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Auto Transport Routes: Portland to Salt Lake City

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Portland, Oregon

Most of the time, when you plan on driving from one city to another hundreds or thousands of miles away, you will plan the route you want to take, generally based on how fast it will get you there. And for most people that works fine, but when it comes to shipping vehicles from one city to another finding the best route from one to the other is a lot more than just finding out how fast you can get there.

Shippers need to be able to profit off the routes they drive, which generally means avoiding areas without major cities or routes that go through rural areas. In this edition of our Auto Transport Routes blog series, we will shed some light on how your vehicle will get moved from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shipping from Portland to Salt Lake will generally be a bit more expensive per-mile than other routes of the same distance, primarily because the main route between the two cities is Interstate 84. I-84 is a smaller interstate that runs from Portland east through northern Oregon, which is quite beautiful – and rural.

From there it heads into southern Idaho, passing through Boise and Nampa before heading south into Salt Lake City. The biggest problem is that there aren’t a lot of major interstates that connect with I-84 really anywhere, and the route goes mostly through smaller towns – hardly anything larger than 25,000 people more often than not.

This reduces the number of ways that shippers can go, and even if they have another vehicle along the route going to a smaller city along the interstate it’s still going to cost more because it’s not all that popular an interstate. Definitely talk with your auto transport representative about it for the most up-to-date information regarding the route, but generally it’s going to cost a bit more and take a bit longer to find a car transporter than more popular routes of the same distance.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

If you are interested in transporting your vehicle from Portland to Salt Lake City, fill out our free online quote form. You will get a free, custom quote to ship your vehicle right away. You can also contact one of our helpful auto transport representatives. They can give you a quote, answer questions, and even help you place a reservation if you’re ready to ship.

Please remember that the routes we highlighted in this blog post are simply the most convenient routes according to Google Maps, and while this is a popular route choosing method that carriers use frequently, you should still talk to your carrier regarding the specific route he will be traveling when transporting your vehicle.

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