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Electric Transport TruckTesla Motors is unveiling a new electric transport truck later this month, an announcement that has taken the industry by storm. Though the truck will likely come with a six figure price tag, experts are expecting it to sell. A lot. Why? well, the $100,000 expected price tag is actually less than a modern diesel truck.

Are they really that expensive?

A little bit of research shows that, yes indeed, auto transport trucks are expensive to buy. And that’s just buying them – keeping them operational is going to cost a company thousands more over the course of every shipping season. This is a big reason why auto transportation prices are so high.

The impact of an electric transport truck

There aren’t really any electric transport trucks on the market as yet. We’ve talked about them before, along with autonomous transport trucks, but the technology still is in its infancy. Because of this, a lot of truckers on the road are skeptical about switching from standard diesel trucks. It’s not surprising – the devil you know, and all that.

But an electric truck comes with a serious cost advantage over standard trucks, and this could lead to a revolution in auto shipping pricing. We doubt it will happen any time soon – carriers like making money, after all. But think about where all that money you pay them goes. It mostly goes into fuel, food for the driver, and truck maintenance. That’s it. But what if the truck didn’t need fuel? Suddenly you have a major overhead cost that ceases to become a cost – which could end up driving auto shipping prices down.

Now, it’s not a certainty that Tesla is even going to unveil it later this month. It might be further down the line. But does it surprise anyone that they’re actively working on this?

What you could see happen to the auto shipping industry

If Tesla’s electric transport truck makes waves and auto shippers actually pick some up, we could see the start of a revolution in the industry. Suddenly costs could drop substantially, which could ripple out and cause serious shifts. If carriers can charge less for loads, it could open up the industry to new customers. Costs can prohibit some people from being able to use car shipping services, but if a cross-country trek suddenly cost a third of what it does now, who knows?

This wouldn’t happen for years, even decades. We’d have to see a huge culture shift in the United States that gets us away from fossil fuels, but that’s probably going to happen eventually. Tesla is at the forefront of that movement and is leading the way in a number of ways. From their Model S and Model X to this new electric transport truck, Tesla is making waves. And it’s only the beginning.

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We’ll keep you updated on the status of Tesla’s electric transport truck as news starts coming in. For now, 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.

Florida Car Shipping

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Florida car shipping is getting the same treatment from Mother Nature as Texas did, apparently. Hurricane Irma has made landfall and is making its way up Central Florida, bringing heavy winds and rains to multiple areas of the state.

Irma comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which decimated Houston and the rest of southeastern Texas. Harvey left widespread flooding and devastation in its wake, and while Irma isn’t as bad, it’s still a pretty brutal hurricane. Irma made landfall in Florida Sunday as a category one hurricane. It is expected to dwindle to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Georgia.

How Florida Car Shipping has been Impacted by Irma

So far, Hurricane Irma has dropped a foot of rain or more in some areas of Florida. That’s an insane level of rainfall that has experts predicting flooding across the state. But the Keys got the most of it. Instruments in Naples, Florida registered winds as high as 142 MPH, while those in Marco registered at 130. Between the wind and the rain, devastating damage has been confirmed across Florida.

Right now we know of multiple auto shipping brokers in Florida that have been shut down since Irma turned northwest. And those are just brokers – does anyone think that carriers are trying to get into the state? No, Florida car shipping services are down and out, at least for the time being. Any cars scheduled for pickup or delivery in Florida are seeing heavy delays which will likely last until the waters recede, the winds die down and we get a clear look at just how bad things are in Florida.

What to Expect out of Florida Car Shipping Services Moving Forward

As mentioned, it’s going to be some time before we end up seeing traffic flowing back into Florida like we used to. It’s frustrating for many carriers because this is the time of year where routes are shifting. Florida is always a popular auto transport location, but especially so during the fall and winter. Snowbirds start getting active and more people are wanting to escape the cold northern winters for the more mild climes of Florida. So seeing this hurricane completely devastate huge swaths of the state has had a major impact.

Right now, don’t expect to go anywhere near Florida. Carriers aren’t touching loads and most are just going to avoid going to the state at all. This means major delays if you’re shipping to or from Florida. That being said, carriers tend to watch the news, so many of them probably didn’t even bother picking up loads to the area. But some might have, and if your vehicle is one of those cars, chances are it’s still on the truck.

Basically, what we’re saying is don’t expect too much out of Florida car shipping companies or services. They’re going to take some time to get back to normal, probably as long as it takes the aftermath of Irma to be cleared away. Keep a line of communication open with your agent and/or your driver. They can give you more up-to-date information about your shipment and the status of Florida car shipping services.

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Luckily, most of the the country is still unaffected by hurricane Irma. 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.

Washington Car Shipping

A picture of the Eagle Creek, Oregon fire, which has jumped to Washington State. Image courtesy of oregonlive.com

Ash falls like snow. The sun is a sultry red in a hazy orange sky. It’s supposed to be triple-digits today, but Washingtonians may feel some relief, thanks to the wildfires burning across the state. Ironic that it’d be multiple fires that help to bring temperatures down.

Apologies for waxing poetic. I’ve been writing about auto transportation services for over a decade now, and this is the first time I’ve had to report on something so close to home. And it’s not just Washington car shipping that’s in jeopardy from these fires – it’s everyone and everything in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and northern California.

But it’s true. Wildfires are raging across the Pacific Northwest and California, dozens upon dozens of them. Some are mostly contained, some are hardly contained. A state of emergency has been declared by Washington State governor Jay Inslee. Luckily, at least for some anyway, the fires aren’t close to major population centers. Many of them are in national forests or up in the Cascade Mountains, not near places like Seattle or Vancouver or Tacoma. But that may be small comfort for residents of the Pacific Northwest.

How Washington car shipping is in jeopardy

Right now, most of the fires are still in the Cascades, which is a major plus. Being away from major population centers means evacuations are relatively light. But areas are being affected, and stretches of Interstate 84 have been closed by Cascade Locks. This means that auto transporters are going to have to find alternate routes into the Portland, Oregon metro area, including Vancouver, Washington.

The wildfires are nothing to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, but they’re still wreaking havoc on the Pacific Northwest. It’s not a joke when I say that the entire state is covered in a haze of smoke – that’s fact. The sun is red when I look out my window. This is a serious problem right now.

But in terms of affecting car transportation services, the impact is minimal. So far, the fires aren’t affecting any cross-state interstates such as I-90 or I-5. So most major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, etc – those are all still accessible. As mentioned, I-84 is shut down in some areas, prompting some carriers to divert to other routes. But the impact is minimal.

What’s ahead for Washington car shipping services

While most routes to major areas are still open, only time will tell for sure if they’ll stay that way. Efforts are underway to contain the myriad blazes raging across the state, but resources are limited. With the state of emergency, new wildfires will only have limited resources diverted to them – existing fires take precedence. This is to be expected.

If you’re planning a shipment to or from Washington, make sure to speak to an agent. They can give you more information regarding route closures and diversions. If your vehicle is already in transit, speak to an agent. They can get a hold of the carrier for you and discuss conditions on the road.With any luck, the fires will be contained shortly and routes will not be shut down. But if the fires spread…well, we’ll keep you updated. It’s the best we can do right now.

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Right now, the wildfires have yet to impact Washington car shipping services severely. However, they may spread. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start your search for free car shipping quotes! 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.

East Texas Car Shipping

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Widespread devastation from Hurricane Harvey – already the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history – has made east Texas car shipping impossible. And it’s still not over. Though Harvey has weakened considerably, flash flood warnings are in effect in the Mississippi Valley. This includes areas of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The storm is expected to head northeast through parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. It will also affect parts of southeastern Indiana. This is widely considered to be the worst hurricane in U.S. history, already exceeding the damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

What to expect with east Texas car shipping

Right now, trucks aren’t really moving into or out of affected areas. The National Guard has been brought into parts of Texas, including Houston, to deal with the catastrophe. So right now, commerce has come to a standstill in the region. And it’s going to take weeks for the floodwaters to recede. Experts are anticipating parts of Houston and other cities in the vicinity to be completely uninhabitable for at least several weeks as well.

So really, getting a car to or from the fourth-largest city in the state is nigh impossible. Remember, a state of emergency was declared in Houston, and the city was in the process of evacuating when the hurricane hit over this past weekend. Does anyone expect anything to really go in or out of the city?

And it’s far from over. Currently Tropical Storm Irma is forming near the west coast of Africa. And while it’s too soon to tell if it’ll hit the U.S., it’ll strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday of next week, and is heading west. So it’s a possibility.

Dealing with your east Texas car shipping services

If your vehicle was en route to Houston, you’re going to need to speak to an agent about alternative delivery locations. This kind of natural disaster doesn’t come very often, but when it does, everything is affected. Your agent will be able to tell you more about the situation in east Texas as well.

But be prepared for the worst. Delays will take days for less-affected areas, but weeks for those with the worst damage. Many parts of Houston are still underwater. This is a huge problem for auto transporters, especially right now. Houston during this time of year is a major car shipping destination, even more so than during most times of the year. So the industry iis going to be severely impacted, but only time will tell how much. We’ll keep you up to date on developments as they arise.

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Luckily, most of the the country is still unaffected by hurricane Harvey. 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.

 

Texas Vehicle Shipping ServicesHurricane Harvey is shaping up to be the first category 3 hurricane to make landfall in over 12 years, and it’s heading straight for Texas and Louisiana. And this is bound to affect Texas vehicle shipping services and a host of other places in the region.

Hurricanes are never friendly to auto shipping services. They shut down routes, cause delays, and can damage vehicles caught in the storm. When hurricanes like this hit, auto transport carriers have to work hard to avoid affected areas. This results in a lot of changes that could impact your shipment.

Where Hurricane Harvey will hit – and its impact on Texas vehicle shipping services

Harvey is set to hit the eastern coast of Texas and the southern coast of Louisiana. This means that several major auto transport locations are going to be affected. Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Galveston and New Orleans are likely to be hit hardest. These are all huge car transport areas and will see delays in pickup and delivery services.

Auto transporters need to avoid hurricanes at all costs. And with this hurricane, Texas vehicle shipping services are going to be severely affected. Houston is one of the most popular auto transportation locations in the United States, after all. If a hurricane strikes, a lot of routes are going to be affected as well. Delays in pickup and delivery and diversions to other areas are common when they strike.

Luckily, it’s not going to strike until Friday, and weekends tend to be less eventful for car transport services. And many cars that are en route to the affected area probably aren’t scheduled for delivery until after the hurricane passes. So there’s some plusses there.

How to prepare yourself for Hurricane Harvey

Right now, if you’re looking for Texas vehicle shipping services, talk to an agent. They can give you a better idea of what’s going to happen and how your shipment might be affected. If your vehicle is already en route, talk to an agent. They will let you know if your carrier has to divert the route to somewhere unaffected by the hurricane.

This is the problem with inclement weather, especially severe weather like hurricanes. So many things are affected that it’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing. And this is why we recommend speaking to an agent about your shipment. They can tell you all about conditions on the roads and what will happen with your shipment, unlike us. But it’s best to be prepared for every eventuality, we feel. This is why we try to give people a heads up about hurricanes and other storms. It’s always a good thing to be prepared for everything.

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At the end of the day, the weather is the weather, and if it affects car shipping services, oh well. 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.