Auto Transport by the Season – Understanding How it All Works
When you’re looking to ship a vehicle, what season you’re shipping in can have a surprising effect on your overall price. It’s nothing that you can control, unfortunately – auto transportation by its very nature is a seasonal industry, with peak times coming during the spring and summer months and the slower times of the year coming in the fall and winter. Much of this has to do with inclement weather and customer demand; during the winter, many northern routes become more treacherous, and less people overall tend to want to ship their vehicles in the winter when it’s cold and dreary in many parts of the U.S.
What this means is that prices along all the different routes can radically change in base price as the seasons pass. Auto transporters naturally prefer running routes into and out of major metropolitan areas as that is where their largest customer bases tend to be, but customer demand can affect the popularity of routes, and therefore carrier availability and price. During the summer months, for instance, a lot of people tend to ship to Los Angeles and other areas of Southern California; such an influx of customers is great for shippers, but it can create backlogs that can cause prices to increase along the route as carriers can essentially cherry-pick the best loads, which usually means they’ll take the highest-priced shipments along the easiest routes they can.
Fast forward just a few months, however, and everything changes. During the fall and winter months, some areas still see logjams, particularly in Florida and Texas, but other areas see price drops because they’re popular summer routes but not necessarily popular winter routes. This includes Southern California more often than not; less people tend to move to the area in the winter months, but it’s still a popular destination for customers, with easily-traveled routes in and out which makes it more popular for auto shippers. But because there are fewer people going into the area in the winter, carriers can’t cherry-pick, but rather have to take what they can get, which usually means lower prices.
There are areas like this all across the country, and as it’s constantly changing it’s hard to pinpoint where the best rates are going to be, what routes are going to be in-demand for a given day or week and also where the carriers are going to be in the next few weeks. If you want, you can get multiple free auto transport quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour by filling out our free online quote request form. It’s fast and easy, and gets you in contact with multiple highly-rated auto transport companies that we pre-screen for reliability to ensure high quality and customer service. You can also contact us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can also answer some basic auto transport questions and help you get your free quotes today.