Car Shipping to Newark, New Jersey

Newark 1Newark is a city located in Essex County, New Jersey, of which it is also the county seat. The largest city by population in New Jersey, Newark is home to over 277,000 residents, and it is the largest city in the state as well as the second-largest in the New York City metropolitan area. Newark was originally founded in 1666 by two Connecticut brothers who migrated south toward the New York area at the time. Newark stayed relatively small until the outbreak of the Industrial Revolution; once manufacturing came to Newark, the city’s population and economy drastically changed and expanded, and by 1798 the city had been incorporated as a township, though it would be reincorporated as a city in 1836, and this was the incorporation that set Newark rolling on its path to becoming a major industrial powerhouse. Newark, located just west of New York City proper, is a major part of the New York metro area and sits just west of Jersey City, which in turn sits just west of Manhattan. Newark is a major industrial hub of northeastern New Jersey today and sits at the heart of the Newark metro area, which is a part of the New York metro area but includes areas surrounding it such as Jersey City, Elizabeth, East Orange, Union City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and many, smaller cities.

Newark sits a few miles west of New York City proper, making it a popular alternative to the largest metro area in the United States. You’d be surprised at just how popular New York is when it comes to auto shipping; during the busy season New York is just as popular as Miami, Houston and Chicago, and perhaps even more so than the latter two. But, if you’ve ever been to New York City you’ll know that, on the whole, it’s difficult to get around in and can make a stressful day even harder with its crowded streets, multitude of cars and people, and just the sheer…vastness of it all. Auto shippers prefer running routes into and out of metro areas, don’t get me wrong, but a place like New York City is a place that auto transporters want to go to and avoid at the same time. This is when it’s helpful to have a large metro area with lots of bedroom communities surrounding it: transporters can easily maneuver around the smaller cities of the New York area without having to go into New York proper, making it ideal for customers shipping to or from those bedroom cities anyway.

Auto shippers know that the entire New York metro area is a hotbed for customers, and they want to get in on that action. But how to do that when it’s hard enough to get around the area? The answer, of course, is Newark, and other New Jersey cities. New York City, being so close to the state of New Jersey, has sort of spilled over into the next state, and the connections between the two make all the difference in the world to the auto transport industry. Newark tends to see more auto transport traffic that’s bound for New York City or further upstate as opposed to shipments to Newark themselves, but that’s not surprising considering that Newark’s port is one of the largest on the east coast and a major shipping location on the eastern seaboard; why wouldn’t auto shippers transport their goods to one of the largest shipping cities in the country? If you’re shipping to Newark, talk to a representative about it; they’ll be able to give you the latest and most up-to-date information on all things auto transport to and from New Jersey and Newark and the New York Metro Area, so don’t hesitate! If you need quotes to ship your vehicle, give us a call or fill out our free online quote form; it takes less than two minutes, is completely free, and gets you in contact with reputable, reliable auto shippers free-of-charge. You can also call us at 800-930-7417 for more information or to speak to a live person without any hassles or waiting.

What is the Most Expensive Place in the U.S. To Ship A Vehicle to or From?

San Jose 3If you didn’t know, auto transport isn’t the cheapest industry for customers. It’s not like it’s incredibly expensive, but shipping a vehicle requires hundreds of dollars – sometimes thousands – and days or even weeks of your time. Then again, it’s not like there’s many alternatives; auto transportation services are the way they are because it’s the best and least expensive method of shipping a vehicle that we have available to us. Customers have to abide by that, unfortunately, but it’s either that or drive the car yourself (or pay someone else to drive it for you). Of course, this brings with it it’s own slew of problems, including the mileage and wear and tear you put on the vehicle when you drive it long distances. If you want to avoid all that, you have to ship a vehicle. Before we talk about the most expensive place in the country to ship a vehicle to or from – and there are actually a few, and it changes, so it’s not set-in-stone or anything – we need to talk about what actually goes into pricing your shipment. Auto transport prices are based on several factors, including:

  1. Geographical locations of your pickup and delivery locations
  2. Distance between your pickup and delivery locations
  3. Fuel prices at time of shipment
  4. How many other people are also shipping along your route
  5. Carrier availability along your route
  6. Inclement weather along your route
  7. Distance of pickup/delivery locations to interstate highways
  8. Distance of pickup/delivery locations to major metro areas

We could go on – these are just some of the most important factors. But what it all comes down to is the fact that the auto transport industry is based heavily on routes, with routes in between major metropolitan areas being cheaper than rural routes. Some of those factors are such that no one in the industry has control over them, fuel prices and the weather being the main ones there. But all this just boils down to the fact that some places, such as Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Miami (and not necessarily in that particular order) are some of the easiest and cheapest places to get to or from because their routes are popular with customers and carriers, the weather is typically nice enough to drive big trucks through, and they’re connected to some of the most heavily-traveled interstates in the country. This is especially true for the more southern cities like Houston and Miami, which just so happen to be two of the largest metro areas in the nation.

Now let’s start thinking of areas that are isolated, hard to get to or from, with few people living and moving there and bad weather during the fall, winter and early spring (a map generally helps with this). These are areas like the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming. If you look at a map of the U.S. that has the interstate highway system on it (Google Maps is great, by the way) you can see where there are large cities with major routes in and out, and you can see where there aren’t a lot of places that have high concentrations of highways or interstate in and out. Large swaths of the Midwest have few routes through them, with only the largest cities in those states having adequate infrastructure to support auto transportation trucks. That and the fact that most of the cities in the Midwest are either huge or not – there’s not a lot of in-between like there is on the coasts or in New England. This makes areas such as North and South Dakota some of the most expensive areas in the United States to ship to throughout most of the year.

The Dakotas are particularly troublesome because of their lack of populations and geographic isolation. Auto shippers prefer routes that go through major metro areas, but if you look at a map where are all the largest cities located? The Midwest has a few, but the coasts and the southern U.S. have the most population centers – the Great Lakes, too. The Great Lakes region has a lot of interstates running in and out, making areas such as Cleveland and Chicago a lot cheaper to get to or from, but shippers don’t keep going northwest into North Dakota because no one ships there. Same with Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and even Idaho. With Minnesota you at least have Minneapolis, home to over 400,000 residents. During the winter it gets more expensive, but if you think Minneapolis prices are high, wait til you get quotes to Minot, North Dakota. It’s the way of the industry, unfortunately. If you have questions about where you are shipping from or to, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. We have real live people waiting in the wings to help you with your auto shipping needs, and they can answer questions and break down the industry for you if you need assistance. If you just need some quotes to get started on your next shipment, fill out our free form; you’ll get multiple quotes e-mailed to you from reliable and honorable auto transportation companies within about an hour.

On Shipping Automobile Parts

Car Parts 1Many customers have this zany idea that, since we can help them get their automobile shipped, we can help get your automobile parts shipped too. Like engines, or tires, or spare nuts and bolts, but guess what? We can’t. It’s pretty simple, when you think about it: car parts make up a car, but they aren’t an entire car when they’re disassembled. This means that you can’t just put them onto the back of a car transport carrier in a box and have them moved; the industry doesn’t work that way. Car transporters have a specific set of cargo that they can ship, and it includes cars, trucks, SUV’s, minivans, motor homes, sport utility vehicles, cargo vans, even golf carts and dune buggies, but the difference is that all of those things are vehicles, not parts of vehicles. You may be able to ship your parts in a box in the trunk of a car you’re shipping, but they can’t be shipped standalone; it’s against the law, quite frankly, since car shippers aren’t licensed to carry car parts unless they’re actually attached to the car, and as such shipping car parts is best relegated to someone like FedEx or UPS or something.

But it’s not just about licensing; part of it also has to do with safety. A car transport truck is built much differently from a standard long-haul truck. It’s not modular in the sense that there is a cab and a trailer, and as the back of the truck is specifically tailored to haul automobiles, it’s not like there’s a spot that a driver can just secure a box into and call it good. Any automobile parts that would be shipped by a car transport truck would have to be either secured in the car being shipped (which is technically illegal, though many carriers allow it) or else put in the cab of the truck and hauled around like a box of clothes or something. This…no one will do this for you. It’s tiresome, cumbersome, and really outside the scope of what auto shippers do. They haul cars all day, every day, sometimes hitting multiple cities for pickup and delivery. They won’t have the energy or the time to ensure that your random box of car parts is delivered safely when they have entire cars they have to take care of. Not only that, but what if everyone started shipping car parts along with their cars and the carrier’s solution was to just put them up front? There’d be a huge pile of boxes, no one knowing whose is whose unless they’re properly labeled (and rarely are they).

There are a lot more reasons for why auto shippers can’t haul just auto parts around, and why they need the entire car in order to help. If you have more questions or need a better explanation, give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live agents; they know all there is to know about the auto transport industry and can give you a definitive answer on whether or not you can ship automobile parts with the carrier that is also shipping your car. You can also peruse our other blog posts and articles about auto transportation services; you’re guaranteed to find some good information there. Of course, if you need quotes to ship a vehicle, you should fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you. These shippers are the ones that book orders for customers and they also have friendly and professional representatives you can talk to directly and ask questions to.

Getting the Most Out of Your Household Moving Quotes

Moving 6Household moving quotes, like sponges and toilet paper, are one of those things that you don’t think about until you actually need it. And that’s fine – entire industries are designed for “when people need it” and, in a country with over 300 million people and climbing, there’s always going to be someone that needs household moving quotes. This is why we’re here – that and to help you get auto transport quotes, too, but that’s beside the point. This blog post is here to help you get the most out of your household moving quotes, and there are a few ways that you can do that, starting with…

1. Get as many as you can
This may annoy some people, but it’s the best way to go about it: get as many household moving quotes as possible. 10, 20, 50, it doesn’t matter – getting more quotes gives you a bigger basis for comparison, which in turn gives you more opportunities to make the right decision on your household moving company. With literally thousands of different household moving companies out there, finding the right one takes time and effort. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t go with the first household mover that you find. You want to do your homework – find online reviews about the companies you’re looking at, see how other customers’ fared with their services. Look at their prices and compare them – do they seem lower or higher than the average of the rest of your quotes? Low prices are good, but they can sometimes be misleading and end up with a cancelled order (this is a practice called lowballing, and is technically illegal; however, differentiating between a poorly-priced order and an intentional lowball quote is hard to do, so don’t just assume a company is lowballing you because they have low prices). Conversely, really high prices can leave you paying a lot more than necessary – but then again, it’ll still get done, and likely be done well.

2. Don’t let people con you
If you thought auto transportation was bad, wait until you hear some of the horror stories revolving around household moving companies.

If you watched the news at any time in the past ten years, chances are you’ve seen a special or fifty on the household moving industry, in particular just how shady it is. We’ll admit, it’s not the cleanest of industries, and there are some companies out there that literally only want your money and could care less about what happens to you or your stuff. Thankfully, American Auto Shipping didn’t get to the top of everything on a whim and a prayer; we’ve spend 15 years building our reputation and solidifying our advertising base, so when you fill out our household moving quote request form, or our auto transport quote request form, you won’t be contacted by junk companies. You’ll get quotes from some of the highest-rated and most-trusted independent household moving companies and auto transporters in the industry. This is important, because there are so many companies that are nothing more than scammers trying to steal money from unsuspecting people like yourself, and they’re everywhere online. Okay, maybe not everywhere, but they litter the lower pages of Google searches and can leave customers with a bad taste in their mouth. This is why dedication to honesty is a must, and we strive for that here at American Auto Shipping. You don’t last in this industry by lying to people – it’ll kill your company faster than the Big Three killed Tucker.

3. If you don’t trust them, don’t book with them
Household moving companies use any trick they can to get you to book with them. This is true for any company; Nike has entire marketing firms tasked with convincing more people to buy their products, and in Corporate America this is pretty much par for the course. Some companies use falsehoods or misleading facts and quotes to get your business, but others just use old-fashioned truth, trust and honesty to make sure that their customers trust what they are doing and believe in what they are doing. In an industry like household goods transportation, honesty is an important part of the buyer-seller relationship; you want to have trust in your shipper, because you’re literally giving them all your stuff, paying them thousands of dollars to move it for you, and all it takes is a quick stop at a warehouse in Cincinnati for you to be out all your furniture and all that cash. Finding a company you trust is important, and this sort of leads back into #1 – the more quotes you have, the better your chances are of finding a company you can trust and work well with.

At American Auto Shipping, we strive to maintain that level of trust. It’s not easy; some people don’t like the fact that they’re going to get multiple household moving quotes e-mailed to them from companies they’ve likely never heard of. Some people really like it. Some people want to call and complain, while others just have questions. It’s just another day here, but that’s okay. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call or peruse our website; the link above, to the household goods moving quote request form, also will provide you access to a list of household moving articles, provided by us free of charge. You can get more information about the industry, tips for making your move better, and much more. If you have further questions, call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, or you can skip all that and go straight to the source: fill out our free form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. Either way, you can get a hold of us and get the information that you need for your household goods move today.

Auto Transport Services to Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Rio Rancho 1Rio Rancho is a city located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, and is the third-largest city in the state. Home to over 90,000 residents, Rio Rancho is one of the fastest-growing cities in New Mexico, having seen an over 800% rise in population since 1980. Rio Rancho began as a housing development on the outskirts of Albuquerque during the early 1960’s. Developers, eager to attract more people to the area, advertised Rio Rancho in news markets as far away as New York City, which brought in a rather large amount of people initially. Officially founded in 1961, the population of Rio Rancho grew rapidly over the next twenty years, and by the time of its incorporation in 1981 the population stood at over 10,000. Today, Rio Rancho is one of the fastest-growing communities in New Mexico and has worked to put more distance between itself and nearby Albuquerque, to emphasize the fact that Rio Rancho is its own separate entity and not just a subdivision of Albuquerque.

Rio Rancho sits just northwest of Albuquerque proper, and is easily accessible via Interstate 25, the main north-south interstate that services New Mexico. Though it doesn’t sit on the interstate proper (the city limits end just west of the interstate), it helps that it’s so close; auto shippers that are going down to Albuquerque  can easily stop in Rio Rancho (or near it, at the very least) before heading down into Albuquerque and further. Rio Rancho’s location near one of the largest cities in New Mexico really helps its auto transport popularity, but then again so too does the fact that New Mexico, outside of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas, is relatively devoid of people; most shippers travel north-south along I-25 or east-west along I-40 in order to fulfill orders for shipments into and out of New Mexico. You may be able to save a bit of money by talking to your auto transport carrier and finding out which route he’s taking into Rio Rancho; by meeting your driver somewhere that is easier, quicker or cheaper to get to and from, you may be able to save a bit of money on your next shipment.

Albuquerque, the largest city by population in the entire state of New Mexico, and its surrounding metro area is one of the most popular areas in the entire region surrounding it to ship a vehicle from and to. Though the area doesn’t see a ton of traffic, during the winter months prices tend to drop because more auto shippers are running southern-based routes to escape the snows that are inherent in the northern areas of the country. This includes east-west routes such as I-10 and I-40, the latter of which runs right through Albuquerque. This is what we mean when we say to talk to your representative or your carrier; by discussing your pickup and delivery options you can get a good feel for what the carrier’s looking to get out of your shipment and you should be able to save a bit of cash this way if you’re shipping on a budget. More money will generally get your vehicle picked up faster, particularly during the summer months when routes are competitive and prices are high. Talk to a representative; give us a call at 800-930-7417 to get started, or fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.

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