, the driver’s schedule, traffic and congestion and diversions along alternate routes…the list goes on, and on, as you can imagine.

So figuring out ways to make your car shipping transit time faster is going to be difficult, thanks to all those different factors that all have a role to play. For instance, during the summer months it might only take a few days to get a car from Minneapolis to Kansas City, but during the winter months snow and ice can cause delays for carriers trying to get into and out of Minnesota. Carriers don’t like snow and ice and things like that, so during the winter it’ll be harder to find one willing to go there when the weather is bad. Now, during the summer months this isn’t an issue, as the sun is out and the snow is gone and the weather is nice. This is just one example of how things that are in absolutely nobody’s control can affect your car shipping transit time.

In terms of actually making your car shipping transit time faster, there’s not a whole lot you can do, sadly. Carriers can only drive so far and for so long, with limits on both imposed by the federal government for safety purposes. While some are able to bend the rules from time to time, it’s not going to much much difference, and transit time from coast-to-coast, which is a good starting point when figuring out transit time, will still be anywhere from 10-14 days. The best you can do is estimate the transit time and plan accordingly, like you would if you bought something off of Amazon. Typically, a carrier can drive anywhere from 300-400 miles in a day, depending on route and other loads on said route, but 300 miles per day is a good estimate. That puts a cross-country trip at 10 days.

If you are interested in shipping a vehicle and would like to get some quotes to ship your vehicle, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two from start to finish, but it will net you multiple free quotes from some of the best auto shippers in the industry. We know that they’re among the best because we clear each and every company for both dependability and reliability, and that means making sure each one is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or would like some help getting your quotes, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.