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Car Transport In The New England States
New England consists of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It is relatively easy shipping cars in and out of three of those six states regardless of the distance. However, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut are easier to ship a car than Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Boston is the best big hub for auto shippers in New England. Like Rome … seemingly all roads lead to it. Southern New Hampshire, for example, is fine for vehicle shipping because its proximity to Boston. But once a vehicle transporter ventures north into upper New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, it becomes increasingly more difficult to ship cars in a timely fashion. Keep all that in mind when using our Direct Express Auto Transport quotes calculator.
Car Shipping In The Eastern Atlantic Seaboard States
The Eastern Seaboard states are generally considered to be New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Nearly one third of the country lives in the states bordering the Atlantic, which obviously means a lot of car shipping traffic.
New York is like a tale of two cities. The Big Apple is America’s largest city and its positive effect on car shipping extends into northern New Jersey, southern Connecticut and eastern Pennsylvania. Upstate New York has far more in common with New England, a mixed bag when it comes to vehicle shipping.
Almost all of New Jersey is accessible except south of Atlantic City. In Delaware, its Wilmington or bust, as south of there is exceedingly difficult for car shippers. In Maryland, the DC corridor that runs from Baltimore to Washington is great for car shipping. However, the far western and eastern regions of Maryland (next to Delaware) is very problematic. Southeastern Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area, is fantastic for car shippers. Venture inland, however, to every other region of Pennsylvania and it gets dicey quick.
Following I-95 straight down and we run into Virginia, which is wonderful for car shippers in the Arlington and Alexandria areas, and okay into Richmond and Norfolk. It gets slow in the western part of Virginia near Lynchburg, and southwestern part as well. North Carolina is actually easier for car shippers from Charlotte to Greensboro to Raleigh-Durham. However, those cute towns hugging the coastline from Elizabeth City to Wilmington are tough for car shippers. The same holds true in South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head, with the possible exception of Charleston. By far Columbia is the best place for shipping a car in South Carolina. We will discuss Georgia as part of the South, which is the only way they would have it.
Auto Transport In Florida
Florida is probably the biggest vehicle shipping state in the country during “snowbird season”. Every year the snowbirds from the north flock to Florida in the winter, and then return home in the spring. A car transporter can’t go wrong following the I-95 corridor along Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It’s all good bro. It is the same thing on the Gulf of Mexico side following I-75 through Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples. Shipping cars is a like an easy tropical breeze. Get south of Homestead into the Florida Keys, however, and all bets are off. Shipping a car to Key West is like shipping it to Cuba. Who do you think is passing through? Do yourself and an auto shipper a favor by meeting in either Key Largo or Homestead. Central Florida can also be a problem. The Florida Panhandle is like a different state and tough to ship a car there. Use those words of wisdom when using our car shipping states calculator.
Auto Shipping In The Southern States
We already discussed Virginia, the Carolinas and Florida as part of the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. We omit them here and speak instead of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. This is basically Dixie. If you can’t follow a clever metaphor, you shouldn’t bother shipping your car here. There isn’t a thing you say or do that isn’t like something else. Here’s a good one, “He’s about as useful as a pogo stick in quicksand”.
Vehicle shipping traffic is usually good in Atlanta. The rest of Georgia, however, is difficult to ship fast. That largely holds true for the rest of the southern states. The big cities work very well, but the rural areas and small towns tend to be much slower. In Alabama, it is Birmingham that hums and everywhere else … not so much. Almost all of Mississippi is slow, save Jackson, which is only moderately better. In Louisiana, New Orleans is the place to ship a car, but because the Big Easy is at the end of the distribution line it is also sometimes difficult.
Arkansas has Little Rock and little else to speed things along. Tennessee is much easier because of Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. Kentucky has the triangle of Louisville, Lexington and Covington (Cincinnati), which is by far the best place for vehicle shippers. But get up into the hills in the Blue Grass state and forget about it – you are probably waiting. West Virginia is the most frustrating state east of the Mississippi River because of the Appalachian Mountains and sparse population. In the south, dear friends, look for a big city to meet a driver to ship your car quick, or simply be patient. Our car shipping states calculator should help with that.
Vehicle Shipping In The Midwest States
We consider the Midwest to be Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is not hard for a car shipping company to piece a full load together in the Midwest. Just look at the big cities packed closely together: Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Des Moines and Minneapolis. The far northern halves of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are difficult, however. Our car shipping states calculator reflects that reality.
The western side of Ohio is far easier to ship a car than the more rural eastern half of the state. It helps tremendously having I-75 and I-71 heading straight down the Buckeye State until they merge in Cincinnati, Queen City of the West. Actually, the freeway system throughout the Midwest is beautifully laid out. For that, we have President Dwight D. Eisenhower to thank. Way to go Ike!
Vehicle Transport In The Great Plains States
For us the Great Plain states are Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Amazingly, in that entire huge swath of land covering so much of the central United States, only Oklahoma City is somewhat reliable to ship a car. Isn’t that something? In the Great Plains states, get your car to a major interstate and then pray. We shoot straight at Direct Express Auto Transport. It serves no good purpose to sugar coat anything.
Car Transport Quotes In The Rocky Mountain States
Colorado is synonymous with the Rocky Mountains, which actually run from Canada to New Mexico. Almost year-round a vehicle transporter can ship in a timely fashion from Colorado. Once the snow falls and until it melts, shipping to Colorado is extremely difficult. That reality is reflected in our car shipping states calculator.
Car Shipping Rates In Texas & The Southwest States
We consider the southwestern states to be Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Texas is really two very different states. The eastern part that includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston is where most of the population resides and therefore most car transport shipments. Dallas is one of the four easiest places to ship a vehicle, the others being Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. The western part of Texas and along the Mexican border is so spread out that it becomes very difficult for car transport companies to get things done quickly.
New Mexico has only one reliable place for car shipping and that’s Albuquerque. No other place can be counted on, including Santa Fe.
In Arizona, Phoenix is wonderful for car shippers. Tucson is alright. Flagstaff much less so. Use our original car shipping states calculator to see the difference.
Auto Transport Cost In California & The Western States
California is home to nearly one out of every eight Americans. If it were its own country, California’s economy would rank sixth worldwide. No surprise that California is bustling with car transporters. The Los Angeles basin is a fantastic place to ship a car.
San Diego is good but not great, because it is at the end of the distribution line. Once over The Los Angeles Grapevine, as they call it, which is over the San Gabriel Mountains, all of a sudden the road turns to desert. Things get tough in the desert even for towns like Bakersfield and Fresno. The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is also hard for auto shippers.
The San Francisco Bay Area, which also includes Oakland, San Jose and even Sacramento, is wonderful again for car shipping companies. Santa Cruz and Monterey are actually touch-and-go. It happens, but not as fast as you would hope. North of Sacramento, however, car shipments slow to a crawl. Only shipments heading in a north-south direction along I-5 move fast. If you are using our car transport quote calculator, you will see that rates are best in the Los Angeles Basin and San Francisco Bay areas.
In Nevada, Las Vegas is a very popular destination for vehicle shipping companies. Everywhere else in Nevada is slower, including Reno. The same holds true for Utah, where things go very well in Salt Lake City, except in the winter, but for the rest of the state a customer may sit and wait for a car shipper.
Direct Express Auto Transport is based in California and we know it especially well. Have confidence in our car shipping states calculator.
Auto Shipping Prices In The Pacific Northwest States
The Pacific Northwest includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It is a huge chunk of territory with only two reliable cities for auto shippers, Seattle and Portland. Boise works fairly well if shipping a car in the western region, but otherwise it is not big enough to attract fast service from the eastern half of the country.
Shipping a vehicle from either Seattle or Portland usually goes lightning fast almost year-round. However, shipping to Seattle or Portland is much slower from anywhere except the Pacific seaboard. The rest of Washington and Oregon is very much like Idaho when it comes to car shipping … it is extremely tough. The Direct Express Auto Transport quote calculator will provide a reliable quote to ship your vehicle in any of those places.
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USA Car Shipping States Calculator Listing
The pages listed below provide an overview and description of each state in the U.S.A.. Along with each state, we guide our visitor to some of the major cities in each one, and give tips and advice on how best to ship a vehicle.
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