After getting shellacked with fines due to cheating diesel tests, Volkswagen is looking to make amends. How? By expanding electric charging infrastructure to poorer areas of California and the rest of the United States, of course.

Volkswagen has a lot of atonement to do. But this is a great step in the right direction. And it’s a great move not only for PR but also for California and the rest of the United States. Apparently, even Tesla Motors is on board with the plan.

What we can expect from this plan

Right now it’s just in the planning stages. But with $800 million pledged to building California’s electric car infrastructure up, and an additional $1.2 billion nationwide, we can expect some good things.

For starters, more electric car support will result in more electric cars on the road. The costs associated with electric cars currently are a deterrent for many people. Not only that, but electric charging infrastructure has yet to be extended to more rural areas. Therefore, electric cars are often seen as a privilege of those in urban areas. And VW is trying to change that.

It’ll take time to implement, but if it’s successful we could very well see an even larger share of the automobile market go to electric cars. Considering what Tesla has been able to accomplish with theirs, and the plans that other automakers have for electric cars, there’s a good chance they could dominate the road in the next half-century.

How this might affect your car shipping services

But we’ve yet to cover how it might impact the auto transport industry. Electric cars and trucks are not something we shy away from here at American Auto Shipping, because we firmly believe in the future. And electric powertrains really are the way of the future. The writing’s on the wall for conventional fuels, and the more companies that get on the electric hype train the better.

That said, more electric charging stations in rural areas makes it more feasible for electric car transport trucks. Right now the technology to run such a large truck on solely electric power is in its infancy. We talked about Nikola Motor Company and their efforts in creating an all-electric transportation truck. But that’s just one company; if we’re to see real fleets of all-electric auto transportation trucks, we need to see more companies get on board.

Having electric charging stations in more rural areas makes it easier for auto shippers to get to their customers. Right now, car transporters will go anywhere so long as they get paid enough (well, most will). But a carrier with an electric truck can only go so far, which can cut them off from a variety of loads or restrict them only to certain routes. Having more electric charging stations can mean more loads and more routes for those enterprising truckers, after all.

As for right now, it’s not going to do much for the auto shipping industry. But it’s a solid step in the right direction, and if more companies take steps like VW we could see some real innovation – and change – across the nation.

Get more with American Auto Shipping

If you’re interested in shipping a car, give us a call at 800-930-7417. We have agents standing by who can answer questions, help you get your quotes, and much more. If you’d rather, you can fill out our free quote request form to get quotes emailed to you from top-rated shippers. We clear every company you get a quote from for dependability and reliability, and make sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured. And make sure to stop back to check out all the latest auto transport news and information.

Gulf Coast Auto Transport

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With a potential tropical cyclone developing off the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast auto transport services might be a bit tougher for carriers to manage this week. Heavy rains, isolated tornadoes, high winds and flooding is expected across Eastern Texas, Southern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.

The storm is expected to hit the area by mid-afternoon today and work its way into tomorrow. This can cause issues with pickup and delivery locations as well as routes through the region.

What to expect out of Gulf Coast auto transport services

The storm isn’t expected to last too long, but it is going to impact the area. The heavy rains are usually not difficult to deal with; it’s the winds and the flooding that tend to stump shippers. Flooding, especially along major routes such as I-10, can cause diversions and delays for carriers. Auto transporters like to avoid heavy rains and flooded areas if they can help it.

The high winds are also a factor in your shipment. High winds – especially those that accompany a tropical cyclone – can fling debris around that can damage cars on a vehicle shipping truck. And then when you factor in isolated tornadoes…well, this whole system could turn off some carriers.

The biggest ones it’ll impact are those that are already in the area. If your pickup or delivery window is scheduled for today, it will likely get pushed back. Some carriers are going to take cover and ride out the storm – others may want to beat it. However, none of them want to run the risk of driving through affected areas if there’s a chance your vehicles could get damaged. That’s something that no carrier wants to deal with.

How to prepare for your Gulf Coast auto transport services

Really, if you haven’t shipped to the area yet, this tropical storm isn’t really going to do anything. It’ll pass fairly quickly and by the end of the week things should be somewhat back to normal. However, we’re getting into the season of heavy storms, and weather tracking is only so good, after all. We recommend speaking to an agent to learn more about it.

You can also get free quotes to ship your car from our stable of top-rated companies. All you need to do is fill out our free auto shipping quote request form and then wait for those quotes to come to you. We clear every company you’ll get a quote from for dependability and reliability, and that includes making sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact one of our agents toll-free, any time, at 800-930-7417.

Southwest Car Transport

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So, Southwest car transport services are looking to get a bit…spicy…next week, thanks to record-threatening high temperatures that are expected to hit the region.

A high pressure dome is forming over the southwest starting later this week and moving into next week. It’s expected to bring not only triple-digit temps to Phoenix, Tucson, and the rest of the Sonoran Desert, but possibly record-breaking highs.

This type of high pressure system often precedes heavy rainfall, often bordering on monsoon-worthy. According to weather.com, some of the highest temperatures of the year are seen before the summer rainfall in the region. But until the rains come, southwest car transport might just be kind of tricky.

What to expect with Southwest car transport this week

Well, as we mentioned in our most recent podcast, the Southwestern United States is notorious for high temperatures. Well, at least in the summer months. And while most people think of inclement weather as snow and ice, heat can cause problems for auto shipping carriers, especially those with older trucks. Auto shipping trucks are built to handle a number of different conditions, but it’s hard when the temperatures are in the triple digits.

The NWS has already released heat advisories across the southwest. And as this week turns to next, it’s only going to get worse. Not only that, but the NWS has come out and said “there is absolutely no doubt we will be near all time highs with this heat wave, with the hottest and most dangerous temperatures expected Monday through Wednesday.”

Yikes.

Auto shippers can have a hard time traveling through those temperatures because the heat can literally cook their engines. A car shipping truck has to be in top shape to put the miles on that it does, right? Well, if a truck is prone to overheating, carriers are going to want to try to avoid the southwest. Most should be fine.

But you still should talk to an agent about your carrier, if they’ve found one. You should find out what to expect with such high temperatures, especially to or from Phoenix. Right now, Phoenix is a popular car shipping location, and it’s only going to increase as the weeks and months go by. Remember, Phoenix is home to over five million people in the city proper, so there’s bound to be more than a few people who are shipping from or to the area.

Prepare yourself for your Southwest car transport services

Looking to ship to or from the southwestern U.S.? If so, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It’s free and easy, only takes a minute or two, and gets you free quotes from top-rated auto transporters free of charge. We clear all those companies you get quotes from for dependability and reliability, of course. And, we make sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions or concerns, whether about the weather or anything else about your shipment, you can contact one of our agents toll-free any time at 800-930-7417.

Driving vs. auto transportA lot of people who want to move from one part of the country to another have a specific dilemma to face. Do they drive their car (or tow it behind the moving van) or do they ship it? Both have their pros and their cons, of course, but driving vs. auto transport services are something that we have yet to really do an in-depth write-up about.

Driving vs. auto transport – driving

So, you have this choice you have to make: drive or ship your car. And there’s a lot that goes into it. So let’s start with just analyzing the car itself. Is it a newer car? Those tend to be able to handle the rigors of long-distance drives better than older vehicles. Has it been regularly maintained? That’s another big one – cars with poor maintenance are more likely to break down on the road.

What about your family? Is it just you? Do you have kids, a spouse, pets? Those are going to have to travel with you, so if you’re piling everyone into a five-seater sedan, it’s probably going to get packed quickly.

So, space is a consideration. And if you’re packing a bunch of stuff into your vehicle along with passengers, you’re going to have to account for that, too. On a long trek, comfort is important for passengers, so take that into consideration.

Also, cost. Driving a car is expensive even if you’re not going two thousand miles. And on long distance treks, your costs are going to go up considerably. Having to stop to fill up every few hundred miles is going to put considerable strain on your wallet. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll have to stop to eat unless you pack a few days’ worth of food in a cooler (which in turn takes up space in the vehicle). You also have to factor in sleep. And that means either sleeping in your car (cheap, but uncomfortable) or a hotel (expensive, but comfortable).

Driving vs. auto transport – shipping

Now, compare all this to shipping your vehicle. Granted, you won’t be able to ship a whole bunch of stuff in it like you potentially could if you drove it, but you also aren’t going to rack up a ton of costs like you do with driving it.

Shipping a car is a lot cheaper than driving the same distance if you’re going over a thousand miles or so. If it’s a one-day drive, chances are driving will be more cost-effective depending on what you’re taking with you.

But if you’re moving across the country, shipping a car tends to be a lot cheaper. And while it may not be as fast as driving (drivers have to stop at other places too, for other customers), it will likely be a lot cheaper.

And the reason why auto transportation tends to be cheaper than driving is because all the costs tend to be up front. It may be a bigger chunk of change all at once, but compared to driving you’re saving hundreds of dollars if not more.

Also, auto shipping is a lot safer than driving. Your vehicle is protected by the truck’s frame as well as the other cars on the truck. It’s not risking being driven, which means the chances of it getting into an accident decrease substantially. And, it also prevents your vehicle from taking on all that wear and tear that comes from driving.

Driving vs. auto transport – conclusion

Ultimately, the decision to drive or ship your car is up to you. We just want to help you make the right decision for your needs. If you have further questions or want some help deciding, you can speak to one of our agents any time at 800-930-7417. That’s a great way to compare and contrast the different services that are available to you. If you’ve already decided to simply ship your car instead, you can also fill out our free quote form any time to get quotes emailed to you from top-rated car transporters today.

West Coast Auto Shipping

Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado

In what’s shaping up to be a pretty bizarre start to the summer shipping season (though it’s still not quite summer), auto shipping through the Rockies and possibly the Cascades may get more difficult. This is thanks to some brand-new snow that’s coming in the latter parts of the week.

But wait. It’s June, isn’t it?

Yes. But turns out that there’s a new cold front coming off the west coast. It’s rather odd for the season – even weather.com agrees – and west coast auto shipping is going to get tougher. Now, luckily it’s only in elevations above 5,000 feet – at least, that’s what the forecast is calling for. So we’re not going to see any stoppages along any major routes that don’t go through the mountains.

But that being said, it can still affect east-west travel, including west coast auto shipping services from the east.

What to expect from west coast auto shipping services this weekend

For the vast majority of car shipping customers, this isn’t really that big of news. It won’t affect very many routes, if at all – but there are areas that it might. Especially in the passes of Colorado and Washington – and definitely the latter. Snows can close passes if it accumulates enough, and passes through the Cascade Mountains can cut off Seattle and the Puget Sound area from anywhere east.

That’s problematic for a lot of auto transport carriers right now.

You see, a lot of the popular routes right now are east-west routes, thanks to the warmer weather. But when things like this happen, it can make it harder for carriers to run along those routes. Delays may happen due to the passes being impassible, for instance. This cuts into a carrier’s wallet. They could divert, but that could end up being hundreds of miles out of the way, which will affect your pickup or delivery windows.

And that’s just part of it. Now, as mentioned earlier, most north-south routes are going to be fine. When it comes to snowfronts in the higher elevations, truckers that routinely go along them tend to know how to handle a bit of snow. So even then it may not matter. And it shouldn’t affect major north-south routes at all, as there aren’t really any that carriers use that run along the mountains. So that’s another plus.

On the whole, this really isn’t something to worry about unless you have a car going through Colorado. You can talk to an agent to confirm the carrier’s itinerary, though it will depend on the carrier and the agent as well. Most companies have some way to track your vehicle, though, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

Get free west coast auto shipping quotes through American Auto Shipping

If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your car – no matter the route – we can help you out. If you fill out our free online auto transport quote request form, you’ll get free estimates from some of the best car transporters in the industry. We know they’re the best because we clear them for dependability and reliability and we make sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured. You can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417 as well.