Fairbanks 1Fairbanks is a city located in the U.S. State of Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough (the Alaskan equivalent to counties are known as “boroughs”) and is also the borough seat in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Fairbanks is the largest city in Alaska that is not on a coastline, and is the second-largest city in the state after Anchorage. Currently home to a population of over 32,000 residents, Fairbanks is also the seat of the Fairbanks Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Fairbanks North Star Borough and is home to over 97,000 total residents. Fairbanks North Star Borough is one of the smallest boroughs by area but also one of the most populated.

Fairbanks’ location in central Alaska makes it difficult to transport vehicles to get into and out of, but it’s not for a lack of wanting to. Fairbanks is a popular car transport location within Alaska because of its size, though not nearly as popular as Juneau or Anchorage, the two major port cities in Alaska. Fairbanks doesn’t see much auto transport traffic precisely because it’s not a port city; since auto shippers move vehicles up to Alaska (and down from Alaska) via overseas auto shipping services, and since Fairbanks isn’t accessible via the sea, auto shippers are going to have to drop their goods off at the port, and let someone else handle getting it into the interior of the Alaskan wilderness. This generally makes auto transport services to Fairbanks more expensive, if they’re available at all.

The reason we say that is because most auto transport companies that offer shipping services to or from the state of Alaska will only handle the contiguous portion of the shipment (that is, getting it around the lower 48 states, since that’s what they do) and handling port-to-port shipping services either to or from Alaska. If you’re trying to ship to or from Fairbanks, chances are you’re going to need to get your car to Anchorage, or maybe even Juneau, since there is not a single auto transport company out there that offers services from Alaska to the U.S. by way of Canada – it’s expensive, incredibly long and hardly cost-effective given the requirements and where the route travels (namely, through the middle of nowhere).

There are some companies that will offer auto transportation services to and from the interior cities of Alaska from the ports, but they’ll be located in Alaska and will only be able to handle the Alaska portion of the trip. Don’t forget that any shipper that handles the overseas portion won’t handle the overland transportation within Alaska proper; they can do the contiguous U.S. and some port-to-port shipments, depending on where you’re shipping from or to, but they won’t do shipping within Alaska, or any other overseas areas for that matter (including Hawaii and U.S. territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands), and they definitely can’t handle shipping within another country, if they even offer international services. This means you’ll need to arrange any overland transportation from the port to Fairbanks – or vice-versa.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Fairbanks, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form and get quotes from multiple auto transport companies fast and free of charge. Fairbanks is remote and located in the harsh Alaskan interior, but at the same time its a large city in Alaska and people do ship vehicles to and from there. If you use our website you will get in contact with different auto shippers that can transport vehicles to and from Alaska, and you can discuss your options for shipping into or out of Fairbanks with them. If you have more general questions, give us a call at 800-930-7417 absolutely free to discuss your shipment with one of our live agents today.

United States 1Here at American Auto Shipping, you can get free quotes to ship a vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the entire United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and overseas territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, not everyone is going to be able to ship your vehicle just anywhere – many companies have the ability to ship only to certain places or geographical regions, with the vast majority handling at the very least auto transport services from anywhere, to anywhere in the contiguous United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. Some companies offer only international auto transport services, while still others will only offer services to specific cities or states, so while the simple answer to the question in the title is “yes,” the actual answer is usually more of a “probably, it depends though” type answer than anything.

Most auto transport companies will let you know where they ship and where they don’t when you first contact them for a quote. It’s important to ask them about their services. Most every company today will have a section on their website regarding the services they offer and where they ship from and to, so websites are a good place to start. Usually you’ll find that most auto transporters are nationwide shippers, meaning they can get your car moved literally anywhere in the nation. For instance, while many companies say they will ship to or from any state in the U.S., in reality they likely won’t ship overseas to Alaska or Hawaii or to remote areas like Wyoming or Montana.

Most of the companies that you’ll deal with – at least those that will send you quotes and prices in your email when you fill out our free online quote form – will tell you straight-out whether or not they move vehicles into or out of certain areas. Usually you’ll find that services are available to most major metropolitan areas in almost every state in the contiguous United States, but more rural areas or areas with a small population, while they may be available in theory, might be too expensive in practice to get vehicle shipping services into or out of those areas. If this is the case for your shipment, you should move your pickup or delivery locations to somewhere more easily accessible and more cost-effective.

International shipping is one of the most difficult things to do in the auto transport industry and one of the main reasons why we don’t do it. Many people need to transport vehicles to other countries, but you’d be surprised at how low the demand is – and how competitive that part of the industry is. While we don’t offer international auto transport services, we do offer quotes to ship from anywhere, to anywhere that the United States owns or occupies, and that includes the continental U.S. (which includes Alaska), Hawaii, and outlying U.S. territories. Typically, if the city you’re interested in shipping from or to has an actual, post office-recognized zip code, it’s in our form.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 800-930-7417. It’s completely free and, what’s more, calling gets you in contact with one of our live agents at no cost to you. There’s no navigating a menu over the phone or having to press “0” to connect directly to an operator – just dial the toll-free telephone number and we’ll help you get your quotes absolutely free. If you’re the type of person who’d rather do it yourself that’s fine too – don’t hesitate to fill out our free online quote form. If you do you’ll get multiple free quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the nation, absolutely free. If you’re shipping from or to a rural area you’ll get quotes only from companies that actually offer services to or from that area, so you won’t have to waste time with a bunch of quotes from companies that don’t even offer what you need. We take pride in being the best online quote provider we can be, so call us today or fill out our free online quote request form today.

customerserviceperson-aasWhen you book your shipment with an auto transport company you have to realize that most of the time communication between you and your representative will be conducted over the telephone or via email, but usually over the phone. Phone is the quickest, easiest way of getting a hold of most auto transport representatives today, including our own live agents here at American Auto Shipping, But there are a few things that you need to be aware of and understand when it comes to communicating with an agent or representative, and the more you understand about what they expect you to do and not do, the better you get as a customer, which is really helpful if you’ve shipped a vehicle before, at least from your representative’s point of view.

Your representative is your main contact generally from the moment you book your order until the final day of delivery. Days or weeks may pass between them, but through it all you should only deal with one person until your driver picks your vehicle up, as you’ll have to sign some paperwork with the driver prior to having it loaded or unloaded from an auto transport carrier. Being patient is one of the most important qualities of an auto transport customer, namely because once you book your order you’re in it for the long haul more often than not, and there’s no pun intended there. When communicating with your shipper one of the worst things you can do is complain about how long it’s taking – auto transportation services take time to setup, and that can be anywhere from days to weeks.

That’s one of the biggest complaints that customers usually make, and some make a bigger fuss about it than others – all the while knowing full-well  that it takes closer to weeks than days to get a vehicle dispatched, picked up, transported and delivered. It’s part of the industry, and there’s nothing that customers can do about it. This is something you need to realize, and fast – the good customers are those that already know that it’s going to take awhile, and they plan accordingly. In this the vast majority of people learn through trial and error, learning as they go. Not knowing what you’re doing or how the industry works is okay – it’s not like auto transport is some super common industry that everyone talks about all day, every day. But good customers will learn and ask questions during their first shipping experience in order to make it as good as possible.

When dealing with an auto transport representative over the phone or through email, be polite and courteous like you would to anyone else that you came across on the street or in your day-to-day. They’re people to, and more than that it’s important that you actually listen to what was said. There are few customers worse than those who think they know everything when really they know as much about auto transport as a life-long plumber knows about nuclear fusion reactors. If you’ve never shipped a car before it’ s vital that you speak to someone over the phone as opposed to just reading information online.

Be nice and courteous to your representative, and while not everyone knows everything about everything, auto transport representatives know the auto transport industry. Some are better than others, of course, but at the end of the day they’re people too. If you’re in need of free auto transport quotes to ship a vehicle from or to anywhere in the country, just give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get free auto transport quotes. You can also skip the middleman and take care of the quote request form yourself; if you do, get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top companies within the hour (you’ll get that if you call, too, but when you can you get to speak to a live agent). So give us a call or fill out our free online quote form – or do both! – and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.

Moving 6When you’re looking for household moving services, whether it be from one part of a state to another or from one state to another, it’s important to get as many quotes as you feel comfortable with before deciding on a company. Just like any other expensive service, you want to look at all the options available to you before you ultimately decide on a company to handle whatever it is you need handled. When it comes to household moving, there are literally thousands of different companies out there that can load your goods onto a truck and get it shipped out. However, you want to find the company that will work with you, get your stuff picked up when you want it picked up for the price you want to pay.

Of course, you can’t just say you’ll pay $20 to get your goods moved – you have to go with what the different household moving companies actually quote you, but that’s where you get a chance to get what you’re looking for. Multiple quotes are important because they get you different prices from different companies, and get you in contact with them. From there, you can make crucial decisions based on the information that those companies provide you, and while all of them can get your household goods shipped they will all have different prices, different methods, and likely different services for you to choose from. We recommend getting 4-7 different moving quotes to start; from there, you can compare prices and services, and follow-up with any that you like while choosing to decline any offers you do not.

This puts you in control of your household move, taking power away from the shippers and giving you the ability to make the right decision. Another great thing about getting multiple quotes is that you get information about who those companies are, and then you can look up various customer reviews and BBB reports about those companies to see how other customers fared while using their services. Reviews are a lot different from quotes, but are a vital resource in choosing the right company for your specific needs. By gathering quotes, you get names, and from names you can learn their reputation, and from there you can choose which company will be best for your specific needs.

There’s no one right way to go about getting your household goods moved, but there are a lot of wrong ways to go about it. If you visit our Household Moving Articles page, you’ll see a list of different articles about the household moving industry, and we highly recommend visiting it in order to learn more about what you’re going to be getting yourself into. You can read about some of the more common services available to you, read FAQ pages that can answer basic questions you will likely have about household moving services, and gives you a lot of information about the process and the industry right at your fingertips.

If you’re in need of free household moving quotes, you really should visit the link provided to the Household Moving Articles page, because it’s on that page that our household moving quote request form is located. If you go there, you can fill out that form to get household moving quotes emailed to you from some of the best companies in the industry. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle as well as household moving quotes, you can kill two birds with one stone by filling out our free auto transport quote request form to the left and then selecting “yes” under the household moving option on the second part of the form. It’s completely free and will net you both household moving quotes and auto transport quotes completely free of charge, whereas the form on our Household Moving Articles page is strictly for household moving quotes. As always, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents about your household moving needs or your auto transport needs – or both.

Long Beach 1Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, just west of Los Angeles, the largest city by population in the state. Long Beach is currently home to over 462,000 residents, making it the seventh-largest city in the state of California and the 36th-largest in the U.S. by total population, making it larger than Miami, Cleveland, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Long Beach is one of the great ports of the United States and one of the busiest; it is the second-busiest port in the country by container volume and also one of the busiest ports in the entire world by overall freight. Long Beach sits just 20 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles; as such, the city has turned into a popular area for celebrities and other rich people to live while working in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Because of this, Long Beach is one of the most popular auto transport locations not just in the state of California, which is saying something, but within the entire United States, which is really saying something. Long Beach sees a lot of auto transportation traffic due to its high population, its location within a really, really big metropolitan area and also how many people are trying to get into and out of Long Beach on a daily basis. It’s a popular area with customers, many of them shipping into Long Beach, and like the rest of California Long Beach sees some of the highest amounts of auto transporter traffic west of the Mississippi River. This is really helpful in keeping prices lower and pickup times faster, thus generally making auto transport faster and cheaper into and out of Long Beach.

Another reason why Long Beach is typically cheaper to ship into and out of is the fact that it’s relatively easy to access. It’s popularity already brings a lot of carriers into and out of the area, thanks to it’s location within the second-largest metropolitan area in the country, and it sees several major auxiliary interstates run through it including I-110 (an offshoot of (I-10), I-405 (an offshoot of I-5) and I-710 (another offshoot of I-10) and I-605 (another offshoot of I-5). They may be auxiliary interstates, but they pass through some of the most heavily populated areas of Southern California and of the Los Angeles area, making it easy for carriers to commute around the region. Of course, traffic can become a major problem, and with so much built up it can be hard for carriers to get into and out of certain areas, so you’ll want to discuss that with a live shipping expert prior to finalizing your order.

During the summer months the weather is generally warm-to-hot with little rain and an abundant amount of sunshine. In other words, it’s your typical Southern California beach town, albeit more built up than the surrounding beaches. Many carriers have a harder time finding loads along good routes during the winter months, but Long Beach doesn’t have this problem; with so many people moving in and out of Long Beach every day, and with the weather pretty nice year-round – at the very least, not dumping any snow on the ground even in the depths of the winter season – auto transport rates into and out of Long Beach tend to be at their lowest during the winter. During the summer, demand for shipping to or from Long Beach can skyrocket, which can actually increase prices if there aren’t enough carriers to handle the demand.

If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship a vehicle into or out of Long Beach, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s completely free, takes you only a minute, and gets you quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry. We clear all our shippers for reliability ahead of time, which means we make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we make sure that they are all top-rated by the Better Business Bureau, among other top review companies. If you have further questions about our services or how to get quotes or how to ship a car in general, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. It’s toll-free and there’s no menu-surfing or waiting, just a person on the other end willing to help you with whatever auto transport-related thing you need help with.