The state of Maine is located in the far northeastern reaches of New England, east of New Hampshire. Maine is widely known for its scenery, particularly its jagged, rocky coastline and interior forests. Home to just over 1.3 million residents, Maine ranks 41st among the 50 states in terms of total population and 39th in total area, meaning it’s a relatively small state without a lot of people living there. Maine was hotly contested by both the British and the U.S. during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, when it was originally a territory of Massachusetts. Maine achieved statehood in 1820 thanks to the Missouri Compromise. Over the years the state’s population growth has been slow but steady, with many residents enjoying the peaceful, quiet life that comes with life in Maine, particularly away from the big cities such as Portland and Bangor.
The state of Maine is serviced by only one major interstate, I-95. It is lucky in the sense that I-95 is one of the most highly-used interstates by auto transporters due to its route and how many major metropolitan areas it passes through. Originating in Miami, Florida, I-95 travels north through sixteen different states on its way up to the Houlton-Woodstock Border Crossing in northeastern Maine. I-95 is popular because not only does it connect with almost every major east-west interstate in the U.S. but it runs through cities such as Jacksonville, Richmond, Trenton, New York City, Philadelphia, and more. Auto shippers routinely run routes up and down the east coast as New York to Florida is one of the most popular auto transport routes in the U.S., with literally tens of thousands of customers shipping up and down the coast every single year.
Maine’s transportation infrastructure is not nearly as developed as many other states’ due to the fact that outside of a few larger cities (Portland, Bangor, Augusta, et al) there aren’t a lot of people living in Maine and many of the roads to those smaller areas are rural in nature and not very well maintained. Maine’s transportation department is actually on top of the roads more than other states despite not seeing as much traffic on their roads. Because of the fact that Maine’s infrastructure is not as expansive as other states, it can be more expensive for auto shippers to run routes to various areas of the state, which in turn means higher costs for you.
It will almost always be cheaper, however, to ship to the major cities within Maine, particularly Portland as it’s in the southern areas of the state. Cities such as Augusta, Waterville and Bangor can be more expensive to ship to and from considering they are further north, which means carriers have to travel further into the state – and that means a longer trek back out when they inevitably go somewhere else. Auto shippers don’t see a lot of customers moving vehicles to or from Maine, at least not on a regular basis; most transportation to and from Maine will be done during the summer, as the winter weather that Maine routinely sees – particularly heavy, deep snows from December to early March – can cause delays and even dissuade shippers from going there at all.