Auto Transport Tips: Why Brakes Are Important for Car Shipping Services

Auto Transport Tips: Why Brakes are Important for Car Shipping ServicesAuto transporters are in the business of transporting vehicles for a living. Each one hauls hundreds of cars every year across the vast nation that we call the United States, resulting in hundreds upon thousands of vehicles being transported. All those vehicles that they transport are vastly different in terms of size, make and model, and condition, among many (many) other things. One of the most important things that a vehicle can do, however, is stop, regardless of what you’re talking about. The ability to stop your motor vehicle is of supreme importance, and regardless of whether you are driving your vehicle or it’s on the back of an auto transportation truck, it has to be able to stop.

We all know why stopping is important in every day situations, but why is it important on an auto transport truck? There are a few different reasons, the main one being that it helps keep your vehicle secure while on the truck. While vehicles that cannot brake are of course able to be shipped, not all trucks have the capabilities of loading, securing and ultimately unloading a vehicle that cannot stop itself, and should something happen – even while it is secured on the truck during transit – it could end up costing the transporter hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance claims depending on how bad the damage was. Brakes are also useful for the driver when it comes to loading and unloading as it gives them much more control over the vehicle and they are better able to secure it properly once it is on the truck – and get it off just as safely.

If your vehicle does not brake, it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg to ship it, though you may have to jump through a few extra hoops and you may end up paying a bit more (but not an overly large amount) for transportation services. It’s because drivers have to be more careful with a vehicle that doesn’t brake due to the fact that if they aren’t they could damage other vehicles on the truck, and they are generally going to take longer to load and unload as a result. You can get multiple free quotes to transport your vehicle regardless of its condition (though it must be able to roll) by filling out our free online quote request form. If you are unsure whether your vehicle can be shipped on an auto transport carrier, give us a call and we can explain more about the shipping process, what vehicles are allowed and what is not.

Auto Shipping Glossary: Auto Transport by Rail

Auto Shipping Glossary: Auto Transport by RailAuto transportation services via the railroad were once common in the auto shipping industry, but unfortunately things change. Over time, costs of running cars for individual customers along the rail lines slowly became cost prohibitive, as more and more auto transport trucks began popping up after the completion of the Interstate Highway System. The auto shipping industry has undergone numerous changes over the years, but by far the largest was the shift from transport by rail to transport via overland transport truck, as it completely changed the paradigm of the industry. As more and more trucks came onto the scene, and politicians failed to really regulate anything or try to stop the encroachment of the transport trucks, economic Darwinism began to prove true as more customers started using trucks to transport their cars.

But why? Transport by rail was part of the general freight moving industry for years, but prices for freight forwarding started going up as the economy began to worsen. This led to a chasm in the auto shipping industry that many companies were having difficulty filling, but this ended when transport by truck became a more widely accepted method of transport. Auto transport by rail slowly began to take a backseat until it became clear to everyone in the industry that auto transport by rail is slower and almost cost prohibitive for many customers and shippers alike. Auto transport by truck, on the other hand, was growing by leaps and bounds, and the more it grew, the cheaper the service became.

That’s why, in today’s car shipping industry, transport via overland trucks is much easier to find and much cheaper over the cost of rail, and also why you’ll find it so difficult to actually find an auto transport by rail company that can help you get your vehicle moved. Routes where rail service are available are few and far between, whereas most routes with a truck will have a vehicle picked up in seven days. Auto transport by truck allows you more freedom, as you don’t have to take your vehicle to the train station or some type of depot and have it wait to be picked up and loaded onto the freight car. With transport by truck you watch as your carriers loads or unloads your vehicle, and you have much more control – and a much larger presence – at both pickup and delivery, which gives you peace of mind. Satisfied? Call us or fill out our free online quote request form to get your free car transport quotes today – transport by truck, not by rail.

Auto Shipping FAQ: What Types of Carriers Are Available?

Auto Shipping FAQ: What Types of Carriers are Available?Right now, at any given time, there are a few thousand different auto transport carriers in the car shipping industry, and more are coming in every day. In such a tight, niche industry, this generally means that companies are coming in at about the same rate as companies going out – out of business, that is. Finding quality auto transport customers can be a real challenge for auto shippers, especially when different carriers of the same basic type are looking for freight in the same places. There are three main types of carriers in the industry today: open carriers, enclosed carriers, and flatbed carriers. Each plays its own role in the shipment of your vehicle, but which one is right for you?

Open transporters expose the vehicles that they ship to the elements, but it’s considered the standard form of transportation in the industry today because the largest open trucks can haul up to ten cars at a time, which helps keep shipping costs lower for both the shipper and you, the customer. Open shipping is generally recommended for vehicles that are planning on being used regularly, or vehicles that need some fixing up. Enclosed transport is available for those vehicles that are rare, valuable or expensive, though it is itself more expensive than standard transportation services. Flatbed shipping is the last method and is generally reserved for vehicles that are too big to fit on a standard carrier. Flatbed shipping is not standard, and usually is only used as a last resort considering it is the most expensive shipping method of the bunch.

But which method is right for you? This is a judgment call on your end; though open transport is used for over 90% of all vehicles shipped today, not all vehicles can handle the rigors of the open road for too long. Some vehicles that should be shipped enclosed could be shipped open if the route is under, say, 500 miles, while some vehicles that might be okay with being shipped on an open carrier may end up being shipped enclosed. How much do you value your car? Would you drive it the same distance under ideal conditions? If so, open transport is likely fine. And as mentioned, flatbed transportation will be discussed only if it is necessary. If you’re interested in getting multiple free car transport quotes, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get up to ten different quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. If you have any questions regarding the auto transport industry, you can call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can help answer your questions as well as get you your free quotes.

Across the Map: New Mexico Car Transport Services

Across the Map: New Mexico Car Transport ServicesThough located in the southwestern United States, New Mexico is often considered part of the Mountain States due to the southern Rocky Mountains actually ending within the northern parts of the state. New Mexico is the fifth-largest state by area in the U.S., though it ranks 36th in terms of population and 45th in population density. It is home to over two million residents and is known for its high populations of Hispanic and Native American peoples. It was originally a part of Spain, then Mexico, then a U.S. territory before finally becoming a U.S. state. Oddly enough, New Mexico actually came before Mexico; at the time of its discovery, the Spanish explorers who found the area believed it to be home to wealthy native tribes like the Aztec, whom the Spanish knew as the Mexica Empire. Mexico was known as New Spain until it became Mexico in 1822. Read more about New Mexico.

When transporting a vehicle to or from New Mexico you’ll likely find that prices to Albuquerque or Las Cruces are going to be the cheapest. That’s because there are only two main interstates that run through New Mexico, one going north-south (I-25) and one going east-west (I-10). Both I-10 and I-25 intersect in Albuquerque, which is likely where most everyone will find the best rates both in and out of New Mexico. Auto transporters prefer to run routes through major metro areas along major interstates, and while Albuquerque is home to over 550,000 residents, it’s not the largest city in the country nor is it all that popular of a transport destination for most folks. Auto shippers routinely run routes along I-10, so they’re often going through Albuquerque. Summer prices will likely be more expensive than winter prices due to the influx of auto transport customers during the summer shipping season.

Summer, however, will likely be the best time to transport your vehicle weather-wise. During the summer months is when New Mexico sees the most sunshine, though winter weather really isn’t all that bad if you stay away from the more mountainous regions. On the whole you will find that, unlike most areas of the country, New Mexico car transport services aren’t as affected by inclement weather, as it’s nice a lot of the time there. Auto shippers are more willing to run routes year-round through southern states due to the fact that snow is less common. If you’re interested in getting multiple free quotes to transport a vehicle to or from New Mexico, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get up to ten of them e-mailed to you for absolutely free over the next hour. If you have questions, you can call our toll-free telephone number, and you can read our auto transport to and from New Mexico article for more information regarding the state of New Mexico.

Vehicle Shipping Services to Kalamazoo, MI

Vehicle Shipping Services to Kalamazoo, MIThe city of Kalamazoo is located in southwestern Michigan, less than one hundred fifty miles from Detroit (to the east) and Chicago (to the west). Kalamazoo is home to just over 74,000 residents and anchors the larger Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 326,000 people. Kalamazoo began life as Bronson in the early 19th century; founded by a man of the same name, it was renamed Kalamazoo in 1836 and quickly became a major agricultural community, with many northern businessmen setting up shop in the area thanks to its fertile soil. The city today has stuck to its agricultural roots, to an extent, though its economy is based more on retail and other service-oriented sectors than farming. For more information about the city, you can visit Kalamazoo’s official website.

Kalamazoo sits right along I-94, which winds through the southern parts of the town, which certainly helps lower auto transport prices to and from the area. However, Kalamazoo still sits in Michigan, which on the whole is not an incredibly popular area for auto transporters to move vehicles to or from. Areas such as Detroit and Chicago see a lot of auto transport traffic, particularly north-south oriented traffic, but Kalamazoo sits in the middle of nowhere, pretty much, and its size doesn’t allow for a lot of auto transportation companies to run up there, so fewer companies do. Part of the reason is because auto transport trucks don’t have a lot of options in terms of their next stop; if they’re heading into Kalamazoo from the west, they’re heading to Detroit more than not, and if they’re heading in from the east Chicago’s likely their next stop. But there’s nothing else in between, and that’s a lot of driving for an auto shipper for just one load. Therefore, they’ll usually charge more to head into areas like that unless they’re already planning on going through there for other customers.

Kalamazoo, of course, sits in Michigan, which experiences rather cold and snowy winter weather. This can cause problems because snow is common from November to around March, and snow is not a friend of the auto transporter. Snow can cause havoc with auto transport trucks, particularly those with full loads, and can lead to lost loads and damages that will have to be repaired – and those repairs paid for. That’s a big reason why so many auto shippers prefer to run southern-based routes, and a big reason why transportation through snow areas will be more expensive, in the long run. If you’re concerned about your auto transportation services to or from Kalamazoo, you can get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transporters who can ship your vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the U.S. If you have questions you need answered, call our toll-free number to speak to one of our live auto transport experts. You can also learn more about shipping to or from Kalamazoo via our auto transport to or from Kalamazoo article.

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