Auto Shipping FAQ: What is Expedited Shipping?
We’ve written a bit about expedited auto shipping before on our blog, but in the spirit of trying to get as much information about the vehicle shipping industry out there as possible we’re going to ask (and answer) a very basic question: what is expedited shipping? How does it work, and who does it benefit? These are great questions, and it’s even better to know about expedited car shipping services because so many people seem to misunderstand how they work and what they do and who should use expedited transportation services.
Simply put, expedited auto shipping is a service that gets your vehicle picked up within a day or two as opposed to the more standard week or two. It’s essentially quick pickup for your vehicle when you ship a car, but expedited shipping isn’t really all that cost-effective unless you are in a real rush and you don’t have a choice. If you don’t know, shipping a vehicle is expensive, and often takes quite a bit of time from the time you start getting quotes to the time your vehicle is ultimately delivered. Expedited shipping puts that on the back burner, and allows you to pay more money than you do for standard shipping in order to get your vehicle picked up more quickly.
Expedited auto shipping services are most easily found on popular, heavily-traveled routes, often from one major metropolitan area to another, as those tend to be the most popular routes among both customers and carriers and the chances of finding a carrier that can provide expedited car shipping services increases drastically if the route is popular. Expedited shipping, for this reason, is not available on every route, and it’s expensive even on the most heavily-traveled routes in the country. This is because car transporters who provide expedited transportation have to work it into their schedule and often have to bump another customer or push back pickup or delivery for another customer to accommodate the expedited order.
Between the expense and how hard it is to actually find a carrier willing to do it, expedited transportation should only be a last resort, and you should try your hardest to get your vehicle shipment booked and scheduled weeks before you actually need it to be, as this helps avoid scheduling conflicts and also keeps prices more affordable. If you are trying to find a company that can ship your vehicle regardless of how long a turnaround time you can provide your carrier, take a minute to fill out our free online quote form. It only takes a minute, and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. American Auto Shipping is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quote, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.