Car Transport to Boulder, CO

Boulder 1Boulder is a city in as well as the county seat of Boulder County, Colorado. Currently home to a population of over 97,000 residents, Boulder anchors the Boulder, Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 294,500 residents, and sits as the eleventh-largest city by population in the state of Colorado. Boulder sits about 25 miles north of Denver along Highway 36, bordering Longmont, which sits northeast, and Broomfield, to the southeast. To the west of Boulder sits the Arapaho National Forest, one of the largest swaths of protected wildlife sanctuary in the state of Colorado. Boulder today is known for its high quality of life among its residents and notable for its top rankings in areas such as education, healthcare, art, quality of life and more, at least according to Money Magazine and other reputable sources.

The Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area is a small metropolitan area in the state of Colorado – well, small in terms of metro areas nationwide, not necessarily within the state of Colorado. At over 294,000 residents, Boulder’s metro area population and size is nothing to scoff at, and the metro area’s borders are actually coterminous with Boulder County, a common phenomenon for smaller county seats that anchor smaller metropolitan areas. Boulder’s size usually results in higher auto transportation prices to or from the area, and Boulder will likely be no exception; while car shippers prefer to run routes that pass through large metropolitan areas, carriers usually have bigger cities than Boulder in mind when planning their routes, particularly cross-country routes.

It doesn’t help that Boulder is only accessible via state highways and not any major interstates, since car shippers prefer to run routes along the interstates. It’s a money thing – auto transport companies need to run their routes where their customers are, and Colorado, being snow and mountainous as it is, isn’t the most popular of areas among auto transporters regardless of its customer popularity. This generally means that car shippers are going to want to run routes through major cities, like Denver, a sprawling metropolis home to hundreds of thousands of people with access to several major interstates. Boulder sits in close proximity to Denver, which helps, though if you’re shipping on a budget or if you’re pressed for time you may have better luck moving your pickup or delivery location out of Boulder and into Denver to take advantage of where the carriers are going to be already.

During the summer months is typically when you’ll want to ship your vehicle to or from Boulder because the weather is fairer, the snowline in the Rockies is high, east-west passes through the mountains are more open and everything’s easier, on the whole, during the warmest part of the year. During the winter months is when you’ll likely see delays in shipping services into or out of Boulder on account of snow and ice. Boulder sits just east of the Rocky Mountains. While during the summer months precipitation tends to fall over the mountains, with little saved for Boulder, during the winter months the rains continue on past the mountains, and winter snowfall is common. This can lead to longer pickup windows and longer transit times because car shippers don’t want to go into an area they might easily become stuck in – not only that, but winter driving is dangerous and can lead to damaged cargo, which would lead to an increase in insurance premiums. so they tend to stay away from areas where disasters are more prone to strike.

But regardless of when you’re looking to ship to or from Boulder, make sure to take a minute to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s completely free and, what’s more, will net you multiple free quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry. We clear all our advertisers for reliability for you, and that means ensuring they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. We take the time to find the best auto transportation companies we can and that’s how we’ve earned our reputation as one of the best in the business. If you have questions about our services, or need help getting your free quotes, make sure to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who will answer your questions, give free advice and help you get started on your auto transportation experience today.

fast auto transport companiesTransporting a vehicle is a time-consuming process. It can take literally weeks from the moment you book your order until the day your vehicle is delivered, and the process is hardly fun for anyone. But it’s a necessary part of the world’s economy, and you’d be surprised at just how many people are looking to ship their vehicles every day. Unfortunately, many customers do not understand the term “transit time” and what it implies – and, more importantly, how it will affect your auto transport services. Transit time, as mentioned before on this blog, is how long it takes for your carrier to get from your pickup location to your delivery location. Say you’re shipping out of Sacramento bound for Denver. After your shipper picks it up, it takes three days to get to Denver. Three days is your transit time. It’s that simple.

Transit time will be different for different customers, and it all depends on where you’re shipping from and to and who you ship with. Perhaps the single most important determining factor in your transit time is simply how far away the delivery location is from your pickup location in terms of overall miles (or kilometers, or even bananas – pick your unit of measurement). A shipment that travels 300 miles is going to take less time than one that goes a thousand. But there’s a lot more than just that; while you or I may be able to drive 300 miles in the course of five or six hours, auto transport companies may take a day or more, depending on a number of different factors.

The most important factor in that is almost always going to be other places they need to stop to pickup or deliver vehicles along the way, and this is especially true for longer routes of a thousand miles or more. Auto shippers need to go to different pickup and delivery locations to make money – it’s their job, after all. Auto transporters schedule their routes to coincide with customer demand more often than not, so if a carrier is running a route from Los Angeles to New York they’re going to pass through a lot of different areas first. This actually helps keep your pickup windows shorter even though your transit time may be a bit longer depending on where you’re shipping from and to. If you’re scheduled along a route a shipper is already running on, your vehicle will be picked up and likely delivered more quickly.

Transit time is really fluid, and changes depending on routes and other factors such as inclement weather. Northern routes, particularly during the winter time, often see longer transit times due to severe weather, particularly in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions, as well as New England. Snow and ice can cause delays and winter driving is generally more hazardous, resulting in carriers having to travel more slowly through those dangerous areas. Many times carriers will avoid those areas altogether, opting instead for warmer, easier routes further south. While this does not impact your transit time, it will most certainly have an effect on your pickup window.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle and need some quotes to get you started, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s completely free and will net you multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies. They will email you your quotes within minutes and from there you can compare prices and services to find the right company for your needs. You can also contact those shippers via telephone or email to get more information about the services they offer. If you have questions about our services, or need help in navigating our website or getting your free quotes, or if you simply need some basic advice or some questions answered about the auto transport industry in general, give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our live agents today.

Check List IconThe auto transport industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the automotive world. More and more people are looking to have vehicles they buy or move transported, as opposed to driven, especially if the vehicle is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The rise of the internet has made this scenario all too common today, and more than any other time the auto transport industry is thriving. The industry has helped this small, niche industry expand rapidly – quite rapidly – over the past twenty years or so and has laid the groundwork for new ways of conducting business, finding customers and coordinating pickup and delivery dates with shippers and customers. All this has led to the industry that we know today, but like with any company you work with there are going to be things you need to know and things you probably don’t want to know at all, so read ahead to learn more about what you should ask your shippers when you start getting quotes to ship your vehicle.

How much does it cost?
This is one of the most common auto transport-related questions we get – how much does it cost? It’s a loaded question, because auto transport quotes are calculated differently by different companies, and for a variety of different reasons too. Fuel prices in some regions are cheaper than others, which will affect the price you pay. Carrier and customer popularity along a route is another – prices tend to be lower along more popular routes because there is higher demand for services and the competition among carriers tends to be higher. Prices are usually good only for two weeks, three at most, from the day you receive them, so keep that in mind and try not to book an order too far in advance, since your prices will likely change within that time.

Will my vehicle be insured?
Asking the tough questions is important, but this is a common one, and the answer is always yes. Vehicle shipping companies are required by law to carry insurance for all the cargo they ship as well as insurance covering their truck and accidents that happen with that. Insurance is important, because a lot of things can go wrong during the auto transportation process – not that they will, of course, but unfortunately things do happen from time to time, and it’s best to be prepared. Auto transport drivers are required to cover every vehicle they ship and are required to have copies of their insurance information on-hand in case their customers want to peruse their information, which we recommend that you do, considering every company’s policy is bound to be different.

How long does it take?
Another common auto transport question is this one, and the simple answer is that it depends on where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, carrier availability on the route, etc, etc. There are quite a number of different factors that all go into your car shipping prices and services, including how long it’s going to take to get from A to B. That said, there are different windows as well -you’ll need to wait for your shipper to find you a carrier (known as dispatch), wait for the carrier to arrive to pick it up (pickup window), and even wait for the carrier to physically transport it (transit time) and wait around once he gets to the delivery area (delivery window) since that takes time too. All these will change depending on who you book your order with, who they dispatch your shipment to, where that carrier is and what his route is, the time of year, road and weather conditions during pickup and transit, and so much ore. How long does it take is a broad question that can only be answered in the most general of ways, so talk to your shipper for more information.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto transport companies within minutes. We clear all our advertisers for reliability and also make sure they are fully licensed, bonded and insured so you know you’re only getting quotes from the best shippers in the industry. If you have further questions about our services or how we do business, or if you simply need some help in getting your free auto transport quotes, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes today.

TV moving 2There’s a lot of things that you have to do when you’re moving such a distance that you need to hire an interstate moving company. A lot of planning, preparation and packing go into an interstate move, and if you’ve ever moved even locally you understand that packing your items and safely transporting them are two entirely separate things. While things such as clothes and blankets and books can more or less be haphazardly thrown into a box and taped up (though books you’d probably want to organize, to maximize your space), other things, like TV’s or computer monitors or laptops, need to be more carefully packed to ensure that they do not get broken or damaged during transport.

When you’re shipping your items over a distance of thousands of miles, there are a lot of things that can go wrong – not that they will, but the risk is there. When you’re packing your items, you want to ensure that you put like-items together to minimize the risk of damage. Throwing books and porcelain figurines into the same box is a bad idea for the figurines, so don’t throw expensive things like laptops or computer monitors in with things that could break them.

In reality you really should keep any original boxes and packaging for electronics that you buy, in case you have to move them. Putting them in their original packaging and taping them securely not only will better protect your items, you know exactly what’s in that box, and it’s even got a picture on the box of what’s inside! Joking aside, the original packaging is going to be what the manufacturer uses to ensure that their newly-minted goods don’t get damaged when they’re shipped from the factory, and if it’s good enough for a company like Acer or Samsung, it’s going to be more than good enough to move it with a household moving company.

Of course, not everyone keeps the original boxes that their cool, expensive new toys come in, and for some people that’s just fine. Not everyone is going to be moving across the country, and a computer monitor is just as safe in the back of a car surrounded by blankets as it is in its original packaging if you’re only driving a few miles or across a metropolitan area. Sure, if you get into an accident it could get damaged, but assuming a safe transport from A to B your goods will be just fine. Not so when going to another state, and that’s why it’s important to properly packing your electronics. If you don’t have the original packaging, make sure that whatever box you do end up packing it in is proportioned correctly and that there is plenty of padding and protection surrounding it. You can also ask your household moving company if they have boxes specially designed to move televisions, monitors, laptops, desktops and more.

These may seem like no-brainer tips, but you’d be surprised at how many times things get damaged because they are not packed correctly. You can minimize this by getting full-service household moving quotes and services as opposed to self-service; this makes the moving company pack your items, or most anyway, and they know how to do it properly so as not to damage anything. To get free quotes from top-rated household moving companies, fill out our household moving quote request form on our Household Moving Articles page to get independent household moving quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. You can also get household moving quotes in addition to multiple vehicle shipping quotes by filling out our free quote form on our homepage; on the second part of the form, the contact information portion, just mark “yes” under the option that asks you whether you want quotes to ship household items or not, and you’ll receive separate quotes from different auto transporters and household movers. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents at any time.

Fresno 2Fresno is a city in as well as the county seat of Fresno County, in the U.S. state of California. Home to over 509,000 residents, Fresno is the fifth-largest city in the state of California, the largest inland city in the state as well as the 34th largest city by population in the entire nation. The city has its roots in the California Gold Rush, though Fresno proper was not founded until 1872. Before its founding Fresno had been known as Fresno Station, where a small store had been built next to a line of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Residents from all over the area flocked to the new station, and Fresno was born out of it. Today, the city is a major transportation and logistics center of California’s Inland Empire region and anchors the greater Fresno Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.1 million residents.

Fresno is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, north of Bakersfield and south of Modesto. Fresno is the fifth-largest city in the largest state by population in the entire country, which is really saying something to the size and scope of the city. Its metropolitan area is also fairly large, at over 1.1 million residents. This in turn makes Fresno a popular auto transport location for customers; with so many people living in one area, and with the size of the city as large as it is, it’s not all that surprising that someone, somewhere, needs to ship a vehicle into or out of Fresno. This generally results in more carriers running routes into and out of Fresno, because there’s always going to be someone who needs to ship a car there.

At the same time, though, Fresno doesn’t sit along any major interstates, but it’s in California, which has a rather large and expansive transportation system as-is. While the nearest interstate to Fresno is I-5, a major interstate in the auto transport industry, to be sure, there’s another another road, highway 99, that runs south roughly parallel to I-5 that services the Inland Empire. Starting in Sacramento and running south to meet up with I-5 in Bakersfield, 99 offers auto transporters access to many inland cities including Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Fresno, Clovis, Visalia and Bakersfield, to name a few. While not the largest cities in California by any means, they are still heavily populated areas, and 99 runs through an area full of literally millions of people. This increases the likelihood of finding customers along the way, and ensures that car shippers will always be able to run the route and turn a profit. By being able to link back up with I-5, which actually passes through only a few minor cities between Stockton and Santa Clarita, 99 may actually be a better choice for auto transporters due to where 99 passes as compared to I-5.

During the summer months Fresno can see temperatures skyrocket into triple digits; average daily highs reach into the upper 90’s, after all, so temperatures over a hundred degrees aren’t all that uncommon. Summer tends to be dry and arid, which is no problem for car shipping carriers. Winter months are also really helpful when shipping to or from Fresno. Auto transport companies don’t like running routes in areas that see a lot of winter weather – snow, ice, things like that. It’s hazardous to the cargo they haul and can result in increased frequencies of damage due to the unpredictable nature of driving in wintry conditions. Fresno sees wet winters, but rarely snow, since average temperatures fall only into the upper 30’s, and the lowest recorded temperature in Fresno is 17 degrees, a rarity in the area to be sure. This leads to more shippers including Fresno in their winter travel plans, since it’s easy to get into and out of due to the lack of snow and is a popular location due to its size.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Fresno, California, be sure to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive multiple quotes in your email from some of the best and highest-rated auto transport companies in the industry today. We clear all the shippers we let advertise with us for reliability and dependability, so you know they will be fully licensed and bonded and the carriers they use will all be fully licensed and insured. This is part of their job, and part of ours is ensuring that those shippers do theirs in the first place. Reputation is a major factor in the auto shipping industry today, and we’re proud of our stellar reputation as one of the best quote providers in the auto transport industry. If you have further questions, make sure to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and give you helpful direction in regards to shipping your next vehicle.