Auto Shipping to Yonkers, New York

Yonkers 1Yonkers is a city located in Westchester County, New York. The fourth-largest city by population in the state, Yonkers is currently home to over 198,000 residents according to the most recent census estimates. Yonkers sits just minutes north of Manhattan, the largest of New York City’s five boroughs, and just across the Hudson River from northeastern New Jersey and cities such as Englewood and Bergenfield. The city of Yonkers was first founded in 1645 when New York’s first lawyer, Adriaen van der Donck; he was known locally as the Jonkeer (pronounced “yon-keer”), a name which means “young gentleman” or “Esquire” in Old Dutch, and also where the name “Yonkers” is derived. After settlement, Yonkers remained a small farming community for a number of years; during the Industrial Revolution, the city’s waterfront became a hotbed of industrial activity, giving Yonkers a more urban and industrial feel. Yonkers remained a major industrial center until the beginning of the end of the 20th century, though today its economy has shifted to a more service-based one, along with the rest of the United States.

Yonkers sits within the Greater New York City Metropolitan Area, which is home to over 23 million people and spans 13,000 square miles. Auto transportation to and from Yonkers is generally fairly cheap and quick, depending on where you’re shipping from, mainly because of where Yonkers sits geographically, as well as how many different routes there are into the city. Yonkers sits a bit north of Manhattan, just west of Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle. Yonkers sits along Interstate 87, which runs north to Albany and services many towns in upstate New York. I-87 is a major north-south interstate through New York State, making it one of the more popular auto transport routes; since it runs right through Manhattan on its way north, it’s not all that surprising that auto shippers frequently utilize the route in order to meet their customers’ demands. This generally means Yonkers will see lower auto transport traffic during the busy times of the year, especially since New York City – and the Greater New York area – is a popular auto transport location most of the time.

Of course, some companies may not want to go all the way north to Yonkers, which is why other pickup and delivery areas may benefit both you and your wallet more than Yonkers itself. If an auto transport carrier isn’t planning on running north into upstate New York, or even further northeast into New England, Yonkers may not be at the top of their want-to-go-there list. You should definitely talk to your auto transport driver about possible alternatives that will make it easier for him to pickup or deliver your vehicle; areas such as northeastern New Jersey, particularly areas like Hoboken, Jersey City, Passaic or Union City may be good alternatives. This gets you a location that’s still relatively close to Yonkers but doesn’t necessitate your shipper going all the way through Manhattan or past it, even, to get to where you are. This can save you time and money on the whole, so make sure to talk to a shipping company about the possible relocation of your pickup or delivery area. As always, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, or you can fill out our free online quote request form to get free quotes to ship your vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, including Alaska or Hawaii.

What is Door to Door Auto Transport?

Carson City 1Door to door auto transport services are considered standard shipping in the auto transport industry. We’ve discussed door to door auto transport before; it’s pretty easy to figure out once you kind of understand how it works. Door to door service is when your auto transport carrier picks your vehicle up as close to the given pickup location as possible, and delivers it as close to the given delivery location as possible. With door to door services, you will meet the driver of the truck your vehicle is being shipped on at both pickup and delivery and you can actually watch the entire process, from the time you first meet with your shipper until the vehicle is loaded onto the truck and driven away. Unlike terminal to terminal auto shipping, you’re entitled to stay and make sure that the carrier doesn’t damage your vehicle in some way during pickup or delivery, and getting to meet the person in charge of protecting your vehicle during transport is typically a good idea, all things considered.

Another big advantage that comes with door to door auto transport is the fact that it’s generally faster. Auto shippers prefer to run door to door routes, and they’re going to be the loads that they tend to pickup first. This usually means that door to door shipments move faster than terminal to terminal shipments, though this does come with a slight price hike. Most door to door pickup windows are 3-7 days from the day you book your order, with a swing of +/- 3 days (this means that it can take as little as one day to get your vehicle picked up, or possibly as long as ten days – or more – depending on your shipment details). This is in stark contrast with terminal to terminal orders, which can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks from initial pickup to final delivery – and the longer the distance between pickup and delivery, the longer it’s going to take. Not only that, but with terminal shipping you have to actively drop your vehicle off at a storage facility where it will sit and wait for a shipper to show up, taking a lot of power away from you in the process.

Door to door shipping is safer for everyone involved, even carriers; terminals can be notoriously shady, and if damage occurs between the time you drop your vehicle off and the carrier picks it up, you’ll likely have no idea who caused the damage, and therefore no one to go after to actually fix those damages. Door to door service allows you to watch the entire pickup and delivery process, and since your vehicle stays on the same truck the entire way, it’s easy to assign blame if something ends up getting damaged during transport. Terminal to terminal shipping may be cheaper, but it provides less security and often takes longer than standard shipments, and since the burden of proof falls on the carrier, they’d rather take responsibility for a mistake on their part and pay up than have to pay for someone else’s mistake; besides, it makes the drivers more careful, knowing that they are to blame should anything happen, which means a higher level of service.

If you’re interested in either door to door or terminal to terminal shipping, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple quotes from reputable and reliable auto transportation companies. Our advertisers work with the highest-rated carriers in the industry so your vehicle is safe and sound from pickup to delivery. All of them offer door to door shipping at standard prices, and while they can ship terminal to terminal some may not offer the option at all. If you have questions, you can fill out our quote form and have them answered by auto transport companies, or you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents. They’ll be able to answer your questions, give helpful advice and also advise you on the navigation of our website and navigating our quote form. No matter what it is you’re looking for, American Auto Shipping is here to help.

What to Know About Shipping Specialty Vehicles

Golf Cart 1Everyday, there are hundreds and thousands of people shipping a vehicle or two, and a high percentage of those vehicles are your standard, every-day people-haulers. People tend to ship the cars that they drive, or cars that they’ve driven and are selling to other people to drive (or, conversely, buying from other people in order to drive them). Typically, vehicles being shipped are personal vehicles, used for personal uses. And then there are the specialty vehicles, the vehicles that people don’t usually ship because how many people actually own that type of vehicle. Some things may be more common than others, but in this helpful blog post we’re going to discuss a bit about how auto transporters ship specialty vehicles such as golf carts, boats, and motorcycles, because you’d be surprised at how often people call us asking if we can ship those types of things.

Let’s start with the inspiration for this blog: shipping a golf cart. Golf carts, being smaller and lighter than a regular car, typically can’t be shipped by a standard auto transport truck, just like with boats and motorcycles. Their small stature and light-weight configuration make golf carts bad ideas on the back of a standard carrier, so typically flatbed shippers are the ones to haul them. As you may know, flatbed shipping isn’t the cheapest or the fastest method of transporting a vehicle, but when that’s the only type of carrier that’ll move what you need moved, you tend to stop shopping around and just pay them what they want. Luckily, golf carts are generally cheaper to ship on the whole because you’d be amazed at how many people actually ship golf carts. There’s a thriving little niche for it, and while pickup may take a bit longer depending on where you’re shipping from and to, you can rest assured that there’s a shipping company out there that will be able to help you. Just make sure you give it time, because not everyone knows the companies that ship golf carts.

Boats and motorcycles are a bit more common, on the whole, mainly because so many more people own a boat than a golf cart (seriously, most people shipping golf carts are golf course managers adding to their fleet). It’s the same with motorcycles. Luckily for you, we’ve talked about shipping a motorcycle before, so if that’s why you’re here you should probably check out our other articles and blogs about motorcycle shipping. Boats are a completely different story. Most of the time they’ll need a flatbed carrier, if you want the boat shipped completely and not just hauled behind a truck on the trailer. Many shipping companies will offer transportation services for boats by simply hooking up the trailer onto the back of a pickup and driving it where you need it to go – yes, there are plenty of people out there in the auto transport industry just looking for situations like that. Size obviously matters a lot when shipping a boat, and you have to make sure that you always have the trailer for it – and that the boat’s on it before transport.

There are way too many specialty vehicles to talk about them all in this blog post, but we’ll start a new series breaking down some of the less-popular items that people like to ship and giving you the rundown on them. It’s important to know as much as you can about what exactly you’re shipping and what to expect when it comes to transporting it. Many specialty items take longer to find a carrier willing to haul them, and they’re typically going to cost more than a standard car or truck to ship, but don’t let that discourage you; it’s the nature of the industry, and really there’s not much you can do about it other than boycott (and that’s not going to do anything because this is a multi-billion dollar industry that no one really thinks about). If you’re looking for free quotes, fill out our online quote form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions, give you tips, advice and information about car shipping, and who can also help you get your free quotes right over the phone.

Household Goods Moving FAQ: Can I Ship My Household Goods Overseas?

Moving 5The nice thing about the household moving industry is that it’s a global industry. People move in and out of countries all the time, and even in the United States people are moving to and from both Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the outlying territories that the United States controls (such as Guam). This means that yes, you can ship your household goods overseas, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind when doing so. For starters, international household moving is a much different beast than interstate household moving, and this also includes shipments to Alaska and Hawaii. Most overseas shipments are literally done via a ship, which means that they travel through international waters that are governed and regulated according to a different set of rules. Most people that visit this site are simply shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, which makes it a lot easier for them to get the right information for what they’ll need and what they have to do prior to their move. If you’re moving overseas, make sure to get some free quotes from our stable of reliable household moving companies and get all the information you’ll need straight from the source.

All that being said, you should also be aware that overseas household goods transportation services are a lot more expensive than overseas auto shipping services, and by a wide margin to boot. As you likely know, household goods moving is priced via weight; the more stuff you have to move, generally the more expensive it’s going to be. Prices also take into account the distance you’re traveling, as well as the method needed to move your goods. For instance, in a simple overland, state-to-state move, the main factors in the price will be the distance between pickup and delivery and the total weight of your goods. Other factors such as additional insurance and full-service vs. self-service moving will of course be added in, but those aren’t the two main factors; those are more add-ons to your basic price. With overseas shipping, you still have the distance and the weight, but then there’s also the fact that you can only ship your stuff via a cargo ship, and those rates are vastly different than those that a standard overland transport company would charge.

You should also be prepared to wait longer for pickup and delivery of your goods, while also trying to give your shipper enough time to arrange everything. We recommend booking a household move at least a month in advance, but 6-8 weeks is recommended. Logistically, household goods transportation is much more taxing and hectic than auto transport, and the additional headaches garnered through household goods moving are generally less if there’s more time to prepare everything accordingly. With overseas transportation, transit time is increased because the shipment is multi-faceted: there has to be an overland transport company to actually get your vehicle to the port, then there has to be a contract with the port shipper to move your goods overseas, which brings with it the process of loading your household goods from the truck to the cargo ship, then unloading them at your destination and then getting everything moved to your home via yet another overland household moving company at the delivery location.

Like we said, it’s time-consuming. Is it perfect? Of course not. There are always factors at play that no one expects, inclement weather being a major factor in both overseas and overland household moving. The moving industry is also seasonal, with prices higher in the summer due to higher demand, but also more trucks available because it’s the busy season. Prices tend to fall in the winter months, but then again there are also less trucks on the road, meaning pickup windows may be longer. When you ship can have as large an impact on what you ship and where you ship your household goods. If you’re interested in getting free quotes, make sure to visit our household goods moving quote request form and fill it out; it takes less than two minutes and gets you in contact with some of the best moving companies in the industry today. Also, you can follow that link to read more about the household moving industry, with helpful articles about various topics and several different FAQ pages that answer many questions that customers ask about the industry.

Auto Transport to West Fargo, North Dakota

West Fargo 1West Fargo is a small city located in Cass County, North Dakota; it is currently home to over 25,000 residents. Located just west of Fargo, one of the largest cities in North Dakota, West Fargo is quickly becoming an alternative for people moving to the Fargo area, and not only is the city the fifth-largest by population in North Dakota, it is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Founded in 1926, West Fargo has developed slowly over the years, expanding mainly into the unincorporated areas to the west and north. It is home to a vibrant and active commercial district as well, and despite its size is home to several brand-name restaurants as well as a chamber of commerce that oversees a thriving and expanding business district. Companies such as Applied Industrial Technologies, BNG Technologies, Norse Technologies and Red Chair Solutions either are headquartered or have locations in the city.

West Fargo is most easily accessible from the Interstate Highway System via Interstate 94, which is the main east-west interstate that services the entire state of North Dakota. This makes it easier for shippers to get into and out of West Fargo and Fargo in general, but the problem is that it’s located in North Dakota, which is probably one of the least-popular auto transport locations in the entire country. Isolated, more difficult to access, few major metropolitan areas and extreme winter weather all conspire with each other to make it expensive, time-consuming and not cost effective for auto shippers to run routes to or from North Dakota. This means that anyone looking to actually ship a vehicle to or from the state are going to run into long pickup windows and higher prices. Luckily, there are areas in North Dakota that are easier to ship to than others, and West Fargo is one of those areas. As auto transporters prefer running routes into and out of metropolitan areas, West Fargo – being where it is and surrounded by what it’s surrounded by – is a lot easier for shippers to get to and from.

Because it’s North Dakota, you’re likely not going to see much difference between shipping to West Fargo or to Fargo proper because you’re probably going to be the only person going there, so it’s not like the carrier is going to whine about an extra 20 miles to go through Fargo – he’s going to be going through anyway. It may be easier on your shipper if you meet him in Fargo proper if you’re coming from the east, and west Fargo if you’re shipping from the west (or, if you’re shipping out of Fargo, meet him on the side that you’re going to be going to, because that’s where he’s going to be going, if that makes sense). We recommend talking to an auto shipping representative about shipping to or from West Fargo; who knows, they may know a carrier who’s going that way anyway and can use another car on the truck. You may also end up waiting to move for three weeks, though, so definitely want to talk to a shipper. Don’t be alarmed by price – North Dakota is perhaps the most expensive state in the contiguous U.S. to ship to, barring perhaps Maine. If you need quotes to ship a vehicle, call us at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online quote request form and get started today.

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