Your location is a major factor in determining shipment costs and the time of delivery. Depending on the location your delivery could take less than a week or up to three weeks. Again, your costs could range from $100 to thousands of dollars per trip. As a result, it is important to understand how major cities are favored by shipping industries so that you can make adjustments where possible.
There are 50 states in the United States. You might be wondering whether your city is a major one. A large city is defined by its population. The top 10 major cities according to the U.S Census data of 2012 are;
- New York, New York
- Los Angeles, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Houston, Texas
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Diego, California
- Dallas, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas
- Detroit, Michigan
So why should you ship your car to a major city? Here are the main advantages.
Transporting companies find it easier to maneuver large cities for their size, length, ease of access, and fewer speed restrictions. This makes it easier for a long trailer to deliver cargo. Higher deliveries allow a shipper to spread their costs and thereby offer lower shipment prices. On the other hand, smaller cities may not accommodate large trailers. Using a small trailer to deliver vehicles becomes expensive for both you and your shipper.
The large population found in the major cities is an advantage to your shipment. More people mean that there will be more vehicle deliveries on a typical day than in a smaller populated area. And as your shipper delivers more automobiles, they will reduce the shipment prices.
Metro cities are easily accessible to transporters. Most delivery trailers are large and require enough space to move efficiently. In a major city, they can move faster and do more deliveries than in a rural town. As such, the transporter will give better prices to people shipping in large cities rather than in small towns.
Lastly, shipping headquarters are usually set within or near major towns. Delivering to places near the shipping company will cost less than away from the town. Basically, the further the location, the higher the shipping costs. This is because shippers primarily determine shipping costs by mileage.
As noted, the metro towns are built to allow for easy movements. Your shipment is likely to be delivered faster in a large town. As for small towns, the remote access makes it difficult for trailers to travel faster. Some towns have bridges that cannot accommodate oversized vehicles. As a result, a trailer is forced to take a longer route to make deliveries. A shipper may also decide to take an indirect route to a small town in order to accommodate as many clients as possible.
A shipper is likely to set up offices in a big town to take advantage of the amenities. As a result, pickup and delivery time tend to be significantly reduced for customers from that town. As a transporter moves from the headquarters to a small own, they take more time to pick up and deliver vehicles.
Also, as the shipper moves to a rural town, they will encounter more interstate laws. Regular checks at the borders delay the delivery time for you vehicle. The federal law also stipulates that long distant drivers should take rests every six hours. After every two weeks, longer rests are legally provided for. In some states, delivering oversized automobiles is restricted to daylight. These provisions interrupt the transit process and delay deliveries.
Due to the ease of delivering vehicles in major towns, your transporter can accommodate your shipping needs such as door to door pickup and delivery. The door to door delivery requires wide streets free from obstacles. These requirements are not found in rural towns. The customized delivery saves you the time to a terminal. It is also cost-effective as you will eliminate the storage costs associated with the use of multiple carriers.
If you are shipping to a smaller town, you might have to go with the general provisions of your transporter.
Although there are many advantages of shipping to a major town, the demand is also high. Ensure that you book your shipment in time for a faster delivery.
That being said, you should liaise with your transport company to understand the shipment costs and the delivery time for your vehicle. You can also see our estimates for shipping to major routes cities here.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.