How Auto Shipping Companies Plan Their Routes

Interstate Highway SystemAuto transporters have a pretty tough job – driving a huge automobile meant to carry other automobiles on its back isn’t a picnic, and requires a lot of training before they’re even able to get into the cab of the truck, let alone drive it on the roads that you and I share every day. It’s a hard job, one that sees drivers ripped from their families for weeks and months on end, driving back and forth across this vast nation of ours, picking up and delivering cars for folks just like you. Now add into the mix the fact that auto transport companies have a lot of rules and regulations they have to abide by – though they’re hauling around a bunch of cars, it’s still something that they need to be licensed and insured in order to do.

All these things are conditions that auto transport drivers have to abide by if they want to ship vehicles for a living, and it is for these reasons that those same auto shipping companies run the routes that they do. No one grows up saying they want to drive a transport truck – it’s not the most glamorous job in the world and it doesn’t usually make anyone rich. But it’s a job that needs doing, no matter how unpleasant it can be, so people do it, whatever their reasons, and the people that do need to make sure that they are still able to eek out a living, even if it is primarily on the road.

This is the primary reason why car transporters plan their routes the way they do and why the industry runs the way it does – it’s the best system that we currently have. Auto transport drivers prefer to run routes along major interstate highways that pass through major metropolitan areas and have major links to other major interstates that in turn link to other major cities – you get the idea. Over the years, the best routes for carriers have become apparent, so they tend to stick to those routes and deviate only when they benefit from it financially. This is also one of the main reasons why prices along popular routes are a lot lower than prices between two cities nobody’s ever heard of – it’s a lot easier to charge less-per-vehicle if you have ten vehicles you can pick up in one spot.

This is how auto transporters plan their routes – they look at the popularity of a given route, which is generally based on where they are currently located and where they want to get to, then they see how many people need a vehicle shipped along that same route – and then they try to book as many of those orders as possible. Usually, the more vehicles that they can pickup up in one area the cheaper each car will be, because they only need to make so much to turn a profit on a route, and the industry is incredibly competitive as-is.

There are a lot of factors that go into how auto transport drivers choose and price the routes that they travel on, but this should give you a decent idea of how it’s done. You can then use this information to make better and more informed decisions about your auto transport, and also how much you’re willing to spend. This industry revolves around money, and the more you can spend the better your shipping experience likely will be. If you need quotes to ship a vehicle, fill out our free online quote form; you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated auto transporters in the industry e-mailed to you within about an hour. You can also call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own agents, who can help you get your quotes as well as answer more general questions about the car shipping industry in general, and they can also help you navigate our website and help you get your free quotes today.

How Open Auto Transport Became the Standard

open-auto-trailerThe auto transportation industry has been around since almost the invention of the automobile itself. Despite the fact that cars are meant to be driven, there are times when a particular vehicle cannot be, and it needs to be trucked somewhere instead, like any other common piece of freight. This is called auto transport and while the industry may be rather niche, it is awfully important to the success of people and businesses in this country and around the world, and there are always people who need to ship a vehicle no matter what time of the year or the costs associated with them. It’s these customers that keep our niche industry going the way it does, because they keep carriers in business by feeding them load after load after load. To maximize on the amount of money they can make, and also the maximize their efficiency overall, auto shippers have been turning to open auto transportation trucks almost since the beginning, and in this article we’re going to discuss some of the merits of open transport and how they affect the shipment of your vehicle(s).

Open auto transport trucks help auto shippers mitigate costs by allowing them to ship up to ten vehicles at a time. This is huge for car shippers because if you’ve even driven from Los Angeles to Dallas you understand how long the trip takes, how boring it is on the road, and how expensive it all was. Auto transport companies don’t drive around compact cars that get 30 miles per gallon, though; they drive huge semi trucks that get 6-8 miles per gallon of diesel fuel, which in many areas is still more expensive than regular gasoline.

Loading up their vehicles with multiple vehicles allow auto shippers to stagger pickup and delivery for different customers, and if they can schedule it properly they can quickly go from one place to another – usually two or three a day – and pickup or delivery vehicles, while collecting cash and being able to keep their trucks fueled and maintained. Stop here, pick a vehicle up, then go a hundred miles or so and drop off a different vehicle, get paid for that, then travel fifty miles to pick up a second vehicle, then continue on their way to the next destination – that’s how open auto transport companies conduct their business.

Open auto transport is the standard method because it allows car shipping to do exactly what we just described. Enclosed containers can only haul a few cars and are typically more expensive to operate and maintain than an open carrier, and they’re also more time-consuming to load or unload vehicles from. Open trucks allows shippers to quickly load or unload a vehicle, sometimes in as little as 10-20 minutes depending on the driver’s experience, and this expedience makes it that much more cost effective to own, maintain and operate an open shipping truck.

Insurance costs tend to be lower for open auto transportation trucks as well, mainly because of the cargo that they ship. Enclosed auto transport trucks may protect the vehicles they ship better, thanks to the container that they put the vehicles in, but insurance tends to be more expensive simply because of what type of damage happens to those vehicles. With an open carriers, dings and scratches aren’t necessarily common, but they’re not uncommon either; when shipping a vehicle you subject it to the same rigors you would if you drove it, just without the wear and tear. This is why open transportation is the standard: it’s cheaper for customers, it’s faster, it’s more cost-effective for carriers, insurance costs are lower, and you can haul more vehicles and make more money with an open truck as opposed to any other kind.

If you need quotes to ship a vehicle, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s fast and free, and when you do you’ll have multiple quotes e-mailed to you from reputable and reliable auto transport companies. We clear all of our advertisers for reliability ahead of time, and that means we make sure that they are all fully licensed, bonded, insured, in good standing with the government, the Better Business Bureau and aggregate review websites such as Transport Reviews. Questions? Concerns? Call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own agents who can answer questions and help you navigate our website or quote form quickly and easily.

Car Shipping Services to Augusta, GA

Augusta 1Augusta is a consolidated city-county located in the U.S. State of Georgia, though it was originally a part of Richmond County before they both consolidated. Augusta was named after Princess Augusta, of Saxe-Gotha, the wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales and also the mother of King George III of the United Kingdom. Augusta today is home to over 197,000 residents in the city-county proper, though there are several unincorporated communities surrounding Augusta including Hephzibah and Blythe, among others, that – if brought into the city’s boundaries – could push the population of Augusta much higher than it is now. Augusta currently anchors the larger Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metro area home to over 580,000 residents and one of the largest in Georgia outside Atlanta.

Augusta sits on the border between Georgia and South Carolina, and actually sits closer to Columbia, South Carolina than Atlanta. This is generally not that big of a deal, especially considering that Augusta sits along Interstate 20, one of the main east-west interstates that services the Deep South and connects cities such as Columbia, Augusta, and Atlanta with cities further west such as Birmingham, Shreveport and Dallas along one interstate route. This makes auto transportation into or out of Augusta that much easier, since auto shippers can quickly get into and out of the region thanks to I-20. Unfortunately, though, that’s the only major interstate that services Augusta, which means that auto transporters running north-south routes will have to either take state highways into Augusta or else take interstate to other cities, and catch I-20 to go east or west into Augusta.

Georgia gets more popular as the weather gets colder due to its location, but it’s not like Florida where the weather is favorable to auto transportation companies year-round. Usually Atlanta is the cheapest area to ship a vehicle into or out of, due to its size, central location within the state and ease of access for car shipping companies. Augusta…not so much. auto transport companies will run routes to and from Augusta, but the main problem is price, and where a lot of customers and carriers have a hard time coming to a middle ground is when it comes to the pricing for shipments to or from Augusta. We highly recommend speaking to a live agent regarding moving a vehicle to or from Augusta, as they’ll be able to give you the most current information and give you the best advice for your shipment to or from Augusta.

Do you need quotes to ship to Augusta, or need to find a good shipping company to handle it? If so, we have you covered – just fill out our free online quote request form and you’ll get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reputable, reliable and trustworthy auto transportation companies. We clear all our companies for reliability which means we make sure they’re all licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions or concerns regarding this blog post or any other information on our website, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have live representatives standing by to help you get your free auto transport quotes today, and they can also help you navigate our website and answer any questions about the car shipping industry you may have. What are you waiting for? Call us at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online form today.

How Many Vehicles Can I Ship at Once?

Auction 1You’d be surprised at how often we hear that question, at least until you begin to realize that a lot of people actually have quite a few cars that they need to ship at a time. Usually, these people own or manage dealerships or fleets of vehicles (for rental purposes, usually), and generally have a lot of vehicles to ship at a single time. This is completely acceptable, and many auto shippers prefer loads with multiple vehicles, especially along routes that are popular with auto transporters but don’t see a ton of customer traffic. Shipping, for instance, four to six vehicles at once can really help out an auto transport carrier since they fill four to six spaces at a single pickup, and with more vehicles comes more money for less work – this is generally where multi-car discounts come in, since auto transporters expend less fuel-per-vehicle-shipped as they don’t have to make as many detours and route adjustments to accommodate all the deliveries – they just deliver to one place.

At the end of the day, you can ship as many vehicles as you want, but you need to understand that only ten vehicles can fit on a standard carrier at a time, and it’s hard to find a truck that has their entire back completely empty. Auto shippers go from pickup to delivery to pickup to delivery for their customers, A to B to C to D and so on and so forth, every single day. If you’re shipping more vehicles than can fit on a standard carrier, you need to be prepared for staggered pickup – that is, waiting for multiple carriers to show up to pick all your vehicles up. This is called “staggered pickup,” or “staggered delivery” on the receiving end, and simply means that more than one truck must be employed to pick all your vehicles up, and they won’t all show up at once.

This can cause inconveniences for customers, of course, so to avoid any of those inconveniences you’ll want to book a shipment with more than ten vehicles at least three to four weeks out, as opposed to the standard week or two for normal shipments. This gives your shipper more time to arrange pickup of all your vehicles, and will make it easier to schedule them in accordance with your own schedule. Auto transport representatives have to juggle a lot of timetables when it comes to shipping a vehicle – they have to take into account your day-to-day schedule, the carrier’s day-to-day schedule, and also account for any unforeseen circumstances that can also cause delays.

Auto transport is a fluid industry in that it is constantly moving, changing and evolving, and keeping up with all that is what auto transport representatives are supposed to do. If you need quotes to ship one vehicle or twenty, you can use our online quote form to get free quotes from reputable, reliable shipping companies. When you fill out our form your information will be sent to multiple American auto shipping companies who will each compile a quote for you and e-mail you  your quotes within about an hour. Since our form only has room for one vehicle, if you have multiple vehicles you’ll have to wait until you get your quotes to discuss the prices for all of them; however, a good rule of thumb is to take the quotes you get and multiply it by how many vehicles you’re shipping. This gives you a rough idea of the maximum price of your shipment, since most of the time companies will give multi-car discounts.

If you have further questions, or need help navigating our site or filling out our free form, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417. We have live agents standing by to answer your questions, and they can also take your information right over the phone to help you get your free auto transportation quotes. Regardless of what method you choose – filling the form out yourself or calling us first – you’ll know that you’ll be in good hands, since we clear all our advertisers for reliability and make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured before they send you your quotes.

Auto Transport Tips for Dealerships

Dealer 4Dealerships are in the automobile business, and if you own or manage an auto dealership you understand this as well as we do. Automobile dealerships, be they new or used, top of the line or bottom of the barrel, typically work with other dealerships in the area, usually to get inventory moved from one place to another. Many dealerships rely on auto transportation services to get their cars to the lot; whether those cars are coming straight from the manufacturer, or coming from another dealership, auto transport is something that many dealerships are well versed in today. With so many dealerships in need of auto transportation services, it’s not altogether that surprising that some auto transportation companies would do what they can to help out.

This usually manifests, for dealership managers anyway, in dealer auto transport discounts. See, auto transportation companies really, really like repeat business – a lot of their biggest repeat customers are actually dealerships, since dealers are always moving cars from one place to another. This usually means better job security for the auto transport company, which is needed since the industry today is so competitive and can be difficult to sustain long-term shipping operations without a leg up on the competition. Offering discounts and incentives to companies that will need multiple shipments done in the future is something that most auto transporters do, so you’d be wise to take advantage of it.

Like most normal people, you’ll likely have to wait to have a vehicle picked up even though you own, operate or manage a dealership. This is because no matter what you do, trucks can only go so far for so long and they can’t be everywhere at once, which usually means someone is going to end up waiting for pickup or for delivery. You may get discounts for shipping a vehicle, but don’t expect an auto transport company to bend over completely backwards to cater to your every whim, because more often than not demands on the shippers are unreasonable, or the customer is a real pain in the rear. Be polite and courteous no matter who you are or what you’re doing – you’ll have a better experience and come away with better memories than if you went into it looking to be the top dog that no one likes.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle (or two, or three) make sure to fill out our free online quote form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transport companies, most all of which offer discounts for dealerships. We clear all our shippers for dependability, which means we make sure they’re all fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we make sure that they all provide discounts for various reasons – the more to help customers such as yourself, and also to increase our standing and theirs to boot. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and give solid, friendly advice on all things auto transport.

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