Across the Map: Washington Car Shipping Services

Washington 3Washington is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Home to over 6.9 million residents, Washington ranks 13th among the 50 states in total population and 18th in total area. Almost sixty percent of residents living in Washington live in the Seattle metropolitan area, on the coast of Puget Sound. Washington state is one of the largest natural resource producers in the United States today, and is a leading producer of apples and lumber. Hops, red raspberries, spearmint, and sweet cherries are also high on Washington State’s list of exports. Learn more about the state via Washington’s official website.

Transporting a vehicle to Washington State is done of one of two ways, more often than not, as there are only two major interstates that actually run through Washington. Interstate 5 is the main route that most auto transporters use as it runs from California up north through Seattle and into Canada, servicing much of Washington’s population centers. Auto transport companies go where the people are, and as such they tend to travel a lot to Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound area. They can also use I-90, which runs across the Cascade Mountains and through eastern Washington, but I-90 is not has heavily used because it tends to run through areas that have few major population centers; even though it runs from coast to coast, it is not popular with auto shippers due to the relatively low number of people living there.

Cost-wise, Washington State will cost about as much as most other areas – in the west, anyway. Eastern Washington tends to cost more to ship to or from and takes longer to get a car picked up or delivered in the area because of the fact that much of it is arid desert or steppe topography, making it difficult to live in and more difficult for auto transporters to turn a profit. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to ship to or from Eastern Washington – it just means it’ll likely be more expensive than the more heavily-populated areas of Western Washington. You can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies, and you can also give us a call to speak to one of our live agents who can get you free quotes and answer any questions you may have. You can also read more about shipping to or from Washington State via this helpful link.

Car Transport to Syracuse

Syracuse 1Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York. Home to over 145,000 residents, Syracuse is the fifth-largest city in the state of New York by population and is a popular transportation location in central New York State. Syracuse sits at the center of the Syracuse metropolitan area, which had a population of over 662,000, making it one of the larger metro areas in the state. Syracuse has been an important area for trade and transportation for over two centuries; first a major stop for goods going along the Erie  Canal, then a major railroad hub, today Syracuse continues in its capacity as a transportation hub and the economy has grown around it. You can learn more about the city by visiting Syracuse’s official website.

Syracuse sits along two major interstates, the most popular being I-90. I-90 is an east-west interstate that runs through the northern reaches of the country including the Syracuse-Rochester-Buffalo line along Lake Ontario. I-90 connects Syracuse to major cities such as Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland and Chicago, among others, and therefore it is not surprising to see auto transportation trucks run along I-90 servicing most of the major metro areas by the Great Lakes and further west into the northern parts of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. I-81 also serves Syracuse, running south from the city down through Scranton and Harrisburg and on into western Virginia. I-81 isn’t as popular as I-90 but it still helps auto transport companies get to and from the area without having to charge customers an arm or a leg.

While New York City is easily the most popular area to ship a car to or from in New York City, Syracuse is also surprisingly popular. Home to Syracuse University, Syracuse sees a major population boom every fall when university starts up and sees it dip during the summer months (as well as other breaks like for Christmas). If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your vehicle from or to Syracuse, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable car transport companies. You can also give us a call at our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our live agents. They can answer your questions, give friendly advice about your auto transportation needs and point you in the right direction when you’re figuring out what to do next. It’s that easy. For more about shipping to or from Syracuse visit our helpful article on the subject.

Auto Transport Quotes: Dodge Challenger

Dodge Charger 1The Dodge Challenger is a name given to several different variations of the same name, first introduced by the Dodge division of Chrysler in 1959. The Dodge Challenger has been one of Dodge’s most famous and best-selling muscle cars. First introduced as a trim model on the 1959 Dodge Coronet Silver Challenger Club Sedan edition of the Coronet, the Challenger was awarded its own line just in time for the 1970 model year. Introduced to compete with the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger was a mid-size pony car that ran until 1974; discontinued then, it was brought back in 1978 as a subcompact car. Low sales and interest led to its discontinuation in 1983, and the current Dodge Challenger (a full-size pony car) – still sold today – first appeared in 2008, and is still on sale today.

The Dodge Challenger is one of Dodge’s more well-known models, and at first glance they seem like they cost a lot of money, but the most expensive trim level on the 2014 Dodge Challenger – the R/T Shaker – is still only worth $37,000. For reference, the Nissan GT-R retails for over $100,000 base. And when it comes to shipping a vehicle, it’s the ones that cost a hundred grand that deserve an enclosed auto transport truck. Not the $37,000 ones. Now, that’s not to say $37,000 isn’t a lot of money – of course it is. But the Dodge Challenger is meant to be driven, and driven a lot. It’s sold on every Dodge dealership lot. The GT-R, in a word, isn’t. It’s a car you buy from a specialty dealer, like a Bentley.

When you ship a Dodge Challenger you can save some serious bucks shipping it via an open carrier as opposed to an enclosed carrier. Sure, with an open carrier you run the risk of it getting dirty, or getting hit by a rock and having the paint scratched, but guess what? That’s the risk you take when you drive a car on the open road. But with an open carrier, you actually gain some protection as it’s off the ground, it’s not being driven, and generally it has a car in front and behind it, plus a bigger cab in front of that taking the brunt of the bugs and rocks that come flying at it. Enclosed can protect your Challenger even more, but for the money you pay for it enclosed shipping probably won’t be worth it. You can talk to some actual shipping companies by filling out our free online quote request form, or give us a call at our toll-free number to ask our friendly staff members questions or to get a quote for you, and you can also read more on the Dodge Challenger here.

How to Use Household Moving Reviews to Your Advantage

Moving 5Just like in the auto transport industry (well, any industry really), you want to know who you’re going to be doing business with when it comes to shipping your household goods. There are thousands of household moving companies spread out in hundreds of major cities all across the country, and finding one that will work best with you and for you – and for the right price, no less – can be a real challenge. And then there’s all the companies that won’t help you – oh, they say they will, but then something happens that you have no idea about and suddenly you’re left holding the short end of a pretty crappy stick. We here at American Auto Shipping strive to make sure that doesn’t happen to you – but even we are only human, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure that who you’re hiring to move your household goods is going to work for you and not against you.

If you fill out our free online quote request form to ship your household goods, you can rest assured that your information will only be sent to reputable and reliable household moving companies that are pre-screened for dependability. All of them are highly rated by the BBB and different household moving review websites, but you should never just take our word for it. Sometimes companies fall through the cracks, or management changes and a once-awesome company starts going the way of Voldemort. This is why reading reviews of your prospective moving companies are so important – you need to know how other customers really fared with these companies. Find a moving review website that honors honest reviews from their customers and strives to cut the fat (you know, the fake reviews that the company puts up to try and get people to book with them).

Fake reviews are an uncommon practice as is, but they’re usually easy to spot. Weird names attached to one-or-two sentence reviews tend to be fake, more often than not. Keep an eye out for those, and also keep an eye out for negative reviews in a sea of positive ones – not everyone is going to be satisfied with the job that a company did for them, but that doesn’t mean they’re a bad company. Mostly positive, real-looking reviews with a few bad ones sprinkled in is what you’re looking for, as it means that a) the company is human, and can’t do everything for everyone, but also b) they don’t post fake reviews. Some review sites let companies respond to bad reviews to tell their side – those are the reviews that are best. Household movers don’t make money unless your stuff gets moved thanks to new legislation, but it’s still hard to come by – we recommend reading more of our household moving articles about the industry and get some quotes via the quote form on the landing page for all our home moving articles. For questions, give us a call and talk to one of our live reps.

Auto Transport Tips: Understand the Fine Print

Nashville 1Understanding the fine print in any industry, for anything you buy (be it a product or a service), is an important part of being a smart and informed consumer. Whether you’re buying a car, a candy bar, or some type of service that someone else does for you (housekeeping, auto transport, you know), you have to know what you’re getting yourself into, what the stipulations are, and what they don’t want you to catch – that’s sort of why they call it “fine print,” as in “we’re going to make this really small and hope you don’t notice it.” Fine print has, by and large, been replaced by legalese in most industries – why make print super small when you can just make it confusing? Cutting through all that is important, so take a class if you need to.

But there’s a lot more to it than just understanding what’s being told to you. Anyone can spin a piece of legalese or fine print to make something sound enticing, when in reality you just get hosed on the deal. And the same is true for the auto transportation industry. Are we saying every company in the industry is looking to screw you over? Of course not. But some of them can do some shady things, particularly when it comes to money. You should always read your auto transporters’ cancellation policy, as that typically covers when you can cancel your order and how long it takes them to refund your money. Some companies withhold their customers’ refunds for upwards of thirty days, and as you’re no doubt aware that can be a problem if you’re shipping on a budget.

There are other things you want to watch for. Pickup and delivery policies, terminal vs. door-to-door policies, and more are all included in your auto transporters’ terms and conditions as required by law. What’s great about the way things are now is that all their terms and conditions are online, on their website, and if an auto transporter doesn’t have a website you’re better off not booking with them. It’s one of the most basic things about running any business – have a place your customers can go to for information about you. If you’re looking for free quotes to ship a vehicle, you can fill out our free online form and you can also read all about us at our “Privacy Policy” section. Give us a call for more information as well, or if you need help filling out our form, navigating our site or just have some questions you need answered.

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