Do you have an upcoming cross-country move that requires you to move your vehicle, but you just don’t know where to begin with the auto transport process? Transporting your vehicle when done yourself can be stressful, time-consuming and tedious. Put it in the hands of a car transport carrier and you relieve yourself of that responsivity. In this article, you’ll learn how long it takes to transport a car, and how to make the process simple and easy from start to finish.
First Things First
The most important thing you need when transporting your vehicle is finding a carrier you can trust. With over 7,000 carriers across the country, how do you find the right one? Simple! By choosing a broker who is not only experienced and has relationships with carriers, but weeds through all the carriers that don’t meet your expectations. Choose a broker who has a reputation of expertise, service and experience, offers a guarantee, and can show you (with a page on their website, or in person) testimonials of satisfaction from their customers.
How Long Will It Take to Move My Car?
The process to move your vehicle across state lines is easy when you choose a carrier you can trust. The challenge comes when unexpected weather changes or unforeseen factors come into play that may delay the vehicle from arriving on its expected date. When you arrange for your vehicle to be delivered, your estimated delivery date will vary depending on where it’s going to, the time of year you’re traveling and even what type of vehicle you have.
For example, if you’re needing to move a vintage car from the west coast to the east coast, your carrier may require an enclosed mode of transport, which may require a slower drive time to get there safely. While carriers can’t guarantee a specific date, but a window of time for arrival, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be safe and sound the entire way there. If possible, be flexible with your dates by allowing plenty of time for your vehicle to arrive. Then, you’ll have a stress-free transport experience.
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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.