Auto Transport to South Carolina
The state of South Carolina is the 40th-largest state in the U.S. by total area and ranks 24th for total population, which currently sits at about 4.7 million residents. Both North and South Carolina were once one colony, but were split by a royal charter in 1629 due to political bickering between settlers of northern and southern Carolina. Development of South Carolina proceeded a bit slower than its northern neighbor, as the state’s economy was built more around cotton than tobacco – because of this, South Carolina remained dominated by southern slave society, whereas North Carolina was more industrial (if only slightly so; both were and are prime agricultural areas). Therefore, the state of South Carolina has fewer major metro areas within it as opposed to North Carolina. This has a slightly negative effect on transportation of vehicles in and out of South Carolina, though not a drastic one. Read more about South Carolina here.
As the interstates are the main method of getting from one state to another within the U.S., focusing on them within specific states just makes sense. Auto transporters want to run routes along major interstates through major metropolitan areas and as such routes that conform to those conditions are going to likely be cheaper than those that go off the beaten path, as it were. This is why transporting to cities such as Greenville, Columbia, Rock Hill or Charleston will likely be cheaper and easier than shipping to a city such as Greenwood or Myrtle Beach. I-26 is a major interstate that although technically an east-west interstate due to the numbering system nonetheless runs relatively north-south through South Carolina, passing between Greenville and Spartansburg and continuing south into Columbia where it intersects I-20 and continues south, ultimately intersecting with I-95 a few hours north of Charleston, where I-26 ultimately terminates.
I-95 also helps the cause, as it’s the busiest interstate east of the Mississippi River, and I-26 gives access to shippers running along I-95, which really doesn’t pass through any major metro areas in South Carolina. This means that shippers running along I-95 have an easier time getting around South Carolina despite I-95’s dismal route in the area. It also connects to I-20 in addition to I-26, a bit more northeast in the state, which further helps car transporters get around. Ultimately you’ll find that the easiest and cheapest areas to ship are in the northern parts of the state, particularly Greenville and Rock Hill. Myrtle Beach, despite its popularity as a vacation area, is not quite so easy for shippers to get to or from because it doesn’t sit along a major interstate and it sits along the coast, which means they just go to Myrtle Beach and then turn right back again, which costs them time and money – which they then charge you for. So keep that in mind when searching for auto transport quotes to South Carolina.
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