Car Shipping Chicago
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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.
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.
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.