Car Transport Services to Billings, MT
Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montana by population and sits as the county seat of Yellowstone County. Home to an estimated population of over 109,000 total residents, Billings anchors the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area which is home to over 166,800 residents spread across two different counties. Billings is a major center for warehousing, distribution and trade and is the only city in Montana to have over 100,000 residents. Thanks to the vast amount of natural resources available in the Billings area, particularly oil, Billings was able to successfully avoid the economic downturn and the subsequent recession as well as the popping of the housing bubble a few years back.
The vast resources available to Billings and the Billings area has led to its being dubbed the “Magic City” – the city was first founded in 1882 and has experienced rapid growth since, particularly after the railroads came to the area. Over time, Billings has morphed into a center of distribution and trade that spans four states, including Montana, Wyoming and both North and South Dakota, and also acts as a retail and shopping destination for most people within that trading area. This makes Billings perhaps the most popular auto transport location in the entire region, which is really saying a lot considering the city’s overall size in comparison to the other great metro areas of the U.S.
While Billings might be the most popular area in Montana to ship to or from, it’s still not all that popular of a destination for carriers, and this makes it more time-consuming and more expensive to ship to or from Billings than other areas of the country. A lot of this has to do with its geographic isolation and lack of easy access; while it is true that I-90 runs through Billings, and it is also true that I-90 is a transcontinental interstate highway that runs from the west coast to the east coast, it’s in the far northern reaches of the U.S. and the gaps between major cities are pretty severe for car shipping companies. This leads to the city being less popular among carriers, and as Montana is sparsely populated it’s not that popular among customers either, and these two combined with its location and the weather, which we’ll discuss in a moment, make Billings one of the more expensive areas of the country to ship into or out of.
Severe weather in and around Billings is not that uncommon, especially in the fall, winter and early spring. Tornadoes, lightning storms, snow and ice and severe temperatures are all known to hit Billings, making it a pretty inhospitable place most times of the year. Spring and summer tend to be the nicest and calmest time of the year in Billings, but they’re fairly brief, and snow starts falling as early as October and can last all the way til May, sometimes dumping inches at a time on the city. Snow and ice are the bane of auto transport companies, and they try to avoid it wherever possible as it could lead to accidents that damage loads or getting them stuck in an area, unable to get out and thus unable to make money.
If you’re interested in shipping to or from Billings, we highly recommend filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you within minutes of submission. Once you have your quotes you can compare prices and services of those different transporters and even discuss your shipment and options with one of their live agents right over the phone, all the while comparing prices and services through the quotes you get. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents, who can answer your questions and help you get your quotes today.