transporter 1When it comes to transporting a vehicle, chances are it’s going to be a lot safer than if you were to drive the distance yourself. But when it comes to safety, there are a few different things we need to discuss, namely the safety of the vehicle against the elements, theft and wear and tear from driving vs shipping. Car transport services exist namely because they are cheaper, faster, more cost-effective and generally safer than driving your vehicle that same distance (or having someone else drive it for you), though to be fair the market is rather niche, all things considered. Read on to learn more about what you can expect when it comes time to ship your vehicle and during transit.

When shipping a vehicle one of the most important things to note is the safety of the vehicle in regards to the elements. Things such as rain, sleet, snow, ice and even rocks and errant debris kicked up from other motorists on the highway can all put your vehicle in danger of damage, but how much risk you take depends on the vehicle you are shipping. Most daily-drivers will be just fine being exposed to those elements because not only are they already exposed on a daily basis but their value is declining and likely won’t get any better any time soon. Enclosed transportation is available for vehicles that are worth quite a bit of money and have a decent chance of retaining their value should they be kept in pristine conditions, so unless you’re shipping a Rolls Royce or a high-end Benz or something, open transport won’t be any more dangerous for your vehicle than driving.

Now, what about theft? To be fair, theft from auto transportation trucks is almost impossible. Not only are all the trucks chained securely and locked in place by the car transport truck driver, but they are also lined up in such a way where any thief will have a really hard time getting the vehicle off the truck. The way that most common car transport trucks are configured, not only will the thief have to get the keys and unchain the car, they’ll also have to unload all the other cars they don’t want and then reload them when they’re done – all without tipping the driver off, who tends to sit in their truck almost all the time anyway, and any thief is going to get caught well before they get anything. Since all the cars are locked while on the truck, a thief wanting items in the vehicle will have to climb the truck, get onto the rack, and then break a window or something without being spotted – so much work, risk and for so little payoff that no one does it. There’s no point.

Now let’s cover a bit about driving your vehicle versus shipping it. When you drive that distance, not only are you having to pay for fuel every single day, but if it’s a trip that’s going to take you a few days you’re going to have to pay for food and lodging as well – every single day, no less. Those expenses add up, and oftentimes will end up totaling more than what you’re going to spend to ship it. Not only that, but driving it puts a lot of wear and tear on your tires and your engine – oftentimes, driving long distance will result in you having to get an oil change and a tire rotation and other services months before they’re actually due. Shipping saves you that and money in the long run.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto transportation companies, all completely free of charge. Once you have your quotes, which typically trickle in over the next hour after submission, you can compare those companies against one another to find the right company at the right price with the right services for your specific needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.

customerserviceperson-aasWhen shipping a vehicle one of the most important things that you can do is your absolute best to help your shipping company and the representative assigned to your order as they are helping you. It’s really not all that complicated, to be honest, but a lot of customers think it’s okay to place demands on their representatives and tell them that they have to do A, B, C, D and E in order to do their job “properly” or something. It’s a frustrating mindset for representatives to have to endure, and it ends up making your shipment a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be, and a lot of that is going to trickle back to you in the long run. Here are a few tips for you to help you make your agent’s job that much easier, which will make your interactions with them and the shipment of your vehicle easier in the long run.

The main thing is to not be a bad customer – really, just being polite and friendly and understanding can go a long way. Part of this is making sure that you give your representative all the pertinent information and, really, to have everything ready to go including what you’re shipping, pickup and delivery addresses and when you’re looking to have everything moved before you actually give them a call or get yourself some quotes. This will help you a lot in the beginning stages of your shipment and will allow your representative to get through things so much more quickly and easily. Plus, it shows that you know a bit about what’s going on, which should help communication between the two of you.

That’s something else – don’t be afraid to ask questions or communicate with your representative. Your agent or rep is your go-to once you book your transportation so you really should make sure that you discuss all the particulars of your shipment with them. Don’t just assume that things are the way you think they are – a big way that can help your shipper help you is to actually learn a bit about the industry and understand more about pickup windows, transit time, payment methods and more – which you can actually read about on our blog roll and in our individual articles about the auto transport industry. Getting yourself some knowledge of the industry and what to expect will make everything so much smoother for you, mainly because this isn’t an industry where the customer is always right – far from it, as a matter of fact, so get in the know before you book to save yourself a lot of time and energy.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from just about anywhere in the United States, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car transport and car shipping companies within about an hour of submission. Once you have your quotes you can see those companies’ prices and services, compare them against each other, talk to their agents and find the right car shipping company for your specific needs. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Denver 1Denver is the largest city in the state of Colorado by population, which currently sits at over 663,800 residents. Denver is actually a consolidated city-county – the borders for the city of Denver are also the same for that of Denver County, and the governments are consolidated into one. This makes Denver the largest city and also the largest county in the state of Colorado. The city is a major logistics hub and transportation center, as it is the largest city within a 500 mile radius. This makes Denver a popular area for people to move to and from, and with a rather mixed and varied economy, people from all different professions are constantly moving into and out of the area. This tends to make household moving costs more affordable, at least depending on the route your moving company will need to take.

Up until the 1970’s, Denver experienced growth decade after decade, ballooning up to 514,000 residents in 1970. However, during the next twenty years crime spiked and people began to flee the city center, which caused a drop in population. Now, however, the city has renewed efforts in attracting new businesses, cleaning up the city and making it a more peaceful and more enjoyable area to live. This has, in turn, attracted new residents, which has helped bolster the household moving industry in regards to services to and from Denver. Most areas of Denver, including its myriad suburbs, are becoming more and more affordable to ship to or from, at least during the spring and summer – fall and winter tends to be the slowest part of the moving season.

The weather in Denver doesn’t help the cause; during the fall and winter, snow is common, as the city sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Snow and ice are not friends to household moving companies, who will often try to avoid them if they can. The main route through the city is I-70, a major east-west Interstate highway, but there is also I-25 which runs north-south. While these see plenty of household moving traffic, it’s mostly during the spring and summer when the snows are gone that they’re able to get into and out of there without trouble. The moving industry is also more active in the spring and summer, namely for that reason but also because kids are out of school and some parents are able to make more time to organize a move. This makes the spring and summer the most cost-effective time of the year to ship, at least into and out of Denver.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Denver, or anywhere in the Denver area, take a minute to visit our Household Moving Articles page and fill out the dedicated household moving quote request form there. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free household moving quotes completely free of charge; they’ll be emailed to you by top-rated household moving companies that we ensure are dependable, reliable, and fully licensed and insured. You can also fill out our free online auto transport quote request form if you’d like, and get quotes for both car shipping and household goods transportation services in one fell swoop – the car transport quotes will come in the same way as the moving quotes, over the course of the next hour or two. And, as always, if you have questions about our services or need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.

San Diego 2Surprisingly, we have never showcased San Diego in our Auto Transport by City series – which is made all the more surprising considering it is the second-largest city in the state of California and the eighth-largest city in the United States by total population, which sits at over 1.38 million residents. San Diego was the landing site of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who first landed in California in 1542. The settlement proper was first settled in 1769, marking the first European settlement in modern-day California. Upon admission to the Union in 1850, San Diego became a major shipping port and subsequently boomed thanks to the Navy’s presence in the city. Today, San Diego remains a major naval area and shipping port, and is one of the most popular car shipping locations in the state.

San Diego, unsurprisingly, anchors the San Diego Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metro area that spans several counties and even extends down into Mexico, as the city sits right on the border. The metro area is one of the largest in the state, and San Diego’s size itself makes it one of the most popular car shipping locations in Southern California. This typically results in lower prices for customers, as well as faster pickup times, since carriers have more customers that they can get to and thus more loads that they can ship into or out of the area. This helps keep their overhead costs low and helps keep prices per load down, which typically results in better prices for customers.

It also helps with transit time. San Diego is a major logistics hub near the Mexican border, which means that the city has a sizable set of roads, freeways and interstate highways to allow large trucks to get to various parts of the metro area. This includes car shipping companies, and helps keep transit times faster since they can quickly get around the city and the various suburbs that surround, ultimately allowing them to service more customers per day which means they make more money more quickly. The main interstate servicing San Diego is Interstate 5, the main north-south highway along the west coast. I-15 also runs down into eastern San Diego, which is another major north-south interstate that services Nevada, Idaho and Montana, including cities like Las Vegas. On the whole, carriers end up saving time and money moving around major metro areas, which is great for you.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from San Diego, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated car transport companies in your email within about an hour of submission. Once you have your quotes, you can then compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your specific needs. You can rest assured that, as part of our services, we ensure all those companies are fully licensed, bonded, insured and top-rated among the BBB and various reputable customer-based review websites on the internet. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, you can give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Chicago Metro 1By population, the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (also known as the Chicago Metro Area and Chicagoland) is the third-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, with a population of over 9.7 million residents. Chicago’s metro area is large and sprawling, covering multiple counties across three different states (Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana), though the vast majority of the area is located in Illinois. As you can likely guess, the Chicago Metro Area is anchored by Chicago, which is the third-largest city in the country by population. The entire metro area is economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse, and is known for its rich history, vibrant night life, and robust economy.

As such a large metropolitan area, it’s no surprise that some of the largest cities in the state are located within it – Chicago, after all, has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first settled back in the 1780’s. Its location at the portage between the Great Lakes and the mouth of the Mississippi River; this allowed the city to grow by leaps and bounds thanks to trade and residential interest. This turned Chicago into a major transportation, warehousing and distribution center, roles that it continues to fill even today, which is great for car transport companies and customers because the infrastructure is in place to support a wide array of different industries that rely on moving freight overland – including auto transporters. Its size makes it a major vehicle shipping location in the region, meaning prices tend to be lower and more competitive and pickup, transit and delivery times quicker through the entire metro area.

To illustrate this, let’s take a look at some of the major interstate highways that run through the Chicago metro area. I-90 and I-94 both service the area, as do I-55, I-57 and I-95, the first and last of which run all the way down to the Gulf Coast and service a wide array of major cities in the south central and Gulf regions. This does not include all the auxiliary interstate highways that also run through the Chicago metro area, connecting a variety of towns, cities, counties and even states together along one easy-to-navigate system. This allows car transport carriers to not only get into and out of the area quickly, but gives them access to a wide variety of different cities and towns that they can get to in a single day, which means they can serve more customers – and thus make more money – in a shorter amount of time. As a customer, you directly benefit from this because the industry is quite competitive, and carriers running routes through major cities try to undercut each other to try and get the most amount of customers. All in all, the Chicago metro area is one of the most popular and cost effective areas in the country to ship a vehicle into or out of.

If you are interested in shipping a vehicle to or from anywhere in the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area – be in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Joliet, Gary, or anywhere else in the area – you can get free quotes to ship from or to there by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car transport companies that we screen for both dependability and reliability, which means we ensure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured, as well as five-star rated by Transport Reviews and other customer-based review websites. If you have questions about our services, the companies that will be sending you your quotes or anything else, you can call us toll-free any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live, friendly agents.