customerserviceperson-aasMost auto transport companies out there today are able to ship just about any type of vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, including overseas to Alaska, Hawaii and other outlying U.S. territories. There are some specialty carriers and other types of companies that only handle specific freight, but on the whole companies try to ship whatever they can, whenever they can to maximize their profit. But it’s not just that – with the way the industry works today there is little reason for an auto transport company to be unable to ship a vehicle that rolls, brakes and steers – it’s why they hire representatives to get them moved for their customers, after all. But facilitating the transportation of a vehicle is not all that is required of an auto shipping rep; read on to find out more about the people that you’ll be talking to regularly when you ship a vehicle.

To start, the representative that you book your auto transportation services with will be your main contact for anything and everything regarding your shipment. You should always get their name, the company that they work for and any direct extensions for your representative when you first book your order. You need to build trust with your rep, and that comes from working with them regularly. Some companies allow other reps to help each other’s customers, but not all shippers do, so you’ll want to make sure you get their contact information regardless of the company policies. When you first call to book an order, your representative will take all your information, including pickup and delivery locations, payment information, and more.

Once you book your order with a shipping company your representative will take your information and use it to find a carrier for your shipment, though this depends on the division of labor at the company you’re shipping with. Some will allow their reps to do what is known as direct dispatch – that is, they call around looking for trucks for their customers. Other shippers use dispatch departments whose sole job it is to get freight moved. Both have their disadvantages, and it mainly comes down to implementation and execution, which you have little control over. Your rep, however, will still be your go-to regardless of whether they dispatch their freight themselves or if they send it off to a dispatch department to get it handled.

Your representative will also handle any and all payments for the shipment of the vehicle. Usually they will take their own cut when the vehicle is dispatched or when it is picked up, which is why it’s not surprising to hear of auto transport companies taking credit card information upon booking but not charging it until the vehicle is actually shipped. Representatives are responsible for making sure the payment is successful and that everything goes smooth. When shipping a vehicle, it is always important to treat your shipping representatives with respect, as they do a tough job and customers often make it harder on them than it should be. You should always take the time to be patient, courteous and polite with a representative, as they are required to do with you.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle with an auto transport company, you really should fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transportation companies, with friendly representatives that will help you from start to finish. If you fill out our free form, you’ll get quotes from some of the best auto shippers in the country, and from there you can compare their prices, services, talk to different reps from different companies and ultimately find the right company for your needs. If you have further questions, or need some help getting your free quotes, make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417. The line is toll-free and connects you straight with one of our live shipping agents. One call is all you need to get your shipment going today.

Lexington 1Lexington is a city located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The second-largest in the state by population, and 61st in the country, Lexington is home to over 308,400 residents in the city proper and it also anchors the larger Lexington Metropolitan Area, home to 489,400 people, which in turn anchors the larger Lexington-Fayette-Frankfort-Richmond Combined Statistical Area, home to close to 800,000. Lexington is a major college town, home to several major universities and colleges including the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University and Bluegrass Community & Technical Institute. Almost 40% of adults that live in the city have at least a bachelor’s degree.

As the anchor of the second-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state of Kentucky, Lexington is a fairly popular auto transport location within the state. Home to close to half a million people, it may not be the largest in the state by population but it still sees plenty of auto transport traffic within Kentucky proper, which helps keep pickup times out of Lexington faster and prices lower, not to mention the fact that carriers will be more willing to run routes into Lexington from other parts of the country. While this may help your prices and carrier availability a bit, Lexington is still located in Kentucky, making it hardly the most popular area in the country, which does impact your prices.

The city sits about 80 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the largest cities in the Midwest, and sits right along the route of two major interstates, I-75 going north-south and I-64 going east-west. These two factors really help when it comes to finding auto transport services to or from Lexington, but only so much. Auto shippers prefer to run routes into and out of major cities along major interstates; while I-75 is a major interstate, Lexington is not one of the largest cities in the U.S., and sees less auto transport traffic than many. Not only that, but Lexington sits in Kentucky, which is not a popular shipping location for carriers due to the fact that not a lot of people really want to move in or out of the area anyway.

Climatically, Lexington is not so different from many other cities in the region. Prone to hot and humid summers and cold, sometimes snowy winters. During the summer months is when you’ll find prices to be at their lowest usually; demand during the summer is high and with the weather nice, the roads are clear, which means easy travels for auto transporters to and from most anywhere in the country. During the winter months, snow and ice and low temperatures can make this more difficult for carriers, which usually leads to increased prices and decreased services, depending on where you’re shipping from or to. Lexington sees average high in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s during the winter, with overnight lows often dropping well below freezing. December, January and February tend to see the worst of the winter weather.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Lexington, Kentucky, make sure you take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple quotes from top-rated auto transport companies in your email inbox completely free of charge. You can compare those companies’ prices and services against one another in order to find the best quote for your shipping needs. If you have further questions, or need some additional help getting your free quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our live agents any time.

Carrier 13If you’ve been researching the auto transport industry at all, you likely know a bit about how it works, who does what when it comes time to ship your car, how the payments work, etc. A lot of times, companies that you deal with won’t explain everything – while they fill you in on the basics, and give you the most important information first, they often gloss over the more…minute details of shipping a vehicle, and for a number of reasons. Flat-out deceit is not a tactic employed by the best in the business, but there are times when brokers may withhold information from you until later on in the shipment – one of those thing being the auto transport inspection.

Simply put, when you ship a vehicle, you will be required to be present at both pickup or delivery – if you can’t be there, you can designate someone as an agent, but that’s a topic for another blog post. Anyway, you or someone you know has to be there at pickup and delivery to sign paperwork and, together with the driver of the truck, perform an inspection of the vehicle. The inspection is an incredibly important aspect of shipping a car, as it gives you a safety net should anything untoward happen while your vehicle is shipped.

You should rest assured knowing that damage during the shipment of a vehicle is rare, but we won’t lie to you – it does happen, and this is why the inspection is so important. You see, it’s actually so important that you have to do two inspections – one at pickup and one at delivery. The pickup inspection gives your shipper and his insurance a baseline look at your vehicle – in other words, they’ll note any existing damages on a little slip of paper, in order to know what the car was like before it was shipped. At delivery, you’ll do a second inspection of the vehicle, this time comparing those damages marked at pickup against the condition of the vehicle at delivery. Any damage sustained during transit has to be covered by the carrier’s insurance.

A poorly-inspected vehicle can result in denied insurance claims due to insufficient evidence; this usually stems from an inspection report that was filled out incorrectly or was not legible or clearly marked, so make sure you pay attention to what the carrier is doing when inspecting your vehicle and that you are an active part of the inspection process. This goes for any agents you designate to inspect your vehicle as well; if you need someone to inspect your vehicle for you, make sure you impress upon them the importance of doing a thorough inspection, lest something go wrong and you get screwed out of an insurance claim.

Luckily for you, damage during the auto transport process happens to less than 5% of all vehicles shipped, and if you book with one of our top-rated shippers that number is closer to 1-2%, so you’re getting top-notch services only from the best in the business. You can get multiple free quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll have multiple quotes in your email inbox that you can then compare against one another in order to find the right company for the right price. If you still have questions or need some help getting your quotes, talk to one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time.

Dollar Sign 3We’ve discussed budgeting for your shipment before. how it’s not easy and how if you do you’ll end up having a better shipping experience as a result. But those are some of the positive results of budgeting your shipment; they don’t actually help you do it, and that’s a problem. Some people don’t need help budgeting; they know all there is to know about how to handle money and make sure that everything is taken care of, monetarily, before they book an order or start waiting on the truck to come pick their vehicle up. But then again, others don’t know the first thing about budgeting, which can cause major problems with your shipment and leave you in the lurch.

Auto transport is expensive, and the further you’re shipping the more it’s going to be. Cross-country shipments can easily cost a thousand dollars or more, depending on the route, so the most crucial step is getting quotes to compare prices. This, then, results in a quasi-Catch-22 – in order to set a budget you need to get quotes, but the quotes you get are unreliable after a certain amount of time, since they only last so long before prices in the industry shift, which means that any quotes you get are going to be essentially null and void after a couple of weeks. That’s okay – when you first plan on shipping a car, get quotes a month or two out – sometimes more, depending on how easy it is for you to budget money. If you can save up a thousand dollars in two months, great, but not everyone can, so how effectively you budget is up to you.

As mentioned, you should start gathering quotes at least a month before you plan to ship. Prices may change in the meantime, so budget anywhere from 25-50% more than your quotes say. This is also why multiple quotes are important – get 8-10 free quotes and rank them in terms of cheapest to most expensive. Once you do, you’ll have yourself a nice range – one that you can then use to budget your shipment more efficiently. So if your lowest quote is $400, and the highest is $750, you should try budgeting $500-$1000, give or take. Another great way to see the breakdown is to see the total price per mile – just Google your pickup and delivery locations, figure out the distance, divide it by your highest price and that gives you a distance per mile figure that you can also use to budget more effectively.

Ultimately, how you budget is up to you, but it’s something that is crucial when planning to ship a vehicle. We highly recommend filling out our free online quote form to get free quotes – yes, it’s a shameless plug for our services, but believe it or not when you fill out our free form you’ll get multiple quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto transport companies absolutely FREE. That’s right, FREE. Most all the car shippers that advertise with us have years under their belt, and if a company hasn’t been around a long time it usually means it’s a new company started by someone with 20+ years shipping cars. That’s a common occurrence, believe it or not. Don’t? Give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent of ours, who can answer questions, help you get your free quotes and get you started on your shipment today.

San Diego 2San Diego is a city in as well as the county seat of San Diego County, in the U.S. state of California. Home to a population of over 1.56 million residents, San Diego is the eighth-largest city by population in the United States and the second-largest in the state of California, after Los Angeles. With a mild climate year-round, a deep and extensive natural harbor, expansive and beautiful beaches and long association as a major naval city, San Diego is one of the most popular moving locations in the state of California. Moving to or from San Diego is generally a lot easier than a lot of places thanks to its mild climate and association with the U.S. Navy, as a lot of military professionals as well as retirees enjoy living in the area.

The city’s economy is incredibly diverse, which has helped its growth and expansion into a major port city. Though its economy has always relied on its natural deep-water harbor, San Diego is also home to a number of defense contractors, and is the home of the only submarine and ship building facilities on the west coast. Tourism and international trade are also huge economic sectors, as are retail, healthcare, biotechnology, education and real estate. The top employer in the city is the U.S. Navy, followed closely by the University of California, San Diego. It’s economy allows San Diego to enjoy the comforts and benefits of a world city, and its economic health and continual growth make it one of the most popular moving destinations within California, often making it one of the cheapest areas to move to in the state.

Much of downtown San Diego is easy to navigate, though it does depend on where in the downtown area you are. Moving companies have less difficulty navigating through the outer suburbs of San Diego, as those built up and expanded well after the adoption of the automobile as the way people get around. The naval presence in San Diego has also demanded easy transportation corridors for larger vehicles in the event of an attack on the city, which during peacetime allows household moving companies easier access to a lot of areas in San Diego. If you live or are moving to an area that an interstate household mover cannot physically get to, they will likely contract with a local in-town moving company – they’ll drop your household items off with the local mover, who will then load your goods into one or more of their trucks, which should be able to handle the confines of the city just fine.

If you’re interested in free household moving quotes to or from San Diego, make sure to visit our Household Moving Articles section to gain access to our free household goods moving quote request form. It’s our dedicated household moving quote form that will net you multiple free quotes from nationwide household movers completely free of charge, and you will also gain access to our cache of household moving articles, where you can read more about the industry and better prepare yourself for your interstate move. If you’re shipping a car along with your household items, fill out our free auto transport quote request form and mark on the contact information portion that you’re interested in household moving quotes as well; this way, you get quotes for both your household shipping and your auto transport needs. And, you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent if you have questions or concerns about our services or how to go about getting your free household moving or auto transport quotes today.