Differences Between Open and Enclosed Auto Transportation Services

Carrier 13As you likely know by now, even if you’re new to the car shipping scene, there are several different types of auto transport trucks on the road today, and not all of them provide the same type of services. While all of them will provide you door-to-door auto transportation as their standard method, the protection that your vehicle gets from an open carrier as opposed to an enclosed carrier will be much different, and carrier availability will depend very much on where you’re shipping from and to and also the time of year and what type of vehicle you are shipping. These different factors can play a major difference in the prices that you pay and the services that you receive, as well as how well those services are performed (though this has more to do with the competency the employees of the company you hired exhibit and less to do with what type of carrier you choose to ship your vehicle, so there is that).

The type of auto shipping carrier truck that is the most common on the road today is what is known as an open auto transport carrier. Open carriers are the ones that you see taking new cars to dealerships, or not even to dealerships – just the huge trucks that look like someone played a crazy game of car Tetris to load them onto the back of the truck. These are the standard auto transport trucks on the road today, and this generally means that you’ll find the cheapest prices with the fastest pickup times via an open carrier because of how prevalent they are on the road today. As the standard shipping method of an entire industry, it’s not all that surprising that it would be cheaper and faster than the major alternative.

Speaking of alternatives to open vehicle transportation, enclosed auto shipping services are exactly that: an alternative to open car shipping. Enclosed carriers aren’t as common as open shippers, namely because their services aren’t required nearly as often as an open carriers’ is. Open carriers are standard in the industry because they’re so much cheaper than any of the alternatives. Enclosed transportation is used mainly be people who need transportation services for really rare, nice or expensive vehicles (or a combination of all three), as enclosed transport trucks help to protect the vehicles they are hauling much better than open services. Enclosed transportation literally takes place on a truck that encloses all the vehicles in a trailer, to protect them from the elements.

The main difference between open and enclosed, aside from the price, is the level of protection they give the vehicles that they transport. Though open carriers expose the vehicles that they ship to the elements, they do offer some basic protection, along with the fact that you won’t see any mileage or other wear and tear put on the vehicle’s engine. Most any problems that come with open transport will be cosmetic in nature – dents, dings, and scratches from spending five or ten or fifteen days on the road. Enclosed carriers prevent a lot of those minor dings and dents by putting walls and a roof over the vehicles. Damage is fairly rare on an open car shipping carrier anyway, but there are some vehicles where even the risk of damage isn’t worth it, and it would be better to spend a bit more money to ensure no damage will be done to the vehicle. Most regular cars, though, can be shipped via a standard open carrier, since their values are still fairly low (remember, cars tend to depreciate in value before they start appreciating, and not all vehicles appreciate in value) and damage, if any, will almost always be minimal and cosmetic in nature.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, you can get multiple free quotes to ship it by filling out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get in touch with multiple American auto shipping companies who can help you get your vehicle shipped and give you helpful tips and advice on which type of carrier would be right for you. They know all the ins and outs of the industry, so you can rest assured that the quotes you get will not only come from top-rated car shipping companies but that they will all be competitive and priced to ship. Have questions before getting quotes? You can call us at 800-930-7417 toll-free to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes today.

What is the Best Method to Use To Ship Household Goods?

Moving 5If you’re moving, it can be difficult to find the right shipping company to handle all your household items. Choosing a household moving company is not something that you want to take lightly; with literally thousands of them out there, all providing different services, choosing the right company to transport your worldly possessions can be a daunting task. The best way to narrow down your search is to use our free household goods moving quote request form, which is located on our household moving articles page. If you follow that link, you’ll get access to our exclusive household moving quote form, which takes only a minute to fill out and you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated companies. These companies will often offer you a choice between self-service and full-service household moving, and there is a fairly large difference in the two.

Self-service moving is when you pack your goods yourself and your moving company simply loads the truck and drives away. Some companies include loading your own goods into the truck as part of their self-service moving packages, but most of the time the moving company personnel will load the truck for you, as they have experience in ensuring that everything is packed safely and securely. Self-service moving is generally cheaper than full-service, on account of the fact that your moving company has to do less work. Of course, the physical transportation of your vehicle is handled by the moving company, as they are bound by more specific laws and regulations than if you were to move your stuff yourself.

Full-service moving is when your moving company will pack all your goods in boxes for you and load them into the truck. Generally, full-service moving companies will provide all the necessary boxes as part of their fee for full-service moving, but there are some companies that make you buy the boxes extra, so if you’re interested in full-service moving make sure to discuss that with a representative. We generally recommend full-service moving, as the moving company will provide the boxes and – more importantly – they will be the safest boxes you can ship your goods in, as they are all specially designed based on what will be put in it. For instance, there are specialized flatscreen TV moving boxes that can accommodate televisions of various sizes, as well as wardrobe boxes for clothes that need to stay hanging and should not be folded. Another good one is the dinnerware boxes – they are specially designed to safely transport things such as plates and bowls and other eating utensils.

Full service-moving is generally more expensive of the two options for several reasons, namely the fact that your moving company is doing a lot more work than they would if your shipment were designated as a self-service move. They do all the packing and loading of the truck, as well as the physical transportation of your household items, and they’ll also unpack your goods upon delivery. While it is more expensive, full-service moving also gives you more control over your move in the sense that you essentially tell your movers what you want packed where and where you want things unpacked in your new home. This also adds to the expense, but more often than not it is worth it.

Auto Transport Services to Washington, DC

DC 6Washington, D.C., originally known just as the “District of Columbia” (which is what DC stands for now) is the capital of the United States. The Constitution called for the construction of a federal district to house the capitol and other government agencies, and land was donated by both Maryland and Virginia for what was then-known as the District of Columbia. It is not a part of any US State, and is governed by Congress. Washington, DC is the 23rd-largest city in the U.S. and is currently home to over 646,000 residents, though its workweek population can swell to over a million, as it is the capital of the entire United States of America. As the capital, Washington, DC houses all three federal branches of government and hosts 176 different foreign embassies, and Washington, DC anchors what is known as the DC Metro Area, home to over 5.8 million.

Washington, DC anchors the DC Metro Area, which as mentioned is home to over 5.8 million residents. Auto transport companies like to transport vehicles from and to major metropolitan areas, and the capital is one of the largest in the United States. This makes auto transport services to and from DC generally cheaper, and faster, than to and from less populated areas, and since customer demand for shipment in and out of Washington, DC is already high there are often plenty of carriers running routes into and out of DC on a daily basis.

As a major metro area, Washington, DC has a sophisticated network of state and interstate highways that connect all the different suburbs of the district together, and this really helps when it comes to shipping a vehicle to or from the area. Interstate highways are really what auto transporters use most frequently to get from city to city, and Washington, DC sits just west of one of the most heavily traveled in the United States, Interstate 95, with several auxiliary interstates (three-numbered interstates, as opposed to the two-numbered primary interstate highways) that serve as a Beltway and connections into the downtown and other districts within the core of Washington, DC. This ease-of-access for carriers allows them to keep prices lower and pickup and delivery windows shorter on account of the fact that they can quickly and easily move about the metro area.

Washington, DC shares many similarities in climate with Maryland and Virginia and is characterized by having hot and humid summers contrasted by cold and snow winters. Summer is generally the best time to ship into and out of Washington, DC, on account of the higher traffic. During the winter months it may be more difficult to get into and out of the capital, namely because the city averages anywhere from 4-7 inches of snow per month, and can see heavy snowfall at times which can delay and even prevent auto transport carriers from reaching many areas of the city. That said, it snows only 3-5 days per month during the winter, which usually won’t impact services all that much.

All that said, if you’re looking to ship a vehicle to or from Washington, DC, no matter what time of year it is, American Auto Shipping is here to help. You can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from top-rated auto transport companies within the hour. All our advertisers are fully licensed, bonded and insured, and come backed by BBB accreditation and 5-star rankings on Transport Reviews. If you have further questions, make sure to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you fill out our free online quote form and give you free advice if you need help navigating the auto transportation industry.

Auto Shipping Glossary: The Delivery Window

Carrier 5Understanding how pickup and delivery schedules work in the car shipping industry is vital to ensuring that your shipment is successful. Unfortunately, a lot of customers out there don’t bother taking the time to read about how the industry works, and how it’s different from most service industries today. This is a major problem, because if you go into shipping a car with the same mentality you do when you walk into a Walmart, you’re going to have a bad time. Since you’re dealing with interstate commerce, oftentimes in excess of a thousand miles from pickup to delivery, you need to be approach it much the same way you do Amazon, which is you expect it by a certain day, but don’t get too upset if it’s not there when you want it.

This is one of the downfalls of the way the auto transport industry is setup, because everything is so fluid. Like many industries that rely on interstate transportation of cargo, auto transporters have to adhere to strict timetables and follow strict regulations while transporting vehicles for individuals. They have the added difficulty of having to dispatch on-the-fly; whereas a driver for a nationwide chain of stores has his route all setup by the company before he heads out, in the car shipping industry shippers only have schedules lined up for a week or two out, and they can change drastically depending on the routes they have to run and where they have to pickup and deliver their vehicles. This is why it can be difficult to find a carrier in certain areas at certain times, and also why pickup and delivery timetables are given as “windows” as opposed to specific dates.

When your vehicle is picked up, your auto transport representative will give you a rough outline of your transit time, which is generally given as a range. Average transit time on most routes is 4-7 days, with shorter routes taking less time and longer routes taking more. These ranges are estimates only, though over 95% of all shipments arrive within their scheduled delivery window. However, there are factors that could delay the delivery of your vehicle including traffic congestion and inclement weather. The winter months tend to see more delays than the spring and summer, namely because the weather turns nasty in many parts of the country. This cuts off routes to some areas, particularly the northern states, and generally bad weather will reroute some trucks along other routes.

These are the main reasons why you have a delivery window as opposed to a delivery date. Once your driver is in your area, he will contact you to discuss where and when an appropriate meeting can take place for you to accept your vehicle. It is important that you make some time to meet with your shipper, as you will need to conduct an inspection upon delivery and also make the final transaction to finish paying for the shipment of your vehicle. If you cannot be there at delivery due to a scheduling conflict, you will need to find someone who can be there for you; someone has to be at pickup and delivery as there is paperwork that needs to be signed and an inspection to be done.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do – and it takes only a minute to do so – you’ll get multiple free quotes from top-rate auto transport companies from across the country, who can ship your vehicle anywhere you need it to go within the U.S. We clear all our advertisers for reliability ahead of time, and this means we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured so you get only the best quotes from the best companies in the business. If you have further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417. Our representatives are standing by to assist you with all your car shipping needs, and they can answer your questions, give friendly advice and help you get your free quotes today.

Why Our Auto Transport Quotes are the Best in the Industry

Carrier 7As an auto transport quote provider, we here at American Auto Shipping are held to a different metric than most auto transport companies, namely because of the fact that we don’t ship any vehicles ourselves, but rather get you quotes from different transportation companies that can help you ship your vehicle. We don’t dispatch any loads, and we don’t book any orders; instead, we start the process of shipping your vehicle for you by getting you in contact with the auto transport companies that you can choose from, book with, and, essentially, hire to ship your vehicle. Since all of our business comes from you, the customer, having a bad reputation, or being known as a shady or unsatisfactory company, is really bad for our business, and that’s why we’ve taken strides to ensure that quotes that come from our advertisers are not only some of the best in the industry, but also that they are coming from some of the best in the industry. We’ll explain:

At American Auto Shipping, we take pride in only working with top-rated auto transport companies, but in order to ensure that we work with only the best, we have to be strict about who we allow to advertise with us. This means that our advertisers go through strict background checks, looking at past ratings on websites such as Transport Reviews, as well as reviewing any complaints lodged by customers on the Better Business Bureau’s website. We look at longevity, as the longer you’ve been around in this industry the better you are, especially in customers’ eyes. Auto transportation sees a lot of turnover when it comes to companies entering (and exiting) the industry, and longevity is also a sign that a company is not a fly-by-night scam artist, the concept of which (unfortunately) still exists today. By making sure all our advertisers pass our stringent background checks, we are able to provide a higher-quality product for our customers, and that’s a win-win for everyone.

Not only that, but actually help to keep your auto transport prices lower because we encourage competition. When you fill out our free online form your information is sent to 8-10 different American auto shipping companies, and they know this as well as you do – they understand that they’re competing for your business, so they want to do everything in their power to entice you to book your order with them. With our services, you will often find cheaper and more reliable car shipping companies that can help you ship your vehicle. Though you don’t necessarily want to book with the absolute cheapest quote that you get, since car shippers prefer taking higher-paying loads when possible, it helps that the quotes our advertisers give out are lower than industry averages, and that’s because of us.

Another way that our auto transport quotes are the best in the industry is the fact that we have live representatives standing by to answer your questions and help you get your quotes – all it takes is a phone call. We maintain a toll-free 800-number that you can call us at to speak to one of our live agents, who can then answer your questions and help you get your quotes. This is advantageous for several reasons. For one, getting questions answered at the very beginning will create a smoother experience for you when it  comes to choosing a shipper, and it will also make you more informed so that you make better decisions regarding your shipment, who you book with and the services that you choose. You can also get a better understanding of the industry in general, which will likely make you a better customer for those shippers. Seriously, many people don’t understand why some things in the auto transport industry are the way they are, and that’s why we have someone standing by to answer the phones, in case anyone wants those questions answered.

Though you don’t have to call us, the option is there, and you can also peruse our website for more information about auto transport services to and from various cities and states, more information about the industry in general, and much more. We have over a thousand pages and over 500 blog posts, all about various aspects of the auto transport industry, so don’t be afraid to do some digging before filling out our free form – or after you fill out the form, or after you call our toll-free telephone number. It doesn’t matter, really, because if you need to ship a car you’ll want to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent, or at the very least fill out our free online form to get in contact with one of our friendly and experienced auto transport reps, as well as multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you within the hour.

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