closeup-car-enclosed-trailerMany vehicles that car transporters ship are luxury vehicles, i.e. vehicles that are expensive, high-end and prone to expensive repairs and parts should anything happen to them. It’s no surprise, then, that people that are looking to get their luxury vehicles from one end of the country to the other would want to ship them instead of drive them, but many people have never shipped a vehicle before and don’t even know where to start. This is why we’ve come up with this helpful blog post that will try to answer the question of how luxury cars are shipped and what you can expect when shipping yours.

The most common way that luxury cars are shipped is via enclosed transportation services. Enclosed transportation is key in keeping the condition of the vehicle pristine, particularly if it is a luxury car worth six figures. Most vehicles are shipped on an open auto transport truck, which means that they are exposed to the elements that the truck itself will be exposed to, including wind, rain, sunshine, wintry weather conditions in areas, as well as things such as bugs, road debris, dust and rocks. Most vehicles will be able to handle the rigors of the road just fine, as they are built to handle the rigors of the road on a daily basis. Luxury vehicles…well, not so much.

This is why luxury cars are almost always shipped on an enclosed carrier. It’s a bit more expensive, mainly due to the fact that enclosed carriers serve a more niche part of the industry than their open counterparts, which means they ship fewer cars and thus need to charge more per vehicle to maintain their bottom line. On the whole the price of enclosed transportation services for a luxury vehicle will range anywhere from 25-125% over the cost of open transport; it depends a lot on the route, its popularity and the company in question.

If you are interested in shipping a vehicle via an enclosed carrier, or just want to know the difference in price, you can fill out our free auto transport quote request form and select the option for enclosed quotes only. Once the form is submitted, your information will be sent to several different auto transport companies that will provide you a customized quote based on the information you submitted and email you your quotes over the course of the next hour. Once you have your quotes, you can compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your specific needs, and you can talk to them about enclosed versus open auto transportation services. If you have questions about our services, or simply need some help getting your quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to a live agent.

Drive Away 2A really great way for you to save some time and possibly some money when shipping a vehicle is to rent a car while the vehicle is in transit. While renting a car might not be for everyone, there are some distinct advantages that come with renting while your vehicle is being shipped that simply can’t be beat, and in this helpful blog post we’ll discuss a few of the reasons why renting a car while your vehicle is being shipped is such a good idea. Not everyone will need to rent, but there are more than a few people out there that only have one vehicle and shipping it keeps them without their main method of transportation for days or even weeks, depending on the route.

That’s really the biggest reason why renting a car while your own car is being transported can be such a great help. When you ship a vehicle, once it’s loaded onto the carrier truck it’s gone until they show up at delivery, which means that you’re going to either have to rely on friends or family, a taxi cab or a rental car to get around. Many people have jobs that they can’t spend days away from at a time; by renting a car, you can save money on taxi rides even if you have to pay a daily fee. It’s usually not that exorbitant, and for the most part you’ll have the rental vehicle for only a few days before your vehicle is delivered.

Then there’s having to rely on friends and family. As you well know, relying on people for rides to places – especially if it’s something big like going to work or to the grocery store to shop – can be a real hassle. Some people require you to pay for the fuel that they use, and some will even force you to pay for the time they spend driving you around (personally, if your friends force you to pay for their time, it may be time to get new friends). Some auto shipping companies may reimburse you for renting a vehicle while yours is in transit, but it depends on the company and the reasons you need a rental car.

If you need more information about renting a car while your vehicle is being shipped, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. They can give you more information about the auto transport industry as well as tips for getting around while your vehicle is being shipped. If you’re looking to get a vehicle shipped relatively soon, fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto shippers absolutely free of charge. Filling out the form takes only a minute, and your quotes will start coming in minutes after submission and trickle in over the hour. Once you have your quotes you can also compare those companies against each other, including their prices and services, to see which one is a good fit for you.

Household Moving to Major Metro AreasA metropolitan area is an urban area that typically surrounds a larger city. Metro areas are used by the U.S. Census Bureau to measure a variety of statistics about people and where they live and what they do, and are a great way to group large areas together under a common name. For instance, the New York City Metropolitan Area, as it is known, is an area that is home to over 20 million total residents spanning four states. Smaller cities and towns are often grouped together – Yonkers is an independent city, but is considered a part of the New York metro area. Some metro areas have more than one “anchor city;” the anchor city is the city that the metro area is named for. For instance, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area has two anchor cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, as they are both named in the metro area.

When it comes to household moving to major metro areas, household movers will often look at the anchor city first to determine a basic price. What’s nice is that most logistics companies use this method, and if a city in a metro area is close to the anchor city, the price difference between the two (at least on your specific route) is going to be minimal at best. It’s a bit different in the household moving industry as compared to auto transport, but in many ways it works just the same. Household movers have set prices along specific routes and oftentimes use mileage and other factors to calculate prices. When shipping into and out of major metro areas, they can still charge the same for many areas around an anchor city since they sit so close.

This isn’t always the case, and unlike in the car shipping industry you can’t just meet your shipper somewhere else to get your stuff; they have to deliver it to your door. Oftentimes, in major cities, this simply isn’t an option; remember, interstate household moving companies often use huge semi-trucks and trailers to haul multiple loads at once, and sometimes they just can’t maneuver in a tight area like a major downtown district or even somewhere out in the suburbs. When this happens, they’ll contract with a local mover with smaller trucks to get your goods to your door. Don’t worry; you have to sign off on this approach, and typically it comes with no extra charge – though you’ll have to double-check with your household mover for that.

If you’re looking for household goods moving quotes, even if it’s not for household moving to major metro areas, you can fill out our free household moving quote request form on our Household Moving Articles page. That page has our dedicated household goods transportation quote request form, as well as links to various household moving articles you can peruse at your leisure to learn more about the industry. Your quotes will come into your email inbox from household shippers that we clear for dependability and reliability. If you are looking for quotes to ship a vehicle, you can also fill out our free online auto transport quote request form, and you can also get quotes for both auto and household moving services through that form. You can, of course, always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent as well.

Car Shipping to Baton Rouge

Car Shipping to Baton RougeBaton Rouge is a city located in (as well as the county seat of) East Baton Rouge Parish, and is also the capital of the entire state of Louisiana. Home to over 229,000 residents in the city proper, and anchoring a metro area of over 820,000 total residents, Baton Rouge is the second-largest city in Louisiana, after New Orleans, and a rather popular car shipping location in the region, as it is a growing area in Louisiana and a major center for commerce and industry. Baton Rouge has historically been a focal point for freight coming in overseas, as well; as the ninth-largest port by total tonnage in the U.S., it’s not surprising that a lot of Baton Rouge’s growth stems from its port, and while New Orleans may be larger car shipping to Baton Rouge is on the rise and today is more popular than ever.

Culturally rich and diverse, car shipping to Baton Rouge is currently on the rise and is now one of the easier areas in Louisiana to ship into and out of pretty much year-round. Some of this has to do with its location; situated on the first natural bluff north of the Mississippi River Delta, Baton Rouge grew rapidly by avoiding the seasonal river floods and maintaining a strong naval and commercial port on perhaps the most important river in the U.S. in terms of commerce. This led to the city’s rapid growth during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and as a result as made car shipping to Baton Rouge more popular as well.

It also really helps that the city sits right along two major interstate highways – or, rather, that it is connected to the Interstate Highway System at all. I-10 is the main interstate that services Baton Route; oriented east-west, I-10 runs through some of the largest cities in the southern U.S., giving carriers access to some of the most popular vehicle transport locations south of the Mason-Dixon line. Couple this with the size of the city, and car shipping to Baton Rouge is more affordable than ever before. During the summer months is when prices tend to peak, though it depends on the route; with more customers shipping vehicles, carriers can lower prices on less-popular routes, but tend to raise prices on routes with high demand and low carrier supply. This is known as “cherry-picking,” and unfortunately there’s not much that can be done other than paying higher prices.

Car shipping to Baton Rouge is easier to find than ever in large part thanks to American Auto Shipping – all you need to do to get started is to fill out our free online car transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto shippers that we clear for dependability and reliability, and we also make sure each and every one is licensed, bonded and insured. This means you can spend more time comparing prices and services and less time worrying about the reputation of your shipper. If you have questions about our services, you are more than welcome to call us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Auto Shipping to Metro MiamiThe Miami metropolitan area is one of the largest metropolitan areas by both population and total area in the United States. Currently home to over 5.9 million residents, the Miami metro area is the eighth-largest by population in the country and one of the most popular auto shipping locations in the entire country. The Miami metro area is the largest by population in the state of Florida as well, and is known for its rather “squashed” locale – much of the Miami metro area is located on a 20-mile-wide strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern edge of the Florida Everglades and stretches over a hundred miles north-south. This makes auto shipping to metro Miami a lot easier in the long run, and its size and location makes it one of the most popular car transport locations in the country.

As implied, metropolitan Miami is anchored by Miami, the fourth-largest city by population in Florida but the most popular car shipping area in the state as well. The main reason as to why it’s such a popular shipping location is the fact that it’s a popular snowbird location. We’ve talked about snowbird auto transport before; simply put, snowbirds are customers that own summer homes in the north and winter homes in the south, often in areas in New England and Florida, respectively. As you can guess, snowbirds travel south during the fall and winter (like birds), often shipping their vehicles to their winter homes and then shipping back north during the spring and early summer. Snowbirds are a core demographic, and an important factor during the slower times of the year.

Not only that, but auto shipping to metro Miami is made easier as well by the Interstate Highway System. Auto transporters like to stick to major highways through major metro areas; it’s the fastest way for them to get around and gets them into and out of popular auto transport locations such as Miami and its surrounding metro area. By making it easier to access larger cities, car shippers can quickly get from one pickup or delivery location to the next, netting them lower operating costs and thus lower prices for their customers. On the whole, auto shipping to metro Miami is also one of the cheaper services to find, and you shouldn’t have too hard a time finding a carrier to run the route as well, due to the area’s high auto transport popularity.

Interested in shipping a vehicle to the Miami metropolitan area? If so, you’re in luck – you can get quotes to ship to and from anywhere in the Miami metro area, and, really, anywhere in the entire U.S., simply by filling out our free online quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple quotes in your email inbox over the course of the next hour. Your quotes will come from vetted, tried and true auto transporters who understand the ins and outs of shipping a vehicle and who we clear for dependability and reliability, and who we also make sure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Once you have your quotes you can discuss your shipment with their live agents and compare those quotes against one another to find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.