Milwaukee 1Milwaukee is a city located in Milwaukee County, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It sits as the county seat of Milwaukee County and is home to a population of over 594,800 residents, which makes it the largest city in the state. Indeed, Milwaukee is the 31st largest city in the entire United States in terms of total population, though while it is Wisconsin’s largest city it is not the capital, which belongs to Madison. Founded in 1818 and incorporated in 1846, Milwaukee traces its history back to French trappers and traders who settled the area in part because of the abundant wildlife. Today, Milwaukee is known for its brewing traditions and for its diverse and friendly culture.

Milwaukee anchors its own metropolitan statistical area, which is home to a population of over 2.025 million residents and ranks as the largest metro area in Wisconsin and the 31st largest in the United States. The Milwaukee metro area spans eight counties and is home to over a third of the entire population of Wisconsin. This is great news for you if you are in need of auto transport services to or from Milwaukee, as car shippers prefer to construct routes through major metro areas surrounding the largest cities in the U.S. At the same time, however, Milwaukee is located in Wisconsin, which is pretty far out of the way for many car transport carriers; though they prefer to stick to major cities and metro areas, they like to avoid going too far north, especially during the winter months.

It really helps that Chicago sits about 50 miles or so south of Milwaukee along a major interstate. Auto transporters like to stick to the primary interstate highways because they tend to run through the largest cities, giving carriers access to the largest markets in the industry. This is great. At the same time, however, going too far north can be problematic, as the northern regions tend to see less vehicle transport traffic on the whole. This is mitigated somewhat by I-94, which is numbered as an east-west interstate but actually runs south from Milwaukee to Chicago. It is an east-west interstate highway, of course, and continues both east and west of Milwaukee.

The city’s northern climate doesn’t help matters and is a big reason why we mentioned that car transport carriers don’t like running routes through the deep north, especially during the winter months. Milwaukee gets hot during the summer, but it’s the snow and ice that starts coming during the late fall that can disrupt auto transport traffic (and any kind of traffic, really). Most people who grew up or currently live in Milwaukee have plenty of experience with snow and ice, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a car shipping driver from Florida or Texas is going to understand what to do when driving through the kind of wintry weather that Milwaukee is prone to. Because of this, most companies avoid the entire region during the winter months, though some are still brave enough to service those routes – it generally is harder to find them, though, which usually increases pickup windows and transit time – and also cost – through Milwaukee during the winter.

But no matter what time of year you plan on shipping your vehicle, you can get free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed directly to you within about an hour by filling out our free quote form. Just put in where you’re shipping from and to, what kind of vehicle you’re shipping and some basic contact information so you can receive your quotes – once you submit the form, you’ll get your price estimates in your email within minutes of submission. Those prices come from top-rated and vetted car transport companies whose job it is to ship your vehicle. Compare them against one another, talk to their live agents, and find the right shipper for you. If you have questions about our services or about shipping a car in general, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417.

Credit Card 1We’ve only discussed payment methods and options in our Auto Shipping FAQ series once before, and in that post we discussed the different (common) methods that auto shippers provide to their customers. But we haven’t discussed much about how the payments are divvied up – remember, there are actually two different auto transport companies you will be working with. You book your order with your broker, who finds a car transport carrier to actually haul it for you. Most times you ship, your broker will take their payment, known as a deposit, and you will pay the rest of the balance to the carrier upon delivery of your vehicle.

This is the most common way that car transport companies divide their payments and the fastest, easiest and most convenient way for most customers and most shippers. However, there are other ways to pay, notably prepay. A prepaid shipment is when you pay the entire balance – both the deposit and the carrier price – when you book your order. Prepaid shipments are fairly rare because car transport carriers really don’t want to have to wait for the broker they contracted with to send them their money, which can take weeks or even months depending on the reputation of the broker. It is also for that reason that many carriers try to avoid prepaid shipments if they can, which leads to longer waiting times for pickup.

What we’re saying is that paying a deposit when you book your order or upon dispatch or pickup will almost always lead to faster pickup and transportation services than a prepaid shipment, making it by far the easiest way to pay for your vehicle shipment. What’s nice is that most auto transport brokers will work with their customers to make sure they get the services they need. This goes beyond just doing their job; many companies will work with you to allow you to pay your deposit price in other ways than a credit card, if you need, and will also work with you in regards to your timetable and your scheduling and budget – within reason, of course.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle through a top-rated, reputable and reliable car transport company, you don’t need to do much – just fill out our free online auto transport quote request form and you’ll get multiple free quotes in your email inbox from some of the best car shipping companies in the industry. Once you have your quotes, which typically come in within about an hour of submission (some show up within minutes), you can compare those companies against one another, including the prices they are offering and the services they provide, to find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, the auto transport industry in general, or just need some help getting your quotes, you can speak to one of our live agents any time by calling 800-930-7417.

fast auto transport companiesShipping a vehicle can be a long and complex process, even if it doesn’t sound like it at the start. A lot can go wrong when you’re trying to get a vehicle shipped, and one of the most common mistakes people make is not giving their car transport representative all the facts about their vehicle, or their pickup or delivery location. See, your auto transport representative will need information from you in regards to where you are shipping from and to, what type of vehicle you are shipping (including year, make and model), when you need to ship, and much more. Specific answers to questions will help you a lot more than you might realize.

When you first start looking for a shipping company, you’ll likely see a lot of car transport quote request forms that only ask for a city and state and the year, make and model of your vehicle. This is standard among quote providers because when shippers are pricing freight it rarely makes a difference to them if you’re shipping from one part of town or the other. However, once you actually book your shipment, you’ll likely be asked for more information in order to set everything up. The most common is addresses; in this regard, specific addresses are important mainly to give shippers an idea of where exactly they need to get to. This then allows them to communicate with you should there be any problems getting to or from your specific pickup or delivery location, and adjust accordingly.

Something else you should be specific about is what vehicle you are shipping. With so many different cars and trucks and SUV’s and vans on the road today, saying you’re shipping a “Ford Pickup” doesn’t really tell anyone anything. While you can get a good idea of what your shipment will cost with just the pickup and delivery cities, with your vehicle you’ll want to be as specific as possible from the get-go. Larger, heavier vehicles cost more to ship due to the increased weight hurting fuel efficiency and taking up extra space. If a vehicle is too big for a common carrier to ship, alternate transportation will need to be arranged, which will likely be even more expensive. Being specific with where you’re shipping and what you’re shipping – as well as when you need to ship – will allow your auto transport representative to find someone willing to ship your vehicle without any guesswork. This tends to make everything go more smoothly on the whole, which makes your shipment easier.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and you’re searching for a company to help you get it moved, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online car transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email from auto transport companies we clear for dependability and reliability ahead of time. This means we make sure all those companies are fully licensed, bonded, insured and highly rated by the Better Business Bureau and multiple independent car shipper review websites. Once you have your quotes, you can start to compare them against one another from the comfort of your own home or office. Check their prices and services, talk to their agents and learn more about how they can help you get your vehicle moved. If you have questions about our services, or need some help filling out our free quote form or just need some help understanding how the car transport industry works, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

San Jose 1San Jose, home to a population of over one million residents, is the third-largest city in the state of California, the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the county seat of Santa Clara County. The city was founded in November 1777 by the Spanish. It was the first civilian settlement in Alta California, which was its name before joining the United States. San Jose was primarily a farming community, and remained relatively agricultural and rural until the end of World War II. After the war, a housing boom saw much of San Jose’s farmland slowly develop into the commercial and residential powerhouse the city is today.

In 1850 the city was home to 3,500 residents; a century later, it was home to 95,000 residents, which jumped up to over 204,000 in 1960, and over 459,000 in 1970. San Jose has experienced unprecedented growth since 1950, which has made it one of the most popular areas in the state of California to relocate to. With a mix of retail, technology, healthcare, education, and even some manufacturing. It sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, which has led to exorbitant housing prices when compared to other parts of the Bay Area. However, San Jose is still one of the most popular areas in the state of California to move to, which tends to make it cheaper to get your goods shipped to or from the city.

Located at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, San Jose is easily accessible via US-101 as well as several auxiliary interstates. For household moving companies, this really doesn’t break the bank much; the industry sees a lot of traffic through California and the rest of the west coast, so most household movers are used to the routes and can easily get from one area to another. It also helps with both your prices and your pickup windows that San Jose sees a lot of people moving to the area. With the city’s focus on more population density in their downtown core and the sprawl of the city as a whole, San Jose is a focal point for household moving services in the Bay Area.

If you’re interested in household goods transportation to or from San Jose, take a minute to visit our Household Moving Articles page, where you will get access to our exclusive household moving quote request form. You can fill it out and, when you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes from top-rated household moving companies free of charge. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle as well as your household items, you can request free quotes for both by filling out our standard auto transport quote request form to the left. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your quotes, you can also talk to one of our helpful, friendly representatives any time by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417.

Charleston 2Charleston is a city in as well as the county seat of Kanawha County, and the capital of the U.S. state of West Virginia. Home to a population of over 50,800 residents, it is also the largest city in the state. Charleston has long acted as a center of trade, government and industry even going back to before West Virginia became a state. Charleston first started out as Fort Lee, built back in 1781, though after a point the fort was closed, but the city remained. Charleston has long been a major salt and coal town, though since the 1970’s industry has slowly dwindled, to be replaced by more modern economic sectors such as retail, utilities, medicine and education.

Charleston anchors its own metropolitan area, known as the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 240,000 residents and spans three counties. On the whole, the Charleston metro area is not very large, and is not a popular car transport location for either customers or carriers. Auto transport carriers want to run routes through major cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas, which also tend to be fairly large, because that’s where the customers tend to be. With more options, carriers can quickly get from one area to another, keeping prices down and transit times quicker. Charleston, though, is remote, small and not that easy to access, which makes it more expensive and it also takes longer.

It helps that the city sits along two interstate highways, but neither is incredibly popular among car shippers because of their routes. I-64 runs east-west through the city while I-77 runs north-south. Normally this would be a good thing – and, really, it is, because if those interstates weren’t there it’d likely be even more expensive to ship into or out of Charleston. The main reason why it’s more expensive for you than other routes of a similar distance is because the area isn’t popular among customers. With few people needing car transport through Charleston, carriers have to charge more per load in order to make ends meet.

During the spring and summer months tend to be the best time to ship to or from Charleston on account of the weather being nice and more demand among customers. During the fall and winter, demand tends to drop, and around Charleston the temperatures tend to drop as well. This usually leads to wintry weather conditions – snow and ice, in other words, which are two things that auto transport carriers like to avoid if at all possible. Usually, old man winter tends to slow things down to a crawl, which is why many shipping companies shift their routes to the southern United States, where not only is it warmer but the demand is higher as well.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Charleston, West Virginia, you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple car transport quotes emailed to you within about an hour. Your quotes will come from vetted car transport companies that we clear for dependability, reliability, and whom we make sure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Once you have your quotes, you can compare those companies against one another and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your quotes, you can call us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.