Rail Transport 3 300x225 Fords Cancelled Mexico Plant Affects U.S. Car Transport by RailIf you’ve watched the news, Ford Motor Company has cancelled its plans to built a new automotive plant in Mexico. The move is being hailed as a job-saving venture that will bring 700 jobs to Michigan.

Of course, American jobs staying in America is a good thing, but there has been some unexpected fallout from the decision. Notably, the tanking stock price of Kansas City Southern, a freight moving company that specializes in rail transportation.

Kansas City Southern was one of the main transportation beneficiaries of Ford’s new Mexico plant. They would have been one of the main freight movers to move cars out of the new Mexico plant. Ford is also planning opening up several other plants, but they represent smaller portions of growth than the Mexico plant.

How this affects U.S. car transport by rail

Right now, Kansas City Southern is one of the main rail freight haulers in the United States. They handle far more than just cars, too. From minerals to agricultural products, appliances and food products, to even energy and military shipments, KSU handles a lot of freight. And while their car transport division won’t see as much growth, it will likely affect customers in the U.S.

Car transport by rail isn’t all that popular nowadays – overland car transportation services are usually done via truck. Trucks are much more versatile and can get to a number of places the railroads don’t go.

U.S. car transport by rail has been in decline over the past few decades, but it’s not out of the game yet. The loss of the new Mexico plant, however, may be a big blow.

Right now, rail haulers are still a go-to for manufacturers to get their vehicles from the production line to the showroom floor. They’re not used near as much for private auto transport services, though it does make up a small portion of the industry. That said, car transport by rail prices across the Midwest may go up.

Not only that, but it could also decrease availability. This is a bit more of a stretch, admittedly, but the butterfly effect is very real in situations like this. There’s no telling how Kansas City Southern is going to be affected financially by this decision. Right now, it’s only future earnings that have been affected, not current earnings. In other words, they didn’t lose current business, so they haven’t been hurt financially…yet.

 

 

Only time will tell.

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Self Driving Truck 1 Dearth of Drivers May Increase Car Transport PricesThere’s a real problem with a lack of truck drivers in the United States, apparently.

Right now, about 70% of all goods shipped across the U.S. are shipped via overland trucks. Part of that number includes vehicles shipped on auto transport trucks. And right now, in 2016, there’s a driver deficit of about 48,000 drivers – that means that there are 48,000 trucking jobs that are currently unfulfilled. That’s including within the auto transport industry. And that number is expected to grow to 175,000 by 2024.

That’s a huge increase.

But how does this increase car transport prices?

Well, if there are fewer drivers who can actually transport vehicles, it means fewer auto shipping trucks on the road. And if there are fewer car shippers on the road, there’s less of them to meet demand. This means that demand far outstrips supply, and thus prices go up.

This is problematic, of course, and something that many companies want to avoid. But how are they going to avoid this dearth of drivers and keep car transport prices low for their customers?

That’s the question right now, isn’t it?

Enter self-driving trucks

Really, the answer lies in self-driving car transportation trucks. Right now, a lack of drivers is putting pressure on the industry to recruit or change the way things work. Amazon is already looking at this, as are major automobile companies such as Ford and BMW. Tesla, too, is looking at self-driving cars as the way of the future. And it seems to be the way we’re headed; Google already has self-driving cars out there and they’re reportedly able to tell speed limits now. That’s progress right there.

The first self-driving truck was something we talked about a bit ago, and while the technology is still in its infancy it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Chances are self-driving trucks are going to revolutionize the industry. It will lead to faster transit times and likely lower car transport prices for you. But there’s still a ways to go.

And really that’s the crux of the issue. Are self-driving trucks going to be available by 2020? Or 2024? If the driver crunch continues, how will car transport prices be affected? We have only guesses right now, sadly. Car transport prices will likely increase if there are more and more trucks without drivers. Self-driving trucks may also increase prices to start as the technology is still in its infancy. But things will change – just make sure to stick with American Auto Shipping to keep up to date.

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Houston 4 New Infrastructure Projects Will Help Make Houston Car Shipping EasierIf you’ve ever driven around the Houston area, you know that traffic there sucks. It’s really not surprising, considering how big Houston is, but still, traffic sucks. And when it comes to Houston car shipping services, traffic can slow things down tremendously and make it difficult for carriers to get to their customers.

But the city is looking at new infrastructure projects that should help relieve traffic congestion in and around the city. And it’s needed. I-45, for instance, is the second-deadliest interstate in the entire United States, and ranks 1st for drunk driving accidents. It is also the sixth-most congestion in Texas.

Then there’s I-10, the fifth-most congested highway in the state. I-10 carriers a ton of car transport traffic. They’re looking at widening a major section to three lanes each way, which should help ease congestion.

How will Houston car shipping be easier?

Right now, construction will likely set back some routes. Auto shippers don’t like congestion, but by the end of 2018 most of the projects around Houston should be done. This will make Houston car shipping easier by allowing easier access for car transporters.

Ease of access is important when it comes to car transportation prices, routes and interest from carriers. Now, Houston is one of the most popular auto shipping markets in the entire U.S. and certainly in the southern part of the country. So making it easier for Houston car shipping carriers to get to and from the city will yield better, faster service to and from the area.

And there’s a lot of projects coming. In addition to I-10, I-45 will see a widening, and the I-610 loop will see itself elevated and with added express lanes. Considering the loop is the most congested freeway route in Texas, this is probably a good thing.

With these new additions and expansions, carriers should have an easier time getting into the area. Not only will this lower transit times, it could also help lower prices.

And it won’t be only around Houston. I-45 connects to the Woodlands, a major suburb of Houston and a popular car shipping location. The I-610 loop pulls in traffic from nearby Sugar Land, Pearland and Pasadena, funneling it into and around Houston. Widening that loop will help more carriers move through those suburbs more quickly, which should reduce transit times and costs as well.

Can I still get Houston car shipping quotes and services?

Of course! Construction will take time, and not all projects have been started yet, though some have. So right now the entire Houston area is seeing heavy construction which can impact car shipping services. But if you’re interested in Houston car shipping quotes, or quotes to really anywhere in the Houston area, don’t be afraid to fill out our free quote form.

It really is free, you know. Not only is it free, but you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto transporters within minutes. We know they’re top-rated because we check them for it. We only want to work with the best because you deserve the best. Each company you get a quote from will be fully licensed and bonded and only work with top-rated, insured carriers. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

The southern United States, in particular the Gulf Coast states, may experience some tornadoes. These tornadoes will likely make southern car shipping services more difficult to find and book.

The southern U.S. right now is a hotbed of car transportation activity. Many people are moving to and around the region, as it is one of the few devoid of snow and ice. However, tornadoes are almost worse, from a car transport perspective. Great way to ring in the new year, right?

What to expect with southern car shipping services right now

Right now, affected areas include east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Their neighbors could also experience problems, as well.

Right now – as of this writing, anyway – they’re only tornado watches. Tornadoes have not been seen yet, but they’re certainly possible.

Major cities that might see tornadoes include New Orleans, Little Rock, Tallahassee and Atlanta, among many other smaller communities. Tornadoes can rip entire towns apart and make it impossible to traverse.

This is a big problem. We’ve been watching the progress of several winter storms, but those typically affect the north and northeast. Tornadoes typically affect the Midwest, but southern car shipping rarely sees such problems.

The video embedded at the top shows the devastation a single tornado can cause. That video was taken in late November 2016 when tornadoes ripped through northern Alabama. Though rare, it’s not unheard of to see tornadoes in that region.

When it comes to southern car shipping services, expect delays and diversions of routes through affected areas. Most auto shipping carriers will be unable to get to or from areas that have been hit by tornadoes. Not only that, but many carriers will actively avoid areas with tornado warnings. Nothing worse than losing an entire load to a massive wind funnel, after all.

Luckily, tornadoes often don’t strike the major cities of the southern U.S. This warning may turn out to be nothing – or it could cause widespread devastation. For now, make sure to keep in close contact with your agent if your vehicle is in transit. Expect delays in pickup if you are waiting for a carrier to pickup or transport a vehicle through the southern U.S.

Can I still get quotes for southern car shipping services?

Of course you can! Keep in mind that quotes may be a bit different right now through affected areas. However, you can still get free quotes for southern car shipping services any time. Just fill out our free quote form, and you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top auto transporters. We clear each one for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. More importantly, we make sure they use only top-rated carriers who are fully insured. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

 

San Diego 2 300x193 Car Transport from San Diego to Seattle

San Diego is one of the largest cities in California. Seattle is easily the largest city in Washington State. And car transport from San Diego to Seattle is about as popular as you might think. Maybe even more popular than you think, if you don’t think it’s very popular. Okay, so there’s only a modicum of demand from San Diego to Seattle, but both of those cities are popular car transportation locations. So even if you’re not shipping from San Diego proper, carriers are still willing to run routes to Seattle. In fact, it’s perhaps the most popular shipping location in the entire Pacific Northwest.

What to know about car transport from San Diego to Seattle

Well, as we mentioned, San Diego to Seattle may not see a lot of traffic among customers, but carriers run it nearly every day. San Diego and Seattle are two incredibly popular shipping locations on the west coast, after all. Carriers like routes to and from popular shipping locations. That’s not surprising – carriers like to go where customers are? No way!

But still, San Diego is a very popular car shipping location for several reasons. For one, it’s quite large. Two, there’s a huge naval presence there, and sailors are often relocating both to and from the city. Seattle is the same way, though its major port is primarily civilian. Third, the two of them are easily accessible via Interstate 5, one of the main north-south routes in the western U.S.

This is perhaps the biggest boon for car transport from San Diego to Seattle. Carriers can easily start in San Diego, head north up I-5 (passing through other major cities like Los Angeles, Sacramento and Portland), stop in Seattle, and then head east. This is great news because it makes car transport from San Diego to Seattle a lot easier to find and book at a reasonable rate. More importantly, it sees plenty of traffic, which helps to lower prices, even if there’s not much demand from San Diego to Seattle proper.

Can I get quotes for car transport from San Diego to Seattle?

Interested in car transport from San Diego to Seattle? 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 San Diego and Seattle 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.