California Car Shipping Services

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More than 40 wildfires are blazing across the western United States and Canada, prompting evacuations and threatening California car shipping services.

The most prominent wildfires are north of Sacramento and in Santa Barbara county.The one north of Sacramento is just south of Oroville. If you remember, that area already saw evacuations of over 200,000 people due to spillway damage and the threat of flooding.

So they go from water hazards to fire hazards. Poor Oroville.

How the wildfires may threaten California car shipping services

Right now it seems like the fires are threatening travel along Route 70. But chances are that it’ll spread to other areas, making the region more difficult to traverse. This could make shipments into Sacramento more dangerous for carriers, especially those heading north or south.

And it’s not the only wildfire burning in the state. 14 of them are currently roaring across California. One of them is in Santa Barbara County, which resulted in the evacuation of 3,500 people. Another in San Luis Obispo County is threatening homes and has shut down sections of SR 154. 154 is a spur off the 101 that runs down to Santa Barabara. This is a pretty crucial route for auto shippers through the area.

Containment for all fires right now is relatively minimal, and spreading is likely. This will likely disrupt even more shipments through the state.

What to do about your California car shipping services

Firefighters are working to contain the blazes as soon as possible. But other than waiting, there’s little we can do. It’s safe to say, though, that the majority of routes through the state will be unaffected. Auto transporters usually stick to I-5 or the 101 when they’re going through California. But there’s so much demand for car shipping to or from the state that some routes are being affected.

We recommend speaking to an agent. They have the ability to talk to the carriers on the road to see what conditions are like on preferred routes. But if you’re shipping to Sacramento, Oroville, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, or any city near them, it’s a good idea to speak to an agent.

And besides, agents can give great advice on alternate routes and plans if your shipment is affected. They can discuss it with your carrier as well as find alternatives if necessary.

Interested in shipping a car to California? If so, we recommend you get some quotes. You can do so by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. Doing so will net you multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transporters free of charge. Each company is fully licensed, bonded and insured and is also five-star rated. We know because we make sure of it. And, if you have questions or concerns, you can always contact us any time at 800-930-7417.

Top Auto Shipping LocationsThe United States is a pretty big country. Home to over 325 million residents across 3.8 million square miles, it’s massive. Really, really massive. And this can make logistics a nightmare, especially when you consider how much stuff people buy from all over the world. This is why we’ve decided to cover the top auto shipping locations in the United States. They’re among some of the biggest cities in the country, but you may be surprised at some of the cities not on the list. We’re going to cover a bit of the basics regarding auto transportation to each city, so read on to see if your city is included.

Los Angeles, California

Is this one really that surprising? Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the U.S. and the largest on the west coast. Home to over 3.9 million residents and anchoring a major metro area are always big boons. This makes Los Angeles one of the top auto shipping locations in the entire country. With many interstate highways, lots of demand, great weather and a booming economy, it’s not surprising L.A. is the king of auto transportation areas.

Dallas, Texas

But right behind Los Angeles, in terms of top auto shipping locations, is Dallas. Dallas may not be the largest city in Texas, but it’s in the top five for sure. And it’s connected to the rest of the country by several major interstates including I-20 and I-35. These highways allow carriers access to some of the largest cities in the entire southern U.S. – and the north, too. Plus, with a population of over 1.3 million, it’s got a little something for everyone.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is one of those cities that tends to get overlooked on lists like these. However, it’s definitely one of the top auto shipping locations in the U.S. It’s home to over 2.7 million residents, is a growing city, and has a booming economy. There’s a little something for everyone in Chicago, and it’s not surprising that it’s seeing a lot of auto transportation traffic. Plus, with a sprawling metropolitan area home to hundreds of suburbs, it’s easier than ever to find affordable car shipping services to or from Chicago.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is another city that might surprise you to be on here. But Atlanta is one of the most prominent southern cities and has become a beacon of civilization in the region. Atlanta is home to over 472,000 residents, easily the smallest city on this list. But it’s a major commercial and shipping hub, especially among the rest of the Deep South. And it’s economy is bringing more people to the city than ever before, making Atlanta one of the hottest – and cheapest – car shipping locations.

San Francisco, California

Going back to California, we have San Francisco rounding out the top auto shipping destinations in the U.S. This entry is also rather surprising, considering how hard it can be to find real estate in the city. San Francisco is home to over 870,000 residents, but the city is densely populated, which makes real estate hard to find…and expensive. The expense has turned a lot of people off from moving to the city. However, there is still a huge niche for auto shipping services to or from San Francisco. And it’s expected to increase as the years go on.

Interested in shipping to any one of these cities? Well, luckily for you we can help. Just fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get free quotes emailed to you from top-rated car shipping companies. We clear each of them for dependability and reliability and that includes making sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured. We also have our own agents standing by if you have questions or concerns, or need help getting your quotes. So call us toll-free at 800-930-7417, or fill out our free quote form to get started.

Uber for Auto TransportApparently, Uber is getting into the freight industry.

The ride-sharing company Uber has unveiled its newest plan: an app designed for owner-operators to cut out the middle man (the broker) and connect owner-operators directly with customers.

The app and the service are mostly designed for “dry van and reefer trucks” (reefer in this context means refrigerated, by the way). This services comes on the heels of Uber’s purchase of autonomous trucking company Otto last year.

Right now, auto shipping services aren’t really the focus of Uber’s new project. But that doesn’t mean that Uber for auto transport won’t become a reality. What’s really funny, though, is that Uber’s plan was originally to just connect truckers with freight. But now it seems that Uber might actually have its own trucks down the line.

Uber for auto transport?

If you’ve ever used Uber, you know that it can be a pretty handy thing. Drink too much at a party? Get an Uber! The ride-sharing company has become a major player in the whole “find a ride” business, to the point where taxi companies are getting upset.

But what does this have to do with auto transportation services?

Uber for auto transport is an interesting concept, but it’s not what this new system is designed for. So right now, chances are Uber for auto transport isn’t going to be showing up any time soon.

And even so, the idea of Uber as a freight company isn’t really solid quite yet. There are a lot of detractors wondering just how it’ll upset traditional freight industries, and with how Uber has affected traditional taxi companies, it may be more severe than we think.

Or it could fall completely flat.

Either way, it’s an interesting idea, but let’s take a look at what Uber for auto transport might mean for customers and companies alike.

What Uber for auto transport might mean

If Uber gets into the vehicle shipping industry, we could see a decline in traditional brokerages.

Uber seems to want to act in a way that cuts out the middleman. And while that’s traditionally not a bad thing, at the same time, it could disrupt a lot of people in the industry.

It would be a big boon for carriers if they could simply find freight through an app, and could mean more loads get shipped more quickly. However, it could mean that less-frequented routes end up losing out on freight.

Think of it this way: there’s not a lot of Uber services in rural areas, even nowadays. They exist, but there’s not as much choice. Now, compare that to Uber in a major city or metropolitan area, and the service is much more built up.

But that’s with traditional vehicles hauling people around. What about when you move into the car shipping industry?

If that were to happen, big cities and metro areas – where carriers are now – could see the biggest impact. We could see lower prices due to more freight, but we could also see a decrease in competition as carriers would have direct control over their loads. With traditional brokerages in the mix, there’s a balance of power that results in lower costs for most everyone. Not only that, but rural routes still see demand with traditional brokers because of how the entire system is designed.

If Uber moves into the auto shipping industry, that could change.

But in the meantime…

Of course, the change is going to take time. And it may not even happen. But it’s something to keep an eye out for. And in the meantime, if you’re looking to ship a car, make sure to fill out our free quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and nets you free quotes from top-rated shippers. You can also contact an agent any time at 800-930-7417 if you have questions or concerns.


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.