Car Transport Services to Lansing, MI
Lansing is a city in and the capital of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is currently home to a population of over 114,000 residents and also anchors a metropolitan area of over 464,000 total residents. This makes Lansing the fifth-largest city in the state, which is useful when it comes to shipping a vehicle to or from the city of Lansing. The city was first plotted in 1835…sort of. Two businessmen took a trip out to what is now Lansing – or near it, anyway – and saw an opportunity to make some cash by “plotting” the land for a new town and selling the plots to people in New York. Though the endeavor was a scam, the people who had bought land from those two decided to stay in the area, and settled in what is now downtown Lansing.
The city anchors the Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to a population of over 464,000, as mentioned in the opening paragraph. The size of a city’s surrounding metropolitan area is an important factor in determining how popular that area is among customers and carriers; usually, cities that anchor larger metro areas are higher on the non-existent list of most popular places to ship vehicles to or from. Areas such as New York, Miami and Chicago are incredibly popular because of the sheer size and scope of their metro areas; Lansing, while fairly large in the grand scheme of things, isn’t the most popular area in Michigan to ship to or from. Part of that is its size, but part of it is also its location.
Lansing sits almost right in the center of Michigan, west of Detroit, the largest city. On the one hand this is handy for a state capital, as its central location allows it to govern everyone from a roughly equal distance, but in terms of shipping a vehicle into or out of Lansing it doesn’t help the cause all that much. Lansing is accessible via I-69 and I-96, the former of which runs south and west from the Canadian border north of Detroit through Lansing and south into Indiana, ultimately terminating in Indianapolis. I-96 is a regional interstate that only runs west from Detroit, through Lansing and then into Grand Rapids, on the western edge of the state. Ultimately, while carriers can use these interstates to their benefit, most of the time Michigan is pretty far out of the way, which tends to result in higher prices and longer wait times and transit times.
The weather doesn’t help much; on the whole, Michigan sees relatively decent weather during the spring and summer, but in the fall and winter the temperatures drop severely and snow is common, particularly in Lansing. During the depths of the winter months, snow accumulation can bury the city, and this can wreak havoc on an auto transporters’ established route and throw his schedule out the window. Snow and ice cause problems for carriers, so they do their best to avoid them as much as possible; on the whole, they’ll avoid areas that are prone to snow, and those that are willing to run routes into or out of snow-laden areas are likely going to charge more as a result.
It’s not usually so dire; on the whole, Lansing is a fairly large city that sees plenty of auto transport traffic, and getting a quote to ship into or out of the city is as easy as filling out our free online quote form. It’s absolutely free, only takes a minute of your time,and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. American Auto Shipping is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have further questions about shipping your vehicle, auto transport services into or out of Lansing or anywhere else in the country, or just need some help getting some free quote, make sure to talk to one of our agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 today.