It’s New Year’s weekend here in the auto shipping industry. Don’t expect a lot of freight to move in the coming days. Once the New Year is over, things should return to normal. We wish everyone a safe and happy New Year’s holiday!
Erie, PA got blasted with over 65 inches of snow over the past few days. Considering Erie sits along I-90 between Cleveland and Buffalo, this is going to be a pain for a lot of carriers. Speak to an agent to learn more, but expect delays to and from the Great Lakes regions.
Keep an eye on the weather reports. As we get deeper into the winter season, some routes are going to be difficult to traverse and carriers will try to avoid areas that are covered in snow and ice.
Most carriers are back on the road today, but some may not be. If you’re concerned your vehicle isn’t being shipped on time, speak to an agent.
Merry Christmas from all of us at American Auto Shipping!
Monday is Christmas Day, so chances are there won’t be any vehicles picked up or delivered that day. Some carriers might be working on Monday, but most won’t be.
Don’t forget that enclosed shipping services are available if you feel your vehicle needs an enclosed container. Speak to an agent to learn more about the differences between standard open shipping and enclosed shipping services.
If you’re trying to get a vehicle delivered before the end of the holiday season, it’s crunch time. Any shipment that ships between now and Christmas Day will likely need to be expedited if it’s to get to the destination before the 25th.
Don’t forget that delays are a part of winter car shipping services. Snow and ice can cause delays and reroutes and slow shipments down, so make sure to factor that into your planning and budgeting.
A train derailment a bit south of Seattle has closed I-5 this morning. Workers on the on the scene now and the area should reopen soon, but this will likely affect auto transport pickup and delivery services in the area.
Ten days til Christmas. Now’s the perfect time to book your shipment in time for the new year. Come Christmas, though, most carriers won’t be moving for at least a day or two.
Don’t ship Christmas presents in a vehicle that is being transported. Items left in a vehicle are not insured, and presents can get broken during transport. Use FedEx or UPS instead.
No legitimate auto transport company will ask for payment before your order is booked. If a company wants a payment – and not just payment information – before booking, that’s a major red flag. Many companies, like us, will need payment information to book an order. That’s common. But we won’t charge anything until we actually find a carrier for you.
The northeast got shellacked by snow this past weekend and it seems it’ll still be coming down. Watch for delays due to the snow and ice that’s coming.
The cold weather is coming, and areas across the U.S. are gearing up for the winter season. As routes shift southward, prices do too, so make sure to get your quote now before prices change!
We’re keeping an eye on the fires raging in Southern California. Right now, chances are some routes through the Los Angeles area are still closed, and likely will be over the weekend as well. Speak to your agent to see how this may affect your shipment.
As fires ravage Ventura County, California, auto shippers are looking at the Los Angeles area with new eyes. Some routes may be closed or delayed due to the wildfire, so if you think this may affect your shipment speak to an agent.
Dash cams are all the rage these days, and if you have one kudos. However, some carriers may not allow them, so speak to an agent before your vehicle is picked up to make sure your cam is allowed or not.
Most carriers will not allow dash plants or other items to be in your vehicle. Some may make exceptions, but for the most part they will ask you to clear your dash. Save yourself some time and hassle by having that done before they arrive to ship your vehicle.
We are officially in December, one of the slowest auto transportation month of the year. Luckily, we have all the tools to get you a quote to ship a car when you need it shipped. So let us help you today!
Please remember that items left in a vehicle that is shipped will not be insured. They aren’t even technically supposed to be there. If you’re planning on shipping items for the holidays, you may want to go with USPS.
Trying to ship a large vehicle? It’ll help if you have the dimensions of it – this will make your quotes more accurate and allow us to get you in contact with the right shippers the first time.
We’re getting closer to Christmas, so if you’re planning on shipping a vehicle to someone as a present you should get started on it now. At the very least get a quote so you can make sure that it arrives by Christmas.
Shipping an excavator? They can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, we know some of the best excavator shippers in the industry and cover what to expect in today’s blog post – check it out!
We’re back at it after a busy Thanksgiving weekend, so fill out our online form or call us toll-free for a free quote to ship your vehicle when you need it shipped!
Carriers are getting back on the road today, but not all of them. This might impact some people’s dispatch windows, so talk to an agent if you feel it’s a concern for your shipment.
Happy Thanksgiving from American Auto Shipping!
Remember to mark if your vehicle is running or not when you start getting quotes. Vehicles that cannot run need to be winched, and not all carriers have a winch.
Most carriers try to avoid toll roads if they can. But sometimes they just can’t. Talk to an agent if your route has tolls and if you’ll need to pay for them yourself or if they’re included in the price.
It’s Thanksgiving week already, and a lot of carriers are looking at routes that’ll get them close to home. Some won’t even pickup new loads until after the holiday, so if you need expedited shipping talk to an agent now.
Next week is going to be pretty slow for a lot of companies, so don’t be surprised if your vehicle doesn’t move next week. It’s Thanksgiving, after all.
If your delivery address changes while your vehicle is in transit, let your agent know right away. This way, you avoid confusion at delivery.
Tesla is looking to provide freight fleets with new alternatives to traditional engines. This could be a big step in the right direction for car shippers if they’re willing to get on board.
Highway 1 through the Big Sur region of California is still closed. Carriers are still rerouting shipments along other routes, which is taking more time. Keep up with the latest here and speak to an agent to learn more about the closures.
Remember to remove or lower your antenna if possible. Antennas that are high can be damaged during loading and unloading and cause unsafe conditions for other vehicles on a transport truck.
Are you looking to ship a car as a gift this holiday season? If so, make sure to start preparing for your shipment early. You don’t want to have your gift show up late because of your laziness, do you?
People sometimes worry about late deliveries. Late as in “late at night.” But you have to understand that carriers travel long hours every day; if they happen to show up at night, make sure to have a flashlight handy to do the inspection, but don’t immediately think they’re trying to hide something.
Delays in car shipping services aren’t all that common, but they do happen. Check out our latest blog post to learn more about how to combat delays in auto transportation services to get the best services you can.
Remember, you are not allowed to have any alcohol or illegal drugs in your vehicle when it is shipped.
Snow was seen in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, mostly in the Puget Sound area. This, however, is only the start of what meteorologists are expecting to be a wet and snowy winter for the northern U.S., which will almost certainly impact car shipping routes throughout the country.
Happy Halloween! Though Halloween isn’t a holiday, some carriers may be taking the day off to spend with their family. Luckily, this shouldn’t impact any shipments, or even yours. Some carriers may wait to pickup or deliver vehicles until tomorrow, though, so make sure to talk to your carrier.
Remember, you can’t ship any household cleaners in a vehicle that is being shipped. Caustic chemicals can leak and cause crazy reactions that can make it unsafe to handle a vehicle. As such, those items are not permitted in a vehicle that is being transported.
Snow hasn’t been an issue for the past week, but winter hasn’t even arrived in earnest yet. It may be a good idea to get your shipments across the Rockies or the Appalachians out of the way early, before the snows inevitably come and slow or delay traffic through the passes.
With the first holiday of the season coming in a month, now’s a great time to get started on your shipping services. If you’re looking to get your vehicle shipped in time to arrive by Thanksgiving, you’ll want to jump on it early and get your spot reserved before they’re gone, so give us a call to get a quote and get your shipment booked ASAP.
If your vehicle doesn’t start, or if it is missing a wheel or two, it may be more cost-effective to simply fix that as opposed to ship it as a non-op or as a non-roller. Shipping cars that can’t start or roll gets more expensive for carriers, and thus more expensive for you. A little bit of money to repair the vehicle can go a long way to saving money on your shipment.
Great Lakes car shipping services may be impacted by a storm that rocked the region over the past few days. Make sure to speak to an agent to see if your shipment to or from the area is affected.
Looking to ship overseas? Right now, Puerto Rico is still dealing with the effects of the hurricane, which could increase prices. Alaska and Hawaii have stayed constant in terms of pricing, though, and now might be a good time to head out that way – or back to the mainland.
We’re getting into the slower time of the year now, which means some high-profile routes are going to start shifting soon. If you’re shipping out of the northern states, now’s a good chance to find great deals on shipping your vehicle. Give us a call to get a quote and get started.
Remember, don’t pack any electronics in your vehicle when it is being shipped. They won’t be insured, and they could break during shipment, putting you out a device and some money.
Idaho car transportation services typically don’t see much demand, but routes through the state still see plenty of carrier traffic. This may improve with a new construction project along I-84 through the Boise area, but in the meantime delays in car shipping through the area may impact your shipment.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to actually get your vehicle shipped when you need it. Don’t wait til the last minute and have your car show up a week or more after you actually need it.
If you’re shipping a minivan, you can put some things in the stow-and-go cargo section underneath the middle seats for extra storage. Don’t pack too much into them, but it’s an option if you have some personal items you need to move with the van.
Car shipping to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may still be affected by the hurricane that blasted the region. Make sure to talk to an agent before booking an order, as it may take a while for the car to actually get to the port.
If you’re shipping a pickup truck, even if it has a camper shell, you can’t put anything in the back of it. Some carriers will let you put stuff in the trunk of a car, but it can’t be visible. Even with a camper shell, you can’t have anything in the bed.
Don’t forget your car charger! Most carriers won’t care if you leave your phone charger in your car, but what if you need it? Make sure to grab it just in case.
Fires in California have shut down routes running north and south, which could affect some routes through the region. Speak to your agent if you’re shipping within or through California to see if the fires will affect your route.
Make sure to remove all electrical devices from your vehicle prior to shipping. This includes car chargers, garage door openers and things such as iPads and Kindles.
Remember to keep a set of keys to your vehicle on your person when you ship your car. Though the carrier will need a set of keys as well, you should still have your spare – don’t just leave them in your car.
Routes to and from Houston are opening up again, though shipping to Puerto Rico may still be affected by the string of hurricanes that hit last week and the week before.
Shipping heavy equipment? we can help! Fill out our online form or call us today to get a free heavy equipment moving quote.
I-70 through the Rockies in Colorado was closed yesterday due to heavy snows. As the snow is still falling, some carriers may experience delays in transit times. Talk to your agent if that might affect your shipment.
Shipping an RV? They can be a challenge to ship but you can make it easier by having the dimensions of the vehicle ready to go when getting quotes. You should also speak to an agent regarding specifics of shipping an RV.
Remember that you should only have a quarter of a tank of gas in your vehicle when you ship it. Gasoline is heavy and can add considerable weight to a vehicle, which could push a truck overweight.
Looking to ship a helicopter? They aren’t the easiest things to ship but it’s definitely doable. Make sure to mark down you’re shipping a helicopter when you fill out our online form, or give the information to an agent, to get the best quote for your needs.
If you’re interested in household moving don’t sweat how much stuff you have. Just approximate when you fill out our moving quote form and you can give us the full details down the road.
Puerto Rico auto transport services have been suspended following the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Talk to your agent for time tables for resumption of service, though it will likely take a few weeks.
Officials are telling residents in North Carolina’s Outer Banks to prepare for Hurricane Maria to deal some damage. This might affect car shipping services to the area, so read our blog for the latest.
Always remember to have your payment ready to go before your vehicle is delivered. If you cannot pay at delivery the carrier will likely hold your vehicle until you can, while also adding fees for storage.
Luckily Hurricane Maria – now a tropical storm – looks like it won’t be hitting the east coast. But coastal flooding may be in play which could impact your shipping services. Speak to an agent to learn more.
Orders cannot be changed once your vehicle is picked up. You can try to change delivery locations, but you’ll need to go through your agent in order to do so. It’s best to just have everything settled by the time the carrier picks your car up.
Remove any physical media from your vehicle before shipping it. This includes any USB sticks, CD’s and DVD’s and even cassette tapes.
Make sure to mark any prior existing damage on your vehicle before you ship it. This will make any damage claim easier to process.
Remember, no drinks in your car. They can spill during transport and damage your interior – and your carrier will not be responsible.
Tesla Motors could unveil a new electric transport truck later this month. We have the scoop on our blog as well as how it might impact the car shipping industry – and your prices.
Major stretches of I-10, I-75 and I-95 re closed in Florida thanks to Hurricane Irma. Coupled with route closures from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, auto transport services across the southern U.S. are going to be affected. Speak to an agent for more about closures, delays and diversions on your route.
Got a toolbox in your pickup truck bed? Make sure to remove the tools and ship them separately. If you can lock up your toolbox, that may be okay. But tools are heavy and including them could end up raising your price.
Hurricane Irma made landfall in southern Florida yesterday, and its devastation has yet to be determined. Winds of upwards of 142 miles per hour were recorded in the Keys, and though it has slowed and weakened it is still a devastating storm. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest Hurricane Irma news and how it will impact car shipping services across the southeast.
The Pacific Northwest is still on fire, and though the winds have shifted I-84 is still closed east of Portland. More importantly, Washington’s SR-14 – a major parallel to I-84 – is closed to truck traffic, including car transportation trucks. This means two major routes through the Columbia River Gorge are shut down, which will impact auto transport services and possibly delay pickup or delivery for some customers.
Items such as DVD’s, CD’s, MP3 players, etc. are nice to have in a car, but don’t belong when you are shipping it. Make sure to clear any items that are not a part of the vehicle when you decide to ship it.
Carriers don’t want to run routes to or from areas that are inundated with hurricanes or wildfires. This is a big reason why many carriers are avoiding areas such as Texas and Oregon. If this is affecting you, please be patient – these things are rather unavoidable, all things considered. Carriers and agents are doing their best to get your vehicles moved in a timely fashion, but they’d rather deliver your car in one piece, than, you know, on fire.
Interstate 84 outside of Portland, Oregon has been shut down due to wildfire activity. Several other state highways are being shut down, and there are fears that the wildfire will jump the Columbia River to the Washington side. This could further impact Pacific Northwest car transportation services.
Wildfires are starting to seriously impact Washington State car transport services. Already roads through the Cascades are being shut down in an effort to protect motorists, and we have a feeling it is just beginning.
Labor Day is right around the corner, and the end of the summer shipping season is coming along with it. Labor Day has long been a benchmark moment in auto transportation, marking a huge decrease in loads and a major shift in pricing policies.
Remember, please do not put any food or drinks in your vehicle when shipping it. This includes even mundane things such as bottles of water or packaged or boxed foods.
Remember, damaged and flooded vehicles can in fact be shipped. Car shippers may have different requirements or restrictions for those types of vehicles, but they can certainly ship them.
If you’re interested in donating to Hurricane Harvey relief funds, visit the Red Cross website. They’ll have more information about how to help the cause.
It’s been a hell of a weekend for residents in Texas. Houston is flooding, Corpus Christi is wrecked, and smaller cities up and down Texas’ Gulf Coast are experiencing tremendous calamity. Chances are car transporters aren’t going anywhere near there any time soon.
Hurricane Harvey is coming, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. It looks like it’ll hit Texas and hit it hard, so if you’re shipping to the state be wary.
We’re working on some new updates for the website that should be rolling out soon, so don’t be afraid to check em out! Meanwhile we still have our blog and are updating our state and city pages with up-to-date information, so keep coming back for new updates!
Household movers will not ship food items. Make sure your food is either thrown away, donated, or packed separately and taken with you.
The federal government and the FMCSA has halted debate on heavy vehicle speed limiters, at least for now. This doesn’t mean much right now, but it does mean that nothing will change in terms of car shipping services.
We’re closing in on the end of the summer shipping season, which means price changes and route adjustments. If you’re waiting for pickup, make sure to talk to an agent to ensure that your prices haven’t changed.
When shipping household items, make sure to label all your boxes clearly. If you’re having your mover pack your things, make sure your dishes and clothes are clean and ready to pack.
If you have specialty items that you’re trying to move, fill out our household moving quote form. It may be a bit more expensive than you would like, but compared to specialty movers it might actually save you money.
Heavy vehicle speed limiters have been tabled as a potential regulatory measure by the FMCSA and the NHTSA. That doesn’t mean they won’t be standard in the future, but for now, carriers won’t have to worry about them. Read more about it in today’s blog post.
Did you know that moving a pool table is a lot harder than finding a moving company to move it? There are a lot of things that go into shipping a pool table; read our most recent blog post to learn more!
We’re getting close to the end of the summer shipping season, so make sure to book your shipment now if you’re trying to find the best price to ship a car!
You should tip your household movers – you know, the guys that actually load and unload your stuff. It’s just the polite thing to do.
Don’t ship pet food in your car. While it may seem like a good way to save a buck, pet food can spill and cans can explode. It’ll likely make a mess, just like with any other food, so don’t do it.
The FMCSA has come out and said that any truck with an engine older than 1999 model year won’t require an ELD. This could impact the auto shipping industry in several ways, so check out our blog to learn more.
Did you know we have videos that can explain more about shipping a car? They’re all there under our “Car Transport Video of the Day” section in our menu.
Flooding in San Antonio is causing serious issues for auto shippers and carriers alike. Make sure to check the weather reports – and will your agent – before you book an order to or from the city.
Sometimes, the lowest price is the best price – not often, and not usually, but sometimes it is. This is why it is so important to do your own research and find out how the companies that you get quotes from really act and think and do business.
Popular routes can increase in price because carriers can pick and choose loads. This is why it’s important to not book with the first or the lowest price that you find.
If your vehicle is taking longer than you thought it would to find a carrier, talk to your agent. They may have suggestions or ways to entice carriers to pick your vehicle up more quickly.
A massive heat wave is sweeping through the Pacific Northwest and northern California this week, and it could mean delays due to trucks overheating. While not a major problem for most companies, it might impact some customers, so make sure to speak to an agent if you’re unsure.
Make sure you don’t have any liquids in the inside of your car. We don’t mean coolant or oil – we mean things like coffee cups from Starbucks. Things can shift during transport and food and drink can spill causing damage to the interior.
If your vehicle has quirks (such as needing the windshield wipers on before starting it, or something odd with the brakes), make sure to tell your agent and your carrier both. That information will make loading, securing and unloading your vehicle much easier.
Regulations can have a large impact on your auto shipping prices and services. Luckily, a proposed regulation to limit driver speeds did not pass, which should mean that things stay the same. But new regulations could pass at any time, so we’ll keep you updated on those.
Some cars just aren’t worth shipping. If the value of your vehicle is lower than the cost to ship it, it might be a good idea to simply buy a new car.
Storms are looking to be moving into the southeastern U.S., bringing typical storms with rain and hail. While it may not affect your shipment too much, it might, so talk to an agent to learn more about whether the weather will affect your routes or not.
We’re still in the depths of the summer shipping season and likely will be until Labor Day, so now’s the best time to get a great deal on your car shipping services!
If you’re looking at auto transport alternatives, make sure to do some research first. Some alternatives may sound great until you actually get into the nitty-gritty of setting up transportation (as with drive away services) that could end up costing you more in time and money.
Is it your birthday? Let your shipper know! Some offer discounts for birthdays, as well as for a host of other reasons. Don’t be afraid to ask if any discounts apply to your shipment.
A major mudslide back in May has left a section of Highway 1 through California impassible. This will likely lead to delays and reroutes for any shipment down the California coast. Talk to an agent to learn more, but chances are this route will require reroutes for a while.
We’re still in the grip of the summer shipping season, which means great deals on car shipping quotes and services. But you better hurry – they won’t last past Labor Day!
If your vehicle is not listed in our make/model section on our quote form, you can simply choose “other” to continue. You’ll need to speak to the companies that send you your quotes to explain what exactly it is you’re shipping, but they’ll be happy to give you a more accurate quote over the phone.
The severe weather system that pummeled the Chicago area has been moving eastward, with flooding reported in Wisconsin, Ohio, and even New York State. This system is likely to strengthen before it reaches the coast, so talk to an agent to learn more about how it might affect your route.
We recommend against shipping expensive electronics in a vehicle. However, if you absolutely have to, make sure that you secure your electronics properly and also ensure that they are protected. Wrapping them in blankets or pillows is a good idea, and you can speak to an agent for more help.
There’s the possibility of flooding in the Chicago metro area, and some areas are already underwater. Make sure to watch the weather reports if you’re waiting for pickup or delivery in the Chicago area.
If a carrier doesn’t deliver your vehicle until after the sun goes down, don’t immediately assume they’re a bad company. Bring a flashlight and make sure there’s no damage. Carriers work long hours and sometimes their last delivery doesn’t occur until later at night. But make sure to bring light to inspect your vehicle.
Wildfires are raging across California, disrupting car shipping routes through multiple areas of the state. Make sure to speak to an agent to find out if your route is affected and how to prepare accordingly.
Have you ever wondered what the top auto shipping locations in the country are? Well, wonder no more! We’ve written a handy quick-guide on our blog roll about the top auto transportation locations in the U.S., so check it out!
We’ve done a lot of work to the website and we’re going to continue to do so. We’re upgrading our city and state pages, reformatting a lot of things and have already introduced a whole new blog layout to help you get the information you need. So keep coming back to see what’s new!
Now that the Fourth is past, it’s time for carriers to get back into the swing of things. Many of them take the fourth off, but some don’t; regardless, now everyone is back on the road, so there shouldn’t be any delays from the holidays for a while.
Happy Fourth of July from American Auto Shipping!
Trying to avoid a broker? This may not be the best idea if you’re always looking for the best price or the fastest service. Brokers do a lot for customers, including reducing prices and wait times for pickup or delivery. So keep that in mind next time you want to try to skip the middleman.
Fires in southwestern Utah have been raging for a week now, prompting evacuations and causing millions of dollars in damage. They also threaten a major auto shipping route in I-15, though no closures have been reported. Still, make sure to watch the news for the latest.
The temperatures in Phoenix are so hot that airplanes have to be rerouted – and if a plane can’t handle the heat, what about a standard auto transport truck? To be fair, planes are a lot different than trucks, but at the same time, make sure to talk to your carrier or your agent to find out how to beat the heat.
There’s a tropical storm moving into the Gulf Coast that could impact routes through eastern Texas as well as southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Make sure to keep in contact with your agent if your vehicle is going to or from (or through) the area.
Not all companies ship on the weekend, so make sure to talk to your agent to find out if they’ll be reachable during Saturday and Sunday.
The southwestern U.S. is going to be experiencing a massive heat wave followed by some serious rain. So keep an eye out on the weather reports and keep in close contact with your agent to prepare yourself for any possible delays due to the heat and/or monsoon-style rain.
Deciding whether to ship your car or drive it? We have a blog post for that! It’s still on the front page as of this tip, so make sure to check it out!
Want to protect your car but can’t afford an enclosed carrier? Some shippers offer secure car covers that can protect a vehicle from most minor causes of damage. While it won’t protect the way an enclosed car transport truck can, they may be able to save your car from dings and dents and scratches caused by road conditions and inclement weather.
Figuring out whether to drive or ship a car can be a challenge. Luckily, we’ve written a great blog post about just that! Head to our blog to check it out.
Always ship a car with clean interior and dirty exterior. A layer of dirt on the car can help prevent minor dings and dents that might occur during transport.
There’s some strange weather patterns emerging that could bring cold air and even snow to higher elevations. This might affect auto shipping services in those areas, so if that affects you, you may want to speak to an agent.
Did you know that military members can get discounts on auto transport services? The discount varies from company to company, so get some quotes and shop around to find the best deal!
Shipping a convertible? Right now is one of the best times thanks to the fair weather, but you’ll still want to make sure your top is up if you ship it.
Parts of Houston and other areas of Texas, as well as Arkansas and the surrounding region, have experienced flooding. Not all areas, but some, so if you’re shipping to the region we recommend you check the weather to learn more.
Moving any time soon? We can get you free moving quotes from top-rated moving companies any time. Make sure to mark if you need moving quotes on our free auto shipping quote form, or call an agent toll-free any time.
It’s June, and that means another great month of auto transportation services! Now’s the perfect time to get a quote to ship your car, too, with prices about as low as they’ll get during the season.
Don’t forget to check our blog periodically! While we don’t update every day, we try to follow auto transport news and also national weather trends to predict changes in auto shipping routes.
Now that the summer is almost here, carriers are coming out of the woodwork. They’re coming out because demand is picking up, so right now is a great time to get a price and get started on shipping your car.
Make sure to clean your car before it’s picked up. Keep an eye out for valuables and other things you may not want in your car while it’s out of your possession.
Shipping a trailer? We can help! They’re a bit different than a standard car when it comes to auto shipping prices and services, but it’s certainly not impossible. Call us to get started today!
Now that Memorial Day is over, the auto shipping industry is picking up. Now’s a great time to find awesome prices on auto shipping services across the nation, so jump on it fast before it goes!
If you ever have questions about your shipment, don’t be afraid to speak to your agent. That’s why they’re there! Their job is to answer questions along with everything else that they do, so don’t be afraid to ask for status updates about your shipment.
Memorial Day is coming up, which means a lot of carriers are going to be off the road. This can lead to delays in pickup and delivery over the weekend, so talk to your agent to learn more.
In what seems a never-ending string of bad weather, more severe storms are expected in Florida and along the eastern seaboard today and through Friday. So keep an eye on the weather as well as prices when searching for a car shipper.
Spare tires are considered a part of a vehicle and are factored into the weight when you get your quotes. If your vehicle has a spare tire there is no need to remove it prior to shipping.
Have a special shipment and aren’t finding any info about it online? Give us a call! Our agents are experienced in shipping almost any type of vehicle and they can get you the information you need to make a good decision on what you’re shipping (or not shipping).
If you have car seats or booster seats for kids in your vehicle, make sure to take them out before you ship. They don’t weigh much, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to those things.
Remember that while marijuana may be legal in some states, it is still illegal to transport it across state lines. This means that if it is in a car you ship and it is found, you could get in serious trouble. As can your carrier and your broker.
Shipping a tow truck? There are some things about a tow truck, like the winch on the back, that need to be taken into account. So make sure you tell your shipper as many details about the truck as possible so you can get the most accurate quotes you can.
Tornadoes are forming across Kansas and Oklahoma and could threaten the Kansas City area as well. If you’re shipping to or from that part of the Midwest, keep an eye on the weather and keep in close contact with your agent to get the latest information.
It’s getting bad out there in the Rockies, and the latest forecasts are now predicting tornadoes and other severe weather, including hail and heavy rainfall and possible flooding, in the Midwest as well.
We’re keeping an eye on the snow that’s moving across the Rockies. What makes this interesting is that I-70, I-80 and I-90 all see upticks in traffic as the weather gets nicer. This new storm could make it harder to get around, so keep your eye on the weather reports.
A snowstorm is brewing west of the Rockies, and it is expected to dump some serious snow on the region. Expect areas of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana to see significant snowfall especially in the upper elevations.
Please don’t put computer equipment, video game consoles, or other expensive hardware in a vehicle that is being shipped. Not only will it not be insured, but the risk of damage to sensitive components that are not packed properly goes up significantly.
Looking at moving? We can help you get a free quote to ship your household items along with your vehicles. Just mark down that you have household items to move on our free quote form and you’ll get a moving quote emailed to you within minutes.
As the weather starts getting nicer, more and more carriers are going to be on the road. This tends to mean pickup times decrease since there’s more shippers on the road – and more freight to go around.
St. Louis is still flooded in areas, but more routes are opening up. Still, though, make sure to speak to an agent to find out which routes are going to be open and which are still closed.
Shipping to Missouri? Right now, Kansas City is probably the better bet over St. Louis, which is still recovering from record flooding throughout the region.
Mondays tend to be the busiest auto transport day especially during the summer. If you’re looking for quotes or trying to find a carrier, Monday is a good bet, but later in the week may be easier to get them quickly.
Don’t store any valuable items in your vehicle when you are shipping it, especially things of sentimental value or things that cannot be replaced (original manuscripts, works of art, etc).
Make sure to leave household cleaners and the like out of your vehicle when you are shipping it. These things can cause issues if they are not stored properly and can leak and cause damage to your vehicle.
Fortunately for you, Cinco de Mayo is not a day that many auto shippers take off. However, Mother’s Day is coming up next weekend, which might mean some routes get changed so people can spend time with their mothers, wives and daughters.
Though St. Louis and the rest of southern and eastern Missouri (and other areas nearby) are experiencing record flooding, Kansas City is still fairly dry. So if you’re shipping to Missouri during the flood, you may be better off going to the northwest than anywhere else in the state.
St. Louis and the rest of the region is still seeing massive rains and flooding that is making auto shipping difficult. But luckily it should clear up by the weekend, depending on how bitchy Mother Nature wants to be.
Widespread flooding across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, northern Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma is making car shipping services almost non-existent through the area. Make sure to speak to an agent to find out the latest information about auto shipping through the region.
Flooding across the Midwest has already started and is expected to only worsen as things go on. Keep an eye on the weather reports and talk to your agent about how the severe weather in the region may affect your car transport services.
It’s officially May, and the start of the upswing in terms of auto shipping demand. Get on the ball now and ship before prices on popular routes skyrocket.
Avoid pre-paid shipments if you can. Paying the entire balance up front shifts the balance of power and many carriers won’t take pre-paid orders. Pre-pays tend to take longer to ship due to this.
Need help getting quotes to ship your car? Give us a call! You can also fill out our free auto transport quote form any time to get a free quote from American Auto Shipping at no cost to you.
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More and more carriers are installing GPS in their trucks to help their dispatchers monitor where they’re at. This makes it easier to give customers updates quickly. However, not all carriers have GPS, so if that’s something that worries you, make sure to talk to your agent before they book with a carrier that doesn’t have tracking.
We’re starting to see an uptick in interest in car shipping services, which means the summer season is getting close. This means more demand, more carriers and more available routes, and more demand means higher prices along some routes and lower prices along others. Talk to an agent to learn more.
Remember, drugs and alcohol are never to be transported in a vehicle. Putting illegal items in a vehicle can result in your being arrested, so don’t do it.
Keep in mind where your vehicle is going to be going if you’re putting something in it. Most carriers don’t mind a bit of junk in the trunk, but severe weather – either too hot or too cold – can damage certain items, notably musical instruments and artwork. Be careful with what you put in your vehicle, too.
Always make sure to give your driver the spare key to your vehicle and not your primary key. If you don’t have a spare key, try to get one made. Keys are crucial to a car, of course, and you don’t want to be giving your only copy to a person who’s going to be moving it a thousand miles. Always have a backup.
Make sure you have your payment method squared away before the carrier arrives to pick your vehicle up. While payment often won’t be taken until delivery, they won’t release your car until you pay, so if you don’t have that when they deliver, they’re going to hold your vehicle until they get their money.
Looking to ship on a reverse snowbird route? Right now is a great time to find a carrier heading back north, so give us a call and get a free quote to ship your car before deals disappear.
Luckily, you don’t have to take a drug test when you ship a car. However, most car transport carriers do have to take random drug tests. More a random fact than a tip of the day, but still, it’s good to know!
It’s not just the Deep South that’s experiencing crazy weather. A massive storm is pushing its way east through the Midwest, notably through Des Moines and other parts of Iowa. Talk to an agent to learn more.
Looking to ship through the southern U.S. today? Weather is pretty nasty right now, especially with the hail storms, so keep an eye on the weather reports and talk to an agent to learn more.
Another beautiful Monday here at American Auto Shipping! Monday is our busiest day, so if you’re having a hard time getting a hold of us, keep trying and someone will answer eventually.
Easter is this weekend, and while most car transporters will be running routes, some may not. So make sure to speak to your agent to see whether they’re open for the holiday or not.
Make sure to get the name of your auto transport driver, as well as what company they drive for. You may not need it, but it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. if you book with us, your agent will give it to you when your order is dispatched.
Shipping to Minnesota? Right now may be a good time to ship considering the weather. Of course, with the way things have gone, it may still be tough, but chances are now’s just the beginning of the northern routes opening up and getting cheaper.
Tax season is almost over, so now’s the best time to get started on shipping a car. It can be expensive, but with a nice tax refund now’s the best time to start.
Interstate 95 is one of the busiest interstate highways in the United States, and for good reason. It’s one of the most popular auto transport routes as well, so if you’re shipping up or down the east coast, chances are you can get great deals.
Remember, food and beverages are not allowed in a vehicle you are shipping. Food can mold and drinks can spill, which can ruin the interior of the vehicle.
Always remember to use an auto transport quote provider when you’re searching for quotes to ship your car.
A new storm system is set to blast the Great Lakes and New England later this week, dumping snow on many areas in the region. Keep an eye on the weather reports and talk to agents to learn about how it may affect your shipment.
If you’re shipping a specific type of vehicle and want to know more about how it’s shipped, make sure to visit our Vehicle Make and Model page. It has information on shipping a wide array of different vehicles.
More severe weather is expected in the Deep South this week, notably in Georgia and Florida. Keep this in mind when you’re waiting on a shipper to pick your car up or deliver it.
Worried about how long it takes to ship a car? If you’re pressed for time, try offering a bit more to your shipping company to give to the carrier. A little bit of a bump in pay can entice carriers to pick your vehicle up more quickly.
It’s April Fool’s Day today, but no car transport companies are fooling around today. While most companies close on Saturdays, some will likely be open if you need assistance. You can always leave them a message and they will return it Monday, too.
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Don’t be afraid to move your pickup or delivery location to a larger city. Carriers like big cities, not small towns, and often provide shipping services for cheaper if there are lots of people about. Talk to an agent about it to learn more.
If your vehicle currently has no tires, we recommend getting tires on it before shipping it. It will make it easier to load and unload and will likely make it cheaper to ship it as well.
We recommend that you talk to your agent about potential routes that your carrier is taking. Doing so will allow you to better understand how long it will take and where your vehicle will be, which is always good.
Louisiana is getting hit with some serious weather right now. Tornadoes and large hailstones are making it more dangerous for car transporters. Keep an eye on the weather and your hand on the phone to speak to an agent about your shipment if you think you may be at risk.
Vehicle get damaged due to crazy hail? Damage during transport sucks, but if something happens you need to tell your agent ASAP. They will get a damage claim going for you and help you through the process.
It’s another glorious Friday in the auto shipping industry, but storms through the south may make some routes more perilous. Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the rest of the Deep South will experience wild weather this weekend, so keep up on the reports and talk to an agent to see how it may affect your shipment.
Winter isn’t quite done with us yet, sadly. After a few lulls in the weather, a new storm looks to be on its way to the northeast. While likely not as bad as Winter Storm Stella, it’ll still dump snow on the region, which could make for harder car shipping services.
The FMCSA has withdrawn a proposal to change the way that they rate carrier companies. Read about it on today’s blog and get the latest news and information straight from American Auto Shipping.
Do you need an enclosed auto shipping quote? Luckily, we can get you one. Just check whether you want to ship open or enclosed on our free auto transport quote request form and let us take care of you.
Looking at pickup later this week? More storms are expected to hit the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast by Wednesday or Thursday. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather and expect delays in pickup, transit and delivery.
Many major routes have been shut down thanks to Winter Storm Stella, resulting in delays across the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. However, the storm seems to be about over, having dumped over 40 inches in some areas. So talk to an agent if your vehicle isn’t where you thought it might be.
Trucks are having a hard time getting through Winter Storm Stella it seems, which has started making its way across the northeast. Expect delays along popular routes through the region.
Shipping to Boston, New York City or somewhere else along I-95? If so, you know that Stella has been a real problem and has caused some serious setbacks for Northeast auto transport services. But the I-95 corridor – while it still saw snow – didn’t see near as much as areas inland. So talk to your carrier about pickup or delivery along I-95 instead, as it will likely save you time and money.
Winter Storm Stella is dominating the news right now and likely will for the next few days. It’s also dominating auto transport services – well, weather everywhere, really. Make sure to speak to an agent because there’s a lot of crazy weather across the country right now.
Yet another paralyzing blizzard is heading toward the east coast. Affected areas will likely include the New York City metro area, as well as the eastern Great Lakes region and New England. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather and speak to an auto shipping agent for more.
States across the northeast, including Pennsylvania and New York, are looking at some severe winter weather. This will definitely affect car shipping prices and services to and from the area, so if your vehicle is en route to the northeast speak to an agent about what you can expect in terms of how the storm will affect deliveries in the area.
Having issues getting your car started, but want to ship it? Oftentimes something simple is the problem, and fixing that will usually cost less than paying the $150 non-op fee that many auto transport companies attach to ship non-running vehicles.
Watch the weather in the Deep South today and over the weekend, as severe storms are expected to rock the region. Areas of east Texas and southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and western Florida will likely see severe weather that may impact car transport services.
Remember, things such as guns and ammunition are not allowed in a vehicle that is being shipped. If a carrier finds any firearms or ammunition in the vehicle they will either remove it or refuse to ship the vehicle until they are removed.
Auto transport quotes are a dime a dozen – well, actually, any company worth their weight will make their auto shipping quotes free. Don’t be afraid to get a lot to compare prices and services and find the right shipper for you. But don’t forget to get a quote from us to compare as well!
Shipping a self-driving car? While the technology may be there it’s still in its infancy, and auto shippers may prefer to drive it up the truck themselves. Honestly, it’s probably a good idea to let them.
A fresh storm is rolling in off the west coast, bringing with it rain and flood warnings for parts of Washington State, Oregon and California. Considering these are popular auto transport locations right now, the weather may affect your shipment. Speak to an agent to learn more.
With the lifting of the embargo on Cuba, you may now be able to ship your car there! While we don’t know for sure yet, and while we can’t get you quotes to ship there ourselves, you may be able to find a company that can.
With all the wintry weather going on, don’t be surprised if shippers usually open on the weekend are suddenly closed due to the storms. If you can’t get a hold of your shipper today or tomorrow, that may be why.
We’re still in the depths of the winter shipping season, but there seems to be a lull in the bad weather, at least in the western states. The Northeast, Southeast and Midwest are still seeing snowfall right now, but things in the west have cleared up – even if there’s still snow on the ground.
Right now, New Mexico is a great place to not only ship a car to (thanks to the weather) but it is also a good place to move. Lower cost of living, increased job opportunities and new industries have helped the state grow, particularly cities such as Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.
Shipping to the Portland, Oregon area? Expecting delivery today? A fresh storm has just dumped upwards of six inches in some areas, which will definitely slow things down. If you’re shipping to anywhere higher than sea level, your vehicle may not even be delivered today due to the snow.
Winter weather is preparing to sock the southeast with some serious snow and ice. This can cause problems especially for carriers used to staying away from snow and ice. Talk to an agent to learn more about conditions on your route and how they may be affected by the wintry weather.
Please keep in mind that no food or drink is allowed in a vehicle that is being shipped. Make sure to clear out old fast food or lunch bags, as they can spoil and make it disgusting to get in the car.
Yet more winter weather is pouring in from the west and looking to traverse the country. Expect delays and reroutes in areas such as the Midwest and New England in particular.
Tying into yesterday’s Tip of the Day, if you don’t have the ability to pay the driver with a cashier’s check or a money order, cash will work just fine too.
Don’t have a credit card? That can be difficult to work around, but most carriers should be able to accommodate you when you’re paying your deposit. Talk to an agent for possible payment alternatives.
Can’t afford your shipment? If not, you may want to wait to ship your car until you can. Most companies won’t take payment plans due to the nature of the industry. Many carriers turn little profit, and a payment plan can seriously hurt them financially.
Unlike truckers in the arctic, many car transporters can’t handle icy roads. Considering how bad the weather has been, it’s important to note that icy roads will be almost impossible to traverse safely. If your pickup or delivery location is locked in by the ice, talk to an agent to discuss possible alternatives.
Don’t have the vehicle’s registration for a car you’re shipping? That’s okay! Most carrier companies don’t require it so long as you can prove in other ways you have the right to ship the vehicle.
Musical instruments should never be shipped in a car that is to be transported. Weather conditions can cause severe cold or hot temperatures in the cab and trunk of a vehicle, which can cause warping in things such as guitars. Avoid this at all costs.
A new year, a new time for auto shipping services! Right now, though, winter weather is pretty bad across the country, which is slowing down routes and causing havoc across the U.S. Talk to an agent about possible slowdowns and diversions on your route.