Do you know what the busiest moving season is? Summer! In fact, many moving companies see so much work during the summer that it offsets the lack of customers during winter. The latter is actually known as a dead season, where you’d be lucky if you can score a couple of jobs during the weekend.

However, the same cannot always be said about auto transport companies. The specifics with us are quite different and can actually affect you in a different way. Today we are going to look into everything you need to know about transporting your car during the winter – whether you can do it, when should you book your trip and what you should expect in general.

Is Winter Car Shipping Even Possible?

The problem with winter and driving is quite obvious – the snow. It can cause countless issues for drivers, which is why many of us prefer to stay inside, where we all feel cozy and warm. Well, what about truck drivers? Most of them dislike driving during bad winter weather for understandable reasons.

That being said, there are still plenty of carriers who would take your car. But due to the supply and demand situation the pricing can vary. It also depends on the shipping route as a whole. For example, if you are shipping a car from California to Florida, the weather won’t be that much of an issue. Yet a trip from Illinois to Minnesota is a whole different story.

Nevertheless, regardless of where you want to ship your car to and fro, you can get in touch with us to receive a free car shipping quote at any time.

When Should You Book Your Winter Car Shipping?

Booking auto transport is not something that you should do months in advance. We do not operate under the same conditions that moving companies do. The best approach is to consider booking us a week or two in advance, so you can get an adequate price quote and place on our carriers.

You still have to know that late autumn and early winter is quite busy if you are considering a move from north to south. That is because the so-called snowbirds are traveling from the northern states to Florida and the south. They book up car carriers pretty quickly, which may even drive the price up, depending on the demand situation.

Be Aware

Since winter driving conditions are often bad, you should know that open carriers are not the best bet if you want your car to arrive in pristine visual condition. There won’t be anything wrong with it, but it will definitely need a car wash, especially if there was heavy snow.

Also, keep in mind that sometimes the weather simply does not allow for driving and if the carrier considers it unsafe, they will wait the weather out. That is why transporting delays are possible (although not that common) during the winter months.


Moving is a stressful endeavor. Just think about how many things are involved. You have to plan everything properly, you have to deal with address change, you have to update every delivery service. All in all it is little more than a bunch of headaches. Now slap on top of that the idea that you also have to take your car with you. What do you do now?

A lot of people consider just driving it. But if you are moving across the States that can be quite the challenge. Not only is the drive way too long, but you also may have trouble concentrating on the road, because of all the other things you have to consider when you move.

So what then? Do you hire someone to drive your car for you? How comfortable will you be with that? Most people are not that keen on letting other people drive their cars, especially on longer trips. Well, here is what you can do.

How Car Shipping Can Save You

Of course, you know what car shipping is. You may have even considered it as an option, but without really giving it too much of a thought. A lot of people do not like to think about it, because in their eyes it is nothing more than a frivolous expense. How can it be better than driving the car yourself, right? And you will have to pay for a plane ticket on top of that? Well, let’s see.

Auto transport is actually a great alternative, and we are not saying that just because we are a car shipping company. Insta Car Transport has serviced thousands of clients and we know one thing for sure – more and more people see the benefits of using our services. But why?

Firstly, car shipping frees you. You don’t have to worry about your car being driven, nor about you driving it either. It will be taken on a truck and transported safely to the destination of your choice. So in a sense, you will have peace of mind.

Secondly, car shipping is just convenient. You can request a free car shipping quote, check the price out and decide whether or not it is worth it. You don’t have to figure out motel costs, gas prices and all that.

The one thing that people are concerned with is how to travel around without their vehicle when they get to their place. Since your car may arrive a few days later, you may need some means of transportation. Well, with a good limo service you can get set easily. It is a bit more expensive than a taxi, but you can depend on it whenever you need it.

What do you think? Will you get the services of a professional auto transport company next time you move? Or do you prefer to just drive the car there, no matter how much effort and time it takes?


When we are deciding what car to buy there are several major factors we take into consideration. Of course, we want the car to be functional for our needs, but we also need it to be fairly reliable and if we can get that at a good price it will be a score for us. Because at the end of the day, no matter how luxurious, reliable and functional a car is, if it does not fall within our price range, we are not going to buy it.

But is price the most important thing? Or to put it differently – is the initial cost of the vehicle the only thing you should look at? Could there be more to how the price is formed? Sadly, a vehicle can cost you much more down the line, if you forget about the hidden costs of these cars.

Hidden Cost #1: Part Availability

Even the most reliable vehicles break down from time to time. At that point you will be forced to shell out a bit of money and take care of repairs. Sure, for the first several years this may be covered by warranty, but after that you are on your own.

Sadly, most people do not consider that part availability may be an issue. If the car you buy is not so common, it is likely that the parts won’t be common either. So when you consider how “unique” a vehicle is, also think about the fact that uniqueness may not always be a positive trait.

Hidden Cost #2: The Add-ons

Just because the basic model of a vehicle is cheap, does not mean that the model itself is all that cheap when you factor in all the things you actually need. Sadly, the dealership industry lures you in with great prices, only to get you to buy something much more expensive.

But the worst part is not buying what you need – it is buying what you don’t need. This is how they get you. They throw in nice extras that are overpriced, unnecessary and designed to look crucial.

Hidden Cost #3: Your Carbon Footprint

Okay, not all of us are all that concerned about our impact on the environment. However, we should be. And for those of us that actually are, it matters if we are being tricked into buying an “eco-friendly” vehicle, just to learn that the environment could have been better off with something else.

For example, you may think that EV batteries put a strain on the environment, but then you forget that gasoline engines are much worse. Why? Well, it is not only that you burn the fuel, but also fuel is needed to get that gas to you. Trucks transport it to gas stations, you have to get to the station, too, the petrol needs to be refined. All of these things pile up quite fast.

If you care for the environment, you’d be happy to learn that with car shipping you are taking the right decisions. Instead of 10 cars being on the road, there is only one truck there. Much better, right?


If you are a car enthusiast, you probably want that sweet luxury vehicle, right? Maybe it is the sports car you have been eyeing for a while, or that super formidable SUV. Perhaps it is an off-road beast that you prefer! Well, is that the right pick though?

Today we are going to see if expensive cars are truly luxurious and whether or not more money means better quality. If you are interested in purchasing such a car though, don’t forget that you can still find it cheaper online. In such a case we can help you with auto transport from a different state. But for now, let’s get going!

Does It Make Economical Sense?

Before we see whether or not luxury vehicles are indeed of higher quality, first we have to ask ourselves whether or not they make economical sense. Why? Because sometimes a more expensive thing does indeed work better and in turn can save you money. However, is that the case with luxury cars? Not really.

Every car, cheap or expensive, is still a complicated piece of machinery. It has a lot of moving parts and all of them are prone to wear and tear. Sure, some cheap knock-off repair parts last only a little while, but most middle-of-the-road ones will usually be the best deal. Expensive parts do not really bring all that much longevity with them. So, in essence, a luxury vehicle will get worn out just as much. Money does not protect it from such a thing.

So if you are thinking that a high-end vehicle has somehow more life, that is not necessarily true. However, you may indeed get better customer services, although that is not a guarantee either. You have to do your research there.

Do You Still Get Better Quality Though?

When it comes to vehicle quality, the answer gets a bit more… polarizing. That is because quality can be very subjective. On the one hand, you do not necessarily get parts that are of much higher quality. Yes, usually the engines are great (although not always), and the breaks are top notch, but some other components may be the same as more budget-minded vehicles. You can see that with a lot of Japanese brand, but even German auto manufacturers are guilty of doing it.

The one thing that you do get better with luxury vehicles is… well, the luxury aspect. You get better interior, and you usually have a lot more comfort options inside. The A/C is likely more advanced and you probably get a bunch of other extras.

Here comes the issue though – are all these extras worth the money? Luxury vehicles can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more. Sadly though, it is proven that the price does not reflect the value. After all, a faux leather interior does not really cost $10,000 for example.

That being said, no manufacturer makes “middle-ground luxury” options. You cannot get luxury on the budget. That is because driving such a car is also a status symbol. And you cannot really put a price on that, can you?


We are Americans. That means we love bigger cars and revving engines. There is something special about SUVs that makes us crave them so much. We even like their smaller cousins – the crossovers. So we from Instacar Transport will not be surprised if you are looking to get one such vehicle.

In order to make the best decision, you need good information. That is why today we will give you our top 5 picks for the best SUVs you can buy in 2018. But before that let us give you an initial tip!

Buy Online!

Car dealerships are a nightmare. But dealing with them online is much easier. Plus you have the option go look at prices in different states. At that point you can really leverage that and get the best deal possible. And if you wonder how you will get the car to you, don’t worry, we have you covered! With Instacar Transport you can get fast and easy car shipping without a problem.

Pick #5: Volkswagen Atlas

We open up the list with a piece of German engineering. The Atlas is great car, because it is capable of many things. Not only is it worthy of being called an SUV, but it is also quite affordable at that. Plus you do get that German premium feel, even if it is “the people’s car”. Plus it is awesome for families and you should not be worried about handling – it is great!

Pick #4: Kia Sorento

Kia as a company has gone through quite a lot. They have not always come up with the best automotive solutions, but the Sorento is amazing. It’s 3-row variant has won many awards with its comfort, utility and aesthetic appeal. Just like the Atlas, it is much more of a family car, than a statement vehicle. Still, you will definitely look great with it.

Pick #3: Hyundai Tucson

While many may not agree with us putting this so high on the list, we still think that the Tucson is a great vehicle. Why? Because it is compact, super affordable and can be a nice first car. Its handling is awesome, it has good efficiency, and while it may lack the engine punch, it is still a comfortable ride.

Pick #2: Ford Expedition

The Expedition is the American car. It is big, bulky and monstrous. It can carry your family, while also keep up the impressive looks. While it isn’t exactly affordable, it is not meant to be. You buy this vehicle to show that you care about your car, but you also care about your family. A great contender on the list and even a potential first place.

Pick #1: Mazda CX-5

We feel like this Mazda is the best overall pick, because it really suits most people. It is capable of a lot of things, while not being small at all. It is fairly agile, has great handling and you can push the pedal hard. High safety is also a thing here and its exterior is a sight to behold.


The electric vehicle concept seems to be here to stay, whether we like it or not. Well, it seems we like it, because the market is clear – cars that are cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, and cheaper to maintain seem like a great deal.

However, many of us are not convinced that we should jump on the EV bandwagon. We have our concerns and that’s it. But maybe we shouldn’t be so skeptical. In fact in this article I have prepared five reasons why you should get excited about electric vehicles, and maybe even want one for yourself.

On a side note: Remember that you can get any vehicle you want for a better price if you just look at online sellers. Look out of state get one of our free car shipping quotes to estimate how much it would cost to transport the car to you. Now straight to the topic!

Reason #1: It Is All About Style

While this is a bit of a polarizing topic, the EV style is arguably much more futuristic than that of any other vehicle. The design language is clearly modern and often reflects the different value proposition of the vehicle. Even smaller cars are made to stand out and you can opt for a unique budget solution.

Reason #2: No Fuel Dependency

How great is it that you can go home and fuel your vehicle overnight? I think that is awesome and it is also much cheaper. While the initial investment may be a bit costly if you are looking for a faster charging speed, you are still reaping a ton of benefits.

While forgetting to charge the car isn’t much better than forgetting to get some gas in it, you can still integrate failsafe measures into your morning routine.

Reason #3: They Are Actually Fairly Cheap

If you decide to go with an EV right now you won’t be an early adopter. That means you won’t be paying a premium just because you want to enjoy the new technology. Plus with Tesla ramping up their production you may expect even more price drops from other companies. It seems like there is no better time to jump on the bandwagon!

Reason #4: Less Failing Potential

Not only is it cheaper to maintain an EV, but failure risk is lower as well. There are not as many parts to it as there are with your regular vehicles. So this is a nice thing to consider. You are less likely to experience a malfunction when you are on your way to a nice vacation.

Reason #5: The Environment Matters

Even though this is the most obvious and therefore boring reason, it still holds true. You may be sick and tired of hearing it, but caring for the environment is important. We all want to breathe cleaner air and we want global warming to stop. So why don’t you do your share by driving an EV?


In our society getting a new car every 5 years or so is fairly common. Maybe you like to keep yours for an additional two years, but still – driving around in a 12-year-old car is not that expected in the big city.

That being said, statistic show that people are keeping their cars more and more. Interestingly though, they are buying more new ones as well. But how can that be? It doesn’t sound logical, right? Well, it actually is fairly simple.

As households grow the need for multiple vehicles grows as well. But not only that – people like to have a backup ride just in case. Plus, they often don’t want to bother with selling it. But should you? What are the reasons behind keeping or selling your car? Let’s see!

The Case For Selling

Let us first look at why selling may be the choice for you. First and foremost, you will be getting a new car. With recent developments in engine you can expect some minor savings on gas, or if you prefer to go the ecological route, you can actually get some great tax breaks and fuel efficiency out of a hybrid or a pure electric vehicle.

Plus, on average, newer vehicles tend to have less problems. In fact, issues are significantly more uncommon up to the 5-year mark. And even if something goes wrong with your car then, you know that it has to be covered by the dealership or the manufacturer and you won’t be giving money out of your own pocket for having things repaired.

Another advantage to selling is that not it is easier than ever. If you offer to organize the auto transport, you can actually list your car and sell it halfway across the country. Pretty neat, right?

The Case For Keeping

The main advantage to keeping your vehicle is that you will be getting more out of your money over the long term. You have already bought it, right? So logic says that the longer you use it the more money you will be saving.

However, we should not something here. If your vehicle is not reliable and you are experiencing a lot of issues with it, you may not be saving much money after all. Also, if you have not taken good care of the engine (as most people forget to do it), you may be way off its expected efficiency. Thus you are paying more for gas, repairs and maintenance. Doesn’t sound all that economical now, does it?

Yet, if you are looking to invest in a new vehicle and keep it as long as possible, we can give you a few tips. Firstly, always pick a reliable car that has good reputation online. Japanese brands for example are famous for their longevity. Also make sure to get its proper maintenance regularly, as that will prolong the vehicles life substantially.


There comes a time when your old car just doesn’t seem to run as well as it used to. Maybe you can’t keep up with its maintenance, or maybe its engine just wants a little bit of a break, but things are not going well for it. At that point you may wonder whether it is worth it to buy a new one or save up a bit of cash and go for an overhaul of your current one. Is there a clear solution? Let’s see!

The Budget Reasons

The first thing that pops to mind when you are considering such a decision is your budget. Perhaps it will ultimately be cheaper to repair your old vehicle. After all, repairs should be less expensive than buying a whole new car, right? Well, it depends.

If your car is 5 to 7 years old and it has just begun showing signs of age, you may be better off repairing it. With proper care it can last you for another 5 years and this will not come nearly as close as the price of a new car.

However, if your car is older than 10 years, you may be at the point when repairs will become much more frequent, while performance will dwindle constantly. You won’t be getting a better driving experience, you will just be postponing the car’s inevitable death. In such a case it may be wise to invest in a new vehicle.

The Environmental Reasons

If you have environmental concerns things may be even tougher for you. That’s because there is no universal consensus on whether buying a new car is more environmentally beneficial than maintaining your old one.

Here is our take – even if you consider buying new to not be very environmentally friendly, you cannot make much of a case for driving an old car. Why? Because 10-year-old engines are not efficient and they emit more harmful substances than newer ones. Are these emissions greater than the ones emitted during car manufacturing? Maybe, maybe not. But that’s not as important, because you have a third option.

You can just buy a used car. It does not have to be old, it may be even in the same vehicle generation. A lot of people sell cars that have been on the road for less than 5 years, so you are perfectly okay with buying such a vehicle. It may be an awesome deal, actually.

If you want to save even more money, you can actually look at online car dealerships that sell used vehicles. That way you may find the perfect car for the perfect price. At that point you just need to ship it to you, but don’t worry, that is where our free car shipping quotes come into the picture. Get yours now!


SUVs are awesome – they are big, sturdy and powerful. But that usually has its limitations as well. For example, you just don’t have that good MTG ratio with them. That is to be expected though, right? However, there are some other things that you may not expect.

Today we from Instacar Transport will help you learn more about what it takes to ship an SUV. If you want to do it, here you will learn about what you can expect as pricing, booking and so on. Additionally, we provide free car shipping quotes, so if you need one, don’t forget to reach out to us!

Bigger Is Usually More Expensive

Shipping your vehicle depends on a lot of factors. The one that most people focus on is distance. But while distance is definitely a major concern when it comes to pricing, it is not the only one. The size, weight and modifications of your vehicle also matter.

For example, if your SUV is specifically designed for off-road, it may be too tall and too wide. That would require some accommodations in order to make it fit on a carrier. Usually with open carriers, the SUV has to be on the top deck only, since height clearance isn’t a problem there. Width is a whole another matter though. Fortunately, most vehicles fit easily on the majority of car carriers, so you shouldn’t worry too much.

Length may also be a factor, as if a vehicle is too long, it essentially takes the spot of another. That means you will likely have to pay more. And don’t forget that weight also plays a role, since the heavier something is, the harder it is to transport. And with SUVs usually weighing a lot, the price of the service can increase as well.

So How Can You Save Some Money?

Naturally, if you are looking to transport your SUV, you’d want to save money when you’ve heard all of the above. Luckily, there are ways to do it. For starters, if you are willing to wait, you can get quite a good deal. But waiting may take way too long and you are not guaranteed to find a carrier that is willing to transport your car on the cheap.

Alternatively, you may look for seasons when demand is less, so that carriers would have naturally lower prices. These off-months are great for people who are not in a hurry. Just do a little bit of research to see when these are. Usually early spring, mid fall and midsummer work well for a lot of people.


Although shipping an SUV is not exactly cheap, it can still be cheaper than just driving it halfway across the country. How so? Well, you save up on gas, time and most importantly – engine and oil usage.


Maybe you want to buy a car online and you have heard that looking outside of state can really save you some money. But when you actually buy it, you have to ship to you, and that would cost you, so you have to factor that in the price of the car.

Alternatively, you may just want to ship your car somewhere, but don’t want to spend a tremendous amount of money to do it. In both situations you would need a cheap way of transporting your car. Well, it is entirely possible to save money on that and today I am going to tell you how!

The Cheapest Transport Available

First, let me point out that car transport prices often fluctuate throughout the year. What may be a $1000 shipping today, may be $800 in two weeks. So do not be surprised when you see the prices going up and down constantly. The truth is that you can never “wait” for the perfect moment. That is because it may never come.

However, here is what you can do. You can be a bit more flexible with your time. For example, instead of wanting your car to be transported in a specific time frame, you can just book the service and choose to wait until a carrier decides to pick your car up for a certain price. You should keep in mind that this is not always an ideal solution though. Sometimes you may end up waiting for way too long.

So if waiting for a spot on a carrier does not suit you well, what else can you do?

Understanding Carrier Types

There are generally two types of carriers – open and enclosed transport. While enclosed is perfect for luxury or collectible vehicles, it is also more expensive in general. Enclosed transport also has another issue – it has longer waiting times, due to a more challenging supply/demand situation.

All these things put quite the strain on enclosed transport, and although it is often preferred even for regular vehicles, the reality is that you are not better off with it.

On the other hand, going for open transport will reduce both your waiting times and the cost of the service. This is what you are looking for, right? The thing is that you will still have to wait for some time (though much less than enclosed transport) if you want to find a good price. Otherwise, you can pay a little extra and find a spot on a carrier much faster.


Although auto transport may seem like an expensive alternative compared to just driving your car or hiring a professional to do it, the truth is that if you factor in all the costs, car shipping will always come on top as the better choice.

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