Birmingham 1Birmingham is a city in as well as the county seat of Jefferson County, in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is also the largest city in the state by population, as it is home to over 212,000 residents in the city proper and anchors a larger metropolitan area of 1.13 million residents. Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, via the consolidation of three different towns in the area. It grew into the prominent manufacturing center of the Deep South until the end of the 1960’s; today, however, Birmingham is a major center for healthcare, industrial and military research and development, retail, education and insurance, to name a few.

Located in the north-central part of the state, Birmingham is the main commercial and economic center of Alabama, and as such is one of the most popular household moving locations in the state. Oddly enough, however, the city has seen a steady rate of population decline since the 1960’s, though since 2010 the city has seen a much slower rate of population decline than in prior years; this is good news, as the city was hit rather hard by the economic depression that hit back in 2008. This has led to lower housing prices in the entire Birmingham-Hoover area, which is great news if you’re planning on moving to Birmingham since you should be able to find plenty of real estate for fairly good prices.

Interstate household moving companies tend to have a hard time getting into and out of closely-quartered downtown commercial districts, so if you’re moving to or from downtown Birmingham, say, to or from a condo or apartment in a high-rise building in the heart of downtown, your household mover might not be able to get directly to you, which means they’ll have to find someone local, with a smaller truck, to deliver your goods to you. This is pretty common when shipping household goods into and out of major metropolitan areas and large cities. Suburbs tend not to see this problem, especially those that were planned and designed for high vehicle traffic. Nonetheless, it likely won’t affect your prices all that much, and Birmingham is a popular shipping location in the country anyway, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a company that can help you out.

To get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top household moving companies, visit our Household Moving Articles page; that’s where you’ll find our dedicated household moving quote request form, which will get you multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best household moving companies in the industry. If you need to ship a vehicle as well as all your worldly possessions, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form and request both – on the contact information portion, after you enter in your pickup, delivery and vehicle information, you will have the option to get household moving quotes in addition to your auto transport quotes; both will be emailed to you from individual auto transport and household moving companies within the next hour. You can also contact one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our helpful representatives about both auto transport and household moving questions.

Trenton 1Trenton is a city in as well as the capital of the state of New Jersey. Home to over 89,300 residents, it is the 10th-largest city in the state and also sits as the county seat of Mercer County. The city was founded in 1719 and boundaries were drawn in early 1720. By 1790, Trenton was the capital of the state of New Jersey and it was incorporated in 1792. Trenton was originally founded as a township, one of the original 104 in New Jersey, but it was slowly parceled off to other townships and in 1837 the remaining land was reformed into the City of Trenton. Manufacturing was the main basis of the city’s economy during the 19th and 20th centuries, though over the course of the 20th many of its manufacturers disappeared, and today Trenton’s economy is based heavily on service-oriented sectors including retail and government.

Today, Trenton forms a part of the larger Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area, often known as the Philadelphia Metro Area. It sits just 35 miles northeast of Philadelphia. If you didn’t know, the Philadelphia metro area is one of the most important vehicle shipping locations in the entire region and is a major hub in the industry and in the region. Trenton itself is fairly big, but not a major area in the eyes of auto transport companies, though it sits close enough to Philadelphia for many carriers to run routes through Philly and into Trenton without raising your price. At the same time, it may be easier and faster to go somewhere else in the Philadelphia area to meet your carrier for pickup or delivery of your vehicle.

Trenton sits along the Delaware River, right on the border of Delaware and Pennsylvania, and the city is easily accessible via many different state highways and surface streets. Auto transport companies usually prefer to run routes into and out of major cities via major interstate highways, but Trenton only has I-295, an auxiliary interstate of I-95, which sees some of highest amounts of traffic of any major interstate in the country. Trenton is a big city along the route from Philadelphia to New York City, too, which usually helps keep prices to or from Trenton lower when you are shipping a vehicle to or from the area.

Trenton is not known for its unusual weather, though that’s not to say that the weather in the Trenton area won’t affect your shipment. Its location in the country gives the city a mix of weather patterns which result in relatively hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters. During the summer, temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit are not unheard of, and during the winter snowfall can vary from a few inches here and there to a foot or more over the course of a few weeks, depending on the system. When shipping a vehicle to or from Trenton you should keep an eye on the weather reports, particularly during the winter months, as wintry weather can increase prices and wait times.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Trenton, New Jersey, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best car shipping companies in the industry today – once you have them, you can compare those companies’ prices and services against one another to find the right company at the price you need with the services you’re looking for. If you have further questions about shipping a vehicle, or need some help getting your free quotes, make sure to give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents any time.

customerserviceperson-aasEvery auto transport company, be they a broker, a carrier or a lead provider, are required to have their terms and conditions made public and in a place where their customers can find them quickly and easily. Today, almost every shipping company has their own website where you can read more about their services and their terms and conditions, and it is required by law for each company to have them. Like with most terms and conditions – for instance, when you install iTunes or something – you don’t have to read them because it’s basically just saying “hey, use common sense here and we won’t have a problem.” But unlike with iTunes, where you don’t have to read them because you know exactly what you’re getting into (download and manage music, can’t pirate anything, can’t use their software illegally, can’t hack it, etc – common sense), with car shipping things can be a bit less clear.

One of the most important things that a broker’s terms and conditions include is your shipping contract. It explains more about pickup and delivery times and locations, how vehicles are typically shipped and what you can expect while you are waiting for a carrier. It outlines what your broker’s job is and what the carrier’s job is and their liabilities and limitations, as well as limitations that you have to abide by – for instance, what things you can and cannot put in the vehicle, and what your shipper will be liable for should anything happen to the vehicle during transport and what they will not be liable for – for instance, most companies don’t assume responsibility if some aftermarket accessory falls off your car.

It also covers your cancellation policy – what you can expect if something unexpected happens and you have to cancel your order prematurely. Your shipper’s terms and conditions will cover what you will need to pay (if anything) in terms of cancellation fees, and also when you can cancel your order – some companies allow you to do it any time, but many will have cutoff dates for cancelling, usually around the time your vehicle is picked up – it’s hard to cancel once your vehicle is already en route. Not only that, but their terms and conditions should also cover their refund policies – if you pay your deposit before your vehicle is picked up and then cancel before your vehicle is picked up, you are eligible for a refund of the monies you paid. The terms and conditions will tell you what the waiting period is as well as how you can cancel – some companies only take cancellations over the phone, some only via email, and their terms will tell you more about that.

You should always read the terms and conditions of any company you are thinking of booking with before you book. Luckily, they’re almost always short – the auto transport industry doesn’t have all the legalese that others require, so it shouldn’t take too long. You can also contact a shipper and they can read their terms and conditions to you over the phone, and if you request them they will email them to you as well. But the most important thing is to read them before you book your order. If you read them afterwards, you may find stipulations that are not favorable to what you’re looking for out of your shipper, so keep that in mind.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle or need to get some quotes to do so, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best auto shippers in the industry today, ones that we ensure are fully licensed, bonded and insured and that are top-rated vehicle shippers. You can compare their prices, services and terms from the comfort of your phone or computer – any way you access your email, really – and you can then choose the right shipper for what you’re looking for. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents any time, especially if you have questions about shipping your vehicle or need some help getting your free quotes.

direct carrier auto transport quotesWe’ve talked quite a bit about different red flags that auto transport carriers exhibit and what to watch out for when searching for a shipper to haul your vehicle. But now we’re going to flip that around and discuss some of the red flags that carriers like to avoid when searching for freight to transport. These are things that you do, or things about your order, that carriers see and that make them think that they might want to pass on your load. There are a few different red flags that carriers look for when they are determining whether or not they want to ship your vehicle, so read on to see what red flags are most common and how to avoid them when searching for a carrier for your needs.

A big red flag is your price – if it’s too low they won’t ship it, straight up. This has a lot to do with the route that you are going along as well; some auto transport carriers out there today only run specific routes through specific cities, as opposed to going where the customers are, so sometimes there are so many loads on a route that carriers can pick and choose which cars they want to ship and ignore the ones that aren’t paying enough. What route you need service on will determine the carriers that ultimately look at your vehicle and take interest, and your price will determine how quickly carriers call on your load. Pricing and route are the two most important factors to a carrier, remember.

Another big red flag is how the carrier gets paid – cash on delivery shipments are the preferred payment method because carriers know that when they deliver a load they’re going to get paid by the customer at delivery. There are other payment options, the main alternative being a pre-paid shipment – this requires carriers to wait for their money, and requires them to fax or mail or email an invoice to the company who brokered the load – your broker, as a matter of fact. If a broker asks you to pay your entire shipment up front, you may want to look around for someone else; pre-paid shipments tend to take longer to find a carrier and often take longer for the carrier to pick your vehicle up, as they kind of treat pre-paid shipments as the low man on the totem pole. Why rush to deliver a vehicle you won’t be getting paid on right away?

There are, of course, plenty more, but these are the main ones. If your price is good and the route is good and the payment method is good, it shouldn’t take long to ship your vehicle, and if it is taking a lot of time for your broker to find a carrier you may want to start looking around for someone new. If you’re in the market for a shipping company to transport your vehicle, give us a chance to help you – if you fill out our free online auto transport quote request form you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best brokers in the industry today. You can compare their prices and services from the comfort of your own home or office and you can even talk to their representatives over the phone, a each quote will have contact information for that company. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents any time with questions or concerns.

Nashua 1Nashua is a city located in Hillsborough County, in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. Home to a population of over 86,500 residents, Nashua is the second-largest city in the state, after Manchester, and one of the largest in the entire New England region. Incorporated in 1746, much of Nashua’s growth centered around the textile industry, which boomed during the 18th and 19th centuries in New England. Come the 20th century, however, Nashua saw its textile mills slowly disappear and the city’s economy was forced to transform into a major retail and entertainment haven, and with the growth in New England during the last quarter of the 20th century, and into the 21st, today Nashua is considered a part of the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area.

Nashua sits about thirty miles or so northwest of Boston proper, right along the southern border of New Hampshire. As such, it’s often garouped into the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, which really makes it easier for customers to ship vehicles into or out of the city. Auto transport carriers like to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas; they can easily get around a radius of about 50 miles or so without having to increase the prices they charge to customers, so shipping to or from Nashua will likely not make that much of a difference if there are carriers running routes into and out of Boston proper.

Part of what may make a difference in your price, however, is how your carrier will get into or out of Nashua. Auto shippers prefer to stick to major interstates in most areas, as they run through the largest cities in the country on easy-to-traverse roadways with plenty of room for them to maneuver. Nashua does not sit along any major interstates; on the contrary, it sits along Highway 3, which to be fair is an interstate highway – it’s just not a part of the Interstate Highway System. Now, on the one hand it probably won’t make that big of a difference in your price – it runs straight to Boston and connects with I-93 north of Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire. At the same time, though, New Hampshire isn’t that popular of a location to ship to or from, not like Boston is, which could affect your prices or services.

Shipping to or from Nashua during the winter months can be difficult because of the snow. Nashua sees quite a bit of snowfall during the winter months, though trace amounts of snow start to fall in October and only worsen through the new year. During the spring and summer is when most carriers want to run routes into or out of Nashua, since they can avoid the cold depths of the winter season. Boston will likely be a better option during the winter months, depending on where you’re shipping from or to, as the urban heat effect tends to keep the area of Boston clear – as does its more sophisticated road management system. Talk to a representative for more information about shipping to or from Nashua.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Nashua, make sure to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free auto transport quotes emailed to you from our stable of reputable and dependable auto transportation companies. They will start send you quotes minute softer filling out our free form so you can see your prices almost instantly. Compare prices and services of those different shippers and find the right company for your needs. If you have further questions about shipping your vehicle, or need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents any time.