Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at
Glendale is the fifth-largest city in the state of Arizona, with a population of over 226,000 residents. Originally nothing more than desert wasteland (like much of Arizona during the early 19th century), Glendale was brought to life by William John Murphy, an ex-New Yorker living in Flagstaff, who realized that money could be made parceling and selling the land that would become Glendale. 1887 saw the rise of Glendale to Arizona prominence, and it was during that time that Murphy constructed Grand Avenue, an 18-mile diagonal road to Phoenix that is still in use today. Glendale is known as Arizona’s Antique Capital today and is the home of Midwestern University. You can also learn more about Glendale via the city’s official website.
Glendale is a prominent suburb of Phoenix, the largest city by population in Arizona, and sits just slightly north of Interstate 10 and west of Interstate 17, both of which intersect in the heart of Phoenix proper. This makes Glendale rather easy to get to and from, and many auto transport companies run routes through Phoenix due to the city’s popularity, particularly during the fall and winter months, as it is a prime snowbird location, as is Glendale and many of the surrounding suburbs of Phoenix. I-10 is perhaps the easiest and fastest route to Glendale, as I-17 really only services Arizona – it connects Phoenix to Flagstaff, which sits further north, and turns into I-10 just south of Phoenix.
These two interstates do limit the routes that auto shippers can generally use to get into and out of the area, but the city’s population, size, and popularity as a snowbird area make it one of the cheapest areas in the southwest to ship a vehicle to and from. Summer shipping may be a bit more expensive, and it’s generally cheaper to ship out of Glendale than into it during the winter months, but on the whole the weather actually helps when it comes to moving vehicles in and out of the area, because it never really gets to snowy or icy – in fact, Glendale has some of the most days of sunshine out of all the U.S. cities, so take that for what you will. If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle either to or from Glendale, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents about auto transportation to and from Glendale.
Friday, August 1st, 2014 at
Unlike auto transport broker horror stories, customers that have a bad experience with an auto transport carrier typically have it worse. It’s one thing to have to wait for a carrier to pick your car up, but another thing entirely when your car shows up with dings and dents or – even worse – totaled. A quick glance at different carrier review websites shows that not all auto transporters are worth their weight in salt, and finding one that is going to do a good job for you while providing those services at competitive prices can be quite difficult, and a process that you have little control over because you don’t actually pick the carrier – your broker does.
Many customers have had complaints about the carrier being late, or not showing up at all, and of course the carrier always has a hundred reasons as to why they were late or unable to pick up at a certain time or on a certain date. Other customers have those stories where their vehicle, picked up looking brand-new (or at least close to it), is delivered in absolutely horrible condition, something that no one wants to go through. Most people are able to leave reviews of their services on Only Carrier Reviews or Transport Reviews, which are great resources for other customers to find out what companies are good and which ones aren’t. Of course, not everyone leaves reviews, and this is part of the reason why auto transporter horror stories still exist today.
When searching for a company, do your homework, read reviews, and talk to the company that your broker has found for you. You certainly don’t have to accept the carrier company that your broker has found for you; this is something a lot of people don’t understand, and its a good way to avoid the horror story if you can. Talk to your broker after they dispatch your shipment and find out what carrier company they’re using – they’re obligated to tell you, after all, since they’re handling your car. If you do not feel comfortable shipping with the carrier that they’ve selected for you, tell your broker immediately, and they should be able to get your vehicle reassigned to another carrier owned by another company. If you still need to get in contact with different auto transport brokers, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live agent who can answer questions and help you get your quotes, or you can fill out our free online quote form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking toward the future, it seems, by giving out awards totaling over $11 million to two projects aimed at advancing carbon fiber technology through renewable non-food-based feedstocks, like “woody biomass” and agricultural byproducts. Carbon fiber, if you are unaware, can – if applied to the auto transport industry – help to increase fuel efficiency and lower the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels. Biodiesel is another word for it, and it’s something that we here at American Auto Shipping have been talking about for a few years now. According to Green Car Congress, the awards will go to two different research firms, the Southern Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to help them advance the carbon fiber movement and get these technologies into the hands of the people.
This can be big. For years, speculation about carbon fiber and other biomass technologies has abounded, but little has been made in the way of implementing it into standard auto transport trucks. Biofuel has made its way into our standard fuel, with things like E10 and E15 mixes already being implemented for use in standard cars, but this research could potentially have major impacts on the auto transport industry, particularly on customers and how much they pay. Auto transport trucks get anywhere from 7-10 miles per gallon of diesel fuel; that’s not very good fuel economy, and they get even less around big cities where stop and go traffic sees them idling a lot on the open road. Biofuels could help mitigate the costs by providing cleaner-burning, more efficient fuels for their trucks to run on, increasing fuel efficiency while at the same time lowering auto transportation prices for customers.
Right now the largest fixed cost in the industry is fuel. Diesel costs anywhere from $3.80 in the Gulf States to roughly $4.00 on the West Coast for a gallon of diesel. That’s a lot of money. Nationwide averages are right around $3.85 a gallon, which can really put a hole in an auto shippers’ wallet. Lowering fuel costs help to lower auto transport prices, and customers like yourself could start seeing this implemented sometime within the next decade, if we’re lucky. Until then, unfortunately, auto transporters have to run on diesel, but lucky for you we can get you multiple free quotes from highly rated auto transportation companies that work with only the best auto shippers in the industry. They can get you great deals to ship from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, and you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. They can answer questions, get you free quotes, and much more.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at
Bellevue, home to over 122,000 residents, is the fourth-largest city in the state of Washington and the largest suburb of Seattle (the state’s most-populous city). Bellevue has recently undergone rapid growth and vitalization despite the recent economic depression that hit in 2008, and this has led to the city being named as the best place in America to live and start a business. Bellevue’s downtown core – once a sleepy, small town – rose to prominence during the first part of the 21st century, and its rapid growth and expansion has caused the city to become number six on the list of wealthiest cities in Washington State. It also has the second-largest downtown core, after Seattle, with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents. Learn more about Bellevue here.
Bellevue sits in the Puget Sound, east of Seattle and across Lake Washington. It is accessible from Seattle primarily via I-90, which is the main east-west interstate running through north-central Washington State. I-90 is an important interstate in the northern U.S. and connects to several major routes including north-south I-5 – the two actually intersect in downtown Seattle. Though perhaps not the most popular area in Washington State to ship a vehicle to, it is becoming more and more popular as the years go on and its growth continues; as the largest suburb in Seattle, it’s most definitely the most popular suburb of a major city to ship to in the Pacific Northwest. This generally results in lower auto transport prices for customers.
As Bellevue sits right along I-90 – and is also accessible via I-405, an auxiliary interstate of I-5 – it’s not surprising that prices into and out of the area are cheaper than other parts of Washington, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be as cheap to ship to Bellevue as, say, a suburb of Miami, namely because Washington State is pretty far out of the way for a lot of auto transporters and it tends to cost them more money to physically move in and out of Washington, even Seattle and the surrounding metro area. If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from Bellevue, give us a call at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online quote request form; you’ll get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour, and if you call you can talk to one of our live representatives and get more information about the auto transport industry, have questions answered, and get help navigating the site and our free online quote form.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at
The auto transport industry is expensive for a lot of people looking to ship a car. Unlike things like UPS or FedEx, you’re not shipping a small package; you’re shipping an entire vehicle, sometimes more than one, and this requires the use of large auto transport trucks – 60,000 pound vehicles, on average – that haul up to ten cars at a time. These vehicles are not cheap to drive or maintain, and they require drivers to have a CDL – commercial driver’s license – which requires extensive training behind the wheel of the vehicle, as well as training in the operation and maintenance of such a large vehicle, as well as training in loading, securing, and unloading the vehicles that they transport. None of this is cheap for the operator, but that’s all startup cost; when it comes right down to it, auto transport is expensive because driving is expensive.
Think about it. With gasoline prices hovering anywhere from $3.50-$4.00 per gallon, and diesel fuel (the fuel that every auto transport truck runs on) even more expensive, driving around with ten cars on the back of a diesel truck gets expensive quick. This is the main reason why auto transport is expensive, and why most auto transport companies make you pay through the nose for their services. As most auto transporters are independent owner-operators, they’re responsible for paying for their own fuel and don’t get paid by the hour; they get paid by the job. Therefore, auto shippers have to be able to cover the cost of the fuel that they buy. But wait, there’s more – they also have to pay for lodging, at least those that don’t have beds in their truck (and few of them do, unlike long-haul truckers in other industries). This means that they have to spend money on hotel fare, and food, and basically the day-to-day necessities that many of us take for granted. They live on the road, more often than not, and each job they do nets them only so much money; many auto shippers live on the edge because of how much they spend.
This is partly why they rely on brokers to find them loads. Brokers help auto transporters keep costs down by helping them keep their trucks filled. If an auto transport driver is hauling around an empty truck, they aren’t making money, and that’s bad for them. So, they rely on brokers – the companies that you’ll get quotes from if you fill out our free form – to help mitigate that and keep their trucks filled. Then they have to inflate the prices slightly so that they make a bit of profit, because shipping anything for cost doesn’t help them from a business perspective. So next time that you get your quotes and want a good auto transport company, don’t go with the lowest one; not only are you not helping your auto transport company out, but they’ll be less inclined to do a good job for you, because when was the last time you drove across the country for someone else for absolutely free?