Auto Shipping FAQ: When Will my Vehicle Be Picked Up?
We’ve resurrected our Auto Shipping FAQ blog series, and in this helpful first (well, technically second) post we’re going to discuss when exactly your vehicle is going to be picked up and/or delivered when you hire an auto transport company to move it. But the answer to the question posed in the title is a complex one, despite being one of the most common questions asked of auto shippers today. When you book your order with an auto transport company, that’s when the clock starts rolling, and most companies will get your vehicle picked up within 1-10 days of you booking your order (the average turnaround time from booking to pickup is 4-7 days). This is because no one is even looking for an auto transport carrier for you until you book, and once you book you’re going to need to give them time to find one, and this is what generally takes the most time during the shipment of a vehicle.
The biggest problem with quick pickup is the fact that not all cities have auto transport trucks in them, going through them, or even planning on going through them in the next week. Major metro areas are where you want to ship your vehicle to and from as they are where all the carriers like to go due to how many people actually live in major metro areas (smaller metro areas still eclipse 200,000 residents). Roughly 75% of all major metro areas in the U.S. have at least one auto transport truck currently within their city limits, but this isn’t always as helpful as it sounds, particularly if that one area is seeing a lot of freight going out at once. The lone car transport driver in the area can basically cherry-pick the highest-paying loads, causing prices out of that area to temporarily increase. The auto transport industry runs on the road, and because of that it’s ever-changing. That’s why it’s so hard to say when exactly your vehicle will be picked up.
And the same goes for delivering a vehicle, too. Many factors can impact how quickly a car transporter can get your vehicle from your pickup location to your delivery location. Cross-country transport usually takes 10-14 days, on average, though some routes, particularly northwest-southeast/northeast-southwest oriented routes, can take even longer depending on the specific route and the driver’s itinerary. Mileage plays an important role in how long it’ll take your vehicle to be delivered, though factors such as inclement weather, traffic conditions, road conditions, and more can also impact your shipment time. For more information regarding factors that can impact your pickup and delivery windows, give us a call at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live auto shipping experts. If you’re satisfied with what you know and want to ship your vehicle, fill out our free online quote form and get ten free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transporters e-mailed to you within the hour.