Drive Away 2The internet is an amazing thing – it has revolutionized how we do business, how we interact with one another, how we socialize and how we get our news. It’s completely changed how we shop and how we see the marketplace; whereas before, shopping was almost a social exercise, today it’s about getting the most bang for your buck – if you can find it, you can find it online, and more and more companies are turning to online webstores to push their product. This includes auto transporters, both carriers and brokers, which in turn has completely revolutionized the industry. Part of this has to do with how you, as a customer, decides which company to book a shipment with, and in this blog we’re going to detail how to use auto transport reviews to get the best company for your shipping needs.

Online reviews today are an integral part of any company; if you sell product to customers online, you have to give your customers a forum to voice their concerns. Adaptability is key in any industry today, including the auto transportation industry, and a large part of adapting is adjusting to the constant scrutiny that comes with doing business online. Customers can see how other customers fared using your services, and if you have a bad reputation as a car shipper you’re going to have a harder time finding paying customers. The car shipping industry is incredibly competitive, and if one company can’t get it done another most definitely can.

It’s become more about customer retention in the auto transport industry, which is great news for customers like yourself because it means finding a dependable auto transporter is easier than ever. Everyone’s trying to one-up each other to be the best in the business, and this is why as a customer you really should read as many auto transport reviews of prospective shippers as you can. One of the best websites for this is www.transportreviews.com, the leading auto transport review website on the internet. Any shipper who considers themselves worth their weight in salt will be a member of Transport Reviews, and it is often one of the first things a new company does when setting themselves up to ship vehicles.

Since everyone is one the website, if you find a shipper that isn’t you should figure out why. Maybe they’re brand new and haven’t had a chance yet, but if they’ve been around a while and aren’t on Transport Reviews you should probably find another company. Transport Reviews is unique in that they have a system for kicking out fake reviews – only real customers can post reviews on their website and they also allow shippers to respond to disputes, so you can read both sides of a bad review and determine for yourself who was wrong and who was right and whether or not the review is indicative of that company’s overall services.

Reputation is important, and luckily for you we can get you free quotes from companies with five-star, A-rated reputations. All you have to do is fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best companies in the industry. You can read their reviews and talk to one of their representatives right over the phone or via email – going back to where we started in discussing how we do business nowadays. You can also contact us directly at our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our agents as well; simply give us a call at 800-930-7417 and you’ll connect immediately to one of our helpful, live agents who can answer your questions, help you get your quotes and explain more about the industry and how it works and how you can make it work for you.

Moving 9Moving all of your possessions out of your current home and into a new one is challenging and stressful enough – but put your delivery location a thousand miles away in a completely different state and region of the country and the stress factor multiplies. There’s a really great way to make things a bit easier on yourself, though – have a garage sale! Seriously, it’s one of the best things that you can do when you’re looking to start moving, and there’s a few different reasons why.

For starters, it gets rid of a lot of stuff you don’t need. When you’re moving and you’re hiring a moving company to haul your stuff for you, the weight of all your items is going to be incredibly influential on your price, and the more your stuff weighs the more expensive it’s going to be. Going through your items and finding things that you can get rid of will help you tremendously when it comes to saving money – who knows, you could drop 500 pounds of items over the course of a weekend, netting you savings in the hundreds of dollars while also giving you some cash in your pocket. If you have a family, have your wife (or husband) and your kids (if you have any) gather up things that they don’t need or don’t want, and then make sure that you advertise the crap out of your garage sale.

Once you start running it, sell everything you can. The more you sell, the less you have to ship, which is going to save you money and also time since your movers don’t have to load as much into their truck. Did we mention the money? Yeah, garage sales are great because they net you money, especially if you’re selling stuff that a lot of people want. Things like books and old movies that you don’t read or watch usually go like hotcakes. Missing a piece out of Monopoly or just never play it? Sell it, get $5 for it and, if you want to, buy it later. Clothes are also a great thing to sell, especially if you like keeping up with fashion and you have a lot of things from seasons that are now out of fashion. The higher quality stuff you have, the more you can get for it, and you can use those funds to help pay for your shipment as well.

If you’re interested in shipping your household items, make sure to visit our Household Moving Articles section – if you do, you’ll notice our independent household goods quote request form where our auto transport quote request form should be, as well as a list of our household moving articles that you can read and learn more about the household goods moving industry from. If you’re interested in moving household items in addition to a car, truck or SUV, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form and, in the contact information portion on the second part of the form, check that you are interested in shipping household goods and get both auto transport and household goods moving quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto shippers and household movers absolutely free. Questions? Concerns? Give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your shipping quotes today.

Auto Transport to Boise

Boise 1Boise is a city in as well as the county seat of Ada County, in the U.S. state of Idaho. It is also the largest city by population in the entire state and is also the capital of Idaho. Boise is currently home to over 205,600 residents and has widely been considered to be one of the most modern and forward-thinking American cities. Boise’s city planning has focused on a relationship with the land around it; as such, Boise’s growth and development has been deemed environmentally-friendly and today it is one of America’s “greenest” cities. Boise is the third-largest city in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, behind Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, and ranks 99th among the nation’s largest cities in terms of population.

Boise also anchors the Boise metropolitan statistical area, home to over 615,500. The metro area spans five counties in Idaho. The largest metropolitan area in Idaho, the Boise metro area is also the third-largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest, again after Seattle and Portland. Boise is an important economic hub in southwestern Idaho, which makes it more popular among customers who are needing car shipping services; with recent growth, demand for auto transport services to or from Boise has increased over the past half-decade. Unfortunately, Idaho is not all that popular compared to other cities in other states on other routes, and Idaho can see few trucks running through it during most times of the year.

This is partly due to the fact that Boise’s large cities aren’t all that large – 205,000 people is nothing to scoff at, but it’s nowhere near Los Angeles or New York City or even Minneapolis or New Orleans, at least in terms of size. Because of its smaller size, Boise’s transportation infrastructure is not as developed or sophisticated as other, larger metro areas; this isn’t a good-or-bad type of thing, but just rather about what’s needed. The LA metro area needs a well-developed and interconnected network of high-traffic roads to service the millions of people traveling them. Boise doesn’t have that, and this impacts your shipping services in that the main way into or out of Boise is I-84, a minor interstate highway that connects Portland to Salt Lake City via the middle of nowhere.

During the summer months is really the best time to ship a vehicle to or from Boise because that’s when demand tends to be at its highest Let’s face it; Boise isn’t that popular of a shipping location, so you’re going to have to be willing to compromise on things like price and pickup times, and these can be affected by the weather. During the winter months, average daily highs in Boise only reach into the high 30s to mid 40s, depending on when you’re taking the temperature, but lows in the winter are almost always below freezing and snow isn’t all that uncommon in the area. Snow and ice can cause delays and results in hazardous traveling conditions for carriers, so they try to avoid it if they can. This usually results in higher prices and longer pickup times into and out of Boise once the weather starts getting cold.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Boise, make sure you take a minute or two to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. All it takes is a minute of your time – it’s completely free, too – and once you submit you’ll receive car shipping quotes from some o the best auto transporters in the industry in your email inbox. They start showing up within minutes and trickle in over the hour, so you can take time to compare prices and services, talk to their representatives, get more information about your specific shipment, and more. If you have questions or need some help in getting your quotes or navigating our website, make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.

truck 2Intermodal auto transportation is where a vehicle is shipped using more than one carrier. On the whole this is fairly rare, at least when you’re shipping within the contiguous United States. Intermodal transportation is usually only reserved for when you’re shipping a vehicle overseas, since in that situation your vehicle will usually have to be trucked to the port, where it will be then loaded onto an international overseas cargo ship, generally of the “dry bulk” variety, though it depends on where your vehicle sis being shipped to. This is usually the only time that your vehicle will be loaded onto a different carrier than the one that picked it up.

But all that’s for overseas auto transport – in this blog post we wanted to talk about reasons why your shipment would require two or more different carrier companies. The vast majority of shipments don’t; the truck that picks up your vehicle will also be the one that delivers it, and in-between it stays right where it’s at on the truck. This is how both customers and carriers prefer their transportation services. But what if the truck has a mechanical issue, or it breaks down? This is usually the most common reason for using intermodal auto transportation services – it’s kind of required if your transport truck breaks down.

Other than that, though, unless you specifically ask for intermodal shipping or it somehow saves you money on your shipment (it likely won’t) no auto transport company is going to require that you ship your vehicle with more than one carrier unless you’re shipping to a port. There’s very little need for it unless something catastrophic happens to the truck that’s hauling your vehicle. It’s hard enough to load a vehicle onto a truck the first time, so taking it off just to put it on another one seems to be a waste of time. Plus, carriers don’t like sharing or giving up their loads; it’s a competitive industry and sharing the burden with a competitor isn’t going to help anyone.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, get the idea of intermodal shipping out of your head, because when you ship your car with most carriers the truck that loads it is going to be the one to deliver it. You can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transporters in your email within the next hour. Once you get your quotes you can see their different prices and services and find the right company for your specific shipping needs. If you’re looking to get some questions answered, make sure to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and give friendly advice and information about the auto transport industry in general.

Dollar Sign 3Shipping a car can be an expensive endeavor, depending on where you’re shipping from and to, and most people are going to have to do some sort of budgeting in order to fit the cost into their financial plans. If you don’t need to budget, great – you’re a step ahead of the game. But for all you who do need to budget, here are a few helpful tips that should hopefully put you in control of your shipment and get the best service that you can find.

1. Give Yourself Time
The auto transport industry is all about timeframes. Pickup windows, delivery windows, transit time, dispatch times – it’s all about how much time you have, and when budgeting your shipment it’s no different. Usually you want to start looking for auto transport companies and getting quotes two to three weeks before you actually have to ship your vehicle. Use this time to compare prices and services and book your shipment, and once you have your order booked with a company you can start saving money for the shipment, for which you will already know the price. You don’t have to book right away, but it’s usually a good idea since it also gives your shipper more time to find a carrier and schedule your pickup for the day you want it picked up. It’s a win-win, really.

2. Budget more than you need to
We hate to say this, but sometimes prices change. Quotes are rarely guaranteed for more than two weeks, but even within that time frame they are subject to change. It’s because of the way the industry works; costs are based on fuel prices and driving distance, as well as popularity of your pickup and delivery locations and the available routes between them. Route prices are subject to change without notice as a result, and this trickles down to you in the form of price hikes. By budgeting 10-20% more than what you were quoted, you’ll be able to afford paying a bit extra if it means your vehicle gets picked up on the day you want it.

3. Cheaper isn’t always better
We really can’t stress this enough – while it may be tempting to try to ship on a budget and go with a lower quote, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, and it’s for the reasons outlined in point #2. If you go with the lowest quote you receive, if prices go up it’s going to cost even more to get your vehicle picked up than it would if you chose a price more in the middle. This is also why it’s important to gather multiple quotes – you’ll end up with a good range of prices that you can then compare to one another. With more information, more prices and more knowledge of the industry, you’ll be better able to choose the company that’s right for what you’re looking for.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and are trying to figure out what it will cost, you really should fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, your information will be sent to multiple American auto shipping companies; they will each prepare their own price estimate for your shipment and email you your quotes over the course of the hour. The service is completely free and it’s a great way to get multiple quotes – something we recommend not only because we want your business but also because we want you to have a good shipping experience. Reputation is important in this industry, and the more you know the better you’ll understand what’s going on in your shipment. If you have questions about the process or the quotes you’ll receive, or need some help getting those quotes in the first place, you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.