Independence is a city located in Jackson County, Missouri, on the western border of the state. Independence is currently home to over 116,800 residents and the city sits within the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Independence, historically, was a significant jumping-off point for pioneers heading west during westward expansion, and the city has been built around its status as a departure city; today, Independence is known as the “Queen City of the Trails” and much of its historic recounts put emphasis on the fact that many prominent explorers, trappers and traders back in the early 19th century lived and traveled from Independence. Independence is also the hometown of former President Harry Truman; it is the current home of the Truman Presidential Library and both Truman and his wife, First Lady Bess Truman, are buried in the city.
Independence sits just just east of Kansas City, Missouri, putting it square in the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which for purposes of auto transportation really helps the cause. Auto shippers prefer running routes to and from major metropolitan areas, of which there are only a few in the state of Missouri (and the rest of the surrounding region). Missouri is interesting in that it is not quite located in the Deep South, but also not quite in the Midwest; this makes it a bit more difficult to price effectively, since some areas – like St. Louis or Kansas City – are easy to get to and from and popular for customers and auto shippers; but just a hundred miles south, perhaps, and the entire script is flipped. Therefore, where you are shipping from – when shipping to Independence – can have a big impact on your overall auto transport prices.
What’s nice is that Independence sits along Interstate 70, which is a popular and heavily-traveled east-west interstate on the Interstate Highway System. Auto shippers prefer running routes that keep them on the interstate system and take them through heavily populated areas, because that’s where customers live and play and work and need shipping services to and from. This makes Independence more popular with auto shippers, which helps your overall price; you may also be able to save a bit more if you end up moving your pickup or delivery location to nearby Kansas City, preferably somewhere that’s easy for the carrier to access. Make sure to talk to a representative about it – if you need to contact an auto transportation company, fill out our free online quote form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents and get your questions answered right over the phone. It’s that easy.