Athens 1Athens is a consolidated city-county in the U.S. state of Georgia, meaning that the city acts as both a city and a county (though in most instances of consolidation the county government ceases to govern). Before consolidation Athens was the county seat of Clarke County. Currently home to a population of over 116,700 residents, Athens ranks as the fifth-largest city in the state of Georgia by population, making it a minor – yet still important – car transport location in the state. Today the city is home to the University of Georgia, one of the largest universities in the state, and is considered a major college town. The city was named after the ancient Greek city of the same name.

Athens is the principal city of the Athens-Clarke County Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses four counties in northeastern Georgia. As car transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas, this helps your cause, as does the fact that the city is a major college town. As the home of the University of Georgia, the city sees a higher volume of car transport traffic during the spring, summer and fall, as students are often going to and from college and shipping their vehicles instead of driving them. This is great because it allows carriers to service several major metro areas in Georgia while also offering incentives to customers, particularly students, which helps keep prices more competitive in the long run.

Athens sits less than fifty miles outside of Atlanta, the capital and largest city in Georgia. This is also useful for car transport companies as they can easily service both Athens and Atlanta, often in the same day. Athens is connected to Atlanta via state highways, and has its own minor beltway around the city which helps carriers get around as well. Not being right along a major interstate does hurt your prices a bit, as carriers are going to have to stray from the beaten path, as it were. You can likely mitigate any price hikes or longer pickup windows or transit times by moving your pickup or delivery location out of Athens and closer to Atlanta. We recommend speaking to a car transport agent for more information about that, though, as it depends on who is shipping your vehicle and their pricing policies and procedures.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Athens, Georgia, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car transport companies absolutely free of charge. Once you receive your quotes, you can then review those companies prices and services and even discuss your shipment with their live agents, right over the phone. We clear all those companies for dependability and reliability, which means we ensure that all those shipping companies are fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you simply need some help getting your quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.

Carrier 13Most customers today understand how auto transport reviews work – you gather some quotes (which you can do by filling out our free form – read below for more information), read some reviews from real customers about those companies you’re looking at booking with, along with other information such as license information and whatnot, and then make a decision. Reviews are incredibly important in the auto transport industry today because they give customers so much more power over who they choose to ship their vehicle, and online reviews have helped the car shipping industry become much safer and a lot more secure, as the bad companies often don’t last long with how important auto shipping reviews are in the decision making process.

That said, there are two types of auto transport companies that have reviews for customers – car transport brokers and car shipping carriers. Most companies that you’ll see reviews for are brokers – these are the companies that you book your shipment with, pay a deposit to, and who is basically your go-to contact during the shipping process. Broker reviews are easy to find, but what about the company that physically transports your vehicle? Luckily, there’s a great website you can visit called “Only Carrier Reviews” that focuses on the carriers instead of the brokers when it comes to shipping a vehicle. While it does not have the traffic that Transport Reviews does, OCR is a great resource to discover just how good your auto transport company really is.

Brokers are the ones to find the carrier for you, and many of them already use Only Carrier Reviews to double-check the reliability and dependability of prospective carriers. While there are other sites that they use to determine proficiency, OCR is a great extra resource that customers can also access. This is great for you and helps keep your shipment on the right track. Once your vehicle is dispatched to an auto transport carrier, your broker will give you that company’s information including their contact information, license information, driver information and more. Once you have that information, look up that company on OCR and see how they stack up – if you’re uncomfortable with the shipper based on reviews you’ve read, talk to your representative about it and see if you can find a different shipping company. Remember, you have a lot more control and power over your shipment that many people realize.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and are looking for some quotes to get you started, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. Once you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto shipping brokers absolutely free of charge. Auto transport companies are there to help facilitate your shipment, so once you get your quotes you should definitely take some time to read reviews, review their prices and services and discuss your shipment with their live agents before you book your shipment. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live representatives.

Auto TransportThe auto transport industry is a very competitive one, to say the least. With thousands of different car transport brokers and vehicle shipping carriers on the road today, it’s not surprising – all those companies are vying for a pretty small share of the market, all things considered, and as such competitive pricing and competitive services are a must for anyone that is trying to keep afloat in the industry today. This is why understanding how different auto transport companies price their shipments and how to take advantage of their competitive pricing systems will help you find a better shipping company for your specific needs – and, hopefully, at a better price.

Competitive pricing takes a few major factors into account, and these are factors that anyone looking to make money in the car transport industry are going to do. To start, freight going into or out of major metropolitan areas tend to be cheaper and see faster pickup and delivery times. This is because the majority of customers shipping vehicles today are shipping into and out of major cities surrounded by metropolitan areas. Carriers can load and unload multiple vehicles in a single city, often in a single day; because of this, they can lower prices on each load while still making enough to keep afloat. This is a great example of competitive pricing and why we often suggest that, if you are having a hard time finding a carrier, to move your pickup and/or delivery locations to a more popular nearby area.

Of course, there is also the routes themselves to consider. Competitive auto transport pricing also takes into account the location of each city in relation to the entirety of the Interstate Highway System, which is the main way that most logistics companies, including auto transporters, get around the United States. By sticking to the interstate highways, carriers can not only get around quickly, but they can also get into and out of major car transport markets quickly, as most interstate highways run through the largest cities in the country. By sticking to the major cities and traveling along the major interstates in the country, auto transport carriers can get from one major market to another, often within a few days, which leads to lower prices and faster pickup, transit and delivery times. If you are still having troubles grasping the idea of why companies price the way they do, we recommend either calling us directly or speaking to your own live auto transport agent.

If you are interested in shipping a vehicle to or from just about anywhere in the United States, make sure to take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car shipping companies absolutely free of charge and often within an hour of submitting the free quote form. Once you have your quotes, you can compare those companies against each other – we highly recommend looking at prices and services as well, so you can make a good decision and find the right company for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you simply need some help understanding the way the industry works or if you just need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Household Moving to WilmingtonWilmington is a city in as well as the county seat of New Castle County, in the U.S. state of Delaware. Currently home to a population of over 70,800 residents, Wilmington is the largest city in the state and a popular household moving location in Delaware. Named after the Prime Minister of Britain during the reign of George II, Wilmington, located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, became a minor shipping area and, during the 19th century, developed into a rather prominent manufacturing center along the eastern seaboard. During the late 20th century, deindustrialization left Wilmington a shadow of its former self, though recent economic recovery and a focus on city beautification and redevelopment have helped Wilmington slowly crawl out of the depression it was mired in for a number of years.

Wilmington is a major city of the Delaware Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area, one of the largest on the east coast. Delaware Valley, ironically, is anchored by Philadelphia, which sits rather close to Wilmington. The Delaware Valley area is a popular household moving location, especially recently as the city’s been recovering from its economic depression. Household movers like to ship into and out of major population centers and metropolitan areas just like car transporters do, and Wilmington, as the largest city in Delaware, is naturally a popular household moving location as well. This helps keep your prices more competitive, though to be fair household moving services are expensive as-is, so that might be relative.

Wilmington sits right along Interstate 95, which is a major logistics corridor for not only household moving companies and auto transporters but for a number of different industries that rely on hauling and transporting goods across the country. By having access to a vital interstate highway, household movers are better able to service their customers and typically see lower overhead costs due to the ease of access to a number of major cities along the route. At the same time, the Delaware Valley area has a lot of toll roads, particularly around Philadelphia, that could slow household movers down and make it more expensive for them to get around, which may be reflected in your price. Talk to your household moving agent for more information about that.

If you’re interested in getting household moving quotes into or out of Wilmington, we recommend taking a minute and visiting our Household Moving Articles page. Once you’re there you’ll gain access to our dedicated household moving quote request form, which is designed for people who are interested only in obtaining free household moving quotes from top-rated household shipping companies. If you’re looking to ship both household items and a vehicle, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form on our homepage and specify that you are looking for household moving quotes as well. And you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live, friendly person about getting your quotes, the auto transport or household goods shipping industries, or if you have some questions about something and need to clear it up.

Auto Transport St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg is a city located in Pinellas County, in the U.S. state of Florida. Currently home to a population of over 249,600 residents, St. Petersburg is the fourth-largest city in the state of Florida by population and is the largest city in the state that is also not a county seat, as Clearwater currently sits as the county seat of Pinellas County. St. Petersburg is located in the Tampa, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and is considered a co-anchor of the 2.8 million resident metro region. St. Petersburg, as the second-largest city in Metropolitan Tampa, is a popular vacation spot and is also a fairly popular auto transport location in the state as well.

As mentioned, St. Petersburg sits within the Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 2.8 million residents and is one of the most heavily-populated metro areas in the entire southeastern region. Tampa is a popular auto transport location due to its size, large tourism industry and penchant for sunny days. People looking to move to Tampa tend to find great deals on both household moving and auto transport to the area on account of its high amount of vehicle transport traffic. This tends to lead to lower prices for people looking to ship a vehicle into or out of St. Petersburg or the rest of the Tampa area, and it also results in slightly faster pickup windows, transport time and delivery schedules as well.

The main interstate that services the Tampa region is I-75, but that interstate highway, while popular with both customers and auto transport carriers, does not run through St. Petersburg directly. See, St. Petersburg and Tampa are kind of like San Francisco and Oakland in that they have a giant bay (in this case, Old Tampa Bay) separating the two cities. This has helped with growth, tourism and promotion, but not so much with logistics such as auto transport and car shipping services. Since St. Petersburg sits across the bay from Tampa, you may end up finding better auto transport prices to or from Tampa instead of St. Petersburg, as I-4 (a major east-west interstate through central Florida) also runs east out of Tampa. This allows carriers to quickly and easily get from one part of the state to another, and can quickly and easily move around the Tampa metro area. By moving your pickup or delivery location to Tampa, though, you may end up saving money and finding better services in the long run.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from St. Petersburg, Florida, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated, licensed, bonded and insured car shipping companies absolutely free of charge. Once you have your quotes, you can begin to compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your specific needs. We recommend comparing their prices and services more than anything else, and definitely make sure to talk to one of their live agents, who can help you by answering questions, giving sage advice and basically helping you from start to finish. If you have questions about our services, or need some help navigating the website or simply getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own agents.