Auto Shipping FAQ: Why Are Some Routes Cheaper than Others?
The car shipping industry is far from the most lucrative industry, but from a financial standpoint it can be a safe gig if you’re good at your job and able to keep a steady income. Some companies are able to do that, but some can’t – the car shipping industry has one of the largest turnover rates among many logistics industries, because while it can be a good way to make some money it can also be a good way to lose money – and a business. This is why many carriers prefer to run along specific routes, because it’s where the people are – and if you stay where the customers are, you’re more likely to find more loads, and more loads means more money, and more money means more time in the black and less time trying to figure out your finances.
When it comes to auto transportation routes, the most commonly traveled routes are generally going to be the cheapest. This includes to and from major metropolitan areas as well as to and from cities that are easily accessible via the interstate highway system. The interstate highways are the lifeblood of the United States (in terms of logistics, anyway), and were actually first designed as military roads, to make sure that the U.S. Army could effectively maneuver and defend the U.S. should our sovereign territory be invaded. Today, the IHS has evolved into our primary personal and commercial transportation network, and auto shippers utilize it to great success. Cost of transporting to and from an area typically will go down with the number of interstates that go to or from and how popular it is. Some of the most popular areas are Miami, Indianapolis, New York City, Houston, Chicago, Saint Louis, Seattle and Los Angeles. Each city is almost like a mini transport hub for their respective regions, which help carriers trying to get to or from those different areas.
The price along a specific route is going to be dependent on a number of factors at the end of the day. How far apart are the two cities? How easy is it to get from one to another? Is the route mostly interstate driving, or is the carrier going to have to take a few state routes to get around as well? All of these things, and many more, can impact how much your auto transportation services cost, so if you have questions regarding your price or your route we highly recommend you ask your auto transport agent prior to actually shipping your vehicle. This is going to save you the hassle of having to learn things the hard way – and that’s always better for everyone at the end of the day.