Winter 1When shipping a vehicle you always want to keep your eye on the weather reports in your pickup and delivery areas, because if it’s bad enough it’s going to have a huge impact on your auto transport services and the prices you pay. Most of the time it won’t be; normal weather, even things like cold temperatures, fog and rain, aren’t going to affect your prices in any way, as they are more of an inconvenience than an actual danger for your car shipper. But there’s a lot of different types of weather out there, and the United States is a vast country, and not everyone is up-to-date on weather systems affecting another part of the country hundreds or thousands of miles away. But when you ship a car, you need to be up-to-date on the weather so you can keep track of what’s going on and keep yourself appraised of anything that might affect the shipment of your vehicle in a negative way.

Auto transport gets a bad rap, which is frustrating because complaints almost always come from people who can’t be bothered to be rational human beings. You know the type – people who, no matter what you say, will never, ever concede a point. Talking to those types of people can be frustrating, but especially so for auto transport representatives who have to explain why something isn’t going according to plan, and mother nature really enjoys playing with the weather. Most of the time you won’t see the weather causing any problems, particularly during the warmer parts of the year like spring and summer, which is helpful, but come late summer, fall and winter, things get a lot worse throughout in a lot of areas of the country.

First off, late summer and fall means tornadoes in Tornado Alley and hurricanes on the east coast and the Gulf states, which are two things that auto shippers prefer not to have to face down with a truck full of cargo. Twisters and hurricanes are incredibly hazardous even for everyday people that aren’t hauling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cargo. Running routes through afflicted areas will either be more expensive, since it’s more dangerous, or completely unavailable – much how New Orleans was off limits for weeks following Hurricane Katrina, or New York City after Hurricane Sandy hit a few years back. During the winter months, snow is common, particularly in the northern states, which can also affect your prices – snow is different than a natural disaster (though too much snow can become a natural disaster) but it’s still not fun for car carriers to haul loads through, and many will not.

As mentioned, keep an eye on the weather for the latest information about the weather in your pickup and delivery locations, particularly during the colder, wetter parts of the year. For more tips about using the news and other methods to keep appraised of your shipment, you should talk to a live auto transport expert who can discuss it with you. The best way to get a hold of one is to fill out our free online quote form; it’s free, and what’s more it gets you multiple free quotes from different auto transport companies. You can then compare their prices and services right at your computer and also contact their offices to speak to a live representative. If you have questions about our services or the quotes you’ll get, or just need some help getting your quotes in the first place, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.

Portland 2Portland is a city in as well as the county seat of Cumberland County, in the U.S. state of Maine. Home to a population of over 66,000 residents, Portland is the largest city in the state and anchors a metro area home to over 500,000 total residents – more than a third of Maine’s total population. The city of Portland was first settled as far back as 1633 and was originally known as Casco, then Falmouth when Massachusetts took control of the area. It remained Falmouth until citizens broke away from the town to form their own in 1786, naming the new town Portland This is the Portland that we are discussing today.

As mentioned, Portland anchors the Greater Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 500,000 residents and spanning three counties – four, if you’re counting Androscoggin County, which is no included in the metro area proper but is included in the Portland-Lewiston-Auburn Combined Statistical Area, which spans four counties. What this means is that Portland, on the whole, is not a major city and does not anchor a truly “major” metro area – at just over 500,000 residents the entire Portland metro area would rank in the mid-30’s on a list of largest cities in the country. Auto transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major cities and metro area, of which Portland hardly qualifies; this makes it more expensive and time-consuming, on the whole, to ship either to or from the city.

It doesn’t help that, geographically, the entire state of Maine is incredibly isolated in the far northeastern corner of the country. Couple that with a low population and only one popular route into or out of the area (I-95) and you’ve got yourself an area that no auto transporter really wants to go to. They will, of course, on account of the fact that some customers need to ship into or out of Portland and that it sits along I-95. If you know your interstates or just follow our blog you know that I-95 is the most popular transportation corridor in the country, at least when it comes to shipping cars, because the two most popular areas – New York State and Florida – are serviced by I-95. Portland, Maine is as well, though the lack of customer demand means higher prices into and out of Portland and likely longer wait times.

This is especially true during the winter months when the weather gets cold and everyone is getting out of New England and heading south – usually to Florida. This is because in Maine the weather gets brutally cold, and the snows start falling, and everyone and their brother wants to get down to warmer climes, auto transport companies included. During the summer is the best time to ship to or from Portland due to the nicer weather; the winter brings snow and ice, which create hazardous traveling conditions for auto shippers, which means one wrong move can wreck an entire truck’s worth of vehicles. To avoid the danger of damaging vehicles they tend to avoid snowy routes during the winter…though most shippers will go anywhere for the right price.

Shipping to or from Portland, Maine is not as difficult as it sounds – we just want to prepare you for the possibility that prices will be higher and transportation services harder to find on routes into and out of Portland. The best thing you can do is to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form if you’re interested in seeing how much it costs to get a vehicle into or out of Portland. When you do, you’ll get quotes from top-rated auto transport companies who will give you a total price for door-to-door services to or from the city. Once you get your quotes you can compare their prices and services against one another to find the right shipping company for your needs. If you have further questions about shipping a vehicle or need some help getting your quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 – the number is toll-free and gets you in contact with one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free auto transport quotes today.

Overseas 2Here at American Auto Shipping we can get you free quotes to ship a vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, including overseas states and territories such as Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to name a few. But while those states and territories are not part of the U.S. mainland, they are still parts of the United States, which means they are not international territories and as such do not require international auto transportation services, which are a bit different than when you ship overseas to a U.S. territory. Unfortunately, American Auto Shipping cannot ship to international destinations, and there are several reasons why.

For starters, shipping internationally requires a few different things from you and your shipping company, most notably paperwork. Shipping domestically is a lot easier for most people – that is, shipping within the contiguous U.S. – because of the fact that the paperwork required is fairly minimal. Your broker will need to have insurance certificates of any carrier they work with, but that’s all standard and not something that you will need to be too worried about. The paperwork you will be required to sign is basically the receipt of your shipment, the Bill of Lading, as well as an insurance inspection report at both pickup and delivery. On the whole, shipping a car within the United States is a fairly straightforward process and we make it even easier by getting you free quotes from different shippers.

International shipping, though, is a different beast entirely, one that not a lot of shippers actually do – and those that do have it pretty much handled, making it difficult to break into the international auto shipping industry. This is another reason why American Auto Shipping doesn’t provide international shipping services – it’s hard to find a shipping company willing to jump through all the hoops that come with shipping a vehicle to another country. There’s a lot of paperwork to fill out and a lot of things that you need to be aware of, some of which even we are not aware of. The rules of the game are different when you ship to another country, and with competition for customers as fierce as it is breaking into that industry is challenging and rarely cost-effective.

If you’re looking for quotes to ship a vehicle overseas, you’re on the wrong website, as much as we hate to say it. But if you’re looking for shipping services to or from anywhere in the United States, including overseas states and territories, we’re the ones you want to work with. You can get free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you completely free of charge by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. Once you do, your quotes will be emailed to you from top-rated auto transportation companies within minutes of submitting the quote form; once you have your quotes you can compare prices and services and find the right shipper for your needs. Have questions or concerns? Give us a call at 800-930-7417; the line is toll-free and gets you in direct contact with one of our helpful agents, who can answer questions, give advice and information about shipping a vehicle and who can help you get your free quotes today.

Lifted Truck 1There’s a lot that can go wrong when you ship a car. Does it always happen? No. In fact, the most common complaint most customers have is the fact that some aspect of the shipment is taking too long – too long to find a carrier, to long for them to show up, too long for them to move it. Most of the time, the things that customers complain about are things that no one really has any control over, which can be frustrating, yes, but it’s something you just gotta deal with. It’s like when you’re searching for prices and want to find the cheapest price but you’re shipping something that’s not going to be cheap to move. You know what a lot of people do in that situation?

They lie. And it’s so frustrating when they do. They lie about what they’re shipping, they lie about how big it is, how much it’s been modified, all of these factors that definitely impact your price – and also your services, which we’ll get to in a moment. These types of customers can turn a Ford F-250 4×4 into a Mini Cooper with the power of words and anonymity, but it’s not something to be proud of or something you should strive to do when you ship a car, the main reason being the fact that every quote you get is going to be completely worthless. Auto transportation is an expensive experience, yes, but one that is almost always worth the money you end up shelling out. If it wasn’t worth it, thousands of people wouldn’t ship their vehicles every day

Auto transport is worth it because how else are you going to get your car from New York to Los Angeles, drive it? In all seriousness, auto transportation is a valuable asset to a number of different businesses, industries and customers out there and a lynchpin for many a used car dealership. Auto transportation companies price their shipments on what you’re shipping, where you’re shipping from and to and the time of year, as well as other factors such as how much fuel is and how popular a given route is. Lying about where you’re shipping from or to or the size of the vehicle you are shipping is not in your best interest and certainly not in the best interest of your auto transport company.

If you lie about the size or weight of your vehicle your carrier might dispatch the wrong type of truck to pick your vehicle up…or, not, if it’s not the right type of shipper. For instance, some pickup trucks are so large they literally can’t fit on a standard ten-car carrier, so can you imagine what happens if you get the wrong sized transport truck to pick it up? Yeah, it won’t be able to be loaded. This is a huge waste of time for you and an even bigger waste of time and money for a car transporter, and they’ll likely want to take your money because of your lies. ALWAYS tell the truth when explaining what type of vehicle you are shipping, no matter how big or small or beat up. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t have an engine or if it’s missing doors or seats, just as long as it’s the same year, make, model and in the same condition as you say it is when you get your quote.

If you’re interested in getting top-rated quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you free of charge, do yourself a favor and fill out our free quote form. It takes you only a minute and nets you free, accurate auto transport quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry today. We clear all our advertisers for reliability to ensure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be in good hands with whomever you decide to book with. For questions or help getting your quotes, you can contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free quotes today.

TV moving 2Household moving companies have to provide customers with what is known as a list of tariffs. Basically, it’s a pricing sheet which goes over how they price their shipments and what you can expect when it comes to moving your household items. A lot of companies have the same basic prices for the same basic services, or at least they’ll be close to one another, which really helps when it comes to finding the right household moving company for your specific needs. If you’re moving a lot of items, one of the most important things that you can do is understand how household moving companies price larger items and what it will do to your shipping prices.

Household movers charge customers based on the weight of their shipment and how expensive or important it is to ship…usually. There’s a few different ways to price a household move, and it does depend on the company you are discussing it with and getting prices from, but one of the most common things you’ll see is a bulky item charge. These are charges for items that take special care to move, secure, and ship via an interstate transport truck – things like TV’s, large stereos, computers and monitors, large and expensive paintings, the list goes on – if the item is big or bulky and expensive, it’s likely going to come with a bulky article charge.

Not all items that get slapped with a bulk item charge are actually bulky; it usually just means that extra care or handling is required with those items. How a moving company prices bulky items is up to their tariffs, which is a list of services and prices, is up to them, which is why gathering multiple quotes is a key component in your search for the right household moving company. Each moving company may charge you slightly differently than others based on where you are shipping from and to and how much you are shipping. Charges for bulky items are at the discretion of your mover, so make sure you understand their policies and procedures when it comes to moving bulk items so you aren’t left paying hundreds more than you have to.

If you’re interested in getting quotes from top-rated household moving companies, be sure to visit our Household Moving Articles page to gain access to our free household moving quote request form. In addition to gaining access to our free household moving form, you gain access to our list of helpful household moving articles that you can peruse to get more information about the process of moving household items and how the industry in general works. If you’re shipping household items along with a vehicle, you can get quotes for both to the left of this page; simply fill out our free auto transport quote form and, on the contact information portion, mark that you would like to receive household moving quotes as well. If you have further questions, you can always talk to one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417.