Seattle 1Seattle is a city in as well as the county seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington. Home to a population of over 668,000 residents, Seattle is the largest city in Washington State and the largest in the entire Pacific Northwest. A major coastal town and port city, Seattle grew primarily on the back of the lumber industry, though its port allowed economic growth on an unprecedented scale. By 1910, Seattle was one of the 25 largest cities in the United States, and attracted a lot of international cargo and shipping companies. Today, Seattle is a major metro area and a popular auto transport location in Washington State.

Seattle anchors its own metropolitan area, which is great news for you considering that auto transportation companies prefer to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas that surround major cities. Seattle’s metro area is home to over 3.6 million residents, making it the largest in the Pacific Northwest and a popular vehicle shipping location throughout the year. There will likely be times when shipping to or from Seattle is cheaper than others, particularly during the spring and summer months when demand is higher across the industry. Because of its size, however, you should see competitive car shipping prices to and from Seattle throughout the year.

The main interstate that runs through Seattle is Interstate 5, which runs north-south from the Canadian border down to the border with Mexico in San Diego. This is one of the main routes that car shippers take into and out of Seattle, namely because I-5 services a lot of major cities across the west coast and connects to many major east-west interstates as well. Another one that auto transport carriers often use is I-90, an east-west route that runs across the northern United States. I-90 tends to see less traffic during the winter, however, due to heavy snows along portions of the route.

Seattle sees a lot of rain during the fall, winter and spring, and a bit in summer as well, but on the whole snow and ice don’t really affect the city all that much even during the depths of the winter shipping season. This makes it easier for carriers to get into and out of the region during the slow parts of the year, particularly if you’re shipping up and down the coast. Seattle is located in the northwestern part of the country, though, and while it is a major vehicle shipping area it is not the most popular of destinations among shipping companies, which tends to cause slightly higher per-mile prices.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Seattle, Washington, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transportation companies completely free of charge, and once you have your quotes you can then compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your specific needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our friendly auto transportation agents.

Winter 1If you’re looking to ship a vehicle – or, if you’ve shipped before and are looking to ship again – chances are you’ve heard about how the auto transport industry is “seasonal” and that there are times when it is faster and easier to get vehicles shipped than others. But what exactly does that mean for you? For starters, it means that the auto transport industry sees heavier traffic during the summer than the winter, and the spring and fall are in-between times where demand is fairly steady. In this blog post we’ll explain a bit about hos this phenomenon works and how you can game the system to get awesome car shipping deals regardless of when you happen to need your car shipped.

We’ll start with summer. Typically, summer tends to be the most convenient time to ship to or from most areas of the country, as more people are in need of car shipping services than at any other time. There’s good reason for this: it’s the time of year when kids are out of school, the sun is shining and people are feeling more motivated to get their more expensive projects done, including selling that old car or getting it shipped back east to uncle Ted. Summer tends to see the highest demand, which usually means more trucks on the road – some companies only run routes during the late spring, summer and early fall, leaving off for the late fall and winter.

During the winter months, everything slows down. People don’t ship as often, it’s cold, and a lot of routes are closed off due to snow and ice, particularly in the northern areas. During the late fall and early winter, snowbird routes are really where it’s at – there are more than a few people shipping from the northeast down to Florida, as well as from the Great Lakes region down south to areas like Texas and Arizona. New York to Florida tends to see some of the cheapest prices in the winter months, but rural areas and states that are not densely populated tend to see less traffic, fewer carriers, and – as a result – higher prices and longer pickup and transit windows.

If you’re looking for more information about seasonal auto transportation, or if you need to get some prices to get started on your next car shipment, take a minute to fill out our free 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. Once you have your quotes, you can then discuss your shipment with a live agent of one of those companies, compare those prices against one another and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help 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 live agents today.

Broker 2One of the most important things that you can do is to know the car shipping company that you plan on booking your shipment with. It’s the same in everything that you do – if you are trusting something as important and expensive as your vehicle to a company you found on the internet, you want to make darn sure that they are going to actually do their job and get your vehicle moved. Really, it’s important that you know and understand as much as you can about your auto transport company and how they’re going to go about actually getting your vehicle shipped.

For starters, you really should look at websites that allow customers to post reviews of their car shippers. Perhaps one of the most popular and highly-touted is Transport Reviews, which is a customer-based auto transport review website that allows you to see how other customers fared using you prospective auto shipping company. What makes Transport Reviews a cut above the rest is the fact that not only can customers post reviews of their service, shipping companies can also respond to those reviews, which means you get the full story behind both good and bad reviews. Transport Reviews, as a website, also ensures that all the reviews on their site are from real customers of those shippers, and have a process for removing fake reviews.

Another great way to learn about your shipping company and get to know them is to visit their website, read about them, and talk to one of their live representatives. Longevity is key in this industry; the longer a shipper has been around, typically the better a company they are. In conjunction with Transport Reviews, you can learn a lot about a company simply by reading some of the stuff they post on their website. They are required to have their terms and conditions in a public place (which typically means their website), and their representatives are trained in all aspects of the vehicle shipping industry, so they can also answer questions you may have and will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you’re currently on the hunt for a reputable and reliable car shipping company, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. See, when you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto shipping companies – companies that we clear for dependability, reliability and who we ensure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Once you have your quotes you can then discuss your shipment with a representative from each of those companies, if you’d like. If you have questions about our services, the quotes you will receive or just need some help 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 live agents.

TV moving 2Shipping your household items across the country can be a pretty daunting experience, especially if this is the first time you’re actually doing it. With all the different household moving companies out there, it can be a challenge to find the right one that you can trust with all your stuff. But once you find it, actually getting your things moved is a whole different ball of wax, and one of the most important things that you can do is pack your items properly by using the right boxes for the job. Many moving companies offer full-service moving, which is where they bring the boxes and pack your stuff for you; however, it is not the most common method used among customers, who prefer to do it themselves, and this is what we’re going to discuss today.

You want to use the right boxes for each different item that you are packing. It’s pretty important – you can get away with using generic boxes for most things, but some items are best handled in the appropriate ways. If you’re opting to pack yourself, talk to your moving company about getting you some specialty boxes – finding them can be a challenge if you’re going the self-service moving route and packing everything yourself. If your moving company can’t get their boxes to you before the move happens, you can contact a self-storage facility or even buy them online and have them shipped to you before your move happens.

But what type of boxes should you get? As mentioned, for a lot of things small and medium-sized boxes are usually all you need. But what about things like dishes? If you’re concerned about your dishes breaking, a good way to prevent it is to use a dishware box, which is specially-designed to haul precious plates and bowls and other breakable kitchen utensils. What about the TV? Many TV’s out there today are flatscreen in nature, which is great for picture quality – but they’re fragile at the same time, unlike those older, boxy CRT TV’s that are slowly dying out. The best way to pack your TV is in the box it came in, but who keeps those lying around for years on end? Luckily, most places that you can get boxes from also have specialty boxes for electronics like TV’s, computer monitors and laptops. Talk to your moving company for more information.

If you’re interested in shipping your household items and need some quotes to get you started, visit our Household Moving Articles page; it has a dedicated household goods moving quote form on the left-hand side, and you can also peruse our list of helpful household goods transportation articles to get more information about the industry. You can also fill out our free auto transport quote request form to the left and select the option to get household moving quotes in addition to car shipping quotes – the processes are the same, only you’d get quotes for both your household items and your vehicle. And, if you have any questions about our services or the quotes you’ll receive, or just need some help getting your quotes to begin with, you can contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Norfolk 1Norfolk is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Home to a population of over 242,800 residents, Norfolk is the second-largest city in Virginia, behind Virginia Beach, which sits only 20 miles or so east of Norfolk. It also sits close to Newport News, Chesapeake and Portsmouth. It is a part of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.7 million residents, making it the largest metropolitan area in the state. Much of Norfolk’s growth and economic strength lie in the Norfolk Naval Base, which is located in the northwestern part of the city.

As mentioned, Norfolk is a part of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area, also known as the Hampton Roads area. As the largest metro area in the state of Virginia, the whole place is a pretty popular car transport location, and the number of people in the area makes it a more popular location amongst the myriad auto transport carriers that are on the road today. Remember, car transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas, because that’s where the customers tend to be, and since demand is naturally higher it’s not all surprising to see faster services into and out of the area and also lower prices as well.

The main route through Norfolk is I-64, which originates in the eastern areas of Norfolk and runs north-northwest up to Richmond, Virginia and further on into West Virginia. Most carriers prefer to run routes along I-95, however, which services Richmond to the west. A fair distance sits between I-95 and I-64, but carriers can easily take a day or two to service the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area and then continue on into Richmond and get back on I-95. Depending on the time of year, you could see significant savings by moving closer to Richmond – at the very least, talk to your representative or your carrier for more information.

The weather likely won’t affect your shipment all that much, considering the region doesn’t see a whole lot of snow during the winter months. During the summer months the climate can be hot and humid, but aside from causing discomfort among residents it shouldn’t affect your shipping prices or services either. Hurricanes are rare in the area, but they’ve been seen before; if you’re truly concerned about the weather in Norfolk and what it means for your auto transport services, talk to a live agent who can explain it in more detail.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Norfolk, Virginia, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free to submit it and, once you do, you’ll be emailed multiple quotes from top-rated auto transportation companies within about an hour. Take the time to compare those companies’ prices and services against one another, and don’t be afraid to contact them over the phone with any questions. Speak of questions, if you have any about our services here at American Auto Shipping, 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.