Car Shipping Services to Tampa, FL
Tampa is a city located on the western shores of the U.S. state of Florida, currently home to a population of over 346,000 residents and sits as the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida. Tampa’s roots stretch back to the early 19th century, after Florida became a part of the United States. The army built a fort at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, which today is near the Tampa Convention Center, and a small town formed around it over the next several decades. Tampa was first incorporated in 1849 and remained a relatively isolated Florida backwater until the railroads came in the 1880’s, spurring massive growth in the area that continues today.
Tampa anchors the larger Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but the Tampa area is often referred to as Greater Tampa, which includes the nearby Sarasota metropolitan area. Altogether the metro area proper is home to over 2.9 million residents, though Greater Tampa, also known as the Tampa Bay Area and Greater Tampa Bay, is home to over 4.3 million. Tampa’s metropolitan area is the second-largest in the state of Florida and the fourth-largest in the southeastern United States, making Tampa one of the most popular auto transport locations on the Gulf Coast.
Tampa is not the easiest of locations for car shippers to get to or from, but its size makes it worth the time and effort they put into running routes that go through Tampa. The main route in and out of Tampa is I-75, a major north-south interstate that runs from Miami west to the Gulf Coast and then turns north to run all the way into Detroit Michigan, thousands of miles north. I-4 is another interstate that helps auto transport companies run routes into and out of Tampa, namely as a connecting route between I-75 in the west and I-95 in the east. Of the two, I-95 is more popular with car shippers, but I-95 also runs along the eastern coast of Florida through areas like Miami, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. Generally prices into and out of Tampa are kept low by its ease of access, and pickup windows are generally shorter as well.
Tampa, like most cities in Florida, sees a lot of sun during most times of the year. Tampa’s location near Tampa Bay has a major effect on its overall climate, though like most cities in Florida it sees more rain during the summer than in the winter, which tends to be mild and usually fairly sunny. This has led to the rise of Tampa and Florida in general as a popular winter home location, particularly for retired denizens of New England and the Great Lakes regions. These people ship vehicles down south in the late fall and winter months, abandoning the brutal northern winters for the mild, warm winters of most of Florida, including Tampa. These snowbirds are vital to the industry during perhaps the slowest shipping season of the year, and you will often find great deals along popular snowbird routes during this time as well (popular routes include cities along I-75 and I-95).
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