Auto Shipping FAQ: Why is Auto Transport Seasonal?
If you’re looking to ship a vehicle – or, if you’ve shipped before and are looking to ship again – chances are you’ve heard about how the auto transport industry is “seasonal” and that there are times when it is faster and easier to get vehicles shipped than others. But what exactly does that mean for you? For starters, it means that the auto transport industry sees heavier traffic during the summer than the winter, and the spring and fall are in-between times where demand is fairly steady. In this blog post we’ll explain a bit about hos this phenomenon works and how you can game the system to get awesome car shipping deals regardless of when you happen to need your car shipped.
We’ll start with summer. Typically, summer tends to be the most convenient time to ship to or from most areas of the country, as more people are in need of car shipping services than at any other time. There’s good reason for this: it’s the time of year when kids are out of school, the sun is shining and people are feeling more motivated to get their more expensive projects done, including selling that old car or getting it shipped back east to uncle Ted. Summer tends to see the highest demand, which usually means more trucks on the road – some companies only run routes during the late spring, summer and early fall, leaving off for the late fall and winter.
During the winter months, everything slows down. People don’t ship as often, it’s cold, and a lot of routes are closed off due to snow and ice, particularly in the northern areas. During the late fall and early winter, snowbird routes are really where it’s at – there are more than a few people shipping from the northeast down to Florida, as well as from the Great Lakes region down south to areas like Texas and Arizona. New York to Florida tends to see some of the cheapest prices in the winter months, but rural areas and states that are not densely populated tend to see less traffic, fewer carriers, and – as a result – higher prices and longer pickup and transit windows.
If you’re looking for more information about seasonal auto transportation, or if you need to get some prices to get started on your next car shipment, take a minute to fill out our free auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated car shipping companies absolutely free of charge. Once you have your quotes, you can then discuss your shipment with a live agent of one of those companies, compare those prices against one another and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents today.