Auto Transport Quotes: Nissan GT-R

GT-R 2The Nissan GT-R is one of Nissan’s most powerful – and most expensive – vehicles. It’s a sports car that has been dubbed a “supercar” owing likely to the fact that it packs a 3.3L twin-turbo 545hp engine into a coupe frame – and gets away with it, too. Coming in at just over $100k, it’s not something you’ll see just anyone driving – which is why driving one would be so awesome. the GT-R is based on Nissan’s long-running Skyline name, and the GT-R is just the newest iteration of it (though the Skyline name has been dropped). It’s engine is entirely custom-built at the Nissan factory where the GT-R is built as well, so you get a unique experience with every GT-R you see. Read more about the GT-R via Nissan USA’s official page about it.

Shipping a Nissan GT-R is not complicated, but it can be kind of nerve-wracking if you’re new to the whole “auto transport” gig or you are unsure of just how safe it is. We always recommend that you ship a Nissan GT-R via an enclosed auto shipping carrier. As a $100k+ valued vehicle, the GT-R may drop in value whenever you drive it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a $90,000 car still. It’s worth a pretty penny, and as such you want to make sure that it retains that value as long as possible – usually this means taking incredibly good care of it and shipping it on an enclosed carrier if you have to transport it. Vehicle shippers that use enclosed trailers may cost more in the long run, but if you’re shipping a $100k+ car, do you really care about a few hundred extra dollars?

That’s what we thought too.

At the end of the day you want to protect your GT-R from the rigors of the road as best you can. As a car, it’s meant to be driven; but it’s not meant to be damaged, so when shipping it go enclosed. If you’re looking for a company that can help you transport your Nissan GT-R safely and easily, give us a call or fill out our free online quote request form. You’ll get multiple quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies within the hour, all e-mailed to you (you may get a few phone calls if you put your telephone number in) quickly and securely. Your information and your vehicle will be in good hands with any of our auto transportation affiliates, and they’re always willing to help answer your questions and get you your free shipping quotes.

How to Use Our Household Moving Quote Request Form

Moving 3Household moving is often a big part of our customers’ auto transportation – they call us up or fill out our form to get free auto transport quotes, but they’re also trying to ship the rest of their household goods as well, and this is why we’ve built and continue to maintain our household moving articles page; not only can you read great information about various aspects of the household moving industry, but you’ll gain access to our household moving quote request form, a one-step form that can get you in contact with reputable and reliable shipping companies easily, quickly and safely.

When you first see our household moving quote form, you’ll notice that it’s a bit different than our regular auto transport quote form; for starters, it deals with household moving, is arranged differently, and has everything you need to fill out right there – there’s only one step, not two like on our auto transport form. It’s simple, really, but here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll be looking at:

Moving from zip code: This is pretty standard. If you don’t know your moving from zip code just Google “[city name] zip code. It doesn’t need to be exact, just close to where you’re moving from.

Moving to info: City and state is required here. Just put in the city you’re shipping to and what state it’s in. If you don’t know how to spell it, look it up – it’ll make your quotes more accurate.

Size of move: This one’s a biggie, so pay attention. Obviously you can’t weigh your whole house; it’s just not feasible (and might not be possible). So base it off how many rooms you have – if your home is two bedrooms and is small, pick the “2 bedroom” option; if it’s a two bedroom with a loft or something, go 2-3 bedroom. It’s simple, and at this stage accuracy is good but not required; just get as close as you can.

Date of move: When you want to move. Try and make this at least 3-4 weeks from today’s date, as it’ll take at least that long for your household mover to arrange your shipment and dispatch your shipper.

Contact info: In the interest of space we’ll group all this together. First/last name, e-mail and daytime phone are required, so please fill those out accordingly. Your information is only used for quotes – our household moving advertisers can’t solicit for any other services and can’t sell your information to anyone else. It is only used for quotes, so rest assured that your information is safe in our hands. That said, your contact information is used to contact you for quotes, nothing more, and obviously we require your first/last name so they know who they’re talking to and who to ask for.

That’s it! It’s a simple process, all things considered. Fill out the form, get some quotes, and you’ll be on your way to your next household moving adventure in no time. If you have questions about our household moving quote form, the process, or just need some general inquiries answered, give us a call and talk to one of our live relocation agents. They can answer your questions, give you helpful and sound advice, and even answer auto transport questions and help get you quotes to ship a car as well as your household goods. So fill out our form or give us a call at 800-930-7417 today and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.

Auto Transport Tips: How to Handle the Wait

Clock 1Waiting for your vehicle to be shipped is not only brutal, it’s something that cannot be avoided. Unlike overnighting a package from one part of the country to the other, auto transport doesn’t allow you to do that – you can’t put a car on a commercial plane, at least not with any of the companies that you’ll on the internet that ship cars. Maybe someone does car transport by plane, but on the whole it’s not something that’s readily available for Joe the Plumber, you know? That’s why auto transport by truck is what is used most – not only does it allow for more competition in the industry, which helps keep your prices lower, but it’s also the most cost-effective for the shippers themselves.

So, you’re going to be stuck waiting. How do you handle it? Well, if you have a second vehicle, you really don’t have to worry about it all that much; you can tool around in your secondary car for a few days or a week or two (depending on how far your main vehicle is being shipped) and you won’t have to worry about transportation for yourself. But many people don’t have the luxury of a second car, and this blog post is for you. The bus system is typically your best friend if you’re waiting for your vehicle to arrive, and in some areas it’s completely free. Walking, of course, is always an option, but only for some – while everywhere is within walking distance if you have enough time, most people don’t have the time to walk to and from work (and who would want to, anyway?).

So, you have to wait. Waiting sucks. At most, it’ll take two weeks, and during that time you can try to bum rides off friends, carpool to and from work, walk – it really doesn’t matter, but it’s something that you should definitely figure out before your car transport truck comes to pick your vehicle up. Make arrangements for when you will be without your vehicle, as being prepared will always make things easier for you come transport time. If you’re looking for a company to ship your vehicle, fill out our free form or give us a call; you’ll get multiple quotes from reputable and reliable shipping companies, and if you call us we can help answer your questions as well as help you navigate our site and get you your free car shipping quotes.

Auto Transport Routes: Pocatello to Reno

Pocatello 1In the auto transport industry, car shippers prefer running routes from one major metropolitan area to another. Pocatello – home to just 54,000 residents – is not a major metro area, at least not in the sense that Los Angeles or New York are. It’s the fifth-largest city in Idaho, but Idaho is a rather remote area, and auto shippers don’t particularly like traveling there as not a lot of people are shipping cars to or from the area. And Reno, while it’s still fairly large (over 225,000 residents), it’s isolated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, though it does have a major interstate running through it, I-80. There is no one route that connects Pocatello to Reno, but it’s not impossible for auto shippers to get to or from there – it just takes a bit of ingenuity in terms of the route they decide to take.

The quickest route would likely be for an auto shipper to head west on I-84 out of Pocatello, then get onto US 93 S, a north-south highway that is not part of the Interstate Highway System, near Twin Falls, Idaho. From there they can head south into northern Nevada and ultimately reach I-80, which runs straight into Reno. This particular route is rather barren in terms of major cities along the way, so some carriers will likely opt to take I-15 south into Salt Lake City to pickup more loads, as Salt Lake City is the largest city in Utah and actually a rather popular shipping location (for its size and location, anyway). From Salt Lake they can catch I-80 and head west into Reno, which is likely easier and more cost-effective, if not a bit longer.

Reno 2Taking the first route will likely shave a day or two off your shipment, but if a carrier is going through Salt Lake City first it may be cheaper for you, if not a bit longer of a route. Most carriers heading out of Pocatello will either continue on I-84 into Portland, Oregon, or south on I-15 – rarely will they make the trek from Pocatello to Reno without any other stops. Expedited transportation, which is quite a bit more, could see a shipper run the US 30 route to I-80, but again it’ll likely cost more because of the more barren nature of the route. For questions about your specific route, talk to your car transport representative; if you’re interested in getting some quotes to ship your vehicle from different vehicle transport companies, fill out our free form or give us a call and you’ll get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within the hour.

Auto Shipping FAQ: How Can I Make my Auto Transport Cheaper? (Part One)

Davenport 1As we’re sure you’re no doubt aware of by now, particularly if you’ve read anything else on our website, auto transportation services are rather expensive. Of course, price is relative – for some people  it’s pocket change, and for others it’s all they have. Some people need some help paying for shipping services, and others can just drop however much they want. It’s the world we live in, and unless you can pay, your vehicle isn’t going to move. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the system a little bit to help lower your shipping costs. Auto transporters tend to run routes based how much they’ll get paid, and they want to take the highest-paying loads. Sometimes, they can cherry-pick, usually on popular routes in the summer months, but other times (the majority of the time) they sort of have to take what they can get, and this is where you can make a difference.

If you can, move your pickup and/or delivery locations to major metropolitan areas, and let your auto shipper know that you can take your car anywhere in the metro area to meet your carrier. If you have the money to ship your vehicle, even if it’s just a couple hundred miles, you have enough to tool around a fifty-mile radius if it’s going to help you save more in the long run. Carriers don’t want to go into downtown areas – they can’t fit – but they do prefer running routes to and from larger cities, because that’s where their customers are, more like than not. More people in an area means more potential customers, so that’s where they stay. Instead of shipping out of the middle of nowhere, move your pickup and/or delivery locations and watch your shippers take your load for less than they would if you hadn’t.

This is, of course, just one suggestion – there are a few different ways that you can save on your car shipping services, but it all comes down to where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, and when you’re shipping, and not all of these are things that can be easily switched or changed. If you have additional questions about your shipment or anything in this blog post, give us a call and talk to one of our friendly representatives. They can give you more information on how to save some money on your auto transport, but you should also know that sometimes it’s not possible to pay less – it’s a finicky industry, auto transportation, and you need to be prepared for that at all times.

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