People are finding out how convenient it is to have their car transported from one location to another, which is why the auto shipping industry is becoming increasingly popular. After all, they provide a super convenient and reliable service at an affordable price. You may be surprised to find,however, that car shipping costs vary greatly depending on the season. Like many other industries, there is also a peak season for auto shipping which can affect delivery times. With so much to consider, here is some insight to help you decide the best time of year to ship your vehicle.
It’s Not Immediately
There are a few things to remember when it comes to finding the right time to ship your vehicle, and one those is that the right time is never “today.” Due to the number of variables surrounding the auto shipping industry, it requires planning ahead. Although it is sometimes possible to schedule an immediate delivery, that last minute service won’t come cheap. No matter what time of year you choose, try to schedule your auto shipment several weeks in advance.
Spring and Summer are Peak Season
One of the most common reasons people ship their cars is for long distance moves and since most people move in the spring and summer, this is also the busiest time of the year for auto shipment. High demand can impact pricing, so you might find that the rates are higher during the spring and summer months. Keep in mind, that the huge volume of shipment can also result in delivery delays.
Winter Sees Less Demand
Auto shipment is in less demand during the winter months, which can have an impact on pricing. Because auto carriers struggle to get a full load, some companies offer specials and discounts on popular routes so you might be able to find a winter deal. Furthermore, icy road conditions and snowy weather can result in unexpected travel delays.
The Snowbird Effect
Many snowbirds have their cars shipped back and forth during the spring and fall which can lead to a significant increase in shipping demand during these months. In addition to having a harder time scheduling a shipment, this increase in volume can also drive the prices up.
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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