Georgia Car TransportSevere thunderstorms are currently bombarding the Gulf Coast from Alabama to the Florida panhandle. This is yet another instance of severe weather to hit the region, which could make Georgia car transport – and transportation to other parts of the Gulf Coast – that much harder to find.

It’s a squall line, according to weather.com, which can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, apparently, especially in the Deep South. A squall line is basically a series of severe thunderstorms that can bring huge hail stones, devastating winds and can even spawn tornadoes. Winds upwards of 60 mph are common in squall lines, and downed limbs and power lines can make travel dangerous. Felled trees can cause damage to car transportation trucks and their cargo.

How severe weather will affect your Georgia car transport services

If you live in Georgia you know that severe weather is common this time of year. But most of the time, car shippers will prepare accordingly. However, something as severe as a squall line can cause some problems for them. Hail is the main culprit – look at this picture of hail damage to a car. The windshield is gone, the hood is trashed – that’s incredible.

Now, to be fair, I can’t tell you if this happened on a car carrier or not. But that’s beside the point; if an open car hauler gets caught outside in that kind of storm, that’s at least five cars (the top rack) that are going to be damaged. That’s an issue. So many auto transporters are going to try their best to avoid those kinds of storms. Of course, this is much easier said than done, as these storms can form fairly quickly.

So you can expect delays in transit, pickup and delivery for Georgia car transport services right now. These storms are expected to last through the next couple of days as they make their way toward the Atlantic Ocean. This means that you should expect delays and diversions on any Georgia car transport routes.

What you can do to prepare for Georgia car transport

There’s really not much you can do right now, to be honest. You can talk to your agent about the weather and how to go about avoiding potential damage. But really, if your car is already in transit through the area, you’re just going to have to wait until your carrier shows up. We don’t recommend contacting your car transporter directly; instead, let your agent do that. If you’re worried about anything happening to your vehicle during transit thanks to the storm, that’s a decent option.

If you’re on the hunt for car transportation services to or from Georgia, though, definitely get going on getting quotes. You can fill out our free quote form and  get free quotes from top-rated auto transporters. They’ll email you your quotes within minutes and you can compare and contrast prices, services and more. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of our agents. They can answer questions, give helpful advice, and help you get your quotes.

Auto Shipping to Livonia, MichiganLivonia is a city in Wayne County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is currently home to over 96,900 residents and is a part of the Detroit Metropolitan area, the largest metro area in Michigan. This makes finding auto shipping to Livonia much easier, as auto transporters are often driving through the Detroit area. Auto shippers like to run routes to and from big cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas because it’s where their customers are. There are a lot more people shipping from bigger areas than smaller rural ones, after all. So those areas tend to see the most car shipping traffic.

Is auto shipping to Livonia easy to find?

It should be. Livonia sits just west of Detroit, about 10 miles away from downtown Detroit. This makes it a lot more palatable for carriers, to be honest. They don’t mind traveling a few extra miles to a bedroom city if it means getting a nice paycheck. And it’s really no big deal, either. There are plenty of customers in the Detroit area for them to ship vehicles for. So they don’t really have to increase prices to bedroom cities, as it doesn’t take much time to get to them. It’s not like they’re driving hours in the wrong direction to pick your car up (that’s the problem with the Dakotas and Montana, among other states).

And what’s really great about auto shipping to Livonia is the fact that it sits right along Interstate 96. Now, I-96 isn’t really a major interstate, all things considered. But it does connect to I-75 which is one of the main north-south highways servicing Detroit proper. Carriers like the interstate highways because it’s the fastest way they have of getting from one customer to the next. And with car transport companies, time is money. So if they can get to more customers more quickly, they end up making more money. This is why many bedroom communities, including Livonia, are about as expensive as shipping to the main metropolitan hub city.

Can I get quotes for auto shipping to Livonia?

If you are interested in auto shipping to Livonia, Michigan, take a minute to fill out our free form. When you submit it you’ll get free quotes emailed to you from top car shippers. Those quotes will come in individually and will start showing up minutes after submitting your information. After you start getting those quotes you can compare prices and services right there. You can also speak with a live agent over the phone, as every quote will have contact information. Those companies are top-rated, fully licensed and bonded, and work with only top-rated carriers. How do we know? Well, we make sure of it. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time at 800-930-7417.

Car Transport from Detroit to PhoenixDetroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan. Phoenix is the largest in Arizona (and one of the largest in the country). They are both popular auto shipping locations, and car transport from Detroit to Phoenix might be more popular than you realize. Detroit has long been a major car shipping hub in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Phoenix, of course, is one of the premier desert cities in the United States and home to over 1.5 million residents. However, there are some things you’ll need to know about car transport from Detroit to Phoenix. So keep reading to find out more.

Some things to know about car transport from Detroit to Phoenix

So, let’s start with the route that most carriers will take. Note that there are many potential routes out of a city the size of Detroit; however, we’re going to take a look at the “fastest” route, to give you an idea of what to expect. And the route is fairly convoluted, to be fair. Most carriers will travel down I-55, basically, after catching it from I-94 outside Chicago. They’ll take I-55 down to St. Louis, and from there take I-44 to I-40 in Oklahoma City. Then they take I-40 through Amarillo and Albuquerque all the way to Flagstaff, Arizona, then catch I-17 down to Phoenix. Easy, right?

Phoenix is a popular snowbird destination especially from the Great Lakes. For some reason, most snowbirds that live in the Great Lakes ship to Phoenix. However, the ones in New England tend to go to Florida, for some reason. But this is good news if you’re shipping to Detroit from Phoenix, because there’s always a few carriers heading down that way thanks to the snowbirds. This makes it easier for brokers to find carriers in a timely fashion. It also makes things cheaper for you and for the carrier, since there are plenty of customers heading that way too. So overall, finding car transport from Detroit to Phoenix should not be hard nor time consuming.

Can I get quotes for car transport from Detroit to Phoenix?

Interested in car transport from Detroit to Phoenix? If so, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute and will get you quotes from the best in the industry. We know they’re among the best, too, because we make sure they’re among the best. It’s part of our job and our service to you. We make sure they’re licensed and bonded and work with only top-rated carriers. This way, you know you’ll be in good hands from pickup to delivery. You can read more about both Detroit and Phoenix via our Auto Shipping Cities section, and we suggest you do. If you have questions, or need help in any way, contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our agents.

Louisiana Car ShippingLouisiana car shipping services may see some trouble this weekend, at least early on. Weather.com is reporting that severe thunderstorms will be making their way through the area, along with potential tornadoes. Naturally, this does not bode well for auto transport traffic through Louisiana and the surrounding region.

Auto transporters don’t like severe weather like that. And in the south, severe weather like that is often accompanied by hail. And not just any hail – golf-ball sized hail.

The issue with this severe weather is the fact that the southern U.S. is a pretty popular auto transport location right now. Auto transporters who are trying to find and complete loads through the area have to contend with this kind of weather…in March. That’s problematic for many of them.

What to expect out of Louisiana car shipping this weekend

Well, right now, you can expect some delays. Really, the delays shouldn’t be too bad, so long as the tornadoes don’t touch down. The storm is going to affect more than just Louisiana, though; it’s going to affect east Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi, and maybe even Alabama and Georgia. This of course depends on how powerful the storm is and how far east it travels.

That said, auto transporters likely won’t have too many issues shipping cars through the region, which is a plus. They really don’t have a choice, especially those that are already there. But routes along I-10, I-20 and I-40 will likely be affected, at least in terms of delays. Some carriers are likely to hunker down to wait out the storms. Others may try to brave them.

But one problem that we have yet to really touch on is damage from hail. Now, the forecast isn’t necessarily calling for it, but it’s common with storms like these, and earlier this week we saw some serious hail in Texas and Oklahoma. That system is continuing to move east, too. So it’s not a stretch to think maybe hail will be a part of this weekend’s forecast, too.

What you can do to prepare for Louisiana car shipping

There’s really not much you can do right now, to be honest. You can talk to your agent about the weather and how to go about avoiding potential damage. But really, if your car is already in transit through the area, you’re just going to have to wait until your carrier shows up. We don’t recommend contacting your car transporter directly; instead, let your agent do that. If you’re worried about anything happening to your vehicle during transit thanks to the storm, that’s a decent option.

If you’re on the hunt for car transportation services to or from Louisiana, though, definitely get going on getting quotes. You can fill out our free quote form and  get free quotes from top-rated auto transporters. They’ll email you your quotes within minutes and you can compare and contrast prices, services and more. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of our agents. They can answer questions, give helpful advice, and help you get your quotes.

 

Car Transport CarriersLast January, the FMCSA – the main overseer of the auto transport industry – proposed new rules to determine which companies were safe and which weren’t. But now, the FMCSA has withdrawn its safety plan proposal, and many car transport carriers are rejoicing.

The plan was to rework the way carriers were rated. Be that auto transporters, produce haulers, or other long-haul trucking companies – everyone would have to abide by the new system. The new system would have changed the current one of Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory to a Fit/Unfit system.

This was met with skepticism by many trucking companies, auto haulers and not. However, the FMCSA stated that they would be able to check upwards of 75,000 companies per month instead of the current 15,000.

How the New Rule Would Have Affected Car Transport Carriers

Switching from the system they have in place to a brand new system would have been interesting. For starters, the new system would have basically been a “pass/fail” type of situation, which seems nice on paper. But there are a lot of things that go into such a rating. Also, when a regulatory body has the power the FMCSA does, it’s important they don’t abuse it. With a pass-fail option, many car transport carriers worried about overreach. Shutting down a company by giving an unfit rating – even if they were fit – can cause issues.

This is because the new ruling would have allowed the FMCSA to shut companies down based on ratings alone. This is problematic, considering the ratings system they use, known as CSA BASIC. The CSA BASIC system is known to have flaws and has had them for some time. Being able to shut down companies off that alone struck many truckers as a problem.

What all this means for you and your car transport carriers

Really, nothing. Nothing has changed, so things pretty much stay the same. Auto transporters don’t have to follow new, wonky rules. This means that prices will likely stay the same, there won’t be any effect on routes or where carriers can or can’t go. More importantly, it means that the carriers already on the road are going to stay on the road.

If the new ratings system were to have passed, it could have jeopardized companies on the road. And while we here at American Auto Shipping believe in safety first, we can’t deny that sometimes, there’s a fine line between being safe and being overzealous. It’s like being a parent – sure, you want your kids safe. But too safe, and you run the risk of being a “helicopter parent” which is a problem too. With the new system, the FMCSA could have had a much bigger hand in whether carriers are able to operate, which could potentially cause problems for customers as well.

If you’re interested in shipping a car, now’s the time to jump on it. You can fill out our free quote request form any time to get quotes from top-rated companies. They’ll email you your quotes within minutes and you can compare them at your leisure. You can also contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417. They can answer questions, give advice and help you get your quotes today.