Wilmington 1Wilmington is a city located in the state of Delaware and also serves as the county seat of Newcastle County. Home to over 70,800 residents, Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware by population and one of the major cities within the Delaware Valley metropolitan area, which also counts cities such as Philadelphia and Dover in the region as well. Wilmington was founded by the Swedish as early as 1638 though became a part of Great Britain around 1665, when Delaware was won by Britain in a series of battles and skirmishes at the time. A charter was granted in 1739 and Wilmington became a royal town at the time. After the end of the Revolution, Wilmington grew into a prominent industrial area, though that has waned in recent years.

As the anchor of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, Wilmington is one of the most popular areas in Delaware to ship a vehicle to or from, but the geography of the area doesn’t help much. Located at the confluence of the Delaware and Christina Rivers, Wilmington is a major manufacturing and distribution area, but the size of the city isn’t that large on the whole – 70,000 residents isn’t a whole heck of a lot, and this can affect car transportation popularity into and out of Wilmington, particularly among carriers. At the same time, though, it really helps that the city sits just 25 miles south of Philadelphia and is surrounded by other major cities and states, including Baltimore just south and Philadelphia just north.

While the metro area surrounding Wilmington isn’t all that big, it does sit along Interstate 95, the main north-south route running up and down the eastern seaboard, which really helps when it comes to popularity and carrier availability. Auto transport companies want to run routes that go between major metropolitan areas along heavily-traveled interstates – this way, they stay where the customers are, increasing load availability and also profit this way. Wilmington sits right along that route, which is really helpful and actually can help keep prices into and out of Wilmington a bit lower, since many times carriers can simply make a quick stop in Wilmington on their way up and down the coast to pickup or deliver a vehicle and end up making money.

As you travel north along I-95 you’ll notice that the weather tends to get colder the more north you go. This isn’t a revelation – if you understand the most basic facts about how the weather works you get that it’s’ colder up north. Wilmington sees relatively warm and mild summers, though it can get hot; during the winter months, however, is when it usually gets cold and snowy. During the winter months average highs only reach into the low 40’s, while overnight lows usually drop well below freezing, often into the mid-to-upper 20’s. This can cause snow and ice to accumulate quickly, which can cause problems for car shippers that are trying to run routes into or out of Wilmington. We recommend you discuss the weather and how it can affect your shipment with a live auto transportation agent, as they can give you more pertinent and up-to-date information about your specific shipment.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Wilmington, you’ll want to discuss your options with a live car shipping professional, and the best way to get a hold of one is to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car shipping companies, companies that we clear for reliability ahead of time and ensure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. They will each prepare an accurate quote on your shipment and email you your quotes within the next hour, with many showing up within minutes of filling out the free online quote form. If you have further questions or need help getting your free quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our own live agents, who can answer your questions, give you free advice and help you get your vehicle shipped today.

Lifted Truck 1Here at American Auto Shipping you can get quotes to ship just about any vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. We say that a lot, but it’s absolutely true – if it rolls, brakes and steers, regardless of if it’s running or not, we can get you free quotes to ship it. With that said, though, there are a few things that you’ll want to know about how the industry works and how they go about moving different vehicles – and also, how that will affect your price and your carrier availability. We’ll also explain how to go about getting quotes through our free online quote request form and what to do if your vehicle isn’t listed in our Year, Make and Model section.

Typically, the size of your vehicle is an incredibly important factor in determining how much you will pay for transportation services, and is perhaps the second-most-important after your pickup and delivery locations. When we speak of size we’re usually discussing weight as well as the dimensions of the vehicle, and the bigger they are, the harder they are to ship, particularly weight-wise. Auto shippers have to abide by certain weight restrictions set down by the government; this is so they don’t put too much strain on the roads and bridges across the country more than anything, and as such the weight of every auto transport truck is monitored closely.

Heavier vehicles, at least many of them, will still fit on a standard carrier, but it may end up costing you more than if it were a smaller vehicle not only because of weight issues, but also because of size; if your vehicle is too long, for instance, it could take up a second car slot, which could be used by another paying customer. This is usually more common with limousines, but pickup trucks can run into this problem too. Height is another concern; vehicles that are too high may put the carrier over the maximum clearance allowed by law, which could result in damage to your vehicle. This is why many vehicles that are too tall will be shipped on a flatbed carrier or an enclosed, single-tier enclosed container, depending on its size and your budget.

If you’re shipping a vehicle that you know will need specialty pricing due to its size, make sure to have the dimensions on-hand when you’re looking for quotes. If you’re filling out our free online quote form and you don’t see your vehicle’s make or model listed, that’s okay; find another make and model that’s close, because the size is more important than the type of vehicle. A Toyota Corolla will cost the same as a Toyota Prius, all things considered, because they’re the same size and of a similar weight; something like a Tundra or a Tacoma, however, will costs more than that Corolla, since they’re bigger.

If you’re looking for free quotes to ship your vehicle, regardless of its size, you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you within the hour. We have a reputation to uphold, which means we make sure all the companies we work with and advertise for are completely licensed and bonded, and that they only work with top-rated, licensed and insured auto transport carriers. They can haul any vehicle as long as it rolls, brakes and steers, and if you have questions about what you’re shipping make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can give you additional information about shipping your vehicle, particularly if it’s oversized. But regardless if it’s a big pickup truck or SUV, minivan, cargo van, construction equipment (bobcats and the like), military vehicles, golf carts – if it’s classified as a vehicle and can roll, brake and steer, you can get free quotes from American Auto Shipping’s stable of top-notch car shippers fast and free.

transporter 1The process of shipping a vehicle is hazardous and time-consuming, as anyone who has shipped a vehicle (or driven or ridden in a car transport truck) can attest to. It takes a lot of time, effort and coordination to get a vehicle picked up and also delivered in a timely manner, and the car shipping carrier is only responsible for their job – you need to make sure that you do yours, too. Part of that is knowing your pickup and delivery locations and preparing yourself for your shipment, including knowing what to expect at both pickup and delivery and what you will need to make everything run more smoothly. In this blog post we’re going to discuss more about what you can do to prepare yourself for having a vehicle shipped – hopefully, you’ll end up saving some valuable time and even more valuable money.

The first thing you want to make sure you do is know your pickup and delivery locations, and – more importantly – how to get to them. While many vehicles that are shipped door-to-door actually are shipped door-to-door, there are many places that a car transport truck simply can’t get to, and if your pickup or delivery locations are like that you’ll need to find alternative locations to release and pickup the vehicle at. Usually customers who are shipping long distances are either moving – which means they’ll fly out after their car is picked up to receive it at the delivery location – or they’re selling a car, in which case there will be a different person upon delivery.

Either way, you’ll need to know where you have to take the car if your carrier can’t get to your chosen pickup or delivery location. The carrier often wont know the layout of the area you’re shipping from or to, which means they’ll either be familiar with only a small area of the city – usually a big store off a major interstate, but otherwise they’ll either rely on you to give accurate information for pickup and delivery or else use a GPS, which truthfully is much more common today than it was a decade ago. GPS has been a godsend for car shippers because they now have access to easy-to-navigate maps that they can use to more easily find locations for pickup and delivery.

Once you and your shipper decide on a pickup or delivery location, you’re going to want to make sure to get there as soon as you can. Your carrier will call you when they are near to the pickup or delivery location, usually an hour out, and this is after they give you your 24-hour notice that they always give as they approach your town or city. It’s important that you keep yourself available and near your phone, since your carrier will also give you pertinent information regarding potential pickup or drop off locations for your vehicle. There are a lot of other things you can do to prepare your vehicle as well, almost too many to go into; try to keep your tank at 1/4 full to avoid any overweight fees, and also make sure to clean the cab – both front and back seats – so you don’t waste time doing it later. For more information and tips on preparing a vehicle, visit our Auto Transport Tips post category for more.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, we here at American Auto Shipping can help. If you fill out our free online quote request form to the left of this post, or anywhere else minus our household moving section, you can get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated car shipping companies completely free of charge. We clear all our advertisers for reliability ahead of time, which means we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. Not only that, but we make sure they are all five-star rated with the BBB and Transport Reviews, among other websites, which means you’re getting quotes only from the best auto transporters in the industry. If you have further questions, have concerns about the auto transport industry, or just want to speak to a live person to get started on the car transport process, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.

House 3In the household goods moving industry, things are done a bit differently than they are when you’re shipping just a vehicle, which makes sense as you’re moving a household worth of goods as opposed to just a car. One of the major differences is in how household moving companies price shipments for customers as compared to the way auto shipping companies do it – many household moving companies will provide either a binding or a non-binding estimate for their customers, and this can have a big impact on your overall household moving price. Governed by a different regulating body than auto shippers, household moving companies have to follow different rules and regulations which result in different pricing methods, and understanding how household movers compile and sell their quotes is an important part of making your household move as positive an experience as possible.

One of the biggest differences is what is known in the household moving industry as a “binding estimate.” Binding estimates are literally guaranteed prices – no matter how much your shipment actually weighs, as long as the shipping inventory matches the goods you load on the truck the price will remain the same. Note how we worded that: your inventory has to match the inventory list that you gave the moving company, and they’re generally pretty thorough about that because household movers need their money just like you do – remember, you’re basically their paycheck. Binding estimates are only binding if everything is the same when they pick your goods up, and if you add more to the shipment be prepared to pay for it – they’ll charge you extra for any additional items not listed on the inventory. Also, shipping less usually won’t lower your price either – for this, you want a guaranteed not to exceed quote.

A quote that is guaranteed not to exceed will charge you less if you are shipping less than what is reported on the inventory list. Guaranteed not to exceed quotes follow most of the same rules as binding estimates, and most of the time movers will call a guaranteed not to exceed quote a binding estimate since all it really does is allow you to pay less if you move less. You’ll want to ensure that’s the case, though, and you need to understand that the same rules apply to guaranteed not to exceed prices as they do to binding estimates. Also note that the most important aspect of a binding estimate will be what exactly you’re shipping; you provide a list of the goods that you need moved, the mover quotes it, and as long as what goes on the truck matches what’s on their list, you will pay the amount you are quoted for.

This is not the case with a non-binding estimate, which we will likely tackle in our next entry to the “Household Moving Items” section of our blogroll. If you’re interested in free household moving quotes you can get them using our free household moving quote request form located on our Household Moving Articles page. That is where our dedicated household moving form is located, and you can fill the entire form out in a minute. If you do, you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated household moving companies emailed to you free of charge. If you’re looking to ship a car and have some household items you need shipped as well, you can get quotes for both at our standard auto transport quote request form. On the contact information portion of the form, there will be an option to receive household moving quotes as well as car shipping quotes; simply click “yes” to receive both types of quotes absolutely free. You can also call us any time at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our live, helpful agents.

Hartford 2Hartford is the state capital of the entire state of Connecticut and was once the county seat of Hartford County, until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. Home to a population of over 124,700 residents, Hartford ranks as the fourth-largest city in Connecticut by total population, but what it lakes in people it makes up for by being the capital of the entire state. Hartford today is known as the “Insurance Capital of the World,” mainly due to the fact that so many national and international insurance corporations are headquartered in Hartford. Once one of the greatest cities in the U.S., Hartford today is much a shadow of its former self, with three out of ten families mired in poverty and a shrinking downtown core that is slowly struggling to break even. Nonetheless, Hartford, like most U.S. cities, is in the midst of a years-long revitalization project that has been underway for some time now.

Hartford anchors the Greater Hartford area, Hartford’s sprawling metropolitan area home to over 1.2 million residents. It spreads across three distinct regions and dozens of counties, making it one of the largest metro areas in the entire New England region. Greater Hartford is closely tied to the economy of Springfield, Massachusetts, which sits just 25 miles away, and is a driving force behind new growth and economic development in Connecticut. Auto transportation services to or from Hartford are made easier by how large its metropolitan area is; with many bedroom communities surrounding the capital, there are usually areas that you can meet a carrier without forcing him to try to navigate the narrow downtown areas or the suburban regions that are hundreds of years old – Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Hartford is located in the middle of Connecticut, which can actually make it less popular for shippers because it sits north of I-95, the main north-south intestate in Connecticut and that runs northeast-southwest along the coast of the state. Hartford is accessible from I-95 – perhaps the most popular auto transport route in the nation, running from Maine to Florida – via I-91, connecting New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, MA together in one easy-to-navigate line. A smaller, more regional interstate, I-84E (not I-84W in Oregon, Idaho and Utah) services Hartford on an east-west route, ultimately terminating at its junction with I-90 just west of Boston. I-90 is a major transportation corridor connecting Boston to San Francisco, and I-91 also connects with it near Springfield, MA, which usually helps keep prices lower into and out of Hartford.

During the summer months is usually the best time of the year when it comes to shipping into or out of Hartford, since the sun tends to be shining, the weather is warm and access is relatively unrestricted, at least insofar as the weather is concerned. During the fall can be a good time to ship out of Hartford, as that’s the start of the snowbird shipping season – customers heading to Florida or other Gulf states from New England. I-95 is a popular shipping route all the time, but sees even heavier traffic during the fall and winter thanks to all the snowbirds. During the winter months prices can increase due to heavy snows and ice, which can cause delays in pickup or delivery and also deter auto shippers from going there at all. This can increase your pickup windows out of Hartford, so if you’re concerned about it talk to a shipper for more information.

Speaking of, you can get in contact with multiple auto transport companies completely free of charge by filling out our free online quote request form. If you do, your information will be sent to multiple auto shipping companies who will compile quotes based on the information you provided and email them to you within the hour. You can then discuss your prices and services with one of their representatives, either over the phone or through email. From there, you can book with one of those shippers and get your vehicle moved, and we clear all our shippers for dependability and reliability and ensure that they are all five-star rated, upstanding car shippers. If you have further questions, or just need some help getting started on your vehicle shipment, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.