Auto Transport to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor 1Ann Arbor is a city in as well as the county seat of Washtenaw County, Michigan, and is currently home to a population of over 113,900 residents, making it the sixth-largest city in the entire state. Ann Arbor anchors the larger Ann Arbor, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 334,000 residents and a part of the larger Detroit-Flint-Ann Arbor Combined Statistical Area. Founded in 1824, Ann Arbor today is a major college town, as it is the home of the University of Michigan, which employs over 30,000 people and has a profound impact on Ann Arbor’s economy, though its economy is quite diverse for a city of its size. Technology, in addition to education, retail and other service-based industries, is a major component of Ann Arbor’s economy, and the city today is known for its left-wing tendencies and upbeat way of life.

Auto shipping to Ann Arbor is made easier by the fact that the city sits just west of Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan and a popular auto transport location in the Great Lakes region, and also the fact that it sits along Interstate 94, a major east-west route through the region that runs smack into Detroit. This allows auto shippers easy access to Ann Arbor and other major metropolitan areas on either side of it, which generally means lower prices for you when shipping to or from Ann Arbor.

However, the city is located in Michigan, which is not the most popular area for auto shippers because of the fact it sits in the Great Lakes region. It’s situated in the far northern Midwest, which makes it more difficult for auto transport companies to easily run profitable routes through the area. Part of this has to do with the lower popularity of the Great Lakes region, at least in terms of auto transport; while Detroit may be where the Big Three automakers are, from a commercial standpoint there aren’t a lot of people moving in and out of the area on a routine basis. This makes planning routes harder for carriers, which can impact their wallet in a negative way.

On the whole, though, Ann Arbor is not impossible to get to or from; it just takes the right price and the right carrier, and you can find all that when you fill out our free online quote request form. It’s fast and easy, and gets you in contact with some of the best auto transport companies in the industry. We clear all our advertisers for reliability, which means we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured, and also that they are highly rated with the BBB, among other reputable review sites. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes.

What is the Best Way to Ship a Pickup Truck?

Pickup 5Pickup trucks have been around almost since the invention of the modern automobile. In olden days favored by farmers and other people working in agriculture, pickup trucks today are seen everywhere, driven by a lot of people – some who need the space for hauling, and others who just think pickup trucks look cool. Because of their high utility, pickup trucks come in a variety of different sizes in order to haul a variety of different things, and different sizes means different weights and dimensions and can make shipping a pickup truck a lot more difficult. Most cars today are the same basic size; whether it’s a subcompact or a full-size sedan, the size of a car doesn’t exceed a certain weight, or height, or length, or width. With a pickup truck, all those dimensions become a factor, and anything out of the ordinary can raise your price.

When it comes to shipping a pickup truck, the best way to ship it depends very much on what exactly it is you’re shipping. Some pickup trucks, particularly the smaller ones, can easily fit onto the back of a standard auto transport truck. Auto shippers that drive around those big ten-car haulers can only fit vehicles that are so big onto their trucks – if a vehicle is too large, and won’t fit, they can’t ship it, end of story. If a vehicle is too large for a standard carrier, it’ll have to be moved via a flatbed truck, which are a lot more expensive and a lot harder to find. Typically, pickup trucks that are built to be work trucks – i.e. not those that you can just walk into a Ford dealership and buy – are going to need a flatbed hauler, but those trucks that you can get off a dealership lot, more often than not, can fit on a standard carrier.

The best way to really ship a pickup truck is to talk to an auto transport representative directly about it. Make sure to have the dimensions of your pickup on hand, no matter the size of it – it’s better to have too much information on-hand, and not have to give it to your shipper, than needing it and not having it to give them at all. The more you can tell your rep about your pickup truck, the better able they will be to accurately quote your shipment and get you the right type of carrier for your needs. If you need quotes to ship a pickup truck, fill out our free online quote form and have quotes e-mailed to you from some of the best and most reliable shippers in the industry. You can also call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer some basic questions and help you get your quotes today.

Getting the Most out of Enclosed Auto Transport

enclosed-trailer-car-loadedWe’ve discussed the idea of enclosed auto transportation services before on this blog, and have talked in-depth about how it works, why it’s an important part of the car shipping industry and who can really benefit from it. Enclosed transportation is used when vehicles that can’t really be driven on the highway for any length of time need to drive on the highway for a length of time. High-end vehicles that are really expensive, flashy cars that you show to people to impress them and drive them only in ideal conditions are the types of cars that you want to haul in an enclosed container, and this is the best way to go about getting the most out of enclosed auto transport.

Using an enclosed carrier to ship something common and budget, like a Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord, really isn’t going to be all that great of an idea, because it’s either going to be a huge waste of money for you – since you could easily just hire an open carrier due to your vehicles’ relative inexpensiveness and the fact that you drive it every day anyway – and it would likely also be a huge waste of time for the carrier, since they could be hauling a car that is actually worth it instead of charging Joe Schmo an arm and a leg to ship his Hyundai Elantra.

There are cars that are the worth the expense of enclosed auto transportation, and there are those that aren’t, and the question comes down to how much you value your vehicle over its Blue Book. Something like a 2014 Ferrari is a car that could be shipped enclosed, but a 1987 Porsche 944 that needs some work doesn’t really need to be moved on an enclosed carrier. This is pretty much how you go about getting the most out of enclosed auto transport services, because anything else is a waste of money. Only use enclosed auto transportation services for vehicles that need it, such as classic cars, rare cars, high-end sports or luxury cars, as anything else is likely a waste of money. Open transport is better for lower-end vehicles and even many mid-range vehicles, as they are considered daily drivers and open shipping will expose them to the same risks as daily driving and nothing more.

No matter the method, though, we here at American Auto Shipping can get you quotes to ship a vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States. If you fill out our free online quote form you’ll get multiple free quotes to ship a vehicle 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, help you navigate our website or our quote form, and even help you get your free quotes e-mailed to you quickly. It’s fast and simple no matter which way you choose, and we can get you quotes to ship a vehicle with either an open or an enclosed auto transporter, so why not give us a call or fill out our free form and see what American Auto Shipping can do for you.

Finding A House on a Budget

House 3In life, money is something that everyone has to adapt to. Every one of us wants more, and it is something that makes this world that we live in go around. We place a value on everything: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the places that we live in, that shelter all of us from the harsh weather and the cold and the dark and the things that go bump in the night. When shopping around for a new home, money is an important factor that you need to keep at the forefront of your mind. You don’t want to spend more for a home than what you can afford; this will only cause financial problems, which have been known to be pretty stressful. When searching for a home on a budget, you want it to fit within your budget, and here are some ways to help with that.

Let us get this out of the way right now: buying a home is not easy. In fact, it’s stressful until you start to establish a routine, but with all the hoops to jump through and the loopholes to navigate and the escrow and the realtors it can get hectic, especially financially. Make sure that whatever you do, you have the money to do it, and you’ll want to try and keep everything that you’ll be spending money on tallied and accounted for. Having some savings – particularly for a down payment but also for any up-front costs – is important, and is required before you start house hunting. The same goes for good credit; get anything that’s pulling your credit down taken care of immediately if you’re wanting to start searching for a home.

Now, keep in mind that expensive homes are expensive for a reason. Usually they’re in well-kept, affluent, safe neighborhoods; on the flip side, cheap housing tends to be cheap for a reason. We’ve mentioned this before in this blog series, but you want to really take a look at the neighborhoods that the houses you’re looking at are located in. Check out crime data and schools, as well as other factors like average household income rates in an area, as well as ethnic diversity rates, property values, tax rates, and even who runs the community via things like homeowners associations and city councils. Knowing as much as you can about where you’re moving to will give you a better idea of what to expect when you move there.

If you need household moving quotes, make sure to visit our household moving quotes form and fill it out. It’s completely free, takes about a minute to fill out from start to finish and gets you quotes from reputable, reliable household moving companies completely free of charge. If you have questions or concerns about our services, call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. If you need a quote to simply ship a vehicle, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form to the left. If you want, you can also get quotes for both via our auto shipping quote form; on the second page, simply select “yes” when asked if you need quotes to ship any household items in addition to your vehicle.

Auto Shipping to Sterling Heights, Michigan

Sterling Heights 1Sterling Heights is a city located in Macomb County, Michigan. Currently home to over 129,000 residents, Sterling Heights is a major component of Metropolitan Detroit and is the second-largest suburb of Detroit, the fourth-largest city in the state of Michigan, and is also one of the main suburbs of Detroit proper, as it sits roughly 15 miles north of the downtown section of the largest city in the state of Michigan. This gives residents of Sterling Heights easy access to a rather vibrant nightlife while still being in a more suburban area of Detroit. As a commuter city – that is, a bedroom city where many people live while working in the city proper, in this instance the situation being many people live in Sterling Heights but work in Detroit.

Despite being a major bedroom city of Detroit, Sterling Heights is inaccessible via the Interstate Highway System, as it does not sit along any major interstates. There are interstate highways that link the Detroit metro area to the rest of the country, and as Detroit is considered the “Motor City” because it is the home of the three largest automobile manufacturers in the United States, it’s not all that surprising; what’s nice about it too is that it helps connect Sterling Heights to the rest of the country too. Traveling to or from Sterling Heights requires auto shippers to take surface streets or state highways, so it’s really up to them whether or not they’re going to go there. If they don’t, it may be easier to move your pickup or delivery location to Detroit, or even further south considering how far north Michigan is; this may save you money or time on your pickup or delivery.

The reason why is because auto transporters don’t like to ship to hard-to-reach areas or areas that are prone to extreme weather; this includes areas like Michigan, including Detroit, because or how far north they are and how much it can snow come winter. Make sure to discuss your options with an auto transport representative; as a real expert on where the trucks are coming from and to, as well as real-world conditions in various parts of the country and knowledge of where people are moving from and too they should be able to get you some good information and help you get your shipment started.

If you need to talk to someone right away, make sure to fill out our free online quote form; it’s free, takes less than two minutes from start to finish and gets you quotes from some of the best companies in the car shipping industry. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents; while they don’t have the tools available to them that auto transport representatives do, they do a good job at giving a good overview of the industry, how we operate, how our advertisers operate, and how best to approach the issues that come with shipping a vehicle. If you need a good place to start, call us and speak to one of our agents; otherwise, just fill out the form and get your quotes within the hour.

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