Overseas 2Here at American Auto Shipping we can get you free quotes to ship a vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, including overseas states and territories such as Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to name a few. But while those states and territories are not part of the U.S. mainland, they are still parts of the United States, which means they are not international territories and as such do not require international auto transportation services, which are a bit different than when you ship overseas to a U.S. territory. Unfortunately, American Auto Shipping cannot ship to international destinations, and there are several reasons why.

For starters, shipping internationally requires a few different things from you and your shipping company, most notably paperwork. Shipping domestically is a lot easier for most people – that is, shipping within the contiguous U.S. – because of the fact that the paperwork required is fairly minimal. Your broker will need to have insurance certificates of any carrier they work with, but that’s all standard and not something that you will need to be too worried about. The paperwork you will be required to sign is basically the receipt of your shipment, the Bill of Lading, as well as an insurance inspection report at both pickup and delivery. On the whole, shipping a car within the United States is a fairly straightforward process and we make it even easier by getting you free quotes from different shippers.

International shipping, though, is a different beast entirely, one that not a lot of shippers actually do – and those that do have it pretty much handled, making it difficult to break into the international auto shipping industry. This is another reason why American Auto Shipping doesn’t provide international shipping services – it’s hard to find a shipping company willing to jump through all the hoops that come with shipping a vehicle to another country. There’s a lot of paperwork to fill out and a lot of things that you need to be aware of, some of which even we are not aware of. The rules of the game are different when you ship to another country, and with competition for customers as fierce as it is breaking into that industry is challenging and rarely cost-effective.

If you’re looking for quotes to ship a vehicle overseas, you’re on the wrong website, as much as we hate to say it. But if you’re looking for shipping services to or from anywhere in the United States, including overseas states and territories, we’re the ones you want to work with. You can get free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you completely free of charge by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. Once you do, your quotes will be emailed to you from top-rated auto transportation companies within minutes of submitting the quote form; once you have your quotes you can compare prices and services and find the right shipper for your needs. Have questions or concerns? Give us a call at 800-930-7417; the line is toll-free and gets you in direct contact with one of our helpful agents, who can answer questions, give advice and information about shipping a vehicle and who can help you get your free quotes today.

Lifted Truck 1There’s a lot that can go wrong when you ship a car. Does it always happen? No. In fact, the most common complaint most customers have is the fact that some aspect of the shipment is taking too long – too long to find a carrier, to long for them to show up, too long for them to move it. Most of the time, the things that customers complain about are things that no one really has any control over, which can be frustrating, yes, but it’s something you just gotta deal with. It’s like when you’re searching for prices and want to find the cheapest price but you’re shipping something that’s not going to be cheap to move. You know what a lot of people do in that situation?

They lie. And it’s so frustrating when they do. They lie about what they’re shipping, they lie about how big it is, how much it’s been modified, all of these factors that definitely impact your price – and also your services, which we’ll get to in a moment. These types of customers can turn a Ford F-250 4×4 into a Mini Cooper with the power of words and anonymity, but it’s not something to be proud of or something you should strive to do when you ship a car, the main reason being the fact that every quote you get is going to be completely worthless. Auto transportation is an expensive experience, yes, but one that is almost always worth the money you end up shelling out. If it wasn’t worth it, thousands of people wouldn’t ship their vehicles every day

Auto transport is worth it because how else are you going to get your car from New York to Los Angeles, drive it? In all seriousness, auto transportation is a valuable asset to a number of different businesses, industries and customers out there and a lynchpin for many a used car dealership. Auto transportation companies price their shipments on what you’re shipping, where you’re shipping from and to and the time of year, as well as other factors such as how much fuel is and how popular a given route is. Lying about where you’re shipping from or to or the size of the vehicle you are shipping is not in your best interest and certainly not in the best interest of your auto transport company.

If you lie about the size or weight of your vehicle your carrier might dispatch the wrong type of truck to pick your vehicle up…or, not, if it’s not the right type of shipper. For instance, some pickup trucks are so large they literally can’t fit on a standard ten-car carrier, so can you imagine what happens if you get the wrong sized transport truck to pick it up? Yeah, it won’t be able to be loaded. This is a huge waste of time for you and an even bigger waste of time and money for a car transporter, and they’ll likely want to take your money because of your lies. ALWAYS tell the truth when explaining what type of vehicle you are shipping, no matter how big or small or beat up. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t have an engine or if it’s missing doors or seats, just as long as it’s the same year, make, model and in the same condition as you say it is when you get your quote.

If you’re interested in getting top-rated quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you free of charge, do yourself a favor and fill out our free quote form. It takes you only a minute and nets you free, accurate auto transport quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry today. We clear all our advertisers for reliability to ensure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be in good hands with whomever you decide to book with. For questions or help getting your quotes, you can contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free quotes today.

TV moving 2Household moving companies have to provide customers with what is known as a list of tariffs. Basically, it’s a pricing sheet which goes over how they price their shipments and what you can expect when it comes to moving your household items. A lot of companies have the same basic prices for the same basic services, or at least they’ll be close to one another, which really helps when it comes to finding the right household moving company for your specific needs. If you’re moving a lot of items, one of the most important things that you can do is understand how household moving companies price larger items and what it will do to your shipping prices.

Household movers charge customers based on the weight of their shipment and how expensive or important it is to ship…usually. There’s a few different ways to price a household move, and it does depend on the company you are discussing it with and getting prices from, but one of the most common things you’ll see is a bulky item charge. These are charges for items that take special care to move, secure, and ship via an interstate transport truck – things like TV’s, large stereos, computers and monitors, large and expensive paintings, the list goes on – if the item is big or bulky and expensive, it’s likely going to come with a bulky article charge.

Not all items that get slapped with a bulk item charge are actually bulky; it usually just means that extra care or handling is required with those items. How a moving company prices bulky items is up to their tariffs, which is a list of services and prices, is up to them, which is why gathering multiple quotes is a key component in your search for the right household moving company. Each moving company may charge you slightly differently than others based on where you are shipping from and to and how much you are shipping. Charges for bulky items are at the discretion of your mover, so make sure you understand their policies and procedures when it comes to moving bulk items so you aren’t left paying hundreds more than you have to.

If you’re interested in getting quotes from top-rated household moving companies, be sure to visit our Household Moving Articles page to gain access to our free household moving quote request form. In addition to gaining access to our free household moving form, you gain access to our list of helpful household moving articles that you can peruse to get more information about the process of moving household items and how the industry in general works. If you’re shipping household items along with a vehicle, you can get quotes for both to the left of this page; simply fill out our free auto transport quote form and, on the contact information portion, mark that you would like to receive household moving quotes as well. If you have further questions, you can always talk to one of our live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417.

New Orleans 4New Orleans is the largest city by population in the state of Louisiana and a major port city not just in the state, but in the entire U.S. It is also coterminous with Orleans Parish, which is the equivalent to a county in most other states. New Orleans proper is home to almost 344,000 residents and anchors the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.1 million total residents. Straddling the Mississippi River is southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans is a vital trading port in the United States and its parish is the third-largest in population in the state, after Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parishes. It was the largest before 2005 and the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city and from which New Orleans is still recovering from.

As mentioned, New Orleans anchors the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 1.15 million people. While not the largest metro area in the U.S., or even the Deep South for that matter, New Orleans is still a major transportation and logistics hub in the country and in the region, which really helps when searching for auto transport services to or from the city. New Orleans is a city that sees a lot of trading going on within it; despite it’s size, it’s still one of the most popular shipping cities in the Deep South thanks to its location on the most powerful river in North America and on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of people and the popularity of the area make it cheaper during most times of the year to ship to or from, and it is also fairly popular among both customers and carriers – in other words, its size makes it more popular, which makes it cheaper to ship to or from more often than not.

New Orleans sits on the southern banks of Lake Pontchartrain, and in terms of getting to or from the city that’s easily done via Interstate 10, the main east-west interstate through the Deep South. I-10 is the only primary interstate that actually runs through the city, though it links to several auxiliary interstates near the downtown area including I-310 and I-610. If you’re shipping north out of New Orleans – or south into it – I-55 is usually the way that carriers will take in or out of the city, though they can also take I-59. The interstates surrounding New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain aren’t the easiest to navigate, though it helps they are interstates and not state highways; that said, most of the time its size and ease of access are going to help you save money in or out of the city.

During most of the year the weather is nice enough to entice car shippers to run routes in and out of New Orleans on a fairly regular basis. As you likely know, though, the late summer and fall months are hurricane season, and they can disrupt car shipping services (indeed, services in a lot of different industries) into or out of the city. While most hurricanes don’t do the amount of damage that Katrina did, they can cause problems and disrupt day-to-day operations of the city, which can be frustrating and also cause delays in auto transportation services. Keep an eye on the weather reports and make sure to discuss your shipping options with a live agent if you have questions or concerns about the weather and its effects on your auto transport services.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle to or from the city of New Orleans, be sure to take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies completely free of charge. Once you get your free quotes you can compare prices and services of those different shipping companies and find the right one for your shipping needs. If you have questions or concerns about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free and speak to one of our live, friendly auto transport agents. They can help answer your questions and get you quotes, and as experts in the industry can answer a lot of questions you may have. So call us today, or fill out our free form, and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.

Dirty Car 1In the auto transport industry, you tend to pay for what you get, and if you aren’t sure how much everything is going to cost you’re going to want a crash course in shipping a car. Since we don’t offer that, the best way to get it would be to read as many of our blog entries – including this one – as you can. One thing you need to be aware of is something known as “accessory charges.” Paying accessory charges isn’t the same for everyone, as it depends on what exactly has to be paid for and who has to pay for it. Accessory charges are costs that have to be paid that are outside of your actual shipping cost. Accessory charges are often known as “accessorial charges” by logistics companies in other industries.

When it comes to shipping a vehicle accessory charges include things like fueling up the vehicle, charging dead batteries, repairing a flat tire or something else that is preventing the vehicle from being loaded. There are a lot of other things out there that are going to cost you money above the shipment of your vehicle, and they pretty much show up on a case-by-case basis; many times, customers aren’t going to need to repair a flat tire because, well, their vehicle doesn’t have a flat tire.

Accessory, or accessorial, charges are not things that people expect to have to pay when shipping a car. A lot of times they don’t – generally, auto transportation services are pretty cut and dry along most routes these days, which is really great for you since the stability leads to lower prices and faster pick up and delivery times in or out of most major cities. But at the same time, there’s only so much you can do to prevent those extra charges, like put air in your tires, make sure your vehicle only has a quarter tank of gas when it’s picked up, make sure that it’s rolling and braking and steering okay, things like that. The less work a carrier has to do to get a vehicle loaded and unloaded, the better.

Depending on what you’re shipping and where you’re shipping from and to, you should probably budget a bit over what you were told your shipment would be, in order to better prepare for any accessorial charges you may encounter. Keep your tires inflated, your vehicle clean, and your battery charged and ready to go. If you’re having problems with it, just make sure that it’s running when the carrier arrives, especially if you told them it is. If your vehicle cannot start or move under it’s own power, your carrier will likely be pretty miffed, and want compensation for having to load a non-running vehicle that was originally assumed to be running.

Sorry if we’ve made it seem like accessorial charges and the like are worse than they are – they aren’t, really, nor are they all that common. But it’s important to understand as much as you can about the vehicle shipping industry, and this includes terms that you aren’t familiar with, even if they don’t always apply to you. For free quotes to ship a vehicle, fill out our free online quote request form; it takes only a minute and top-rated companies will send you quotes via email based on the information you supplied. Have further questions about our services, or need help getting your free quotes? Give us a call at 800-930-7417 toll-free and speak to one of our live agents about it.