Car Shipping to Portland, Maine
Portland is a city in as well as the county seat of Cumberland County, in the U.S. state of Maine. Home to a population of over 66,000 residents, Portland is the largest city in the state and anchors a metro area home to over 500,000 total residents – more than a third of Maine’s total population. The city of Portland was first settled as far back as 1633 and was originally known as Casco, then Falmouth when Massachusetts took control of the area. It remained Falmouth until citizens broke away from the town to form their own in 1786, naming the new town Portland This is the Portland that we are discussing today.
As mentioned, Portland anchors the Greater Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to over 500,000 residents and spanning three counties – four, if you’re counting Androscoggin County, which is no included in the metro area proper but is included in the Portland-Lewiston-Auburn Combined Statistical Area, which spans four counties. What this means is that Portland, on the whole, is not a major city and does not anchor a truly “major” metro area – at just over 500,000 residents the entire Portland metro area would rank in the mid-30’s on a list of largest cities in the country. Auto transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major cities and metro area, of which Portland hardly qualifies; this makes it more expensive and time-consuming, on the whole, to ship either to or from the city.
It doesn’t help that, geographically, the entire state of Maine is incredibly isolated in the far northeastern corner of the country. Couple that with a low population and only one popular route into or out of the area (I-95) and you’ve got yourself an area that no auto transporter really wants to go to. They will, of course, on account of the fact that some customers need to ship into or out of Portland and that it sits along I-95. If you know your interstates or just follow our blog you know that I-95 is the most popular transportation corridor in the country, at least when it comes to shipping cars, because the two most popular areas – New York State and Florida – are serviced by I-95. Portland, Maine is as well, though the lack of customer demand means higher prices into and out of Portland and likely longer wait times.
This is especially true during the winter months when the weather gets cold and everyone is getting out of New England and heading south – usually to Florida. This is because in Maine the weather gets brutally cold, and the snows start falling, and everyone and their brother wants to get down to warmer climes, auto transport companies included. During the summer is the best time to ship to or from Portland due to the nicer weather; the winter brings snow and ice, which create hazardous traveling conditions for auto shippers, which means one wrong move can wreck an entire truck’s worth of vehicles. To avoid the danger of damaging vehicles they tend to avoid snowy routes during the winter…though most shippers will go anywhere for the right price.
Shipping to or from Portland, Maine is not as difficult as it sounds – we just want to prepare you for the possibility that prices will be higher and transportation services harder to find on routes into and out of Portland. The best thing you can do is to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form if you’re interested in seeing how much it costs to get a vehicle into or out of Portland. When you do, you’ll get quotes from top-rated auto transport companies who will give you a total price for door-to-door services to or from the city. Once you get your quotes you can compare their prices and services against one another to find the right shipping company for your needs. If you have further questions about shipping a vehicle or need some help getting your quotes, give us a call at 800-930-7417 – the number is toll-free and gets you in contact with one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free auto transport quotes today.