TV moving 2Household moving companies have to provide customers with what is known as a list of tariffs. Basically, it’s a pricing sheet which goes over how they price their shipments and what you can expect when it comes to moving your household items. A lot of companies have the same basic prices for the same basic services, or at least they’ll be close to one another, which really helps when it comes to finding the right household moving company for your specific needs. If you’re moving a lot of items, one of the most important things that you can do is understand how household moving companies price larger items and what it will do to your shipping prices.

Household movers charge customers based on the weight of their shipment and how expensive or important it is to ship…usually. There’s a few different ways to price a household move, and it does depend on the company you are discussing it with and getting prices from, but one of the most common things you’ll see is a bulky item charge. These are charges for items that take special care to move, secure, and ship via an interstate transport truck – things like TV’s, large stereos, computers and monitors, large and expensive paintings, the list goes on – if the item is big or bulky and expensive, it’s likely going to come with a bulky article charge.

Not all items that get slapped with a bulk item charge are actually bulky; it usually just means that extra care or handling is required with those items. How a moving company prices bulky items is up to their tariffs, which is a list of services and prices, is up to them, which is why gathering multiple quotes is a key component in your search for the right household moving company. Each moving company may charge you slightly differently than others based on where you are shipping from and to and how much you are shipping. Charges for bulky items are at the discretion of your mover, so make sure you understand their policies and procedures when it comes to moving bulk items so you aren’t left paying hundreds more than you have to.

If you’re interested in getting quotes from top-rated household moving companies, be sure to visit our Household Moving Articles page to gain access to our free household moving quote request form. In addition to gaining access to our free household moving form, you gain access to our list of helpful household moving articles that you can peruse to get more information about the process of moving household items and how the industry in general works. If you’re shipping household items along with a vehicle, you can get quotes for both to the left of this page; simply fill out our free auto transport quote form and, on the contact information portion, mark that you would like to receive household moving quotes as well. If you have further questions, you can always talk to one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417.

New Orleans 4New Orleans is the largest city by population in the state of Louisiana and a major port city not just in the state, but in the entire U.S. It is also coterminous with Orleans Parish, which is the equivalent to a county in most other states. New Orleans proper is home to almost 344,000 residents and anchors the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.1 million total residents. Straddling the Mississippi River is southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans is a vital trading port in the United States and its parish is the third-largest in population in the state, after Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parishes. It was the largest before 2005 and the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city and from which New Orleans is still recovering from.

As mentioned, New Orleans anchors the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.15 million people. While not the largest metro area in the U.S., or even the Deep South for that matter, New Orleans is still a major transportation and logistics hub in the country and in the region, which really helps when searching for auto transport services to or from the city. New Orleans is a city that sees a lot of trading going on within it; despite it’s size, it’s still one of the most popular shipping cities in the Deep South thanks to its location on the most powerful river in North America and on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of people and the popularity of the area make it cheaper during most times of the year to ship to or from, and it is also fairly popular among both customers and carriers – in other words, its size makes it more popular, which makes it cheaper to ship to or from more often than not.

New Orleans sits on the southern banks of Lake Pontchartrain, and in terms of getting to or from the city that’s easily done via Interstate 10, the main east-west interstate through the Deep South. I-10 is the only primary interstate that actually runs through the city, though it links to several auxiliary interstates near the downtown area including I-310 and I-610. If you’re shipping north out of New Orleans – or south into it – I-55 is usually the way that carriers will take in or out of the city, though they can also take I-59. The interstates surrounding New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain aren’t the easiest to navigate, though it helps they are interstates and not state highways; that said, most of the time its size and ease of access are going to help you save money in or out of the city.

During most of the year the weather is nice enough to entice car shippers to run routes in and out of New Orleans on a fairly regular basis. As you likely know, though, the late summer and fall months are hurricane season, and they can disrupt car shipping services (indeed, services in a lot of different industries) into or out of the city. While most hurricanes don’t do the amount of damage that Katrina did, they can cause problems and disrupt day-to-day operations of the city, which can be frustrating and also cause delays in auto transportation services. Keep an eye on the weather reports and make sure to discuss your shipping options with a live agent if you have questions or concerns about the weather and its effects on your auto transport services.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from the city of New Orleans, be sure to take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies completely free of charge. Once you get your free quotes you can compare prices and services of those different shipping companies and find the right one for your shipping needs. If you have questions or concerns about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free and speak to one of our live, friendly auto transport agents. They can help answer your questions and get you quotes, and as experts in the industry can answer a lot of questions you may have. So call us today, or fill out our free form, and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.

Dirty Car 1In the auto transport industry, you tend to pay for what you get, and if you aren’t sure how much everything is going to cost you’re going to want a crash course in shipping a car. Since we don’t offer that, the best way to get it would be to read as many of our blog entries – including this one – as you can. One thing you need to be aware of is something known as “accessory charges.” Paying accessory charges isn’t the same for everyone, as it depends on what exactly has to be paid for and who has to pay for it. Accessory charges are costs that have to be paid that are outside of your actual shipping cost. Accessory charges are often known as “accessorial charges” by logistics companies in other industries.

When it comes to shipping a vehicle accessory charges include things like fueling up the vehicle, charging dead batteries, repairing a flat tire or something else that is preventing the vehicle from being loaded. There are a lot of other things out there that are going to cost you money above the shipment of your vehicle, and they pretty much show up on a case-by-case basis; many times, customers aren’t going to need to repair a flat tire because, well, their vehicle doesn’t have a flat tire.

Accessory, or accessorial, charges are not things that people expect to have to pay when shipping a car. A lot of times they don’t – generally, auto transportation services are pretty cut and dry along most routes these days, which is really great for you since the stability leads to lower prices and faster pick up and delivery times in or out of most major cities. But at the same time, there’s only so much you can do to prevent those extra charges, like put air in your tires, make sure your vehicle only has a quarter tank of gas when it’s picked up, make sure that it’s rolling and braking and steering okay, things like that. The less work a carrier has to do to get a vehicle loaded and unloaded, the better.

Depending on what you’re shipping and where you’re shipping from and to, you should probably budget a bit over what you were told your shipment would be, in order to better prepare for any accessorial charges you may encounter. Keep your tires inflated, your vehicle clean, and your battery charged and ready to go. If you’re having problems with it, just make sure that it’s running when the carrier arrives, especially if you told them it is. If your vehicle cannot start or move under it’s own power, your carrier will likely be pretty miffed, and want compensation for having to load a non-running vehicle that was originally assumed to be running.

Sorry if we’ve made it seem like accessorial charges and the like are worse than they are – they aren’t, really, nor are they all that common. But it’s important to understand as much as you can about the vehicle shipping industry, and this includes terms that you aren’t familiar with, even if they don’t always apply to you. For free quotes to ship a vehicle, fill out our free online quote request form; it takes only a minute and top-rated companies will send you quotes via email based on the information you supplied. Have further questions about our services, or need help getting your free quotes? Give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free and speak to one of our live agents about it.

customerserviceperson-aasMost auto transport companies out there today are able to ship just about any type of vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, including overseas to Alaska, Hawaii and other outlying U.S. territories. There are some specialty carriers and other types of companies that only handle specific freight, but on the whole companies try to ship whatever they can, whenever they can to maximize their profit. But it’s not just that – with the way the industry works today there is little reason for an auto transport company to be unable to ship a vehicle that rolls, brakes and steers – it’s why they hire representatives to get them moved for their customers, after all. But facilitating the transportation of a vehicle is not all that is required of an auto shipping rep; read on to find out more about the people that you’ll be talking to regularly when you ship a vehicle.

To start, the representative that you book your auto transportation services with will be your main contact for anything and everything regarding your shipment. You should always get their name, the company that they work for and any direct extensions for your representative when you first book your order. You need to build trust with your rep, and that comes from working with them regularly. Some companies allow other reps to help each other’s customers, but not all shippers do, so you’ll want to make sure you get their contact information regardless of the company policies. When you first call to book an order, your representative will take all your information, including pickup and delivery locations, payment information, and more.

Once you book your order with a shipping company your representative will take your information and use it to find a carrier for your shipment, though this depends on the division of labor at the company you’re shipping with. Some will allow their reps to do what is known as direct dispatch – that is, they call around looking for trucks for their customers. Other shippers use dispatch departments whose sole job it is to get freight moved. Both have their disadvantages, and it mainly comes down to implementation and execution, which you have little control over. Your rep, however, will still be your go-to regardless of whether they dispatch their freight themselves or if they send it off to a dispatch department to get it handled.

Your representative will also handle any and all payments for the shipment of the vehicle. Usually they will take their own cut when the vehicle is dispatched or when it is picked up, which is why it’s not surprising to hear of auto transport companies taking credit card information upon booking but not charging it until the vehicle is actually shipped. Representatives are responsible for making sure the payment is successful and that everything goes smooth. When shipping a vehicle, it is always important to treat your shipping representatives with respect, as they do a tough job and customers often make it harder on them than it should be. You should always take the time to be patient, courteous and polite with a representative, as they are required to do with you.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle with an auto transport company, you really should fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transportation companies, with friendly representatives that will help you from start to finish. If you fill out our free form, you’ll get quotes from some of the best auto shippers in the country, and from there you can compare their prices, services, talk to different reps from different companies and ultimately find the right company for your needs. If you have further questions, or need some help getting your free quotes, make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417. The line is toll-free and connects you straight with one of our live shipping agents. One call is all you need to get your shipment going today.

Lexington 1Lexington is a city located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The second-largest in the state by population, and 61st in the country, Lexington is home to over 308,400 residents in the city proper and it also anchors the larger Lexington Metropolitan Area, home to 489,400 people, which in turn anchors the larger Lexington-Fayette-Frankfort-Richmond Combined Statistical Area, home to close to 800,000. Lexington is a major college town, home to several major universities and colleges including the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University and Bluegrass Community & Technical Institute. Almost 40% of adults that live in the city have at least a bachelor’s degree.

As the anchor of the second-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state of Kentucky, Lexington is a fairly popular auto transport location within the state. Home to close to half a million people, it may not be the largest in the state by population but it still sees plenty of auto transport traffic within Kentucky proper, which helps keep pickup times out of Lexington faster and prices lower, not to mention the fact that carriers will be more willing to run routes into Lexington from other parts of the country. While this may help your prices and carrier availability a bit, Lexington is still located in Kentucky, making it hardly the most popular area in the country, which does impact your prices.

The city sits about 80 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the largest cities in the Midwest, and sits right along the route of two major interstates, I-75 going north-south and I-64 going east-west. These two factors really help when it comes to finding auto transport services to or from Lexington, but only so much. Auto shippers prefer to run routes into and out of major cities along major interstates; while I-75 is a major interstate, Lexington is not one of the largest cities in the U.S., and sees less auto transport traffic than many. Not only that, but Lexington sits in Kentucky, which is not a popular shipping location for carriers due to the fact that not a lot of people really want to move in or out of the area anyway.

Climatically, Lexington is not so different from many other cities in the region. Prone to hot and humid summers and cold, sometimes snowy winters. During the summer months is when you’ll find prices to be at their lowest usually; demand during the summer is high and with the weather nice, the roads are clear, which means easy travels for auto transporters to and from most anywhere in the country. During the winter months, snow and ice and low temperatures can make this more difficult for carriers, which usually leads to increased prices and decreased services, depending on where you’re shipping from or to. Lexington sees average high in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s during the winter, with overnight lows often dropping well below freezing. December, January and February tend to see the worst of the winter weather.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Lexington, Kentucky, make sure you take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple quotes from top-rated auto transport companies in your email inbox completely free of charge. You can compare those companies’ prices and services against one another in order to find the best quote for your shipping needs. If you have further questions, or need some additional help getting your free quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our live agents any time.