Auto Shipping Tips to Akron, Ohio

Akron 1Akron is a city located in north-central Ohio, about an hour or so south of Cleveland. It is the fifth-largest city in the state by population, which sits at just under 12,000 residents, and sits at the center of the Akron Metropolitan Area, which had a population of over 703,000 and spans two counties. Akron is also a part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 3.5 million residents. Akron is the county seat of Summit County as well, and was founded in 1825. During the early 20th century Akron became a manufacturing powerhouse of northern Ohio, with industries such as stoneware, fishing tackle, farming equipment, matches, toys and rubber products becoming staples of the city’s economy. Unfortunately, deindustrialization during the late 20th century hit Akron hard, and the city fell into a depression that it has only recently begun to emerge from. Akron, however, is emerging as a major player in the information-technology sector; its economy, for years in shambles at the loss of manufacturing, is recovering quickly thanks to new upstart companies in information and technology-related fields, and today Akron is considered one of the top-ten “high-tech havens” in the U.S.

Akron is not the most popular auto shipping destination in the state of Ohio, but it’s located in a fairly populated area, and is relatively easily accessible via the interstate highway system, so it has a few things going for it that can help lower your price. Akron sits about an hour south of Cleveland, and Cleveland can actually be a good alternative if you’re shipping on a budget, need to save some cash, and can afford to drive a bit out of the way. Auto shippers like to run routes into and out of areas that have higher concentrations of potential customers, and Cleveland – which is much larger than Akron in terms of population – is one of the most popular shipping areas in Ohio. Of course, many of the “Rust Belt” cities aren’t as popular in terms of shipping locations as they once were, but many auto transporters still run routes into and out of cities such as Cleveland, Akron and Toledo because there are still quite a few people living in those areas. Akron itself is accessible via I-77, a north-south interstate that runs north to Cleveland, and I-76, an east-west interstate that connects I-71 (northeast-southwest through Columbus, Ohio) and I-80 (east west through Pennsylvania).

When shipping to or from Akron you should keep an eye on the weather reports, as snow tends to fall as early as November and tends to last through the winter and into April. Akron averages over 47 inches of snow per year, with the heaviest snowfalls occurring in December, January and February. Snow can make it difficult for auto shippers to get into and out of certain areas, and even anti-snow measures such as salt and gravel can damage their trucks and cost thousands in repairs. Since auto transport companies prefer more southern routes during the winter months, you will likely see higher prices into and out of Akron during the winter than the summer; not only that, but carrier availability in the area will likely plummet since there won’t be a lot of shippers there during the winter. Many areas of the U.S. tend to see price drops during the winter, as it’s the slow time and carriers take what they can get; however, in Akron and other areas that see a lot of snow, prices can increase due to the lack of popularity and the hazards of winter driving in those areas. If you have questions, or need some advice on shipping your vehicle, call us at 800-930-7417; our live agents are standing by to help you, and you can always fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.

What is the Cheapest City to Ship a Vehicle to or From?

Miami 2The question “what is the cheapest city to ship a vehicle to or from” is kind of a loaded one. With literally tends of thousands of cities scattered across all fifty states, hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways that connect them and thousands of carrier companies hauling vehicles, it’s not a question of what the cheapest city is; it’s a question of what the most popular city to ship to or from is. When it comes down to it, the cheapest cities that auto shippers charge for services to are going to be the ones that satisfy a combination of factors: how popular is it among the customers? How easy is it to get in and out of? How many routes are there to and from the city? How likely am I to find a load going out of said city? What’s the weather like? Is it close to a major metropolitan area?

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Popularity of a city among the customer base is important, because the more people that are going into or out of one specific area, the more demand there is for auto transportation, which means a higher chance of getting multiple loads once they get into town. Auto transporters want to make sure their trucks stay full; empty space is wasted money, so they want to go into and out of areas with lots of customers, as it minimizes their chances of deadhead (empty space). This is also why the number of routes – as well as the popularity of those routes – is important: carriers want to have easy access to major metro areas, because that’s where the people are, and that’s also where all the interstates run through. The Interstate Highway System connects almost every major city in the United States, from New York City to Los Angeles to Albuquerque to Joplin, Missouri, along one major transportation network. It is the largest man-made structure in the United States and spans over 46,000 total miles.

Weather also plays an important role in what cities are popular and which ones aren’t. Auto shippers don’t want to get caught in a blizzard or a hurricane, they’re dangerous and can lead to serious damage not just to their own truck but also to the cargo they’re hauling. Auto transport companies don’t like extreme inclement weather, so they tend to run routes through areas that don’t have a lot of extremes. Areas in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains are generally more expensive to ship to or from because of heavy snows that can start as early as October. They don’t like New England much during the winter for the same reasons. Areas such as Los Angeles and Miami, however, see only sporadic severe weather; while hurricanes may be popular in Florida, not everywhere gets hit hard by them, and Miami is one of those areas.

But at the end of the day there tends to be one major metropolitan area that, for all intents and purposes, is the cheapest city to ship into and out of, and that metro area is Miami. The Miami metropolitan area is home to over 5.5 million residents and is the largest metro area in the state of Florida and the eighth-largest in the United States by population. Miami is popular because it satisfies all the conditions listed in the first paragraph: it’s popular among customers, there are many routes into and out of the city, it’s easy to navigate, there are generally a lot of people also shipping out of Miami, it’s generally nice, and it’s the eighth-largest metro area in the country. And, to top it all off, it’s the most popular snowbird shipping location in the country, so year-round there’s always a myriad of people moving into and out of the Miami metro area.

Make sure to talk to a representative about your pickup and delivery locations and how well they satisfy the auto transport pricing scale. If you’re having trouble finding an auto transport company, you should fill out our free online quote request form. We clear all our advertisers for reliability for you, which means we make sure they’re all fully licensed, bonded and insured, and many of them have been in business for years now. We take pride in our work and we take pride in helping people, so if you have any questions or concerns about the information in this blog post, or on any blog or article on our website, feel free to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. And, as always, you can fill out our free form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.

Why Shipping a Van Can Be More Expensive

Dodge Grand Caravan 1Auto transportation companies are expected to ship a lot more than just standard automobiles. In addition to regular-sized cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles, auto transporters are expected to handle things such as work vans, minivans, construction equipment, motorcycles – really, anything with wheels that can normally be moved under its own power (as opposed to something like a wagon or a bicycle). In this blog post we’re going to discuss all things pertaining to the transportation of a van, be it a cargo van, minivan, work van, extended van, conversion van – you name it. If you own a type of van that we don’t cover here, make sure to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you get quotes for whatever it is you’re looking to ship.

Let’s start off with minivans. As you know, minivans are built to haul a lot of people and cargo, which means they’re larger than most cars and some smaller SUV’s. When it comes to transporting a minivan it’s likely you won’t see any major price hikes over the cost of a regular car or smaller sport utility vehicle; generally they’re not any taller than a standard SUV and they usually don’t weigh much more. This makes it easier to find carriers willing to transport minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan, even the newest models, since auto shippers are already keenly familiar with their size and weight. When it comes to cargo vans, the make and model will play a much larger role, since cargo vans are built for a more specific purpose. Some cargo vans are small enough to warrant the same pricing as a minivan, but generally they’re heavier than a standard minivan. Weight can play a major role in your price; heavier vehicles cause a drop in fuel efficiency for your carrier, and when a carrier is only getting 8-12 miles per gallon anyway, it can cost a serious bit of cash to keep the truck on the road if they’re hauling a bunch of heavy vehicles.

Of course, every vehicle is heavy, so what we really mean is that weight is relative. A standard car only weighs so much; a cargo van is going to weigh significantly more. This, in turn, tends to increase the price of the cargo van to offset the lower fuel economy of the transport truck. Cargo vans are commonly shipped; many businesses use them in their fleets, so fleet managers are constantly buying new ones, selling old ones, upgrading their fleet as they go along and making sure that everything is right in their little world. Cargo vans vary greatly in size; small ones aren’t much bigger than minivans, but as you go up in size you tend to go up in price, with Sprinter vans (the vans with the really tall roofs) being some of the most expensive type of vehicle to ship. Sprinter vans are generally the most expensive because of their height.

If you have questions about the information in this (or any) blog post, you can call us toll-free to speak a live agent. No time spent on a menu, no waiting for the next available representative; just call and get connected with someone who can get you the information you need and who can help get you free quotes. If you’re looking for an auto transport company and need some help getting started, you can get multiple free quotes by filling out our free online quote request form. It takes less than two minutes, depending on how fast you can type, and is always free. If you fill out our free form and submit it, you’ll receive 6-8 free auto transport quotes from reliable, reputable auto shippers that we pre-screen for reliability for you and that we make sure are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. You can’t go wrong with American Auto Shipping.

Household Goods Shipping Services to San Francisco

San Francisco 4San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in the state of California by population, with over 837,000 residents. It is officially a city-county, as the city and county of San Francisco was consolidated in 1856, and it is currently the only consolidated city-county in the state of California. This really doesn’t make much of a difference when you’re moving there, as the consolidation is mainly for government purposes, but it’s still a pretty nifty fact. For a time, San Francisco was the largest city in California by population; the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, however, devastated the city, with over a third of the city completely leveled and left more than half of its population homeless. Rebuilding of the city was rapid, and by 1910 the population had recovered, though if there had never been an earthquake it’s quite possible that San Francisco today would be the largest in the state of California.

Though San Francisco’s planning department lists a total of thirty-six distinct neighborhoods, independent research has put this number closer to forty, with over a hundred smaller neighborhoods comprising those 36-40. Those neighborhoods sit in five distinct districts, which are: Central/Downtown (the main financial district), Richmond, Sunset, Upper Market, and Bernal Heights. These neighborhoods vary in demographic makeup, crime rates, median income, and much more, giving San Francisco a truly urban feel. Much of San Francisco was developed before the advent of the car, so many of the downtown streets feel crowded and cramped; this can make it more difficult for household moving companies to get to many of the areas in the city, which generally necessitates them using a smaller, in-town moving company to get your goods to you. This is a common practice; most interstate moving vans are huge 18 wheelers, and obviously those can’t fit in most urban environments. They instead get to the edge of the city and transfer your goods to the local moving company, who’s moving vans are smaller (think more U-Haul sized as opposed to semi-truck sized). These smaller vans can get to just about anywhere in the city, which will likely include your new abode.

San Francisco has always been a city that attracts new residents. It’s California attitude, the great Bay Area weather, and the beauty of the city – not to mention the entire Bay Area in general – is something that a lot of people want to experience. However, the cost-of-living in the city has risen substantially over the years, with a big factor behind that being the rise of the San Jose and cities in Silicon Valley. With the increasing reliance on technology today, Silicon Valley businesses such as Yahoo!, Apple and Google are bringing in more money than residents know what to do with, and this has helped reinvigorate San Francisco, with many new revitalization projects and citywide beautification projects currently in full swing. If you’re interested in moving to or from San Francisco, check out our household moving articles; there, you can read more about the household moving process as well as get free household moving quotes from reliable and dependable household movers. If you’re interested in moving a vehicle along with your household goods, you can actually just fill out our free auto transport quote request form; we have an option to get household moving quotes along with your car shipping quotes. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to discuss it further with one of our helpful representatives.

Auto Transport Tips to Norman, Oklahoma

Norman 1Norman is a city located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, approximately 20 miles south of Oklahoma City proper. Home to over 118,000 residents, Norman is the third-largest city in the state of Oklahoma, after Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and serves as the county seat of Cleveland County. Norman was first settled during the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, and was incorporated in 1891. Norman grew steadily over the next century, and its economic power has only grown over the years. Norman is known for its highly educated workforce and its affiliated jobs and fields. Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma, which is the largest university in the state, and its football team is highly popular, with over 80,000 fans going to games every Saturday. Norman is also the home of the National Weather Center, and much research is done in the city by the NWC in order to better predict weather patterns and gain a better understanding of how the weather works. This is partly because Norman sits within the heart of Tornado Alley, though despite this Money Magazine still named Norman, Oklahoma one of the best small cities to live in in the U.S.

Norman literally sits just miles south of Oklahoma City, which really increases its popularity among the shipping companies in the car transport industry. Oklahoma isn’t the most popular state in the country to ship a vehicle to or from, but it’s far from impossible and shouldn’t be too expensive, on the whole. Shipping to Norman may cost a bit more than shipping to Oklahoma City, which is easily fixed – just meet your shipper somewhere in Oklahoma City and you may be able to save a few bucks. Norman sits along I-35, a major north-south interstate in the Midwest, but it’s not the most popular route for auto shippers because there aren’t a lot of customers moving in and out of the Midwest, especially during this time of year. If you’re shipping in or out of Norman, make sure to talk to a representative at an auto transport company to get the full scoop about pricing, carrier availability, pickup and delivery windows and much more. Keep in mind also that most auto transporters running into the area will likely be traveling along Interstate 40, which is a prominent east-west interstate highway and surprisingly popular with auto transporters.

Still, though, Oklahoma City will probably be easier, at the very least, for your shipper to get into or out of. Its proximity to Norman may make it less expensive, but it’s really dependent on who is shipping your vehicle and what you’re already paying to ship it to Norman. If you’re interested in moving your pickup or delivery from Norman to Oklahoma City, it’s best to talk to a representative who can answer your questions, give you free quotes and advice, and more. Auto transport reps are a great resource that is always available to you, and you can call just about anyone who ships cars and ask them questions regarding the process or how to go about getting it done. They’ll answer every question you have, and if you take enough of their time you may end up just booking with them directly and getting your vehicle moved. How easy is that? If you need to get in contact with someone, fill out our free form or call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our reps; we’ll answer your questions as best we can and help you get in contact with auto transport companies today.

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