Auto Shipping FAQ: How Can I Prepare for the Wait?
The auto transportation industry is a lot different than many of the other service-based jobs that are currently out there. The United States’ economy is based heavily on retail and shopping and spending money, and a mindset that “the customer is always right.” You hear it all the time, in cartoons, watching a movie, and while you’re out on the street. But the problem is that the customer isn’t always right, and sometimes the customer is wrong. There are too many times I’ve answered the phones here and someone’s told me that they need to get a car shipped thousands of miles within a matter of days, which – barring some type of logistical miracle – is not going to happen. It takes time to ship a car, and as a customer you need to become familiar with what is known as “waiting.”
Waiting is never fun, but it’s pretty much par for the course in the car shipping industry. When you first start the process of shipping your car, you need to find a company that’ll help you from start to finish – that’s what we help with, so make sure to fill out our free form or give us a free call for more information. These companies are known as brokers, and brokers are the guys that you want to book your order with. If you think wait times in the industry today are bad, you can rest assured that pickup times would double or even triple in length if a broker wasn’t handling the shipment. You’re going to have to wait for dispatch (which means a carrier has been assigned to pick your vehicle up), wait for pickup, wait while your vehicle is in transit and then wait while your vehicle is being delivered. That’s a lot of waiting.
The best way to prepare yourself for your wait is to have a second vehicle handy so you’re not stuck without a mode of transportation. Of course, not everyone can afford a second vehicle, so you’ll want to discuss transit times with your shipper directly as well as how long you will be without your vehicle. This is important, particularly if you’re relying on the vehicle you’re shipping to drive you around everywhere. Whether it’s your neighbor, his second vehicle, a friend or family member, or if you’re calling a cab every morning or taking a cab to work, you need to have some way to get around while your vehicle is being shipped, so make sure you make arrangements prior to pickup.
Other than that, it’s basically just a waiting game. Do whatever you want while you’re waiting for your vehicle to arrive, what do we care? You should of course keep up-to-date with where your vehicle is and the like while it is being shipped, but there’s not much else you can do if it’s in transit, so you can kick back and relax and wait for your carrier to arrive. You should know that you’ll receive pickup and delivery windows that you (or someone you know and authorize to do on your behalf) need to be there to meet with the carrier at pickup and also at delivery. This is the door-to-door part of the shipment kicking in. Your wait times will depend heavily on where you’re shipping from and to and the conditions of the roads and traffic and weather and much more.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle, don’t forget that you can get multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies absolutely free by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form. It takes only a minute to fill out and submit, will give you a free price range that your quotes should fall within and also get you in contact with some of the best auto transportation companies in the industry today. Have questions about our website, our services, or just need some help filling out our free form? You can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes today.