Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at
Auto transport by rail was one the preferred method of shipping a vehicle from one part of the country to the other. Until the 1980′s, the railroads were still the primary method of moving freight across the country. Since the early 19th century the railroads were the main method of transportation, and the growth of the U.S. has been directly attributed to the rise of the railroads. Rail’s heyday, however, has come and gone; since the construction of the Interstate Highway System began in the 1950′s, the United States has slowly turned toward the automobile as its preferred method of transportation, and as the 20th century rolled into the 21st fewer and fewer rail lines were in continual use. A good chunk of the freight moving in the U.S. today is moved via overland transport trucks as opposed to via the rail network, and this is definitely including automobiles.
Automobile transportation via rail is not as common as it once was, at least not for individual shippers. The main reason is that so few companies actually have contract with the rail lines nowadays; with the explosion of the auto transport industry following the advent of the Internet in the 1990′s, most auto shippers utilize auto transport trucks – overland carriers that utilize the vast network of roads in the U.S. Auto transportation startup costs are much lower now than they were 20 or 30 years ago, which has also contributed to the decline in auto transport via rail services. Many routes today are simply no longer profitable for companies that one provided auto transportation services by rail.
Rail service, due to its very nature, typically takes at least as long as overland transportation services, but sometimes even longer depending on the route. For instance, cross-country treks can take anywhere from two to three weeks via rail, whereas auto transport by truck generally takes at most 14 days. Cost is generally higher via auto transport by rail as well. With competition via overland truck so fierce, and the rail lines owned by only a handful of major companies, rail transport services for individuals is generally 25-50% more expensive than the cost of transport by truck. For more information regarding auto transport by rail services, we highly recommend calling our toll-free telephone number and speaking to one of our live agents today. For free auto transport quotes from reputable and reliable car transport companies, fill out our free online quote request form and get ten free quotes e-mailed to you within the next hour.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at
Putting some items in the trunk of your vehicle sounds like a good idea – why pay a household mover to ship a bunch of your stuff when you can just put a few select items in the trunk of your car when it’s being shipped and kill two birds with one stone? The logic is sound, but there are some things that could happen that you should be aware of before you decide to put anything in the trunk of the vehicle you’re shipping. For starters, you need to be aware of the fact that auto shippers aren’t licensed to carry any household goods, and if they get caught with any it could mean a big fine and the confiscation of any contraband. This means a government agency could conceivably seize control of your belongings…and not give them back.
Not only that but additional items in the trunk of your vehicle increases the weight of your vehicle, which can cause problems if there’s too much weight. Weigh stations that dot the highways are meant to keep the weight of heavy trucks in check – and by “heavy” trucks we of course mean commercial haulers, not privately-owned pickup trucks or the like. Many areas of the country have roads that can’t handle vehicles that are too heavy, particularly bridges and overpasses, so you need to be aware of this fact when it comes to transporting your vehicle from one area to another with stuff inside. This is why it’s generally recommended that you only have 50-100 pounds of linens and clothing in the trunk.
A less-common danger is theft. Not theft from the auto transport driver or carrier, but from people that come up to the cars parked on the truck at night and rifling through them. Your carrier will always lock the vehicle’s doors after loading and they will remained locked through the duration of the journey, but if your $3,000 stereo system is just sitting in the backseat, it’s easy enough for someone to break your window in the middle of the night, take off with it, and no one would be any the wiser. Make sure to keep the cab of your vehicle completely clean, and if you have a high-end stereo hooked up to your vehicle you may want to consider removing it. Large antennas, particularly on smaller vehicles, are a dead giveaway to a nice system; avoid theft as well as damage to your system or other vehicles by removing any removable antennas and other exterior accessories from your vehicle prior to shipping. You can even put them in the trunk. There are always dangers when shipping stuff inside a vehicle, but if you’re smart about it and you follow the instructions laid down by your driver or your representative you shouldn’t have any problems.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at
Are you looking to transport household goods from one state to another? Moving is a big issue for many people, particularly if you’re relocating to another part of the country as opposed to across town. Many people handle their moves themselves, including packing and transportation, which can add a lot of stress to an already stressful situation. But if you aren’t looking at using a U-Haul to move your stuff, how else are you going to get it from A to B? Well, the only real answer is to hire an independent moving company, one that can handle all your stuff and ship it from wherever it’s at to wherever it needs to go. There are a few things you should be aware of, however, when it comes to transporting household goods, namely that you have some options in regards to the services provided.
Most household goods movers give you the choice between either full-service or self-service. Full-service moving is when you hire a company to not only move your goods from A to B but also to pack up the little things in boxes and secure them for transport. Full-service moving is the most common type of moving, but you should know that it’s a bit more expensive than self-service moving. Self-service moving is when you pack your stuff yourself and then hire a company to simply load it into the truck and transport it your new home. Self-service moving, naturally, is a bit less expensive than full-service moving, but it does come with more manual labor on your end.
Ultimately which one you decide on is up to you; our household goods moving articles can help find some direction if this is your first time trying to find a good household goods mover to transport your stuff. There’s a lot of information on that page, so we recommend perusing through it and seeing what’s available for you to read. If you have questions, feel free to read our household goods shipping FAQ, where you can get some of the more common questions asked of us answered. If you’re interested in getting multiple household moving quotes to ship your belongings, you can fill out the moving quote form on the left sidebar of our moving articles page, and you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live household goods moving experts, who can answer your questions, get you those free quotes and generally make your life that much easier – well, your move, anyway.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at
The New England region of the United States is one of the oldest in terms of European colonial settlement. Comprised of six states, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, the region has had a profound effect on the growth and development of the United States, starting with the beginnings of the American Revolution in the late 18th century. New England has been at the forefront of cultural, technological, economic and industrial innovations for almost four hundred years. Much of this stems from the fact that five of the six states that make up New England rely heavily on the Atlantic Ocean, be it via trade or via fishing or shipbuilding. Located in the far northeastern reaches of the U.S., New England has developed differently from the rest of the country due to its geographically isolated nature.
When transporting a vehicle to or from New England you should be aware of the demographics of the region. Boston is the main economic and cultural center of the region, as well as its largest city. In a region that includes six states, Boston is naturally going to be the easiest and cheapest location to ship a vehicle from or to. New England, because of its isolation, is not the easiest region to ship vehicles from, to and within, particularly the far-northern states such as Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. With low populations, low population densities, and little infrastructure to support interstate auto transportation outside of the major metro areas, New England is one of the more difficult areas for transportation companies to ship vehicles to and from. This does not mean it’s impossible, but does mean that some times of the year will be inherently easier to ship during than others.
When shipping to New England the cheapest times of the year are generally the spring and summer, as that’s when customers known as snowbirds are looking for car transport services back north. Snowbirds typically ship their vehicles from New England down to Florida or other areas of the Gulf Coast to ride out the severe winter weather that pervades New England during that time of the year. Florida winters are much more mild than Connecticut winters, so when people are shipping vehicles south for the winter many carriers are offering deals in order to fill their trucks quickly. It’s easier to give a per-car discount to ten different cars if they’re all going from one region to another, because it’s just a straight shot down I-95. But there are times when shipping to or from New England can be difficult, which is why we recommend contacting your representative to talk about when the best times to ship to or from New England will be. For multiple quotes to ship to or from any New England city, you can fill out our free online quote request form; if you have additional questions, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to our live car shipping expert.
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at
Expedited auto transport services are a special type of service that gets your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour pickup window as opposed to the standard 1-10 days that most auto transporters give. Not all auto transport companies provide expedited transportation services, but those that do generally do so for a higher price. The 1-10 day pickup window is generally considered standard (some companies may have slightly different numbers, but the maximum any pickup window will go is two weeks), and of all the cars shipped the majority of them get picked up within 5-7 days from the date of booking. Expedited services speed that up, which naturally puts more pressure on your representatives to find you a transportation service to get your vehicle moved ASAP.
The problem with expedited shipping is carrier availability, and one of the ways your representative gets around that particular problem, is by offering more money to any carrier willing to pick up the load quickly. Generally you’ll be paying anywhere from 50-150% above the cost of normal transport for expedited services, though how much depends on where you’re shipping from and to and the various factors that go into pricing pickup from different locations around the country. You will likely save money on expedited services by shipping to or from major metropolitan areas, as there will be more potential carriers available for pickup, though this is of course after the additional expenses that come with shipping on an expedited basis.
When speaking of expedited shipping services you should be aware of the different methods available to you through your representative. To get your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour window, your representative may have to call a local tow company to pick it up and move it to a storage facility, where it will then wait for a carrier to pick it up. The additional costs will generally be split between the tow company, storage facility and the carrier, so this method is rather pricey – however, if you’re needing your vehicle off your hands quickly, this is a great way to go. Additionally, your representative could try to find a direct carrier, which is generally what they will try to do first. However, many areas have no carriers willing to pickup vehicles on an expedited basis, which brings us back to the tips mentioned in the paragraph above. For more about expedited shipping services, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our auto transportation experts who can answer questions and give more tips regarding this and any other auto transport service you can provide. Additionally, you can fill out our free form to get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable shipping companies who can also answer your questions.