Coastal California Auto Transport Still Difficult
After a huge mudslide rocked the California coast near Big Sur in late May, Highway 1 still remains closed to traffic. And not just regular traffic – all traffic.
It’s not surprising, considering there’s an entire stretch of the iconic highway that no longer exists. The mudslide was so powerful that it altered the shape of California’s coastline. And now, of course, coastal California auto transport services have ground to a halt.
Well, not a halt, per se. But it’s definitely putting a kink in it. Right now, the route down the coast is completely closed through the Big Sur area. This means that any auto shipper – any motorist, really – is going to have to go around. But the question is…how?
What to do about coastal California auto transport difficulties
Any auto shipper who needs to travel down Highway 1 is going to have to go around. And this means delays. Most carriers will be able to tell you how they’re going to get around it, of course – it’s their job, after all. You can go here to see which highways in California are closed, and you can search Highway 1 simply by typing “1” in the search box. This will let you know what areas might be closed or require reroutes.
Of course, rerouting for a car shipping is anything but easy. It can take days out of their established routes, but this shouldn’t be as big a deal now. Highway 1 is expected to be closed for at least a few months – and though the slide happened back in late May, the section is still closed.
So reroutes are going to be needed for any auto transporter. Luckily, shipments down the coast aren’t all that common. Auto transport companies would usually rather stick close to I-5 if they could. I-5 is the main north-south route through the state and connects some of the largest cities in the state together. So that’s a big plus.
But still, some may need to reroute, and we’ll talk about what you can do to prepare for it.
Preparing for coastal California auto transport reroutes
Diversions and reroutes are going to be necessary for any shipment up or down Highway 1. Any carrier heading south will likely have to divert off Highway 1. They’ll likely drive on Highway One from Carmel to the turnoff for Andrew Molera State Park, then turn around and go back north to Monterey.
Heading north gets a bit trickier, but there’s alternative routes available. It’ll likely take a few hours, if not more, and will add more time to your route. It may also increase the cost a bit for coastal California shipping services, so keep that in mind. We recommend you speak to an agent, as there aren’t many shipments that will be affected by this. However, if you think yours might be, definitely speak to someone about it. They can explain more about conditions and how they’re affecting car shippers.
If you’re interested in shipping your car to or from California or up or down the California coast, give us a call. We can get you free quotes from top-rated companies absolutely free of charge. We make sure each company you get a quote from is fully licensed and bonded and we make sure they’re top-rated and reliable. You can either get quotes by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417 or you can fill out our free quote form. If you choose the latter, your quotes will be emailed to you within minutes. If you choose the former it’ll be the same, but you can talk to a live person first. So either way, let American Auto Shipping help you!