Yonkers 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.