Auto transport in Michigan is four different experiences. A customer will likely have good luck shipping their vehicle in or out of southeastern Michigan, let’s say the greater Detroit area. The Motor City is still one of the largest metropolitan regions in the country and there are plenty of cars manufactured there. Southwestern Michigan from about Grand Rapids down is okay to ship, not great, but not bad. Once you get north of Lansing and head into Lake Higgins, Cadillac, Traverse City and Mackinac Island, the auto shipping industry slows to a crawl. Vehicle shipments happen, but the customer may have to wait awhile. Once we get into the Upper Peninsula, well just forget about it. The best thing to do there is a two step process by shipping your vehicle locally, if you can call it that, to Traverse City or Cadillac and place in storage somewhere. Then call an auto transport company (like Direct Express) to come fetch it and send on its way.

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MIAll of that works pretty well in the Summer months, and most of the Spring and Fall, but Winter can be a real drag shipping cars for most of Michigan, including Detroit. There’s plenty of action to Florida in the Winter, especially from Detroit (last one out turn off the lights), but the harsh winter conditions the farther north an auto transport carrier goes makes it problematic for the truck’s hydraulics, and the slippery road conditions raises the possibility of road accidents and insurance claims. So the Winter in northern Michigan is mostly hands off.

Stop thinking about Detroit. Think Michigan. It’s beautiful. The name has its root in the Indian Chippewa word “mishigamaa”, which means big lake. Makes sense, right? The French fur traders came along in the 17th Century, liked the name but changed it ever so to the French form “Michigan”, which stuck. See there, you learned something here besides how to ship your car. The French and local Indian tribes got along fairly well, and let’s just say the French lads didn’t have their women around, and let’s just add that the French boys developed a crush on the Indian women and leave it at that. Everything was just great until the British won the French and Indian War in 1762 and took over Michigan. The British maintained control for only about fifty years, as the American Revolution in 1776 and later War of 1812 shifted control over to the Americans. Nobody cried over that as most of the inhabitants in Michigan were of French and Indian descent.

The advent of the automobile and the brilliance of Henry Ford, who figured out how to mass produce cars and better still make them affordable to his own employees, was what thrust Detroit into the forefront of the American economy in the 20th Century. President Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense once said, “what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” That may still hold true. Though we tend to think that any city that produces talent like Bob Seger, Diana Ross and Motown is what makes Detroit most valuable. Regardless, Detroit rocks and we love shipping cars there!

There are a number of main interstates that vehicle shippers use to service Michigan. I-75 runs from Florida through Ohio, north all the way to Michigan, intersecting Detroit and then straight to the U.P., where it finally ends at the Canadian border. I-69 enters from Indiana and heads north through Lansing and Flint, and then breaks the rules for an odd numbered interstate by heading due east toward Canada. We’ll let ‘em slide on that one. I-94 and I-96 relieve a lot of traffic pressure on I-75 in greater Detroit. So shipping cars in Michigan from the standpoint of freeway access is a breeze.

If you are headed to the Detroit area or to any other city in Michigan, our auto shipping service can really help. You can depend on a reliable service like ours to transport your vehicle. If you have questions about auto shipping, feel free to contact Direct Express Auto Transport by dialing our toll free number (800-600-3750). Or you can speak to our customer service representative about how the whole system works. You can also go to to fill out a simple form and get a free car shipping quote and book it online.




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