Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at
The New England region of the United States is one of the oldest in terms of European colonial settlement. Comprised of six states, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, the region has had a profound effect on the growth and development of the United States, starting with the beginnings of the American Revolution in the late 18th century. New England has been at the forefront of cultural, technological, economic and industrial innovations for almost four hundred years. Much of this stems from the fact that five of the six states that make up New England rely heavily on the Atlantic Ocean, be it via trade or via fishing or shipbuilding. Located in the far northeastern reaches of the U.S., New England has developed differently from the rest of the country due to its geographically isolated nature.
When transporting a vehicle to or from New England you should be aware of the demographics of the region. Boston is the main economic and cultural center of the region, as well as its largest city. In a region that includes six states, Boston is naturally going to be the easiest and cheapest location to ship a vehicle from or to. New England, because of its isolation, is not the easiest region to ship vehicles from, to and within, particularly the far-northern states such as Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. With low populations, low population densities, and little infrastructure to support interstate auto transportation outside of the major metro areas, New England is one of the more difficult areas for transportation companies to ship vehicles to and from. This does not mean it’s impossible, but does mean that some times of the year will be inherently easier to ship during than others.
When shipping to New England the cheapest times of the year are generally the spring and summer, as that’s when customers known as snowbirds are looking for car transport services back north. Snowbirds typically ship their vehicles from New England down to Florida or other areas of the Gulf Coast to ride out the severe winter weather that pervades New England during that time of the year. Florida winters are much more mild than Connecticut winters, so when people are shipping vehicles south for the winter many carriers are offering deals in order to fill their trucks quickly. It’s easier to give a per-car discount to ten different cars if they’re all going from one region to another, because it’s just a straight shot down I-95. But there are times when shipping to or from New England can be difficult, which is why we recommend contacting your representative to talk about when the best times to ship to or from New England will be. For multiple quotes to ship to or from any New England city, you can fill out our free online quote request form; if you have additional questions, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to our live car shipping expert.
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at
Expedited auto transport services are a special type of service that gets your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour pickup window as opposed to the standard 1-10 days that most auto transporters give. Not all auto transport companies provide expedited transportation services, but those that do generally do so for a higher price. The 1-10 day pickup window is generally considered standard (some companies may have slightly different numbers, but the maximum any pickup window will go is two weeks), and of all the cars shipped the majority of them get picked up within 5-7 days from the date of booking. Expedited services speed that up, which naturally puts more pressure on your representatives to find you a transportation service to get your vehicle moved ASAP.
The problem with expedited shipping is carrier availability, and one of the ways your representative gets around that particular problem, is by offering more money to any carrier willing to pick up the load quickly. Generally you’ll be paying anywhere from 50-150% above the cost of normal transport for expedited services, though how much depends on where you’re shipping from and to and the various factors that go into pricing pickup from different locations around the country. You will likely save money on expedited services by shipping to or from major metropolitan areas, as there will be more potential carriers available for pickup, though this is of course after the additional expenses that come with shipping on an expedited basis.
When speaking of expedited shipping services you should be aware of the different methods available to you through your representative. To get your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour window, your representative may have to call a local tow company to pick it up and move it to a storage facility, where it will then wait for a carrier to pick it up. The additional costs will generally be split between the tow company, storage facility and the carrier, so this method is rather pricey – however, if you’re needing your vehicle off your hands quickly, this is a great way to go. Additionally, your representative could try to find a direct carrier, which is generally what they will try to do first. However, many areas have no carriers willing to pickup vehicles on an expedited basis, which brings us back to the tips mentioned in the paragraph above. For more about expedited shipping services, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our auto transportation experts who can answer questions and give more tips regarding this and any other auto transport service you can provide. Additionally, you can fill out our free form to get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable shipping companies who can also answer your questions.
Friday, January 31st, 2014 at
Known as “Big Sky Country,” the state of Montana offers people who visit or live there the opportunity to really get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Home to just over one million residents, the state of Montana ranks 4th in total area, yet 44th in total population numbers – and 48th in terms of population density (how many people live in the state per square mile). Montana was originally part of several different territories before becoming its own (the Montana Territory) in 1864. Montana achieved statehood in 1889, though growth, population-wise, has been slow. The state is known for its great farmland, with many crops thriving in the grasslands of eastern Montana. Ranching and agriculture have played major roles in the city’s growth (or relative lack thereof) as well as its history, and even today Montana produces some of the most foodstuffs of any state in the Union. You can learn more about the state of Montana here.
Montana’s sparse population and no major metropolitan areas (it’s largest, the Billings metropolitan area, is home to just 162,000) make it much more difficult for auto transporters to get into and out of the state itself and actually make a profit. Carriers prefer running routes through major metro areas and large population centers because it’s where the customers are. People are shipping to the big cities, not the podunk towns, and auto transporters get this. Unfortunately (and with no disrespect to the state of Montana), Montana is full of small towns. Billings proper only has a population of 150,000 residents, and because of this auto shippers tend to avoid it. It’s not surprising that Montana is sparsely populated given its history, but it does make shipping vehicles to and from the state a bit more difficult. You should expect higher prices and longer wait times when shipping to or from Montana as a result.
During the winter transportation services may be even more difficult to find. Montana is known for its severe winters, particularly in the eastern parts of the state. As Montana is effectively split by the Continental Divide, it experiences quite a variation in weather patterns from one side to the other, and these variations can have a major impact on transportation services to and from the state. The major metro areas of Montana are spread out among the state, though there are none in the eastern reaches. Surprisingly, Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman are all located in the mountainous areas of Montana. Snowfall is incredibly common in the winter months, and as Montana only has two major interstates, I-15 that goes north-south and I-90 that runs east-west, it’s not easy getting around. The fact that both interstates run through mountainous terrain means they are prone to heavy snows and treacherous conditions during the winter months, which cause delays and are quite dangerous for auto transporters – which is why they avoid those areas, on the whole. To learn more about Montana car transport services, we recommend reading our auto transport to and from Montana article.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at
Atlantic City is located in southeastern New Jersey, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (as its name suggests). A large resort and gambling town, Atlantic City’s history extends back into the mid-19th century, when it was first founded as a health resort, where people could get away from the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia and New York and get away. Atlantic City’s image, however, quickly grew into one of a resort town as opposed to a getaway for health reasons (much like areas in the southwest were in the early 20th century), and with that came the rise of gambling and festivities – particularly during Prohibition, where alcohol (despite being illegal) was served without hesitation at many hotels and saloons along the city’s now-famous boardwalk. Today, the city is almost a mini Las Vegas; though home to only 39,500 residents, Atlantic City leaders have been trying to grow the city despite numerous setbacks over the years. You can learn more about Atlantic City via the city’s official website.
Atlantic City, located on the east coast of New Jersey, is not accessible via any major interstate highway, which can make it more difficult to transport vehicles to or from the area. It has several state highways as well as the Atlantic City Expressway which provide transportation services to and from the city, but these are not as heavily traveled by auto transporters and really, on the whole, don’t see a lot of auto transport traffic, at least from a customer standpoint. Atlantic City is a city that many people visit, but few move to or from – this is evidenced by the fact that it first reached 40,000 permanent residents in 1910, but its population peaked in 1930 at just over 66,000 and has fluctuated ever since. Much of this has to do with the fact that the city is built for tourism and not for really living there; most people that live there work there in one of the many tourist traps and casinos that dot the boardwalk.
When shipping to or from Atlantic City you should expect slightly higher pickup wait times as well as slightly higher prices. Though the city is well-known, it is not the most cost-effective city to ship to despite being only a few hours outside of Philadelphia. You will likely find cheaper prices for transport to or from Atlantic City if you were to meet your driver for pickup or delivery of your vehicle in Philadelphia, or at least on the outskirts of the city. Major metro areas are more of a draw for auto shipping companies and as such more trucks are willing to take freight going to or from Philadelphia than Atlantic City, which could conceivably lower your auto transportation price as well as how long you have to wait for pickup. You can learn more about vehicle transport services to Atlantic City by visiting our helpful auto transport to or from Atlantic City article.