Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at
One thing that really sucks about moving to a new home is that you have to pack everything up and actually move it. Having just gotten done with a move myself, I can honestly say that I took absolutely zero percent of the advice I give on this blog to heart, and as a result this was probably the worst move I’ve ever experienced – and I didn’t even move out of the city. When you’re moving you want to make thing as easy as possible on yourself – well, you want to do that anyway, in anything you do, obviously, but when you’re moving to another city, in another state, on the other side of the country, you really have to plan ahead. One of the best ways to do this is to mark your moving boxes with what’s inside and what room they go to. Seriously, you’d be surprised at how easy this is – and how great it is when it comes to unpacking.
Think about it: you’re moving a three-bedroom home and have stuff for four people (you and your significant other and your two kids) to pack – that’s a lot of stuff. Marking all the boxes will allow you to easily and quickly move them into the room they need to go in the new home without having to open them up, sort through them, and make a mess. When it comes to household goods moving, you’d be surprised at how many “little things” tend to make the move harder instead of easier. One of those things is underestimating how much you actually have to move – I can say that that’s something I did, rather nonchalantly too, might I add. When you underestimate how much you have to move, you tend to overestimate how much time you have left, and when you have a day until the moving van shows up and half your stuff is still unpacked…well, you end up spending half the night packing everything you forgot to.
Going one room at a time can fix this, though, and by marking the moving boxes and leaving them in the room they started in you stand a good chance of not only making good time but also making things more organized during your move. It’s also helpful because come moving day your moving company can take care of all the heaviest objects first, like things in the living room or dining room, then move onto the heavy objects in the bedrooms, and finally finish up with the boxes that are clearly marked and ready to go. Just by doing something so simple as marking the box, you save yourself a lot of time and energy, and you save your moving company some time and energy too. Need to find a moving company? You can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes from top-rated moving companies e-mailed to you within about an hour. It’s that simple.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at
Glendale is the fifth-largest city in the state of Arizona, with a population of over 226,000 residents. Originally nothing more than desert wasteland (like much of Arizona during the early 19th century), Glendale was brought to life by William John Murphy, an ex-New Yorker living in Flagstaff, who realized that money could be made parceling and selling the land that would become Glendale. 1887 saw the rise of Glendale to Arizona prominence, and it was during that time that Murphy constructed Grand Avenue, an 18-mile diagonal road to Phoenix that is still in use today. Glendale is known as Arizona’s Antique Capital today and is the home of Midwestern University. You can also learn more about Glendale via the city’s official website.
Glendale is a prominent suburb of Phoenix, the largest city by population in Arizona, and sits just slightly north of Interstate 10 and west of Interstate 17, both of which intersect in the heart of Phoenix proper. This makes Glendale rather easy to get to and from, and many auto transport companies run routes through Phoenix due to the city’s popularity, particularly during the fall and winter months, as it is a prime snowbird location, as is Glendale and many of the surrounding suburbs of Phoenix. I-10 is perhaps the easiest and fastest route to Glendale, as I-17 really only services Arizona – it connects Phoenix to Flagstaff, which sits further north, and turns into I-10 just south of Phoenix.
These two interstates do limit the routes that auto shippers can generally use to get into and out of the area, but the city’s population, size, and popularity as a snowbird area make it one of the cheapest areas in the southwest to ship a vehicle to and from. Summer shipping may be a bit more expensive, and it’s generally cheaper to ship out of Glendale than into it during the winter months, but on the whole the weather actually helps when it comes to moving vehicles in and out of the area, because it never really gets to snowy or icy – in fact, Glendale has some of the most days of sunshine out of all the U.S. cities, so take that for what you will. If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle either to or from Glendale, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents about auto transportation to and from Glendale.
Friday, August 1st, 2014 at
Unlike auto transport broker horror stories, customers that have a bad experience with an auto transport carrier typically have it worse. It’s one thing to have to wait for a carrier to pick your car up, but another thing entirely when your car shows up with dings and dents or – even worse – totaled. A quick glance at different carrier review websites shows that not all auto transporters are worth their weight in salt, and finding one that is going to do a good job for you while providing those services at competitive prices can be quite difficult, and a process that you have little control over because you don’t actually pick the carrier – your broker does.
Many customers have had complaints about the carrier being late, or not showing up at all, and of course the carrier always has a hundred reasons as to why they were late or unable to pick up at a certain time or on a certain date. Other customers have those stories where their vehicle, picked up looking brand-new (or at least close to it), is delivered in absolutely horrible condition, something that no one wants to go through. Most people are able to leave reviews of their services on Only Carrier Reviews or Transport Reviews, which are great resources for other customers to find out what companies are good and which ones aren’t. Of course, not everyone leaves reviews, and this is part of the reason why auto transporter horror stories still exist today.
When searching for a company, do your homework, read reviews, and talk to the company that your broker has found for you. You certainly don’t have to accept the carrier company that your broker has found for you; this is something a lot of people don’t understand, and its a good way to avoid the horror story if you can. Talk to your broker after they dispatch your shipment and find out what carrier company they’re using – they’re obligated to tell you, after all, since they’re handling your car. If you do not feel comfortable shipping with the carrier that they’ve selected for you, tell your broker immediately, and they should be able to get your vehicle reassigned to another carrier owned by another company. If you still need to get in contact with different auto transport brokers, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live agent who can answer questions and help you get your quotes, or you can fill out our free online quote form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking toward the future, it seems, by giving out awards totaling over $11 million to two projects aimed at advancing carbon fiber technology through renewable non-food-based feedstocks, like “woody biomass” and agricultural byproducts. Carbon fiber, if you are unaware, can – if applied to the auto transport industry – help to increase fuel efficiency and lower the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels. Biodiesel is another word for it, and it’s something that we here at American Auto Shipping have been talking about for a few years now. According to Green Car Congress, the awards will go to two different research firms, the Southern Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to help them advance the carbon fiber movement and get these technologies into the hands of the people.
This can be big. For years, speculation about carbon fiber and other biomass technologies has abounded, but little has been made in the way of implementing it into standard auto transport trucks. Biofuel has made its way into our standard fuel, with things like E10 and E15 mixes already being implemented for use in standard cars, but this research could potentially have major impacts on the auto transport industry, particularly on customers and how much they pay. Auto transport trucks get anywhere from 7-10 miles per gallon of diesel fuel; that’s not very good fuel economy, and they get even less around big cities where stop and go traffic sees them idling a lot on the open road. Biofuels could help mitigate the costs by providing cleaner-burning, more efficient fuels for their trucks to run on, increasing fuel efficiency while at the same time lowering auto transportation prices for customers.
Right now the largest fixed cost in the industry is fuel. Diesel costs anywhere from $3.80 in the Gulf States to roughly $4.00 on the West Coast for a gallon of diesel. That’s a lot of money. Nationwide averages are right around $3.85 a gallon, which can really put a hole in an auto shippers’ wallet. Lowering fuel costs help to lower auto transport prices, and customers like yourself could start seeing this implemented sometime within the next decade, if we’re lucky. Until then, unfortunately, auto transporters have to run on diesel, but lucky for you we can get you multiple free quotes from highly rated auto transportation companies that work with only the best auto shippers in the industry. They can get you great deals to ship from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, and you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. They can answer questions, get you free quotes, and much more.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at
Bellevue, home to over 122,000 residents, is the fourth-largest city in the state of Washington and the largest suburb of Seattle (the state’s most-populous city). Bellevue has recently undergone rapid growth and vitalization despite the recent economic depression that hit in 2008, and this has led to the city being named as the best place in America to live and start a business. Bellevue’s downtown core – once a sleepy, small town – rose to prominence during the first part of the 21st century, and its rapid growth and expansion has caused the city to become number six on the list of wealthiest cities in Washington State. It also has the second-largest downtown core, after Seattle, with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents. Learn more about Bellevue here.
Bellevue sits in the Puget Sound, east of Seattle and across Lake Washington. It is accessible from Seattle primarily via I-90, which is the main east-west interstate running through north-central Washington State. I-90 is an important interstate in the northern U.S. and connects to several major routes including north-south I-5 – the two actually intersect in downtown Seattle. Though perhaps not the most popular area in Washington State to ship a vehicle to, it is becoming more and more popular as the years go on and its growth continues; as the largest suburb in Seattle, it’s most definitely the most popular suburb of a major city to ship to in the Pacific Northwest. This generally results in lower auto transport prices for customers.
As Bellevue sits right along I-90 – and is also accessible via I-405, an auxiliary interstate of I-5 – it’s not surprising that prices into and out of the area are cheaper than other parts of Washington, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be as cheap to ship to Bellevue as, say, a suburb of Miami, namely because Washington State is pretty far out of the way for a lot of auto transporters and it tends to cost them more money to physically move in and out of Washington, even Seattle and the surrounding metro area. If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from Bellevue, give us a call at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online quote request form; you’ll get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour, and if you call you can talk to one of our live representatives and get more information about the auto transport industry, have questions answered, and get help navigating the site and our free online quote form.