The city of Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and sits right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The city has long been considered a transportation mecca in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and since its founding has continually grown and evolved. Chicago was originally founded in the late 17th century but would not grow to prominence until the middle of the 18th century. As the city of Chicago grew, the state of Illinois bloomed as well, and today Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan area is one of the most popular auto transport locations in the United States, and the state of Illinois also enjoys seeing lots of transporters moving in and out of it all the time.
It helps that Chicago was built from the ground up with transportation and logistics in mind. Sitting on the western banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago became one of the main stopping points for freight coming along Lake Michigan as well as via overland routes, and because of its location – amongst many other metropolitan areas, such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bloomington, Indiana; and Detroit, Michigan – it is a prime hub for carriers to run through and operate out of. During the winter months transportation costs may be slightly higher due to the harsher winter weather, but there should still be plenty of carriers willing to run routes through the area even in the depths of winter.
The cool thing about the city of Atlanta is that it sits almost right in the middle of the state of Georgia, and since its founding has been a major rail and transportation hub servicing much of the Deep South. During the American Civil War Atlanta was a valuable strategic objective for Union commanders; the rail depots in and around Atlanta helped bring much-needed supplies to Confederate soldiers until its capture by Union forces in 1864. Today the city of Atlanta remains a center of transportation and commerce in the entire region, and is home to over 542,000 residents, though its surrounding metro area has a population ten times that, a testament to Atlanta’s growth and prosperity over the years.
As we mentioned, Atlanta is one of the easier Deep South cities to transport vehicles to and from. It helps that several major interstates run through it, including I-75, the main north-south interstate that runs through the areas west of the Appalachian Mountains and runs into Michigan and finally into Canada. I-20 is the main east-west interstate and runs pretty far west, allowing carriers to run routes that start in Atlanta or Savannah and head west , servicing much of the southern states in the process. Transporting to Atlanta is usually going to be fairly well-priced, even in the winter, as winter weather is not nearly as bad in Atlanta as it is in, say, Detroit, much further north.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a city that is home to almost 600,000 residents, which is actually fairly large – it ranks 30th in the U.S. in total population, which definitely helps when it comes to moving vehicles into or out of the city of Milwaukee. Most auto transport carriers prefer running routes to, from and through major metropolitan areas, and Milwaukee definitely counts as a major metro area – it sits in the center of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of over 1.5 million residents. What helps when shipping to or from Milwaukee is the fact that it’s only about 100 miles away from Chicago, which means a lot of carriers running routes through Chicago (which is one of the largest and most popular auto transport locations in the northern U.S.) would be willing to head up to Milwaukee for a bit of extra cash.
During the winter months it might be a bit more difficult to find carriers to run routes into or out of Milwaukee, mainly because of the snow. Like most of Wisconsin, Milwaukee sees its fair share of snowfall, and while most of the time carriers shouldn’t have too bad a time moving up or down I-94 (which connects Milwaukee to Chicago) during the winter, sometimes the weather can get brutal and cause delays. Prices may be a bit higher in the winter months than the summer months, as there are fewer carriers moving to or from Milwaukee as well. If you were willing to ship your vehicle to Chicago, you may save a bit of money on your transport, though you would most likely have to drive it the 100 miles up to Milwaukee if that’s where you’re wanting to get the vehicle to.
Detroit is a city that was once elegant, grand and huge; in 1950 the city was one of the largest in the United States. Unfortunately, during the 1970’s and 1980’s deindustrialization and white flight contributed to much of the city’s decline, and today Detroit is much a shadow of its former self. There is still much to see and plenty of grandeur surrounding Detroit, but it has been mired in decay for years and the city has been slow to make improvements. Recent renovations in the city’s historic downtown areas has sparked new life into the city, but it is little when compared to the many abandoned buildings that still haunt many neighborhoods of Detroit.
When transporting a vehicle to Detroit it is usually cheapest to ship during the summer months, as during the winter months transporters don’t like running routes into the far northern states due to increased winter weather, including snow and ice, which are more difficult and dangerous for such large trucks to travel along. Summer transport services are generally more expensive overall during the summer, but there are usually good deals for shipping to or from the northern states considering the weather is nicer and more people are moving vehicles along different routes. This changes in the winter months and some carriers cease to run northern routes at all. WE recommend speaking to one of our helpful auto transport representatives if you are interested in transporting your vehicle to or from the city of Detroit.
What makes New Orleans a great place to ship is the fact that many carriers will travel there because of its high population and popularity as a transport destination. Lots of people transport vehicles to and from New Orleans every year despite the fact that it’s rather isolated, geographically, and can be a pain to get into or out of if you don’t know the best routes. Most carriers that run routes through New Orleans have done so for years, and as such they know the conditions of the route(s) they take and can better price your shipment and get it to you as quickly as possible. It helps that carriers can get there from several areas, including southwestern Mississippi, which may not be the most popular location but definitely helps the cause for people looking to ship to or from that area.
Carriers move vehicles into and out of New Orleans on a daily basis, and it also helps that aside from during the fall season prices stay relatively low year-round. Fall is hurricane season, starting in late July usually and running into October or November depending on the season. During hurricane time many carriers will up their prices into or out of New Orleans or won’t bother at all with going there, as inclement weather can wreak havoc on their trucks and the cars they transport. We recommend contacting one of our crack team members for more information as they can help you get a free quote to transport your vehicle and answer your questions right over the phone.
Miami is one of the most popular auto transport locations in the United States. It is not just popular in auto transport, though; it is a world city and a real microcosm of the entire United States. Many different cultures interact in the city, which ironically is not that large – Miami proper is rather small in comparison to other large cities, but it has a sprawling and vast metropolitan area that has more than 5.5 million residents and incorporates such cities as Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, and Boca Raton, among others. The Miami metropolitan area is sprawling, which makes it great if you’re transporting a vehicle to or from there because it is easy to get to and from and there are a lot of customers nearby that carriers can schedule for pickup. Miami has one of the highest amounts of auto transport routes going to, from and through it in the U.S.
There are several major interstates that run through Miami and the Miami metro area. I-75 and I-95 are the two main interstates that run through the Miami metro area. I-95 runs right through Miami and continues north along the coast, servicing Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. I-75, technically a north-south interstate, runs north-south on the western border of the state before turning north-south, bisecting Florida entirely, and entering Miami from the west. Florida is relatively easy for carriers to run routes into or out of, which is great because it keeps prices lower and allows for service to many areas of the state.
Los Angeles is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, auto transport destination in the United States today. It has a population of just over 3 million in the city itself, with another 8 million in the entire Los Angeles metropolitan area, an area that spans 4,800 square miles of land – it is the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and is one of the busiest auto transport locations in the U.S. When you’re transporting a vehicle to or from the city, you want to make sure that you understand that some areas will be inaccessible to carriers because the trucks are too large, especially in downtown areas. If your pickup or delivery location within L.A. is inaccessible to the carrier, you will want to meet them nearby in an area that is accessible.
Prices into or out of Los Angeles may increase during the summer months as demand for auto transport services skyrocket. Typically prices rise steeply at the beginning of summer going out of L.A. This is because demand goes up quickly but the number of carriers in the area stays fairly consistent; this means that carriers can essentially cherry-pick the loads they want to transport as opposed to taking what they can, which of course drives the prices for transport services up. Make sure not to book more than a week out to avoid getting stuck with a price that is too low.