What to Know About Car Transport to Alaska
Car transport to Alaska is probably not as common as shipping to other states, but among overseas destinations it’s among the most popular. This is compared to shipping to Hawaii and other overseas U.S. territories, mind you. But shipping a car to Alaska can be tricky if it’s your first time or you’re unsure how to go about it. What’s important to note is that it tends to take longer and also cost more than shipping among the contiguous states. This is because additional steps are involved which are unnecessary when staying within the local U.S.
So car transport to Alaska is expensive?
Usually, yes. It’s because shipments to Alaska have to go overseas – no overland carrier is going to go through 1600 miles of Canadian wilderness. It’s expensive, time-consuming and rarely – if ever – profitable. So instead they have the port shippers on the west coast handle shipments to Anchorage or Juneau. What this means for you is that you’ll need to work not only with an overland shipping company but also an overseas shipping company. And this gets expensive because you have to pay for the services of both.
The overland shipper is going to take your car from wherever it is to the port, typically in Seattle, Washington. Of course, you can skip this step by getting the vehicle to the port yourself, but this is usually only feasible if you’re within a few hours of Seattle. Most people shipping to Alaska are not. So if you’re shipping from, say, Chicago, an overland carrier is going to be needed first. You want to book with a broker, too. They’re able to pay everyone as they need paid so there are no hiccups in your shipment. This leaves you with less stress and more time to get the rest of your bases covered.
Can I get quotes for car transport to Alaska?
If you’re trying to ship your car to Alaska take a minute and fill out our free quote form. You’ll get free quotes emailed to you from top companies within about an hour. Those companies are cleared by us for dependability and reliability, too. More than that, they all know how shipping to Alaska works, so you won’t be wasting anyone’s time (and no one will be wasting yours). They can explain more about their pricing structures and plans, and explain more about the process. We clear them for dependability as well, including making sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. Should you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us any time at 800-930-7417. We have agents standing by waiting to answer questions, help you get quotes, and more.