Northeast Car Transportation ServicesJust like last year, and the year before, and the year before, northeast car transportation services are going to be tricky thanks to lake-effect snow pummeling the region. Cities like Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo have experienced heavy snows, and they don’t look to be letting up any time soon.

Lake-effect snow is nothing new; it’s a phenomenon that comes almost every year to the northeast. It’s not surprising; cold air moves across the Great Lakes, which are warmer. This warms up the lower levels of air in a system, which then picks up water vapor from the lakes. This vapor then moves up the air and cools before dropping like a ton of bricks on whatever areas happen to be sitting east of the lake.

How lake-effect snows affect northeast car transportation services

So, lake-effect snows can get pretty brutal. If you watched the Indianapolis Colts take on the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, you saw a game played in a lake-effect blizzard. That’s the kind of snow that gets dumped on the northeast just about every year. It’s disruptive, it shuts down services and it’s a pain for car shippers. They have to adjust routes and timetables to accommodate the slowdown and some areas simply become inaccessible until the snows clear.

Luckily, at least this time, the forecast says that the system will move relatively quickly. This is a good thing – it’ll mean less snow dumped on the Great Lakes region, though there will still be appreciable snowfall. Much of this will likely fall on northern New England, notably Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine, with some falling in upstate New York.

What to expect from your northeast car transportation services

If you’re shipping to anywhere in the Great Lakes or New England, expect some delays. They shouldn’t be too bad – carriers who operate in that region in the winter understand how the weather works. But if visibility is bad, carriers may opt to wait out the storm. This can result in delays in pickup and delivery and also longer transit times.

You should speak to your agent regarding this system and how it may affect your specific services. Some routes may see significant delays while others may not see much at all. It really just depends on where the snows fall, how heavily they fall, and how quickly crews can clear the roads.

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Ventura Auto Transport Services

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A new, deadly fire has sprung up in southern California, threatening Ventura auto transport services – and much of Ventura County. The fire has grown exceptionally quickly, from 500 acres to over 70 square miles in 18 hours. The Thomas Fire began late last night and spread rapidly, consuming everything in its path. Thousands have been evacuated.

Spread by Santa Ana winds, the Thomas fire began just 50 miles west-northwest of Los Angeles. Los Angeles is the most popular auto shipping location on the west coast. Firefighters are working on the blaze, but containment is proving difficult.

How Ventura auto transport services might be affected

Wildfires are a major force to be reckoned with, and auto shippers know this all too well. We’ve covered wildfires in the past, notably the Cascade Locks fires earlier this year. Car transporters will try to avoid areas that are engulfed in flames – wouldn’t you?

But the problem with the Thomas fire is its location – it’s just fifty miles outside of Los Angeles with almost no containment. Considering that Los Angeles sees the most car shipping traffic of any city in the western U.S., this is a real problem. Carriers will likely still travel through Los Angeles in the meantime, but some may be hesitant.

It’s not surprising. Wildfires cause route closures and general chaos, which is something carriers want to avoid. And while Ventura auto transport services may not be all that popular, it’s still a major part of the L.A. area. Disruption of services to Ventura can easily lead to a disruption of services to other parts of the metro area as well.

What to do about upcoming Ventura auto transport services

Until the fire is more contained, there’s not much you can do. Carriers are going to decide whether or not they want to risk going to Ventura County. Some may decide it’s not worth it. For carriers that are already en route to Ventura County, chances are alternative locations for pickup and delivery will be required.

There’s not a lot that anyone can do when it comes to wildfires. Unless you’re a firefighter working to contain the blaze, the rest of us can only wait. Make sure to keep in contact with your car transportation company and your agent, as they’ll be able to keep you appraised on the situation in the area.

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Shipping an ExcavatorLike most heavy equipment, shipping an excavator provides vehicle transporters a unique challenge. Excavators come in many different shapes and sizes, but we’re going to be focusing mainly on the smaller ones like to the picture at the right. With a configuration far different from a standard vehicle, shipping an excavator requires a different kind of vehicle transport truck – typically a flatbed.

The basics of shipping an excavator

The overall process of shipping an excavator isn’t much different from shipping a car. You get some quotes, you find a company to haul it, and they dispatch a carrier to load it, transport it, and deliver it. The process isn’t different – but the method most certainly is.

An excavator simply cannot fit on a standard ten-car hauler, nor can it fir in an enclosed carrier. This means that flatbed shipping services are going to be required. Flatbed transportation is much different from regular vehicle shipping services because they’re designed to haul larger-than-average vehicles.

Couple this with the fact that larger-than-average vehicles don’t have the volume that standard vehicles do when it comes to shipping services, and you have a recipe for a pretty expensive shipment.

What to expect when shipping an excavator

So, probably the most shocking thing to expect is higher prices and longer wait times for pickup. Finding a flatbed carrier can take time because they aren’t near as common as open or enclosed shippers. So brokers are going to have to search a bit, often taking more time to find a shipper that can handle an excavator.

It’s important that you have the dimensions of your excavator on-hand when gathering quotes. This is important; without the dimensions, your shipper could get a shipper that can’t haul the excavator. Not only that, they could price it wrong, and you end up having to pay more once the carrier arrives.

But overall it shouldn’t be difficult to get quotes to ship an excavator. Plenty of companies have experience shipping them, and can do it easily so long as you work with them. The most important thing is to get quotes before you choose a company – and that’s where we come in.

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How toll impact auto shipping servicesToll roads and routes have long been a part of the United States, almost since its founding. Of course, car shipping has not – that’s only been around for about a hundred years, maybe a bit less. But something that few people discuss is how tolls impact auto shipping services. From price hikes to delays in pickup, transit and delivery, tolls seem like a real pain.

Let’s face it – they sure can be a pain for regular motorists such as us. So expand that to commercial truckers who are focused on making money and moving fast, and you can kind of see how it might impact them. But with modern technologies, tolls aren’t nearly as detrimental as they used to be. But they can still impact shipments, so read on to learn more.

How tolls impact auto shipping services – how it impacts carriers

Most carriers don’t care too much about tolls; nowadays, it’s easy to pay thanks to electronic systems and the like. Some older routes still have manual tolls, but carriers, on the whole, avoid those areas.

Some routes, however, actually increase in price because of tolls. For instance, legislators in Rhode Island are debating new tolls along I-95 and other major routes through the state. This could impact carriers of not just vehicles but any goods. Granted, the tolls should be cheap, as no one in Rhode Island wants to shut down commerce or the like. But they can impact prices and might cause some carriers to travel along other routes, thus increasing transit times or costs for some customers.

How tolls impact auto shipping services – how it impacts customers

Toll routes shouldn’t impact you in any way, at least not in any way that’s noticeable. I-95 is tolled in areas and it’s perhaps the most popular auto shipping corridor in the nation. As such, tolls don’t usually impact customers, the prices they pay or the services they receive.

At worst, you could see your shipment go up by a few dollars, but that’s incredibly rare – and it will almost never be because of tolls along the route. Prices take into account tolled roads and carriers build their routes with tolls in mind. So you shouldn’t see any noticeable impact on your services. You can also speak to an agent for more, if you have further questions about how tolls impact auto shipping services.

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Western California Auto Shipping Services

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In May, a huge landslide rocked the western California region of Big Sur, shutting down Highway 1. We covered its impact on western California auto shipping services back in July, and things haven’t really improved since then. The state is looking at potentially building the new stretch of highway above the landslide. But this is something that may not be possible, at least until the land settles.

Regardless, western California auto shipping is still seeing diversions and re-routes, which is posing some difficulties for some customers.

How western California auto shipping services are coping with the loss of Highway 1

We make it sound like there’s customers in mourning or something – that’s not the case. But the closure of Highway 1 is a pretty big deal. While the Big Sur region is largely uninhabited, Highway 1 sees millions of cars traveling up and down it every year. Its closure has disrupted not just the car shipping industry, but a lot of logistics through northern and southern California.

Which routes they’re using are up to the carriers – they know the roads better than anyone, especially this author. But there aren’t a lot to choose from in that area – and that’s the biggest problem for them. Because of the relative scarcity of big highways between Highway 1 and Interstate 5, getting through the area is going to be a challenge.

What those diversions and reroutes mean for your western California auto shipping services

With no clue as to when the highway is going to reopen, carriers are diverting loads to different routes. This eats into their transit time and, perhaps more importantly, their fuel consumption. Not to mention the differences in scheduling between 1 being open and being closed. As a result, auto shipping through the region has been taking slightly longer. Some routes have also seen price increases to deal with the route closure.

As for you, there’s not much you can do if you’re shipping your car through the region. It is what it is. We’ll try to keep you appraised of what’s going on, especially if you move cars frequently through the area. But for now, Highway 1 through the Big Sur region is going to remain closed for the time being.

If you’re interested in shipping your car to or from California or up or down the California coast, give us a call. We can get you free quotes from top-rated companies absolutely free of charge. We make sure each company you get a quote from is fully licensed and bonded and we make sure they’re top-rated and reliable. You can either get quotes by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417 or you can fill out our free quote form. If you choose the latter, your quotes will be emailed to you within minutes. If you choose the former it’ll be the same, but you can talk to a live person first. So either way, let American Auto Shipping help you!