Snowbirds are people who relocate from the Midwest and Northeast to less colder states. Favorite destinations for snowbird auto transport include Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, California, and Florida. Snowbirds usually have their vehicles transported using snowbird car transport services.
The Ideal Time to Book Car Delivery for Snowbird Transport
It is essential to prepare your travel plan for auto shipping in advance to ensure that it goes smoothly. Booking a few days in advance will give you adequate time to make travel arrangements and prepare shipping. It also gives the shipping company enough time to make sure that everything is in order.
But if you book too early, you’ll run into some issues. For example, most shipping trucks cannot predict which town their combination of pickups and drop-offs will place them in until three to four days before they get there.
There are other disadvantages as well. The demand for transport during snowbird season reaches all-time highs, so booking months ahead of time won’t do you any favors. We recommend that you book for car delivery 7-10 days ahead of schedule since it gives you the most realistic quote.
Importance of Snowbird Transport
There are many reasons why you should consider snowbird transport over driving. The most popular reason snowbirds choose auto transport is because it allows you to save time by avoiding the troubles of long-distance travel and skipping straight to your destination. The long road may be filled with frustrating traffic and hazardous road conditions during colder months.
Snowbird auto transport helps you to save money by avoiding extra travel spending. If you drive yourself, you may need to stop for gas, lodging, and food on the road, which can add up. Your vehicle is also exposed to a lot of wear and tear, which may lead to a breakdown.
However, if you use snowbird transport with Ship a Car Direct, you'll get experienced staff and a personal level of customer service that ensures your vehicle's safety. The drivers we hire are adequately trained and highly experienced professionals.
How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car for Snowbirds?
The rates of auto transport usually fluctuate depending on the time of year. They're usually at their peak during the first week of January when most drivers are off to be with their family and loved ones for the holidays.
The drivers typically select the highest-priced quotes to start with after returning as they work through the backlog. This may delay your delivery by a few extra weeks, and some snowbirds may choose express car transport to make up time. Other factors may be used to calculate the cost of transporting a car, including vehicle make and model, transport type, vehicle condition, and location.
Larger vehicles take up more space and cost more than smaller ones. Modified and luxury vehicles will require enclosed auto transport, which naturally raises their transportation costs. If the vehicle is able to be used, it usually costs less to transport since vehicles that cannot run require special equipment for loading and off-loading. The destination may also affect the cost since auto shipping routes depend on major highways. The cost varies depending on the size of the city and road conditions.
What Happens When a Truck Is Unable to Access My Shipping Location?
Some destinations may make the delivery almost impossible due to narrow roads, power lines, trees, city ordinances, or gated communities given that most trucks are long and high. In such cases, the driver drives as close as possible and identifies a safe and convenient location for drop-off, such as a shopping center where the client can pick up the vehicle.
Why Is Ship a Car Direct Best for Snowbirds' Car Delivery?
Ship a Car Direct is ideal for snowbirds' car delivery due to the screening process and our damage-free guarantee. The selective screening process ensures that high quality, safe transport is met for each and every customer. The damage-free insurance ensures that the vehicle is covered in the event it gets damaged.
Popular Routes for Snowbird Car Shipping
There are various routes and destinations that snowbirds use when transporting their vehicles. Many snowbirds ship from states with harsh winter conditions such as New Jersey or New York.
It is also known as the Golden State due to its association history with the gold rush, amazing sunsets over the Pacific, and beautiful golden poppies. Most people visiting California include snowbirds who are escaping winter conditions and looking for a warmer climate. California enjoys year-round warm weather and sunshine, making it an ideal place to move.
Its most popular attractions include theme parks, vineyards, mountains, Disneyland, and a coastline that is a great place to relax on the beach and enjoy the sunset. Other amazing sites to explore include the Hollywood sign, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Its popular cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Monica, and Monterey.
One popular route from
New York to California begins on I-40 before transitioning to I-80 and then I-70.
Otherwise known as the Sunshine State, Florida has many great sites to catch some rays and get a little relaxation. There are numerous reasons why snowbirds love Florida, including tropical breezes, gorgeous views, warm water, and soft sand in West Palm Beach. People also get to enjoy water activities like wakeboarding, windsurfing, and parasailing.
Walt Disney World is located in Orlando, which is ideal for theme park and Disney fans. There are national parks, including the Everglades, which is home to many rare animal and plant species. For art, culture, and history lovers, there are Broadway-style shows, concerts, or dinner theaters. Popular cities include Miami, Orlando, Key West, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.
A vehicle being shipped from New York to Florida would likely travel I-95 to I-4.
Arizona is famous for the Grand Canyon and other beautiful scenery like the Cathedral Rock and Havasu Falls. Many Arizona areas have an average temperature of 70 degrees during the winter seasons, which attracts many snowbirds. Seasonal travelers love Arizona for its landmarks, canyons, monuments, and parks. Popular cities include Sedona, Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Tombstone.
The route from New York to Arizona is pretty much a straight shot on I-40.
What is Snowbird Auto Transport?
Snowbird Auto Transport refers to people who live up north but like to spend the winter months down in warmer states like FL, AZ and TX and who ship their cars back and forth to their winter homes.
What is the best time to ship a car during snowbird season?
The best time to ship a car during snowbird season is early in the fall for traffic heading South and sometime in March for the traffic heading back up North. Shipping anytime after the Thanksgiving weekend for those going South and after Easter for those going North are the busiest time to ship a car and will get pretty expensive.
Why is it so expensive to ship a car to or from FL during snowbird season?
The reason the price goes up so drastically when shipping a car to or from FL in the winter is because of the sheer volume of vehicles competing for the limited truck space available during those times. So many people have discovered the convenience of shipping your car as opposed to driving it back and forth to FL that there simple aren't enough carriers to accommodate the seasonal surges. This allows the truck drivers to "cherry pick" the best paying cars available during those peak seasons, so car shippers need to be very strong in what they are offering to pay. The good news is, if you are shipping a car in opposition to the snowbird traffic you will get fast shipment at amazingly low prices.
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.