J&S Transportation’s auto transport drivers are often away from home for days at a time as they travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers. Being away from home can be difficult for anyone, but you can ease your mind a little with a home security system like this one! The garden gnome ninja! Photo by David Maxwell.
How much to ship a car to Hawaii How much to ship a car to Hawaii with J&S depends on a few factors. Right off the bat, our quote calculator will not give you a quote to Hawaii. However, if you send us a request for contact, we’ll get back to you within a business day with a personalized quote of the cost to ship a car to Hawaii. If you need to know immediately, we suggest you get a quote that goes to one of the major port cities along the west coast, and then add $1,200-$1,300 dollars. That’s a good ballpark of how much your auto transport quote to Hawaii will end up costing. Shipping vehicles to Hawaii is a big business. Hundreds of vehicles get shipped in and out of the islands year round. Moving to Hawaii can get really expensive, and since transporting vehicles involves ocean travel, costs pile up very quickly. How much to ship a car to Hawaii depends on a few factors. First and foremost is where the vehicle is being picked up from at the start of the transport. The further the transport, the more expensive it will be. The other major contributor to the cost to ship a car is the size of the vehicle. Cars cost the least; crossovers, small SUVs and pickups and minivans are more expensive, and large SUVs and pickups cost the most to ship. How long it takes to ship a car to Hawaii depends on… Read more »
Summer in the American West means fire season. As the snows of winter melt, and the showers of spring subside, vegetation growth takes off. When the dry season hits, this undergrowth is prime fuel for wildfires. If you live in the West, it’s a fact of life. Sooner or later, there will be a wildfire in your vicinity. Encountering a wildfire is one of the lesser known and uncommon but valid hazards our auto transport drivers encounter from time to time as they deliver cars across the US. But never fear; our guys have the good sense to avoid the danger and not put your vehicle at risk! Photo by Sam Nixon.
Auto transport carriers and not brokers For most people, next to their house, their car is the most expensive and valuable thing they have. Think about it: What two things do you use almost every day? Your house and your car! Which is why choosing the right auto transport carrier is a big deal. Should you use auto transport carriers and not brokers? When you book an auto transport order you’re placing your valuable vehicle in the hands of perfect strangers, which can be a bit nerve racking by itself. That’s why it’s important to research auto transporters to find the best, most reliable fit for you! When looking for car transport and car shipping companies, there are two different kinds of car transporters you can choose to book with: a broker, and a carrier. The main difference is that a broker does not own their own trucks, while a carrier does. Differences between car carriers and brokers Which is better? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. There are pros and cons to both types of companies: The main benefit of using an auto transport broker is choice. A broker is a company that resells your job. When you call a broker, they will charge you a fee for shipping your car. However, they will not actually perform the shipping themselves. They will call several carriers and sell your car shipping job to them. After the job is passed on to the carrier, the broker steps out… Read more »
Driving through Portland, OR, one of our drivers came across this: a group of floating homes in the Portland Marina! Not houseboats, floating homes! Pretty neat! These houses are along Marine Drive in the Portland Marina of the Columbia River. If you Google Maps the area, and use the Satellite feature, you can see a whole bunch of these floating home developments. We think it’s cool, but have to wonder how they fair when the river floods. We’re sure they planned for that contingency, but still would like to know the logistics of how they stabilize these homes. That being said, it must be soothing to be rocked to sleep by the motion of the river as the water flows past. Sounds quite relaxing and peaceful. Photo by Charlotte Rodriguez.
Easy Steps to help make your auto transport a stress free success! Ship a car from NY to LA with J&S Do you need to ship a car from NY to LA? Or ship a car from LA from to? New York City and Los Angeles are the two biggest cities in the US, and are two of the busiest car transport markets in the country. As a result, finding an auto transport company to ship a car from NY to LA is relatively easy. Finding a reputable car shipper? That’s a bit more difficult. Steps for finding a car transporter to ship your car from NY to LA Finding a reputable car transport company to ship a car from NY to LA is actually not that difficult if you follow a few suggestions. In fact, if you follow these steps, they will help you find a good auto transporter wherever you need to ship a car. Get online and get quotes from a few different car transport companies. Research the companies. Read third party review sites. Check their rating with the BBB. Check with the FMCSA to see their safety ratings. Choose your company. Book your order as far in advance as possible. Don’t book your car transport order and expect the car to be picked up the next day. It’ll take a few days to arrange transport. When you start searching for an auto transport company to ship a car from NY to LA keep in mind that… Read more »
Open vs Enclosed Transport The cheapest way to ship a car is open transport. FYI, almost all the quotes you get from any transporters and brokers will be for this method. Open transport is the method of choice for most customers for a couple reasons. There are more open carriers on the road than enclosed trailers, and it’s the least expensive way to ship a car. If the car you’re shipping is the vehicle you drive every day, open shipping is the way to go. If it’s a classic, vintage, or restored vehicle, you may opt for enclosed transport, but it is significantly more expensive than open transport. As a rule, enclosed transport is about 60% to 2x as expensive as open transport. J&S only offers open transport, as it is what we do best. Cheapest way to ship car not always the best idea When you search for auto transport companies online, you will instantly realize that there are hundreds of car delivery services out there. It can be a little overwhelming. Your first instinct may be to just go with the cheapest quote you receive and leave it at that. However, take caution. A low-priced auto shipping quote is not always a good deal. There’s a high chance it will end up costing you more in the long run. Saving money is important, but when it comes to the cheapest way to ship a car, going with the least expensive option usually isn’t your best bet. It’s no… Read more »
As J&S’s auto transport drivers travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers, the encounter many beautiful and interesting sights and scenes. And every once in a while, they get spot some of the native fauna. While traveling down I-90, one of our drivers was lucky enough to spot this endangered species, the iconic Grizzly Bear, on the banks of the Gallatin River, near Three Forks, MT. Photo by Ron Kukus.
If you happen to be traveling down US 95 in Idaho near the Nez Perce Reservation, make sure to stop by the town of Grangeville, just outside the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Grangeville is the home to the Graneville Elk Horseshoe sculpture. The Grangeville Elk is made up of 600 used horseshoes and weighs over 600 pounds. It is the brainchild of artist Bud Thomas, who specializes in wildlife sculptures made of used horseshoes. You never know what slice of Americana you’ll find as you travel the highways of America, and our auto transport drivers encounter quite a bit of it! Photo by Hector Farias.
If your traveling down Interstate 84 near North Powder, Oregon, make sure to take in the picturesque Blue Mountains, a mountain range located in northeastern Oregon and stretch into southeastern Washington. Neat fact: They are home to the world’s largest organism and fungal mycelial mat, the Armillaria solidipes. If you’re not in a rush, try the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway for a scenic 4 hour trek through the wilderness. Photo by Kevin Davis.