Auto Transport Routes: New York City to Seattle
New York City is the largest city in the state of New York and, indeed, the largest in the United States; Seattle, on the other hand, is the largest city in the state of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest region.
Located over 3,000 miles away from each other, transporting from one to the other is going to take time, up to two weeks depending on the route. New York City is not a transport-friendly area, especially Manhattan – most carriers will make you meet them outside the city limits or otherwise somewhere they can easily access.
It will be much the same in Seattle, though as it’s more open than New York City it shouldn’t be as difficult to find an area you can meet the transport truck at. As these are two major cities, however, they are popular auto transport locations, which means carrier availability should be relatively high during the warmer parts of the year.
Perhaps the quickest way for an auto transport carrier to get from New York City to Seattle is to use I-80/I-90, which they can catch pretty much right outside the city. Heading through northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania into Ohio, it passes through some of the most prominent northern cities in the United States including Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, and Madison.
The eastern portion of I-80/I-90 uses the same route, but I-90 turns north near Rockford, Illinois and heads into Wisconsin, where it veers east again to head through South Dakota. This particular stretch is what makes transportation from New York City to Seattle more costly – there are few areas that carriers can drop off and pickup new loads in. This means long stretches of driving without getting paid – much longer than they’re accustomed to.
During the winter months the trek can be even more dangerous due to the fact that snow and ice are common in the northern states starting in late November, and can last clear into March if the weather’s bad enough. Many carriers will alter their routes to accommodate new loads and the like, so be sure to speak to your carrier about the route they plan on taking and how that will affect your transit time.
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