Auto Transport to Newark, NJ

Newark 1Newark is the largest city in the state of New Jersey by total population and currently sits as the county seat of Essex County, in northeastern New Jersey. Newark has for years been a major transportation and logistics hub along the eastern seaboard, and after the advent of the airplane a major air transportation hub as well. Home to over 277,000 residents, Newark is the second-largest city in the New York metropolitan area, a surprising feat, and sits just eight miles west of Manhattan, one of the most densely populated boroughs of New York City. Originally founded in 1666, the city was organized into a township in 1693 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1713. Newark grew into a major manufacturing center during the 19th century and played a rather influential role in the Civil War, providing munitions and textiles to both sides of the war. The city saw decline with the loss of many major manufacturing centers during the latter half of the 20th century, though today Newark is slowly rebounding thanks to a more diversified economy and focus on crime prevention. Read more about Newark at the city’s official website.

Newark is, by and large, where most auto transportation companies actually ship to when people are trying to ship to New York City, particularly Manhattan. New York City’s streets are incredibly crowded and congested, as well as narrow, and many areas do not allow larger transport trucks like car shippers to actually enter the city proper. Newark is great because it has three major interstates (I-95, I-78 and I-280) as well as many state routes that run through it, giving auto shippers a plethora of access points depending on where they are coming from. Staying along I-95 is typically what most interstate shippers will do, as it’s the most easily accessible route and can take them all the way into Maine, if they so desire. Newark also has a lot of space for auto transporters to maneuver; as a major industrial center of the eastern seaboard, and with a focus on transportation and logistics in terms of its economy, long-haul truckers tend to have an easier time navigating Newark than many other areas in the New York City metropolitan area.

Because of its status as a major shipping hub and a popular drop-off point for shipments to New York City – which itself is one of the most popular auto transportation locations in the United States – shipping to and from Newark is generally cheaper than to other parts of the metro area. Prices tend to go up during the summer months, but this is nationwide; demand for auto transport services during the summer skyrockets, and this includes demand for shipments into and out of New York. Newark does a good job at handling the influx of customers, but it can raise prices to or from, and during the winter months snow can become an issue, causing dangerous driving conditions that carriers want to try to avoid. This too can raise prices, but Newark often suffers from what is known as the “urban heat effect,” which is where ambient temperatures in cities rise due to buildings being close together. Heat radiates from the buildings and causes temperatures to rise in crowded areas, which can actually help snow melt faster. If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship to or from Newark, fill out our free online quote form; you’ll get 6-8 free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies e-mailed to you within about an hour. And, of course, you can call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live representative without any hassles, automated menus, or hold music.

How to Make Your Auto Transportation Cheaper (Part Three)

Versa 1As we’re sure you’re aware, auto transport is an expensive process. It has to be, really, with how expensive diesel prices are, how big this country of ours is, and how efficient auto transportation trucks are when it comes to fuel consumption. Auto transporters price their loads as competitively as they can, but they still have to be able to satisfy all of their monetary requirements with the money they make off of transporting cars. This is the hard part about pricing a shipment, and one that a lot of customers have problems with. You’d be surprised at the amount of overhead that auto transportation companies have; between fuel, maintenance, food and lodging, not to mention the actual work that’s involved, auto shippers can easily expend $50-75,000 in a single year, if not more.

One way that you can save money – and also save money for auto transporters – is to ship multiple vehicles at once. Of course, it’ll cost more than shipping just one vehicle, but you’ll get a multi-car discount that will lessen the price per vehicle, as it were, and make it cheaper per vehicle to ship them. For example, if a single car on a route costs $500 to ship, two vehicles of the same basic size along that same route with the same carrier – would likely only cost $900, or $450 per vehicle. While it may not be cheaper for you to ship two vehicles as opposed to one, if you have a lot of vehicles (like a full load, for instance) it’s going to cost you substantially less than using multiple carriers to ship multiple vehicles. The reason for this is deadhead, or empty space on a truck. Carriers don’t like deadhead because it costs them money; they’d much rather fill that space up and make a bit of cash. By taking multiple loads for a single customer, not only are they reducing their chances of deadhead, but the trip is also easier; if they have ten cars coming from one place and going to another, a single one week trip could net them the same amount of money they’d make in a month, for instance. Obviously the numbers vary wildly depending on the carrier, the time of year, and so on, but you get the gist.

There are few ways to lower the cost of a single vehicle being transported; we’ve covered the two main ways here and here. After that, you can only manipulate the industry so much, so take what advice that you can when it comes to making your shipment cheaper. Sometimes, there is simply no way to make it cheaper without going into standby services, which few people actually want to do. If you’re concerned about the cost of transportation, get some quotes a few months out. While prices will likely change within that time, it will give you a good idea as to how much it will be to transport your vehicle, and you can start budgeting and saving. We recommend doing this at least a few months out, depending on how quickly you can save your money, and of course you can always pay with a credit card, and then simply pay the balance off to the credit card agency later. Money is a tricky thing; if you have additional questions about auto transportation prices or the industry in general, give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our agents; you can also fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple quotes from reliable and reputable auto transport companies e-mailed to you within about an hour.

Auto Transport Tips: Shipping a Motorcycle

Motorcycle 5Transporting a motorcycle is a lot different than transporting a regular car. We’ve talked about shipping a motorcycle before, but there’s a few more differences that you should really be aware of when it comes to motorcycle transportation, and in this helpful blog post we’re going to talk about some of those differences as well as give you some tips on how to prep your bike for transport across this vast country of ours. For starters, you need to understand that the vast majority of motorcycle transportation companies out there ship them via an enclosed method, usually crating. Crating a motorcycle is the best thing you can do to protect your bike, and what’s fantastic is that it’s still generally cheaper than shipping a vehicle the same distance. Crated shipping is generally built into your motorcycle transportation quotes, but it’s always best to double check with the transport company that gave you said quote, because sometimes the true details are hidden in the fine print.

Few auto transporters out there will ship a motorcycle via open transport services. Open transport for a motorcycle is basically just strapping it down to a flatbed trailer and hoping nothing bad happens. This may be fine if you’re hauling it for an hour or two, but if you’re going cross-country with a bike it’s a bad idea, because so many things can happen over a five-to-seven day journey (or longer – coast-to-coast motorcycle shipping can take 10-14 days). Make sure that the quotes you get are for crated services, always. When your motorcycle shipping company arrives, you’ll definitely want to do a thorough inspection of your bike before it’s loaded, even if it’s being crated. Inspect for damages – you’d be surprised at some of the things that unscrupulous auto transporters have tried to pass off as prior damage, when really the damage occurred during transport. A pre-transport inspection is required by law, so make sure to not skimp out on it.

Oh, one more thing – make sure to take pictures of your motorcycle prior to it being shipped. This is the best way to ensure that you have accurate proof of the condition your bike was in before it was transported, and will make things a million times easier if you have to file a claim. Please understand that damage during transport of a crated motorcycle is extremely rare – really, aside from some catastrophic act of God that the transporter has no control over, your motorcycle will arrive in exactly the same condition it left in. We don’t mean to scare you, or anything – it’s just important that you cover all your bases accordingly. It’s like homeowner’s insurance – even if you live in the nicest neighborhood in the city, you can never be too careful, and it’s better to be prepared than not. You can get multiple free motorcycle transportation quotes via the quote form to the left – just make sure to mark down “motorcycle” in the “make” drop down under the Vehicle Information section. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live agent completely free if you have questions or concerns.

Household Goods Moving FAQ: How Long Does it Take?

Moving 5When it comes to moving all the goods that you own from one place to another, time is a factor that a lot of us tend to forget about. Some people overestimate how much time they have, but most people stay up half the night before the moving van shows up packing the rest of their stuff, and that’s stress that no one needs. Moving is stressful enough. Therefore, knowing and understanding how much time it’ll take from start to finish is a good thing. Of course, no one can tell you 100% how long your move will take; most of the advice that you’ll get, even on this blog, will be estimates. But estimates are better than guesses at this point in the game, so if you’re looking to move your goods, whether it be across town, across the state or across the country, read ahead and see how long household goods moving can really take.

Packing is a major time-consuming process, which is why you should start packing as soon as you know you’re moving. Heck, start packing before then; keep any non-essential items packed away if you know you’re not going to be in your current place for much longer. A good piece of advice for homeowners is to start packing up things like off-season clothes (winter clothes in summer and vice versa) as soon as you start the process of selling your house. Cleaning out junk drawers and closets of non-essential items will help too; that way, when you find a new home, most of the stuff you rarely use is already packed up and ready to go. Mark them properly so you know to unpack those last, too. Once you know where you’re moving and when you have to move, start packing the rest of your stuff immediately. Things like books and extra dishes should go first – anything you won’t need up until the day you move.

When the moving van arrives, it’ll take a few hours to get all your stuff put into the truck, and from there it can take anywhere from days to weeks to actually transport your stuff. The transportation of your goods is pretty static; household moving companies can only go so fast and so far during the day, and they’ll be able to give you estimated dates of arrival at your new home. Plan for anywhere from 2-4 weeks if you’re moving across the country, as that’s usually how long it takes interstate movers to move your things. Don’t forget too that interstate moving companies are usually moving several other loads as well, and they’ll usually have stops along the way. There’s a lot more that goes into household moving, so make sure to keep us bookmarked for all the latest information and great tips on household goods transportation services. You can also call our toll-free number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, and get free household moving quotes simply by filling out our free online household goods moving quote request form. Follow this link to find it, and on that same page you can also read more about various household moving topics.

Auto Transport to Lakewood, CO

Lakewood 1Lakewood is a city located in Jefferson County, Colorado, and it is the largest city in the county by population and the fifth-largest in the state of Colorado. Home to over 142,000 residents, it is one of the larger cities located in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as the Denver metro area. Lakewood was first founded in 1889 when the area was platted by Charles Welch and W.A.H. Loveland (who has another city in Colorado named after him) as a 13-block town along Colfax Avenue a bit west of Denver. Lakewood for years remained a smaller community with fire and police services provided by the county, but during the 1950’s and early 1960’s the town’s post-war growth begged for incorporation. In 1969 Lakewood was incorporated as a home-rule municipality, giving the local government more control over the area, and the government declared it a city. It has continued to grow ever since.

Lakewood sits just east of I-70, which in that particular area runs north-south for a time before turning east again and heading into Denver proper. As Denver is the largest city in the state of Colorado and is surrounded by a rather large metropolitan area, it’s a fairly popular auto transportation location among customers, which helps when it comes to shipping your own vehicle into or out of Lakewood, as Lakewood sits in the Denver metro area. It also helps that Lakewood sits within the Denver Beltway, which is a looping series of state and interstate routes that completely encircles the Denver metro area – a common construction tactic around major cities. This helps auto transporters find easier-to-access areas in Lakewood, and many of them that work routes running to and from the bedroom city know the ins and outs well enough to give you great deals on shipping to or from there.

Though Denver anchors a rather large and major metropolitan area, Colorado isn’t the most popular place for auto transporters to run routes through despite the popularity with customers. Therefore, prices tend to be higher along routes into and out of Denver because there are fewer shippers running said route, and this can also mean longer wait times for you, the customer. Though it’s not like shipping to a rural area in Maine, it does cost more than shipping to Los Angeles or Dallas, so keep that in mind. However, you can get 6-8 free auto transport quotes from our reputable and reliable stable of car shipping companies by filling out our free online quote request form. It takes literally 1-2 minutes and nets you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. If you have questions or concerns, or simply want to speak to a live agent, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and connect straight with a representative – no menus or button-pressing. Of course, you can always read more about Lakewood at the city’s official website.

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