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Shipping a car to or from Chicago has specific benefits and challenges. While the basic tenets of the industry are similar to any other location, Chicago – because of its size and climate – brings its own unique personality to the process.

Due to its size, Chicago has more of almost everything than all but two American cities: More people, more sports teams, more traffic congestion, and certainly more weather issues. All of these (except for the teams) has an impact on the auto transport industry.

Because of such a high population, there is generally more demand for auto shipping – and this, for the most part, means there is a larger supply of trucks able to move these cars. However, it does not mean that trucks are just hanging around and able to pick up/deliver your car every two or three days like clockwork. Even in Chicago, Schedule Flexibility is still the absolute number one aspect of this process. For example, don’t limit yourself to a two or even three day pickup window because there may not be a good carrier that can be where you need them in that time frame. And even if something is scheduled, delays can and do occur – and winters in Chicago are often a cause for that.

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Those Chicago winters also tend to cause a large number of “Snow birds” – folks who go down south for a few months. So in winter and spring, Chicago becomes part of what we call a “seasonal route.”  During these times, prices rise (or drop, depending on your direction) in a fairly steep manner. Moving your car to FL in between November and February will cost a lot more than if you were doing it at other times in the year.
But, because of the high demand for rides around Chicago, there will be far more trucks making these trips than in most other places.  (But again… not every three days like clockwork.)
While we do provide a “Door to Door” service, most of the carriers have very large trucks that cannot navigate some of the tight blocks of Chicago or its urban congestion. If that’s the case with your location, then you would simply meet a carrier at a parking lot – or some other nearby location that can accommodate the truck.
Even if you’re in what you consider the “Chicago metropolitan area,” if you’re far enough outside of the city – especially to the west or east – then it may require a little more financial incentive to get a carrier to come out to you.
If you’re considering shipping your car to or from Chicago at any time, please feel free to contact us with more specific questions about your trip. We’ll be happy to help.

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