Idaho Car TransportationInterstate 84 is easily the most heavily-traveled interstate highway through Idaho. This means that it’s not only the most important route for commuters, but also for long-haul truckers. Idaho car transportation doesn’t see a lot of traffic, sure, but there’s enough demand that carriers go through the state somewhat regularly.

But new transportation funding for the state will help widen a crucial stretch through Nampa, which sees upwards of 8000 trucks a day (not all car shippers). The widening of the corridor should help ease congestion in the area, which has only worsened as the area has increased in size. This will likely mean delays until the roadwork is finished, though a time table has yet to be released.

How This Can Affect Idaho Car Transportation Services

According to many motorists in Idaho the improvements are needed. Right now, traffic through the Boise metropolitan area has only gotten worse thanks to an influx of new people. And the infrastructure has yet to really catch up with the number of new motorists. This has impacted long-haul shipping services across the board, from produce shippers to car transporters. Widening the stretch of I-84 through Nampa is only one piece of the puzzle, however, and more will be needed.

Idaho’s transportation funding comes in the form of what are called GARVEE bonds. The bonds have to be renewed each year and gives funding to areas that need improvements…which is just about everywhere in the state. But auto shippers should find it easier in the long run to get to the Boise metro area after this – or, at least, through it.

And that’s the biggest issue – getting through major metropolitan areas. Carriers will go wherever they’re needed but they can waste valuable time and money sitting in traffic. This is especially true in cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and New York City. But it’s the same just about anywhere, and if a carrier has to sit in traffic that’s a pain.

How This Will Affect Your Idaho Car Transportation

Until the work actually starts, chances are nothing is going to change for Idaho car shipping services and those who provide them. But when it does finally start up, you can bet there will be delays. Construction always brings delays, but it’s a small price for a long time of easier access. And that’s important when it comes to car shipping services – how easy is it to get around?

Right now, getting through the Boise area is apparently challenging…or, at the very least, time consuming. And this can lead to increased prices to or from an area that already sees high costs for auto transport. So in the short term you’ll likely see some longer wait times, but not much longer. Prices shouldn’t go up either, really – the route is still the same, after all. Some carriers may want to divert to a different route, though it’s Idaho so that may not be feasible.

Speak to an agent to learn more about how this might affect your shipping services. Chances are they won’t – the construction will impact daily commuters more than anything, and mostly just in terms of commute times. Carriers may have to take a bit longer to get through the Nampa area when they’re working on it, but once it’s done there may be a slight dip in transportation time through the region.

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California Wine Country Car Transport

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Wildfires are once again raging across California, this time affecting Napa and other parts of wine country. Already hundreds of homes have been devastated along with untold acres of wineries. Not only that but California wine country car transport services are dropping in popularity, which is cutting a huge hole in routes throughout California.

The area most currently affected is Santa Rosa, which has seen hundreds of people evacuate. By noon Monday, a fire that just a day prior was a few acres has spread to 54 square miles. So far the fire is not contained at all, and residents are being advised to stay away for the foreseeable future.

How California wine country car transport services are affected

The affected areas are mostly serviced by state route 101, a major north-south highway through California. With the fires raging out of control, many car transporters are going to avoid the area. That is, at least until things settle down. However, it could take a week or more depending on how long it takes to contain the fire – the fires that shut down I-84 east of Portland, Oregon, saw the route closed to trucks for over a week.

But Santa Rosa and the rest of Sonoma Country see a bit of car shipping traffic. There is no doubt that these fires will hurt the region.

What to do with your California wine country car transport services

If you’re shipping to Santa Rosa or anywhere in Sonoma County chances are you’re going to see delays. Car transporters aren’t going to risk traveling through a wildfire, after all. If your vehicle is already en route to the area, speak to your agent and your carrier. They’ll be able to find an alternative delivery location for you that avoids the fires.

Chances are you’re waiting a while, though. This is true even if your vehicle has yet to pick up. Note too that this is normal whenever Mother Nature decides to get creative. Some companies may have you cancel your order and issue a refund, depending on how long the wait will be.  Regardless, every shipment is different, so you’ll want to discuss yours with an agent.

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Wine country might be burning but most of the the country is still unaffected by the wildfires. If you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto transportation quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and will net you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Colorado Vehicle Shipping

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Heavy snows in the Rocky Mountains have caused Colorado vehicle shipping delays and interstate highway closures. I-70 is still currently closed in some areas as of this writing, and more snow is likely to come.

Snow in October isn’t unheard of in the Rocky Mountains but this year’s October snowfall is causing significant problems. Downed trees and power lines are wreaking havoc on the area, closing roads and knocking out power to hundreds. 14 inches of snow was recorded at Vail Pass alone. Moderate to heavy snows are also expected in higher elevations in Montana and Utah.

Why these snowstorms are causing Colorado vehicle shipping delays

The biggest issue is the closure of passes through the Rocky Mountains, of which there are few. Not all of them are closed, but I-70 was closed between Vail and Copper Mountain yesterday. More closures are expected as well. Early snows like this are often wet and heavy, which can make roads a lot more slick than truckers are used to. This can cause slowdown through the mountains which can impact transit times for car transporters.

This snowstorm is also impacting other areas than the mountains. Valley locations are seeing snow as well, which is affecting local access roads and emergency services. On the whole, though, it shouldn’t impact car shipping services for too long. Pickup and delivery in those affected areas might be an issue in the short term.

Wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour have been recorded, which can result in snow drifts and reduced visibility for travelers. A travel advisory has been issued for the area.

How you can prepare for Colorado vehicle shipping delays

Really, there’s not much you can do right now. It’s not quite winter yet so most carriers are still running summer/fall routes across the United States including into and out of Colorado. As the weather worsens, however, those routes will likely shift further south as they tend to do.

Really, the best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to speak to your agent about potential routes your vehicle may travel along. If there’s the possibility of delay you can discuss possible alternatives, especially if you’re pressed for time. Colorado vehicle shipping services are fairly popular thanks to Denver, its capital and largest city. And right now most routes into Denver are still easy to travel, so car transportation to or from Denver won’t be affected all that much…right now, anyway.

Speak to an agent about your shipment. That’s really the best advice that we can give right now because each route is different and yours may or may not be affected by the fall snowstorms.

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Luckily, most of the the country is still unaffected by these snowstorms. If you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto transportation quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and will net you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Helicopter Shipping ServicesHelicopter shipping services aren’t all that common, probably because helicopters are meant to be flown. But they definitely exist and they’re a good thing to use if your helicopter doesn’t fly. And even if it does, sometimes it’s better to ship it than to fly it to its destination. It’s like a car like that – sometimes, it’s just better to ship it. But understanding how helicopter shipping works and what you can expect from it is important. It’s also important to know where to go for helicopter shipping quotes. Luckily, we’ll help you with both! Keep reading to learn about helicopter transportation and how to get free quotes to ship your helicopter.

Helicopter Shipping Services – How They Work

You should know that no helicopter will fit on a standard auto transport truck. For one, a standard car carrier doesn’t even have the proper methods of securing such a vehicle. Two, most aren’t large enough to handle a helicopter, even a disassembled one. This means that you’ll have to find a dedicated helicopter shipping company, or at least a company that handles heavy equipment.

We mentioned disassembly. Any time you ship a helicopter, chances are you won’t be able to do it all in one piece.The blades will usually need to be removed and there’s a whole checklist of things that shippers have to account for before your helicopter is loaded. You can prepare yourself for your shipment by doing some of those things yourself, though it’s best to speak to an agent about what you can do and what you shouldn’t do.

Helicopters, since they can’t ship on a standard truck, will often be trucked via a flatbed hauler. Flatbeds are great because they’re designed exactly for this kind of shipment. Though most flatbed shipping companies haul vehicles and heavy equipment with wheels, most can handle something like a helicopter.

Shipping a helicopter is an extremely involved process, which means higher prices and longer wait times. Your shipping company will be able to clue you in on those.

Preparing for your Helicopter Shipping Services

As usual, make sure to get multiple quotes to ship your helicopter. This allows you to find the right shipping company for your needs – and one that will actually be able to ship the chopper. This will also help you get a feel for what you should be paying, and the typical rules for shipping quotes apply to helicopters as well.

More importantly, you’re going to want to talk to your agent about how your helicopter will be shipped. There are several ways. As mentioned, the most common is typically flatbed transportation services. However, services by air and ferry and ocean are available as well. Those services tend to be more selective, and air freight will cost you a pretty penny in comparison to overland shipping.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have the time to ship it. Since helicopters are more difficult to ship, it will likely take longer to setup the shipment. Therefore, you’ll want to start getting quotes at least a couple of weeks out and really do some research to find the right company for you. And, as always, make sure to budget effectively. You can speak to an agent for more about budgeting for your helicopter shipping services.

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If you’re interested in shipping a helicopter mark it down on our auto transport quote request form. It’s free and easy to fill out and submit and will get you free quotes from top-rated transportation companies free of charge. Not all companies can ship a helicopter themselves, but most will know someone who can, especially ones in your area. You can also contact one of our own agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417. They can answer questions, help you get quotes, give advice, and much more. So go ahead, let us help you and find out what we can do to make your moving experience easier.

Outer Banks Auto ShippingIt’s been a crazy few weeks in terms of the weather and how it’s impacting car shipping services, and it’s not stopping any time soon.

Luckily, though, the latest hurricane threat – Hurricane Maria – isn’t actually making landfall. But it’s still going to impact auto transportation services to certain areas of the Carolinas, notably the Outer Banks.

Now, Outer Banks auto shipping services aren’t necessarily popular. As shield islands, the Outer Banks aren’t densely populated and are difficult for motorists to access. But that doesn’t mean that car shippers can’t get there. The Outer Banks – at least, most of them – have a state route that runs through them and connects to the mainland near the Hampton Roads area. So a car transporter can get there. But they may have a tougher time thanks to Maria.

How Outer Banks Auto Shipping Services Might be Affected

Honestly, they probably won’t be. Unless Maria moves further inland auto transportation services to the area will likely be unaffected. There are few if any carriers that actually service the islands to begin with.

But that doesn’t mean people won’t be impacted by the storm. Officials are recommending people evacuate the islands as soon as possible. Highway 12, the main route through the islands, could become impassible. Ferry services will likely be suspended Monday night.

Of course, this will be nothing like the devastation in Puerto Rico, which is still ongoing following landfall of Hurricane Irma. Though evacuations are planned for the Outer Banks, damage will likely be minimal. That’s not to say it isn’t a big deal – just that it likely won’t be as devastating.

But shipping a car to the Outer Banks may be a bit more difficult in the coming days and weeks. Auto shippers like to watch the weather in case things like this pop up, you know. So you can expect delays from car transporters to heavily-affected areas.

How to Prepare for your Outer Banks Auto Shipping Services

There’s probably not much you need to do to prepare for your shipment to the Outer Banks. The storm will likely be low-impact considering it’s not the full hurricane that’s hitting but rather one of its arms. That’s not to say there won’t be damage or that people will not be affected by the weather. We’re just saying that, in the grand scheme of things, it will be relatively light on the damage side in comparison to hurricanes like Katrina or Ivan or Andrew or Irma or Harvey.

But still, make sure to talk to an agent. They can let you know if carriers are rerouting shipments to the Outer Banks or if they’re deciding to stay away from it. Your agent will be able to give alternative pickup or delivery locations if yours is affected by the storm.

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f you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto transportation quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and will net you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.