Have you ever wondered how long it takes for a car to ship? Whether you’re buying a new car or shipping an old one, understanding the timeline for delivery is important.
In this blog post, we’ll give you an idea of how long it takes to ship a car. We will discuss the expected timeframe for shipping a car 2000 miles and 500 miles, why new cars take so long to ship, and how to prepare your car for transport.
How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car?
The answer depends on many factors, like pick-up location, drop-off destination, who your carrier is, and how far you’re shipping your car. We’ll tell you how long it takes to ship a car 500 miles and 2000 miles, so you have a frame of reference.
How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car 500 Miles?
Generally speaking, you can expect your vehicle to arrive within 1-2 days of pickup by the carrier. This can vary depending on many factors like pick-up location, drop-off location, type of carrier used (enclosed vs open), and any delays that may occur along the way.
The best thing to do is contact your carrier directly and get an estimated delivery time.
How Long Does it Take to Ship a Car 2000 Miles?
On average, it typically takes 2-7 days for a car to travel 2000 miles. This can vary depending on many factors, so make sure you contact the carrier in advance for an estimated arrival time. Again, contact your carrier to get an accurate timeline estimate.
Why Do New Cars Take So Long To Ship?
New cars take longer because they have not yet been released from the manufacturer’s lot. These vehicles are often held at terminals until there are enough orders from dealerships in order for them all to be sent at once in order to keep costs down and avoid unnecessary trips back and forth between two locations.
Manufacturers’ lots can sometimes experience delays due to weather or mechanical issues with transport vehicles that may cause further delays in shipment times.
How Do I Prepare My Vehicle for Shipping?
Before scheduling pickup with your carrier, there are several things you should do in order to ensure your vehicle is ready for transport: Remove all personal belongings; check fluid levels; check tire pressure; disable alarms/security systems; take pictures of any pre-existing damage; watch out for “red flags” when selecting a carrier (make sure they are licensed and insured); inspect the vehicle upon delivery; document any damages upon delivery (including pictures).
What to Expect
When you hire a company like ours, Ship A Car Direct, we will take care of all the details and grunt work for you. You can expect a white glove service, as we have the industry’s most trusted and heavily vetted list of car carriers, all backed by our Damage Free Guarantee.
Reach Out to Ship A Car Direct
Shipping a car can be overwhelming if you don't know what to expect or how long it'll take. The estimates in this post can vary based on several factors. The answer to how long it takes to ship a car depends on factors like pick-up location, drop-off destination, who your carrier is, and so on. New cars, for example, often take longer because they have not yet been released from their manufacturer's lot.
Don’t get overwhelmed in the minutia. We can answer your questions. Get in touch with Ship A Car Direct for more information on how long it takes to ship a car.
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.
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