Auto Transport to West Virginia
The state of West Virginia ranks 41st in terms of total area, making it the ninth-smallest state in the Union. Home to just 1.8 million residents it ranks 38th in total population and 29th in population density. West Virginia was formed in 1863 when fifty counties of northwestern Virginia unanimously decided to secede from the state of Virginia, which had itself seceded from the United States. Eager to gain access to a major border state and potential access to western Virginia, the U.S. quickly admitted West Virginia as a state. Logging and coal mining continue to dominate the state’s economy, with many small mining and logging towns strewn about the state. West Virginia’s largest city is Charleston, home to over 51,000 residents. Despite being the largest city in the state, it does not anchor the largest metro area; that belongs to Huntington, which anchors the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area and is home to 365,000 residents.
Because of its dependence on logging and coal, and the fact that almost the entire state is mountainous and difficult to get around – not to mention the lack of major metro areas and people – it’s not a popular auto transport location. I-64 is the main east-west interstate that runs through West Virginia, but it enters from eastern Kentucky which itself is sparsely populated outside of Ironville. This makes it more difficult for auto transporters to make money on the route, which is why so few go through the area. There is also I-77, which is a bit more heavily traveled as it runs north-south through several populated areas in North Carolina and West Virginia.
As all the major interstates that run through West Virginia pass through Charleston, that’s really going to be the easiest and cheapest location within West Virginia to ship to if you need to ship your vehicle on a budget. As much of West Virginia is mountainous and difficult to traverse for auto transporters, many avoid the area altogether; those that do run routes in and out of West Virginia are likely charging a lot more than those that don’t because of the lack of loads in and out of the state and the treacherous conditions. You should also expect prices to rise substantially during the winter months, as West Virginia sees a lot of snow in the upper elevations – which most cities in the state are at.
You can learn more about West Virginia by visiting the state’s official site, and if you’re interested in getting your vehicle shipped, fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call and speak to one of our live agents. They can answer any questions you may have and help you get free auto transport quotes, direct you to sites of interest where you can get even more information about auto transport, and much more. You can call our toll-free telephone number at 877-622-6100 for more information and to speak to a live representative who can answer any questions you may have as well as get you on the road to a great auto transport experience.