How Auto Transport Delivery Windows Work
If you’ve ever driven across the country – or even on an all-day drive – you know that estimating your time of delivery can be pretty difficult. There are a lot of different factors that you need to take into account, including when you leave, the traffic conditions along the route, inclement weather, fuel prices and locations and also your vehicle’s fuel economy. Will you be stopping for meals, or eating in the car? What about multi-day trips, are you going to be staying in your car or are you going to be staying at a motel? For a regular motorists like you or me, these questions are part of the trip-planning process, and just like in the car shipping industry they will all have an impact on how long it’s going to take you to get to your destination. Now imagine you have to stop and visit a dozen different relatives along the way, each time knowing you’re going to have to stay for at least an hour but you don’t really know how long per visit, and they’re scattered all across the country. So now you have to fill them in.
Okay, the metaphor was getting a little out of hand, but what we’re trying to explain is how difficult it is for a carrier to schedule a delivery time and actually stick to it. Not because they don’t want to or because they’re lazy or anything, but rather because it’s hard to schedule delivery for a vehicle a week out with nine or cars left to delivery – and still more to pickup – along the way. It can be tricky to get everyone’s pickup and delivery schedules lined up in a way that makes sense and makes it easier for carriers to run their routes, at least without tripping over someone else in the process. It’s long and time-consuming, but the industry runs on it, so carriers do their best to get to their customers on time, every time.
However, the many variables that auto transport drivers encounter while they’re on the road necessitates them giving customers pickup and delivery windows, as opposed to guaranteed pickup and delivery dates. Guaranteeing a date that they will arrive with a vehicle is understandably difficult given what they go through during their day-to-day, so you need to give your shipper a little bit of leeway. Usually they’re dead on – if they say they’ll be there in a week, you can expect it to take about a week. It’s kind of like UPS, if everything took longer. When scheduling pickup of a vehicle, make sure to discuss your delivery window with a shipping representative, to learn more about the process and also to get important information on the nature of delivery windows and how they can affect your shipment.
Your delivery window will generally be anywhere from one to four days, usually, with more information coming to you the closer the carrier gets to his final destination. You and the carrier will communicate with one another just before pickup and also before delivery. This is to ensure that everyone knows what is going on, where the carrier will be dropping the vehicle off at and when he’ll be arriving, and also to let you know what you’ll need to bring (like the money, to pay for the shipment). If you need more time to pay or if you’re not quite ready to have the vehicle delivered, you need to speak to your shipping agent, as they will let you know what your options are moving forward if things moved a bit too quick for you.
If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, or you need some more information or some help from a real live auto transport company, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto transport companies. We clear all those shippers for reliability and dependability, and when you get your quotes you can also look up their reliability right online. You can talk to one of their live agents about the cost to move your vehicle or how long it’ll take, as well as get more information on pickup and delivery windows and policies. If you have further questions, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. The number is toll-free and we ensure that you get in contact with one of our agents immediately; no wandering around phone menus, pressing buttons trying to get to a live person. So whether you want to just fill the form out yourself or let us do it for you, let American Auto Shipping help you with all your auto transport needs today.