Macon 1Macon is a city in and is also the county seat of Bibb County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. Known as the “Heart of Georgia” due to its location in almost the geographical center of the state, Macon sits 85 miles south of Atlanta, the largest city in Georgia, and is currently home to a population of over 155,000 residents, making it the fourth-largest city in the state. Macon was much smaller before voters approved a measure to consolidate the city of Macon and the county of Bibb, thus creating Macon-Bibb, Georgia. However, the consolidation is still ongoing, and right now the city’s official name – as of this writing, anyway – is still Macon, and it is still a county seat and not a consolidated city-county, though it likely will be consolidated soon.

Macon anchors its own metropolitan statistical area, the Macon metropolitan area, part of the larger Macon-Warner Robins Combined Statistical Area. The Macon metro area spans an area of five counties and has a population of over 235,000 total residents while the combined statistical area is home to over 417,000. The Macon metro area also sits just south of the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, the largest in the state; this is really helpful when it comes to shipping a vehicle into or out of Macon, as auto shippers have plenty of options and usually plenty of freight to pickup and deliver within either the Atlanta or Macon metro areas. Being near the geographical center of Georgia, really helps when it comes to car shipping services since it’s easy to get into and out of and surrounded by populated areas.

Macon’s ease of access via the Interstate Highway System also helps tremendously when you’re shipping a car to or from the area. It sits along I-75, a major north-south interstate that services some of the largest cities in western Florida, Georgia, and further north, including cities such as Tampa, Macon, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lexington, Cincinnati and Detroit, among others. Macon’s connection with some of the largest cities in the Great Lakes and Appalachia regions makes it much easier and really popular among car shippers, and it really helps that it has a major route to the coast of Georgia and Savannah, a large eastern port city, via I-16. Macon has emerged as a smaller auxiliary auto transport hub of Atlanta, which also helps prices, though budget shippers may find it cheaper to ship into or out of Atlanta.

Macon’s climate is usually helpful to the many auto transport companies running routes into and out of the city during most times of the year. Located in central Georgia, Macon, like other cities around it, experiences a humid subtropical climate; average highs in the summer often reach into the low-to-mid 90’s, though temperatures in the triple digits are fairly rare. During the winter months, trace snows happen every once in a while but rarely enough to disrupt traffic (though it has happened). Therefore, the climate of Macon makes it much easier, along with the interstates and its size, to get a vehicle into and out of – at least for a car carrier company, but that usually means lower prices and faster pickup and delivery times for you.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Macon, Georgia, make sure you take a moment to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s completely free to do and nets you multiple free quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry today. You can compare their prices and services at your convenience through the comfort of your home or office (or home office, if you work from home) and take the time you need to find the right company for you. If you have further questions about our services, the information on our website, or just need some free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies to ship a vehicle, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, give you friendly advice about the auto transport industry and help you get your free shipping quotes today.

transporter 1One of the best things about shipping a vehicle is that it’s pretty lax in terms of what you actually need to have on-hand when you ship it. Things like registration and insurance aren’t as important as whether or not the car runs or if it’ll fit on the truck – this is because car shippers haul cars for anyone and everyone, and they can’t get tied down in the bureaucracy and the BS of paperwork. Is there paperwork? Yes, of course, you’ll get receipts and sign inspection reports and bills of lading (contracts) with your carrier, but other than putting your John Hancock on a legal piece of paper, you don’t need much else. This includes personal insurance on your vehicle, and we’ll explain why.

To start, every vehicle that is shipped on an auto transport truck will be fully insured against any damages incurred during transport, including during the loading or unloading of a vehicle. This is federal law – as long as your vehicle is in custody of your car shipping carrier it’ll be covered, and it’s important that you understand that because some companies have gotten away with insurance scams in the past, and that’s not something that’s tolerated in the auto transport industry. This is a big reason why you don’t need any type of personal insurance if you’re shipping a vehicle.

Of course, it’s not like you can’t have it; if you have an insurance policy on a vehicle you are shipping, that policy will become what is known as a “secondary” policy after the carrier’s “primary” policy. This is important because if there are any problems during transport that require you to file and insurance claim, you can only file it with the carrier’s insurance company. Of course, car transporters don’t want you to do that, so they make sure they take good care of the vehicles they ship and do their best to make sure no damage befalls the vehicles they ship. Safer than driving your vehicle on the highway yourself, accidents in the auto transport industry are rare, but they do happen, and are the main reason why insurance is so important.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form, which is located just to the left of this blog post. If you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies in your email inbox completely free of charge. Once you get your free quotes you can discuss your options with a representative of one of those shippers and you can compare prices and services of those different transporters from the comfort of your home or office. If you have additional questions, need some help getting your quotes or just want some clarification on how everything works, don’t hesitate to give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer questions, help you get your free quotes and explain more about the auto transportation industry absolutely free of charge.

GPS !Technology has come a long way – less than fifty years ago computers were still huge stacks of machines, a decade away from the first true personal computers. The internet was a long way off, a dream in the minds of its creators and little more. Fifty years ago the auto transport industry was a far different beast than it is today, but something that almost everyone can agree on is that the industry today is a lot better off than it was fifty years ago, thanks in large part to technology. Technology has allows car shippers to interact with customers without any hassle whatsoever; the internet has single-handedly revolutionized the industry to the point where we are able to track where a vehicle is at all times, day or night – though whether or not companies actually offer that service is a different story entirely.

No auto transport company will give you a GPS device that you can use to track your car; it doesn’t work that way. Most every auto transporter on the road, however, does have a GPS unit in their vehicle, and some of the newest transport trucks allow brokers and customers to follow that truck’s movements if they have the right software and an internet connection. This type of tracking technology is still new, and only the biggest shippers are using it right now. But the beauty of technology is that it gets cheaper the older it is; right now, tracking technology like this is still new, but in a few years almost every truck will likely have some type of tracking system in place that will allow customers to follow along.

Most shippers right now use the tried-and-true method of phone tag. Auto shippers can’t talk on the phone and drive at the same time, but what they can do is give customers periodic updates of where they are. Usually they don’t, but are happy to if your shipping representative calls them. They work hard and drive a lot; answering the phone isn’t the funnest thing for car shippers to do but they’ll do it since they’re still running a business. You shouldn’t ask for tracking updates all that often with this method, because an annoying customer is anything but fun – imagine if someone called you asking questions fifty times a day. It’s okay if it’s your job, but the job of a car transport carrier is to drive, not talk on the phone, and since they can only do one at a time you can imagine which one they’ll ultimately choose.

Still some companies offer sort of an in-between type of tracking service where you can get updates from your shipper at certain intervals. This is also common among auto transport companies, and usually you’ll get updates via text or phone call every 24-48 hours, depending on how often the carrier stops and updates customers that they’re shipping loads for. Still others will update pages on their website or provide some other type of notification for their customers regarding where their vehicle is. Some companies still offer no tracking services at all – this isn’t a slight or something to be taken cautiously, though, so don’t read it that way. Usually newer companies or companies that have a “tried and true” method of success won’t have tracking services, though we refer you back to the last paragraph on how to approach them.

If you’re looking for a company that can ship your vehicle, make sure to take a minute to fill out our free online quote request form to the left of this page. It’s completely free and, what’s more, will net you multiple free quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry. Some offer tracking services, some don’t, so it’s best to review their services and quotes and talk to one of their representatives to learn more about their company and what they can offer you when it comes time to ship your vehicle. Still have questions? Need help getting your free quotes? We have helpful and friendly agents standing by at our toll-free telephone number to help customers like yourself. They know all the ins and outs of the industry and can answer most general questions about it. You can reach them any time by dialing 800-930-7417, and you can also use our live chat feature right here on the website.

House 4In the household moving industry things are done a bit differently than the way they’re done when you’re shipping a car, namely when it comes to paying for the services that they provide. It’s not that surprising, when you think about it; it’s a lot more work to move an entire household’s worth of things than it is to ship a standard car. A 2006 Ford Mustang weighs about the same as a 2014 Chevy Cruze, but a home is something different, and everyone lives differently; with different items and more or less furniture or people than the house next door. Pricing a household move is different because it has to be, and that’s why household moving companies give quotes and estimates differently than car shipping companies do. In this entry of our “household moving terms” category we’re going to be discussing the “non-binding estimate” and how it will affect your shipment.

A non-binding estimate is basically what it sounds like – it’s a rough quote based on some basic criteria in regards to what items you are ultimately needing shipped. A non-binding estimate is not a guaranteed price, not the way a binding estimate or a guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimate would be (read more about those here). With a binding estimate you only pay for what’s on the inventory list you provide, but a non-binding estimate often doesn’t work that way. A non-guaranteed price is issued based on what you’re shipping, often an inventory list, but the price of shipping it might change, and that can affect what you pay for your services.

Not all shipping companies provide non-binding estimates because they end up getting movers into trouble, especially with customers that don’t understand the way it works. Not that there’s anything wrong with a non-binding estimate – all it means is that shippers can charge you up to 10% over the cost of what they said it would cost to move your things. That’s the biggest difference, but on a shipment that costs $2000 that’s $200 more than what you were given. Note that household moving companies have to tell you whether or not your quote is binding or not; if it’s not, you should get more clarification as to why and get more tips on what you can do to ensure that your shipment price stays at what they first quoted you and doesn’t rise any more than it has to.

If you’re interested in getting free household moving quotes from some of the best household goods shipping companies in the industry today, make sure to visit our Household Moving Articles page. On that page is our dedicated household moving quote request form, which you can fill out to get multiple free household moving quotes emailed to you from top-rated moving companies within minutes. You can also fill our free online auto transport quote request form; on the contact information portion there is a check box under where it asks if you want household moving quotes as well. If you choose yes, you’ll get both auto transport and household moving quotes emailed to you, effectively killing two birds with one stone – which is always great. If you have further questions or need some help getting your free quotes, make sure to talk to one of our reps by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417 today.

Tampa 4Tampa is a city located on the western shores of the U.S. state of Florida, currently home to a population of over 346,000 residents and sits as the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida. Tampa’s roots stretch back to the early 19th century, after Florida became a part of the United States. The army built a fort at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, which today is near the Tampa Convention Center, and a small town formed around it over the next several decades. Tampa was first incorporated in 1849 and remained a relatively isolated Florida backwater until the railroads came in the 1880’s, spurring massive growth in the area that continues today.

Tampa anchors the larger Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but the Tampa area is often referred to as Greater Tampa, which includes the nearby Sarasota metropolitan area. Altogether the metro area proper is home to over 2.9 million residents, though Greater Tampa, also known as the Tampa Bay Area and Greater Tampa Bay, is home to over 4.3 million. Tampa’s metropolitan area is the second-largest in the state of Florida and the fourth-largest in the southeastern United States, making Tampa one of the most popular auto transport locations on the Gulf Coast.

Tampa is not the easiest of locations for car shippers to get to or from, but its size makes it worth the time and effort they put into running routes that go through Tampa. The main route in and out of Tampa is I-75, a major north-south interstate that runs from Miami west to the Gulf Coast and then turns north to run all the way into Detroit Michigan, thousands of miles north. I-4 is another interstate that helps auto transport companies run routes into and out of Tampa, namely as a connecting route between I-75 in the west and I-95 in the east. Of the two, I-95 is more popular with car shippers, but I-95 also runs along the eastern coast of Florida through areas like Miami, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. Generally prices into and out of Tampa are kept low by its ease of access, and pickup windows are generally shorter as well.

Tampa, like most cities in Florida, sees a lot of sun during most times of the year. Tampa’s location near Tampa Bay has a major effect on its overall climate, though like most cities in Florida it sees more rain during the summer than in the winter, which tends to be mild and usually fairly sunny. This has led to the rise of Tampa and Florida in general as a popular winter home location, particularly for retired denizens of New England and the Great Lakes regions. These people ship vehicles down south in the late fall and winter months, abandoning the brutal northern winters for the mild, warm winters of most of Florida, including Tampa. These snowbirds are vital to the industry during perhaps the slowest shipping season of the year, and you will often find great deals along popular snowbird routes during this time as well (popular routes include cities along I-75 and I-95).

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from Tampa, make sure you take a minute to fill out our free online vehicle shipping quote request form. It’s completely free and, what’s more, nets you multiple free quotes in your email inbox within the next hour. Those quotes will be from the best auto transport companies in the industry – we can say that too, because we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded, insured and top-rated before we let them advertise with us. If you need some help filling out our free form or navigating our website, or if you just have some questions about our services or the information on our website, you can talk to one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time. They can answer your questions, give sound advice on the car shipping industry and assist you in getting your free quotes today.