Little Rock, Arkansas sits right along Interstate 40, one of the most popular east-west auto transport corridors in the United States. This definitely helps the cause when it comes to transporting your vehicle to or from the city, and if the city you are shipping to Little Rock from is also located along I-40, your auto transport prices will probably be fairly low indeed. Though Little Rock isn’t the most popular auto transport location in the United States, it’s location along I-40 definitely bumps it up a few notches in carriers’ eyes.
It also sits right along I-30, which – while not being the most popular of auto transport routes, as it runs primarily from Dallas to Little Rock – is still a main artery between the two cities that actually sees a lot more auto transport traffic than people might think. However, unless you’re shipping out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I-30 doesn’t help much, though Dallas does lie along both I-20 and I-35, which definitely helps when shipping from western areas of the U.S. to Little Rock. You’ll usually find it cheaper to transport to or from Little Rock during the winter and spring months, as the summer brings more people shipping their cars and as such higher prices, while the fall months can see tornadoes rip through Arkansas that typically will scare carriers away from the area.
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state of Oklahoma, and while it may not be the most popular transport location for customers, many carriers that run cross-country actually go through Oklahoma City because it lies right along I-40. Interstate 40 is the most popular east-west interstate in the U.S. for auto transporters, as it passes through many major metropolitan areas including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Nashville, Tennessee and Greensboro, North Carolina; it is especially popular through Tennessee, as it links the three largest cities in the state together. Oklahoma City lies along the route of I-40, making it easier and cheaper for transporters to move vehicles in and out of the OKC.
Another major interstate that carriers will travel along that runs right through the heart of Oklahoma City is I-35. It runs from Laredo, Texas, in the south, all the way up to Duluth, Minnesota, and passes through many other major cities aside from Oklahoma City. This definitely helps when transporting to or from areas along I-35 into or out of Oklahoma City, and it also helps shipping companies keep prices for customers running up and down the Midwest a bit lower than they would be without the interstate. Knowing which routes run through the city is important when trying to figure out how long your vehicle will take to get there and how long it will take to have a carrier pick it up. If your pickup or delivery location sits along I-35 or I-40 and is going straight into Oklahoma City (or vice-versa if you’re heading out of OKC) chances are your shipping representative will be able to find a carrier more quickly and at a better rate.
As August slowly begins to morph into September, the fall shipping season is fast coming upon us, and this can bring some major changes to pricing and carrier availability along established auto transport routes. Some routes that are quite popular in the summer begin to shift as the change of seasons brings in new and often nastier weather that makes it more difficult for carriers to continue along said routes. This is definitely true throughout the Gulf states, which see a lot of rain and nasty weather as the fall starts rolling in. Many carriers that run routes through the Gulf states will make sure to watch the weather reports in the areas they’ll be shipping to – as hurricanes are much more common in the Gulf region during the fall, some carriers may avoid running routes through certain areas so long as threats of hurricanes are present.
As you can see on the image to the right (courtesy of Wikipedia), another region that carriers may avoid during the fall months is the Midwest – more specifically, Tornado Alley. Though the area of Tornado Alley really isn’t clearly defined, usually it’s assumed that it stretches from northern Texas, throughout Kansas and Nebraska and up into both South Dakota and Iowa. What’s funny, however, is that aside from a few major cities such as Kansas City and Omaha, there are few routes that carriers run on through the Midwest anyway, which is why prices in and out of Midwest cities are usually a bit higher. Plenty of carriers run across the country even in the fall – however, availability to or from some areas in Tornado Alley, or around the Gulf Coast, may be a bit lower during the fall months.
When it comes to getting your vehicle ready to be transported from one city to another, there are a few things that you can do to make your experience a bit easier and better while at the same time making life that much easier for carriers as well. Making sure that your vehicle is ready to go is important, so follow these helpful tips to make sure you’re doing all you can to make your shipment as easy as possible.
- Only leave a 1/4 of a tank of gas. Fuel is heavy, and carriers don’t like it when all their vehicles have full tanks of gas – it weighs the truck down, makes for worse fuel economy and can get them in trouble at weigh stations. 1/4 of a tank of gas is enough for the carrier to load and unload the vehicle and for you to get it to a gas station after it’s delivered.
- Have nothing in your vehicle. This is a big one – some companies may tell you that you can pack your cab with boxes and stuff, but more often than not it’s just not true. Most carriers will not pickup vehicles with anything in the cab, and while you can generally get away with having some “junk in the trunk,” as it were, we recommend that you only put linens and the like in there – don’t put anything valuable in your trunk, as your carrier will play dumb about it and no insurance will cover the loss of valuable possessions (aside from your car, that is).
- Remove any antennae that might be attached. Most antennas nowadays are removable; those that are not should not make a difference, but this is more for you than anything else. Large antennas can break or get damaged during loading or unloading, so be sure to remove them ahead of time.
We hope that these tips help you when it comes to getting your vehicle picked up. The last thing that we would want is for a carrier to arrive only to have to wait for you to get your vehicle ready. By taking these steps before your carrier arrives, you’ll help save time and hassle during pickup, which will ultimately lead to a faster pickup time, a happier driver, and a better overall experience.
The city of Raleigh is one of the most popular auto transport locations in the state of North Carolina, and the second-largest city in the entire state. As the easternmost major metropolitan area, Raleigh sits just west of the ever-popular Interstate 95 which runs north-south through the state, and the city is one of the busiest cities in the state in terms of transportation. In addition to I-95 running just east of the city, I-40 – another insanely popular auto transport route – runs through Raleigh as well, and this is the interstate that most carriers will run routes on during the spring and summer when moving across the middle of the country.
It also helps that Raleigh connects to several other areas of the state including Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Durham, which are all popular auto transport locations as well. Moving vehicles into or out of Raleigh, for this reason, is generally going to be cheaper per-mile than other routes of the same distance that are not as popular. Carriers running to or from Raleigh hit several other major metro areas along the way in North Carolina alone, not to mention all the other major metro areas along their routes in other states (especially along I-40). You may see some higher prices during the winter months, as getting over the mountains into Raleigh from the west can be a bit more difficult (or going west from Raleigh), as snow can be a factor, but usually the weather stays fair as it sits so far south.
The city of Rochester is the third-largest city in the state of New York. Situated on the southern banks of Lake Ontario, it sits between Buffalo and Syracuse and is a popular auto transport location in western New York State. What helps is that the city of Rochester has the lowest real-estate prices in the entire state of New York, and with its location right on the banks of Lake Ontario the city is known for its beautiful sights and mellow evenings. The city of Rochester has been ranked the “most livable city in the U.S.” and, among metro areas with over 1 million residents (the city itself only has about 210,000 residents, though the metro area it is part of has just over 1 million) it ranked 1st in quality of life. It also has the sixth-best public school system in the United States.
These are all great reasons to move or live in Rochester, but beware of the winter months. Like Buffalo and Syracuse, Lake Ontario brings a lot of cold weather to the area, which in the winter usually results in some serious snow. If you’re planning on moving to Rochester or if you’re transporting a vehicle there, try and avoid the winter months – or at least the depths of the winter season, as snow and ice are common and carriers don’t like traveling through such conditions. Not to mention the fact that Rochester is in the western part of the state of New York – this means that carriers have a harder time getting to or from it. Usually they’ll travel east along I-90, or north along I-86, and while they’re popular routes in the summer they aren’t in the winter. Just keep that in mind.
The city of Detroit is really in kind of a mess right now. With the recent bankruptcy and the lack of funds and just the general air of decay, Detroit is in the news for all the wrong reasons. It’s a shame, too – the once-proud city is merely a shadow of its former self since the manufacturing sector of the United States took a huge nosedive during the 1970’s and 1980’s. The city of Detroit is the home of the Big Three – Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group, and General Motors. Of those, only Ford did not take government money during the 2009 automotive bailouts, but that’s not the point. The point is that since Ford turned its image around and Chrysler was bought by Fiat, the city is slowly starting to show some promise.
When transporting a vehicle there, summer is generally the best time to ship. During the winter months Detroit can see a lot of snow, and snow really isn’t all that popular with auto transporters – they tend to avoid it if they can. Now some will always run their routes regardless of the weather, but on the whole carrier availability drops and prices may go up for transport into or out of Detroit during the winter time. Usually you’ll have to meet your carrier on the outskirts of the city; few are the carriers that can travel through the downtown sectors of Detroit proper.
The summer season is definitely the busiest time of the year, and as more and more people ship their car in the summer prices tend to go up. This is one of the best things about the end of the summer shipping season; prices tend to drop significantly out of many major metropolitan areas and carrier availability is increased because there are fewer loads to go around. During the fall, however, is hurricane season, which can cause problems for people looking to transport to the Gulf states or Florida, as hurricanes tend to hit there more than anywhere else in the U.S. It doesn’t help that many tornadoes like to hit in Tornado Alley, especially in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, which can also affect auto transport prices to and from the region.
As the summer shipping season ends fewer carriers and fewer people will be on the road, but most importantly there will be fewer people looking to ship their cars, which means carrier availability increases while prices out of most major areas decreases. You may also be able to find some cool pre-winter deals that might end up saving you quite a bit of money on your auto transportation services. If you’re interested in getting a quote to transport your vehicle any time of the year, fill out our free online quote form or give us a call for more information.
The state of California ranks as the most populous state in the U.S. as well as the third-largest in total area. It is home to more metropolitan areas than any other state in the Union and has several cities that rank in the top 10 for highest population in the U.S. – cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are considered to be some of the most popular auto transport locations as well, and with how popular California grew during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was only logical that the state have a transportation network that allowed access to so many large cities. Today, California has one of the most extensive networks of state and interstate routes in the U.S., which definitely helps when it comes to shipping to or from the area.
Most carriers will run routes to or from most areas in California, and this helps when it comes to finding a carrier to move your car in or out of the state. There are many routes in and out of California and they run through most every other state on the continent, which means that moving out of California should not be that difficult (though some routes may be harder to find carriers running along, especially if they are going way up north to Montana or North Dakota). At times, logjams can occur – too many customers and not enough trucks moving out of a specific city – and prices will increase for transport out of that city. This usually happens in L.A. during the height of the summer shipping season, and as such prices out of Los Angeles and the surrounding area tend to go up for a few weeks as carriers get to pick the highest-paying loads, as there are so many to choose from.
Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota, and as such has its moments where people are moving vehicles into or out of the area on a routine basis. This is usually during the spring and summer months when the weather is fair and car shippers have an easier time getting into or out of the area. Car transport prices to or from Minneapolis are usually a bit higher than to or from other parts of the country because of its relative remoteness; there are few interstates that run through the state of Minnesota, though almost all of the pass through Minneapolis. There are relatively few people moving to or from the state the majority of the year, and while shippers will run routes to or from the state it will usually be more expensive.
Add to that the fact that during the winter months it is very difficult for carriers to move in or out of the city, especially during times of heavy snows or other bad inclement weather. Carriers have a hard time transporting vehicles through snowy areas and will try to avoid areas that are prone to heavy snows and other winter weather. This can cause delays and even higher prices for customers looking to ship during the winter months. We recommend that if you have to move your vehicle to or from Minneapolis in the winter, make sure to keep an eye on the weather reports and maintain communication with your transport company to ensure that you get the best transportation services you can to or from Minneapolis.