Auto Shipping to Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith is a city located in the U.S. state of Arkansas, along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. It is home to a population of over 86,000 residents, making it the second-largest city in the state and the anchor of the greater Fort Smith Metropolitan Area, home to almost 300,000 residents. Fort Smith began as a frontier outpost and was constructed in 1817, and immediately saw a small town start building up around it. The army actually abandoned the outpost for Fort Gibson in 1824, though the town remained; shortly after the army and the government left Fort Smith, a land speculator came to the area, bought up a lot of the land the government owned, and re-purposed Fort Smith as strictly a civilian town, keeping the name but focusing instead on economic growth, as opposed to military. Today, Fort Smith is the cultural and economic center of the metropolitan area that surrounds it, spanning over five counties and two different states.
Fort Smith is the second-largest city by population in the state of Arkansas, but that doesn’t make it a major U.S. city – the population does, and its population of just over 86,000 residents doesn’t put Fort Smith at the top of any popular auto transport location lists. At the same time, though, it’s the second-largest city in Arkansas, which helps a bit because it’s going to be one of the most popular areas within the state among customers, and that’s an important factor when it comes to overall price and also carrier availability. Auto transporters prefer to run along major routes that connect large metropolitan areas together, since that’s usually where the customers tend to be. More customers in more areas means more money for the drivers and also less chance of deadhead – empty spots on their truck, basically. Full loads are good for shippers, so they stick to populated areas to ensure they always have a full truck.
Fort Smith’s metro area has close to 300,000 people, making it large enough to at least be on many a car shipping company’s radar. It also helps that Interstate 40 runs through Fort Smith. I-40 is a major freight corridor for many industries that move product across state lines, and the auto transport industry is included in this. I-40 is the third-longest interstate after I-90 and I-80 and runs from Barstow, California east through eight states before ending in Wilmington, North Carolina. Along the way are cities such as Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. That’s a lot of major cities, and generally the route is ran often by car shippers, so there’s usually going to be one in the area to pickup your vehicle out of Fort Smith, and many more that will deliver in Fort Smith since it is so easy to access.
The climate of Fort Smith is often beneficial to auto shippers as well. While the northern states tend to be popular during the summer, they are less accessible during the winter months when the snows hit, since transport companies have a harder time running routes along snowy roads. Fort Smith in the winter is more accessible than those northern areas, since snow usually only falls a few days a year and it’s rarely more than an inch in depth. During the summer months the weather is obviously better-suited, since the sun is out more and the weather is warmer. Winter can bring cold temperatures, but the cold usually doesn’t affect auto transportation services nearly as much as the snow that can come with it. This generally leads to lower year-round prices as well as quicker pickup and delivery times, on the whole.
If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle into or out of Fort Smith, you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple quotes emailed to you from some of the best shippers in the industry. As part of what we do, we ensure that all those companies are fully licensed and bonded and the carriers they hire to transport their customers’ vehicles fully licensed and insured, so your shipment will be covered at every level. You can learn more about the auto shipping industry in general by perusing the many articles and blog posts on our website, and you can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and offer free advice and direction if you need it.