Car Transport to Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston is a city in as well as the county seat of Kanawha County, and the capital of the U.S. state of West Virginia. Home to a population of over 50,800 residents, it is also the largest city in the state. Charleston has long acted as a center of trade, government and industry even going back to before West Virginia became a state. Charleston first started out as Fort Lee, built back in 1781, though after a point the fort was closed, but the city remained. Charleston has long been a major salt and coal town, though since the 1970’s industry has slowly dwindled, to be replaced by more modern economic sectors such as retail, utilities, medicine and education.
Charleston anchors its own metropolitan area, known as the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 240,000 residents and spans three counties. On the whole, the Charleston metro area is not very large, and is not a popular car transport location for either customers or carriers. Auto transport carriers want to run routes through major cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas, which also tend to be fairly large, because that’s where the customers tend to be. With more options, carriers can quickly get from one area to another, keeping prices down and transit times quicker. Charleston, though, is remote, small and not that easy to access, which makes it more expensive and it also takes longer.
It helps that the city sits along two interstate highways, but neither is incredibly popular among car shippers because of their routes. I-64 runs east-west through the city while I-77 runs north-south. Normally this would be a good thing – and, really, it is, because if those interstates weren’t there it’d likely be even more expensive to ship into or out of Charleston. The main reason why it’s more expensive for you than other routes of a similar distance is because the area isn’t popular among customers. With few people needing car transport through Charleston, carriers have to charge more per load in order to make ends meet.
During the spring and summer months tend to be the best time to ship to or from Charleston on account of the weather being nice and more demand among customers. During the fall and winter, demand tends to drop, and around Charleston the temperatures tend to drop as well. This usually leads to wintry weather conditions – snow and ice, in other words, which are two things that auto transport carriers like to avoid if at all possible. Usually, old man winter tends to slow things down to a crawl, which is why many shipping companies shift their routes to the southern United States, where not only is it warmer but the demand is higher as well.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Charleston, West Virginia, you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple car transport quotes emailed to you within about an hour. Your quotes will come from vetted car transport companies that we clear for dependability, reliability, and whom we make sure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Once you have your quotes, you can compare those companies against one another and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your quotes, you can call us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.