truck 2There are quite a few different vehicles out there on the road today, all of which can be shipped – but how they are shipped depends a lot on what type of vehicle you are trying to get moved. We’ve discussed shipping oversized vehicles before – vehicles that cannot fit on an open auto transport carrier are considered “oversize” and generally require shipment via a flatbed auto transport truck. Generally it’s because the vehicles are just too big; open carriers have large hydraulic lifts on both sides, as standard trucks are double-deck carriers, which means that if a vehicle is too wide or tall to fit on the bottom, it physically can’t go on the truck, even on the top – remember, even double-deck trucks have to meet federal height restrictions.

You see this mainly on work trucks and modified vehicles. If your vehicle is incredibly tall, or if it’s filled with equipment on the back (such as utility trucks), chances are it’s not going to fit on a standard auto transport truck. This puts more strain on your auto transport broker, whose job it is to find you a carrier that can get your vehicle moved no matter what it is, as it takes more time and a broader search in order to find the right carrier for you. Remember, if your vehicle is oversize they can’t just call up their regulars; oversize freight isn’t necessarily unheard of, but it’s not like it’s as common as shipping a standard car.

Many companies have lists of preferred carriers that they want to try to give as much freight as they can to as often as they can. This is a good way to do it, too – by using companies that they are familiar and friendly with, brokers can find better service at lower prices and, quite possibly, faster pickup times, especially if you’re shipping along a popular route. That being said, if your vehicle is too big an alternate shipper will be required, likely one that they don’t work with often. Because of this, and the fact that they have to use a specialty carrier, your price and wait times for pickup tend to increase.

It might be harder to ship an oversized vehicle than it is a standard one, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible – you can fill out our free online quote request form to get quotes from top auto transport companies emailed to you completely free of charge. It takes only a minute to submit the quote form and less than an hour to get all your quotes, and once you have your quotes you can discuss your shipment with one of those companies’ live agents and learn more about their services and what they can do for you and your vehicle when it comes to shipping it. If you have further questions about shipping an oversize vehicle, or just need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.

Student 1Believe it or not, the American student population represents a decent portion of the auto transport market. With so many different colleges and universities spread out across the country, many students can’t make the drive, so they either ship their vehicles or have their parents help them ship it. This is good because not only is it generally cheaper to ship a vehicle than drive it the same distance, especially if there’s thousands of miles in between, but also because auto shipping companies are always eager to help out students who are looking to ship their vehicles to or from their university. There are a few different ways that you can save some money by shipping a vehicle back to school over driving it, and we’ll explain some of them below – as well as how to take advantage of them.

Many major universities are located in large, populated metro areas. Since auto shippers are already running routes to and from those areas anyway, you’re going to be able to find discounts during peak shipping times. Students tend to ship in the weeks before school is back in session, and a lot of companies are attuned to that and will provide great discounts for services when you tell them that you’re a student. This is a pretty common sales pitch, but what’s more is that your discount will come out of their own pocket and not the carrier’s, so you won’t see anything detrimental due to lower prices to the carriers, which can result in longer wait times for pickup.

As a student you’ll want to discuss where exactly your vehicle will be picked up and delivered from, as some carriers won’t be able to get directly to your dorm or your campus. Auto transporters prefer to pickup and deliver vehicles in large parking lots or other areas where they have plenty of room to maneuver. Don’t worry – it’s still door to door service in that you won’t need to drop your vehicle off at a terminal, and you will meet with the carrier yourself (or, if you cannot be there, a friend, parent, coworker, neighbor, fellow student, etc), as you will need to do a pickup and delivery inspection of your vehicle – one at pickup to note any current damage, if any, and one at delivery to compare to ensure there is no new damage.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from your university and need to know more about how much it will cost and the services available to you, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top auto transport companies – they’ll email you prices and services, allowing you to compare them against each other to find the carrier that’s right for you. You can even discuss your shipment with one of their live agents over the phone, as every quote will have contact information for those companies. If you still have questions, or need some help getting your quotes, you can always talk to one of our live car shipping experts at 800-930-7417.

Moving 9Moving from one part of the country to another is hard work. It takes a lot of time, patience, money and energy to get everything ready to move and to actually, physically move across this great land of ours. Of course, people do it every single day, and today there’s an entire industry built around helping people move their worldly possessions. But just because there are people that will help you move and even pack your goods up for you, it doesn’t mean that they’ll do absolutely everything for you, which is why we’re writing this blog post. There are a few different things that you’ll need to do before your shipper shows up, and though there are a lot of different things you should do we’re only going to focus on a few – visit our other household moving tips posts for more information.

To start, you’re going to have to figure out how your bills are going to work. When you move, you have to make sure that your services will be out of your name when you officially move out, so it’s important to discuss your move with your various service providers, particularly for things such as electricity, cable and internet, garbage collection and sewer/water payments. You also will have to change your address with the post office and with any other companies that you pay bills to, particularly for things such as car and insurance payments and cell phone bills. Billing information on any credit cards will have to be updated as well when you move, so it’s a good idea to take an hour or two before you move and get all your ducks lined up before you actually get to your new place.

If you’re selling your old home, you really should discuss your options with your realtor. As your official agent when trying to sell your house, they can give you great tips about prepping your home to sell as well as possible moving tips for when you get to your new home. The whole process is complicated and can take some time, so if you know you’re going to be moving in the next few months now is probably the best time for you to start getting your feelers out and getting some information on how it works, how much it’ll cost and get a better idea of what kinds of hoops – and how many – you’ll need to jump through in order to get your house sold and on your way to your new place.

You should also start gathering quotes to physically ship your household items, and the easiest way to do that as well as gain access to a lot of useful household moving information is to visit our household moving articles section. Follow that link and read our helpful articles about moving your household items to or from anywhere in the United States. You can also fill out our free online household moving quote request form, which you will find alongside our list of household moving articles, and you can also get both free auto transport quotes and free household moving quotes at the same time by filling out our free auto transport quote form to the left and selecting the “yes” option when it asks if you’d like quotes for shipping household items. Of course, you are always free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents any time.

Reno 2Reno is a city in as well as the county seat of Washoe County in the U.S. state of Nevada. Home to a population of over 233,000 residents, Reno is the third-largest city in the state and the second-largest outside of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area was first settled in the late 1850’s, though it would not see any major growth until the Transcontinental Railroad was build during the mid-1860’s. A late-century mining boom helped the city’s growth, and by the early 20th century the city had become one of the two main areas of power in Nevada along with Las Vegas. After gambling was legalized stateside in 1931, Reno began to grow rapidly, and today is perhaps most famous for being the home of Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation.

As mentioned, Reno anchors the Reno-Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area, the second-largest in the state of Nevada and home to over 437,600 total residents. Its size makes it a more popular auto transport location among customers, as larger cities tend to see more auto transportation traffic, and with Reno being the third-largest city in Nevada – not to mention the second-largest outside the Las Vegas metro area – it’s not surprising that it sees a bit of traffic, but the prices in and out of the area might. Reno is one of the more expensive areas in Nevada to ship to or from, but Nevada itself is fairly expensive to ship a vehicle into or out of if your pickup or delivery area isn’t in or around Las Vegas.

A big part of the reason as to why the state itself is so expensive is because it’s a rather large state without a lot of people living in it, and Reno is located in a fairly isolated area of the state as it stands. Carson City, the capital of Nevada, sits a bit further south of Reno, but the only way that carriers can get to or from the city is either via I-80 or by state routes that go through some of the most barren vistas that western Nevada has to offer. This can be frustrating for carriers and adds to the difficulty in constructing routes through Reno, since they pretty much have to stick to I-80 – which, at least in the western U.S., doesn’t pass through that many major cities. This increases their operating costs since they won’t get near as many loads running through Reno, which in turn increases your prices as a result.

Reno sees over 300 days of sunshine per year, which makes it easier for carriers to get to or from most times of the year. During the winter the snows can fall, but it doesn’t happen every year – at least not in droves like it tends to in the mountainous regions around Reno as well as areas in the northern parts of the country. The weather can play a big role in your auto transport services and prices, especially if the area you’re shipping from or to is prone to cold, snowy and icy weather during the winter months. Reno, on the other hand, sees nice weather 85% of the year or more, which offsets some of the problems that shippers experience due to low ease of access, and as such helps to temper your prices a bit.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from the city of Reno, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It takes only a minute and, once you submit it, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top vehicle shipping companies completely free of charge. Once you get your quotes, you can compare those prices and services against each other to find the right shipping company for what you’re looking for. Each quote will give you a total price for door to door auto transportation services as well as reasons why you should pick that company over the rest, and you will also get contact information to discuss your shipment with one of their live agents right over the phone. You can also contact one of our own live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 if you need some help getting your free quotes or need some more information about shipping a vehicle to or from Reno or anywhere else in the country.

Carrier 13Every company that wants to haul goods, no matter what those goods might be, has to be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also known as the FMCSA. Okay, not all – there are some companies that don’t have to have licenses to haul their goods, namely those that operate in specific zones defined by the FMCSA or not-for-hire companies that haul their own freight (think automobile manufacturers who use their own trucks to get cars from manufacturing facilities to dealerships). These don’t matter to you – the companies that do matter are the ones that you’ll be dealing with when it comes time to ship your vehicle, namely the brokers and the carriers.

Each type of auto transport company is required to have operating authority, which is given to them via their MC Number. The MC Number is their Motor Carrier Number and is basically how the FMCSA regulates and keeps track of companies they give operating authority to. There are several different types of prefixes depending on what those companies transport; for this blog post we’ll be discussing only companies that have MC Numbers that ship vehicles. As you likely know, the broker is the company that handles pretty much everything but the physical shipment of your vehicle – but they still need an MC Number per law.

An auto transport company – really, any company with operating authority – can have it revoked by not following the rules, and some of them will still try to operate under their own authority even after it’s been revoked. This can be a problem, but luckily it’s not one that’s all that common, which is good for you since you can rest assured that your shippers will have valid operating authority if you find them via our services. Operating without any authority is a federal offense, and perpetrators face huge fines and possible jail time as a result. Getting operating authority in the first place can be expensive as well, with permits starting at $300. They are also highly specialized, which is why many companies only transport one type of cargo (i.e. vehicles or household goods, but usually not both).

To learn more about operating authority, visit the official FMCSA website. You can also discuss your shippers’ operating authority with one of their representatives. If you still need to get some quotes to ship a vehicle or need to get in contact with someone who can help you ship your vehicle, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best and highest-rated auto transporters in the country. In addition to seeing their prices to ship your vehicle, you can also read more about the services they provide and discuss your shipment over the phone with one of their live agents. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your quotes to ship your vehicle.