Car Shipping Services to Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, currently home to a population of over 400,000 total residents. It is the county seat of Hennepin County, Minnesota and is also a part of the Twin Cities metro area, home to over 3.8 million residents.
Minneapolis is one of the two anchors of the Twin Cities metro area, the other being Saint Paul, the capital of the entire state. The city’s wealth in water spurred rapid growth during the 19th century, and Minneapolis today is home to one of the largest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies in the United States.
As the prime economic center between Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois, with strong ties to healthcare, education, finance, and industry, among many other economic sectors. Though often overlooked in the frozen north of the Great Lakes, Minneapolis is a vital part of not just the U.S. economy, but the global one.
As mentioned, Minneapolis co-anchors the Twin Cities metro area with Saint Paul. The region is home to over 3.8 million residents, which ranks 14th in the United States. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area, as it is officially known, is one of the largest in the country, which generally makes it easier to find auto transportation services into and out of Minneapolis.
Auto transport companies prefer to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas along major interstate highways. The problem that usually arises when shipping into or out of Minneapolis is the fact that it is located so far north in the Great Lakes region of the country. There is not much outside of Minneapolis, which means auto transporters tend to have to travel along less popular routes to get to Minneapolis, which can cause price hikes since there aren’t as many customers on the route.
Despite its size, there are really only two interstate highways that service Minneapolis and the surrounding metro, and those are I-35 and I-94. I-35 is a major north-south interstate in the middle of the country, as it connects some of the largest cities in the region together including Dallas, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, Des Moines and Minneapolis.
I-94 runs east-west through areas like Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Fargo and Billings, all in the far northern reaches of the U.S. While these interstates do make it easier for auto transporters to get into and out of Minneapolis, their routes take them through less-than-popular parts of the country when it comes to shipping a vehicle, which usually increases your total price and likely your wait times in and out of Minneapolis.
A lot of that, though, has to do with the weather. During the late spring, summer and early fall tends to be when the temperatures are warmest and the sun is shining, but come late fall and winter the weather turns cold and the snows start coming down in droves.
Snow can pile on Minneapolis and the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, blanketing the area with snow and ice – two conditions that auto transporters hate running routes through. It’s dangerous, time-consuming and not very cost-effective, especially with the risks they’re taking. Winter shipping will almost always be more expensive than summer for this reason.
Will a car carrier go to Minneapolis during the depths of winter? Yes, for a price – a much higher price than what you’re looking for, but everyone has their price.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Minneapolis, make sure to take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll get a free quote directly from us, right away. You can also contact us over the phone any time to get a quote, book an order, ask questions, and more.