Auto Transport Quotes: Chevy Silverado 3500HD Extended Cab

Chevy Silverado 3500HD Extended CabThe Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Extended Cab is one of many Silverado variants manufactured and sold by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The 3500HD has roots in the old C/K lineup, started back in 1975; the moniker “Silverado” was, during those years, a specific trim level for Chevy’s C/K models and was not its own vehicle and did not sit on its own line, as it were, until 1998. Year-to-year changes have molded the Silverado over the years, but Chevrolet has always maintained that the Silverado – even when it was a part of the C/K lineup – is a work truck, through and through. The myriad ways you can build your own Silverado, and even the ones that come pre-packaged, are built with the working man in mind, and that’s according to Chevy directly.

When it comes to transporting a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Extended Cab, you need to understand a few things. One, pickup trucks are generally more expensive to ship than standard cars or even small SUV’s, namely due to their overall size and weight. This is especially true for this particular vehicle, and it’s easy to see why. The “3500” moniker means it’s the largest Silverado, by chassis size, and the “HD” label means it’s “Heavy Duty.” HD trucks typically have stronger and more durable frames and suspension systems, which usually adds additional weight to the vehicle. Not only that but most HD models, at least on the Silverado line, have what are known as “dually” or “Duly” wheels – two sets of them, on the back, for a total of four rear wheels. This widens the pickup truck and allows for better traction when in unfavorable driving conditions. The “Extended Cab” means that it has the longer Silverado cab, with front and back seats, and is designed more for comfort in that regard.

All this adds up to a truck that can be really difficult to ship. The weight makes it more difficult for car transporters to easily ship it without having to spend more on fuel for their own trucks, and with most 3500HD Extended Cab models being of the “dually” variety, the extra width can also cause problems for car transportation companies. Vehicles that are too large – either too wide, tall, long or heavy – cannot be shipped on a standard auto transport truck, and the 3500HD runs the risk of that depending on its configuration and the size of the car transport carrier that your driver is hauling around. Usually, the 3500HD Extended Cab is one of the most expensive variants to ship for precisely all the reasons described in this paragraph.

Does that mean they’re impossible to ship? Of course not, but it does mean you may have to jump through some additional hoops in order to get yours secured onto the back of a car transport truck. If your Silverado can’t fit on said truck it’ll need to be shipped via a flatbed carrier, which is even more expensive and time-consuming. You can get free auto transport quotes to ship your Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Extended Cab Pickup Truck to or from anywhere in the U.S. by filling out our free online quote form, and you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents, who can answer your questions, give you helpful shipping advice for your specific vehicle, and also help you get your free vehicle shipping quotes today.

Auto Shipping to Richmond, Virginia

Richmond 1Richmond is a city in as well as the capital of the U.S. State of Virginia. Home to over 214,000 residents, Richmond is the fourth-largest city by population in the state and also anchors the larger Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 1.21 million residents. Richmond has been an independent city (that is, it is not part of any county) since 1871, and was first founded in 1737, though the area had been of interest to settlers of Jamestown since the first colony was founded in 1607. Richmond has played a major role in U.S. History, notably as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Richmond today is a major area for law and finance, and is the home of several major Federal institutions including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, one of 12 within the United States.

Richmond sits at the center of one of the largest metropolitan areas south of New York City, and as such it is one of the most popular areas in the state of Virginia to ship a vehicle to or from. This is made much easier by the fact that there are several major interstates that run through Richmond, including one of the most heavily-traveled in the country, Interstate 95. I-95 is a major boon for car shippers, as it runs up the entire eastern seaboard and connects cities such as Miami, Jacksonville, Richmond, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City together in one straight line. Other major interstates that run through Richmond include I-64 and even I-295, an auxiliary Beltway interstate that completely encircles the city.

During the summer months is generally when you’ll see the lowest prices shipping in and out of Richmond, since the weather there tends to be at its nicest. During the summer months, average daily highs only get into the mid-to-upper 80’s, while overnight lows usually fall into the mid-to-upper 60’s. During the winter months, temperatures drop rapidly, with average highs only reaching into the mid 40’s and lows often falling down to around – or below – freezing overnight. Snow isn’t entirely unheard of; Richmond averages between 3-4 inches of snow per month. During the winter months, many carriers are moving along routes that go south, into the warmer climates; this could be a good time to ship out of Richmond as well.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Richmond, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online quote request form. You’ll receive multiple free quotes in your e-mail from reputable and reliable auto transportation companies, and in each quote you’ll receive you’ll also get contact information for the company, so you can call them and discuss your shipment with them further. If you have questions about our services or the information you read on this blog, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. They can also help you navigate the website and also help you get your free quotes, if necessary.

Can I Put Items in My Vehicle Before an Auto Transporter Picks it Up?

Loaded Car 1Auto transportation companies are not licensed to ship what are considered “household items” because there’s already an industry that ships those types of things. Therefore, the correct answer when asked if a customer can put items in their vehicle before transport is “no” – but that’s not counting the “junk in the trunk” loophole that many car shipping companies don’t tell you about but don’t do anything about either. Auto shippers aren’t allowed to look in the trunk of your vehicle without express permission and reason to do so; since few can actually manage to think of a reason to look in your trunk, most just say “forget it” and assume that the trunk of your vehicle is cleared, even if it’s not.

This is the “junk in the trunk” loophole, or clause, that a lot of customers use to get around the fact that car shipping companies technically aren’t allowed to carry household items. Since car shippers aren’t allowed to look in the trunk of your vehicle unless told to by a law enforcement official (or someone else with equal say in government or law enforcement), items that are in the trunk of your vehicle are generally safe from seizure. so in this scenario you can indeed put items in your vehicle before your car shipping company arrives to pick your vehicle up.

There are, however, a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind if you plan on going this route, however, with perhaps the most important being that you need to watch how much you put in the trunk. You can’t just load it willy-nilly – you have to keep it below a certain weight limit, and you should never put anything that’s valuable or that can break in the trunk of your vehicle prior to shipping it. Weight limits are important because car shippers, just like interstate haulers of any industry, are subject to specific weight limits imposed by the federal government. Weight limits are important, especially from an infrastructure standpoint – if a bridge can only handle so much weight, and one of the heaviest interstate trucks on the road today is overweight, can you imagine what might happen to the bridge? This is one scenario – there are many more across this vast country of ours. And you shouldn’t put things that can break into your trunk because…well, they can break. That’s kind of common sense.

Seriously, though, try to keep any items that you place in your trunk limited to clothes, linens and other types of materials that are lightweight, not very bulky, and can easily be replaced if they get lost, damaged or stolen. While your car shipping company may not be allowed to look in your trunk, it doesn’t stop thieves from raiding your vehicle, and car shippers aren’t going to be held liable for things that they didn’t even know were in the vehicle – as well as things that could get them in trouble for being in there in the first place. Their ignorance – real or feigned – when it comes to the stuff in your trunk is more for their protection than yours. Your items will not be insured when they are in your trunk while the car’s on a transport truck, which means that if they do get lost, damaged or stolen, you’re on the hook for the full price of those items. But since they’re your items, that’s a risk that’s entirely up to you.

If you’re looking for quotes to ship a vehicle, regardless of if you have items you need to put in the trunk of the vehicle or not, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reputable and reliable car shipping companies that we pre-screen for reliability and dependability for you so you know you’re getting quotes from only the best shippers in the industry. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can give you helpful advice about shipping a vehicle, the auto transport industry in general, and they can also help you get your free quotes or navigate our free quote form or our website. It’s that simple.

Understand What Auto Transport Company Does What When You Ship a Vehicle

Armada 1As you likely know, there are three types of auto transport companies out there that all play a role in shipping your vehicle. In this helpful blog post, we’re going to break down what company does what and give you some information on how to go about dealing with each type so you can make the best decisions for yourself and the overall good of your auto transportation services.

The first company you’ll want to talk to is what’s known as an auto transport quote provider, and they are literally exactly what they sound like – they provide you free quotes from different auto transport companies to ship a vehicle. American Auto Shipping is an auto transport quote provider – while we don’t actually ship your vehicle for you, we get you quotes from the companies that will ship your vehicle, and those are the companies that you want to deal with when it comes to shipping a vehicle. Quote providers get you multiple free quotes, which allows you to compare prices and services and ultimately allows you to choose which company you want to book with based on your own list of criteria and factors. We get you the quotes and let you decide where to go from there.

Once you get your quotes, you’ll be dealing with the auto transport brokers. Brokers are the companies that you ultimately want to book your order with because they have access to thousands of nationwide carriers and usually will be able to get your vehicle picked up within a week or two from when you book your order. This is the standard turnaround time for brokers, though it can take as little as a day or more than two weeks to get your vehicle onto a carrier, depending on various factors such as where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, and any special considerations such as what type of carrier you need and whether your vehicle is running. Brokers take care of all the minutiae of your shipment including payment methods and searching for a carrier for you.

Brokers hire auto transport carriers to ship your vehicle, and carriers are the last type of company you’ll be working with when it comes to shipping your vehicle. Auto transport carriers are exactly what they sound like – they’re the companies that drive the large trucks around that vehicles are shipped on, and without them there is no car shipping industry to speak of. However, they rely primarily on brokers to find them loads – carriers don’t have time to waste looking for cars to ship, so they pass the buck to the brokers in order to focus on driving their giant trucks hundreds of miles every day.

So, to recap: you use quote providers to get free quotes from brokers, who in turn find carriers who will physically transport your vehicle for you. Once you get quotes (thanks to the quote provider) the broker will be your main source of information regarding your shipment, so you’ll want to make sure you have the name of your representative at the brokerage and their contact information on-hand pretty much at all times. If you need to get free quotes, you can fill out our free online quote request form or call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time. If you call our toll-free number you’ll speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions, give helpful, friendly advice about your shipment, give you a good overview of the industry in general and help you navigate our website and get your free quotes. It’s that easy.

Household Moving Tips to Portland, Oregon

Portland 3Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon by population, home to over 609,000 residents. Portland is currently the 29th-largest city in the United States and the second-largest U.S. city in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is particularly known for its light rail and efficient land use; with the way the city has grown and incorporated a number of different public transportation systems, including buses and light rail, Portland is considered one of the most environmentally-conscious cities not just in the United States, but in the entire world. Its location also makes it a prime area to grow and cultivate roses, which gives the city its nickname, “The City of Roses.” Portland is known for its International Rose Test Garden, which is a rose garden within Washington Park. The Rose Test Garden is home to over 7,000 roses of about 550 varieties, and is used by rose cultivars to test for fragrance, color and other factors prized in roses.

The city of Portland is quite large, and since the early 2010’s the city’s economy has been strengthening thanks to recent job growth and a renewed interest in domestic manufacturing. This has had a large impact on the population of the city, which is currently growing. Portland is a popular area for people to move to from all over the country, and now is a great time to get household moving quotes to ship to Portland. Located along Interstate 5 and Interstate 84, Portland isn’t the most easily-accessible area in the United States, but household moving companies appreciate the fact that snow is rather uncommon in many areas of Portland, which helps when it comes to moving there during the winter.

Portland is an older city, and the way it was developed and how it grew over time led to a rather cramped downtown core, though there are many old neighborhoods that surround the city’s downtown. These areas, like Portland’s downtown, feature narrow streets and cramped driving conditions, which can make it more difficult and dangerous for an interstate household moving truck to navigate. This usually means that your household items will need to be shipped to a local warehouse on the outskirts of town and transferred to a smaller, U-Haul-sized truck that can get through those cramped areas without the risk of damaging the truck or other motorists. This procedure is fairly standard, and any additional costs should be worked into the price your household moving company gives you, so you don’t have to worry about extra fees.

If you’re interested in shipping your household items to or from Portland, you should check out our household moving quote request form, located on our Household Moving Articles page. That is the home of our dedicated household moving quote request form, and while you’re there you can read more about household moving services in general via our various articles about the industry. You can also read more about the city of Portland here. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle as well as household items, it’s best that you fill out our standard auto transport quote request form; on the contact info page, you can select whether you want quotes to ship household items as well as a vehicle. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.

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