Every year thousands of snowbirds flock to the south to enjoy a warmer winter climate. This is the perfect way to escape the harsh winter weather and relax along the sandy shores of a sleepy beach town. Since many of these snowbirds spend weeks and even months at this warmer destination, they want the convenience of having their vehicle. However, it can be quite taxing to have to drive their vehicle such a long distance. Therefore, it can be to their advantage to utilize the convenience of auto shipping services. With affordable rates, efficient and reliable delivery, and the peace of mind of being able to hop on an airplane, auto shipping services make it easier than ever for snowbirds to relax and unwind. Here are five benefits of snowbird auto shipping.
1. Avoid Lengthy Travel Time
Depending on where they live, some snowbirds travel thousands of miles to reach their winter destination. This would easily turn into quite a road trip. Since many snowbirds are retirees, they don’t exactly want the thrill of a cross country road trip. Instead, they prefer to pack their bags, hop on an airplane, and arrive at their destination in a matter of hours. Auto shipping companies alleviate the hassle of having to drive across the country. Their convenient service makes it possible for snowbirds to reach their destination quickly and have their car delivered safely.
2. You Can Avoid Renting a Car
Since many snowbirds live in the warmer climate for the duration of the winter months, they need to have a vehicle at their disposal. Renting a car can be extremely expensive over such a long period of time, which is another reason why many snowbirds choose to have their own vehicle shipped to their destination. In addition, many people prefer driving their own vehicle as opposed to driving a rental car that is not their own.
3. Safer Travel
Though they might be headed to a warmer climate, these snowbirds have to get through the ice and snow in order to get there. There are many dangers associated with driving in harsh winter conditions. There are also dangers that come with driving such a long distance. From poor road conditions and bad weather to fatigue and car trouble, long car trips can be dangerous. Auto shipping services are a much safer alternative for snowbirds.
4. Save Money on Travel Costs
If you have ever traveled across the country then you might be familiar with the expenses involved in such a length trip. Snowbirds who drive their car can rack up their costs between gas, food, tolls, lodging, and maintenance repairs. They can save money on their overall travel costs by utilizing an auto shipping service.
5. Stress Free Travel
Relocating from one home to another takes enough planning as it is. Why add more stress to your plate trying to arrange a long distance road trip? Flying is a much easier and less stressful way to travel. In addition to arriving at your destination much sooner, you can avoid unexpected interruptions, traffic congestion, and those tiring days. Auto shipping services take the stress out of your seasonal travel by providing a safe, affordable, and reliable way to transport your vehicle to your winter destination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.