If you are shipping to or from a business location, please make sure to give our representatives the businesses’ hours of operation. Some places close down after a certain time, and the car then becomes inaccessible. This is especially true for auctions, tow yards, storage facilities, or any place else that secures vehicles behind a fence or in a building.
Don’t be afraid to call us if you have questions or concerns about your shipment. Our reps are here to help you with all your auto transportation needs.
Please, make yourself available. Many times we have to confirm information before we can move forward with a shipment, but if we can’t get a hold of you, the customer, the process stalls. Make sure you are available to take calls and answer questions so you won’t be the cause of any delays.
It may be April Fool’s Day today, but we don’t play those kinds of games at American Auto Shipping. If we contact you for something, rest assured it’s real.
If you’re shipping overseas, you have to make sure the port is paid before the vehicle arrives there, otherwise they can’t take control of it. Speak to a representative to learn more about your obligations during overseas transportation.
Take a look at our latest blog post, which talks about the nationwide driver shortage and how it might affect your car shipping prices and services.
Be wary of companies that offer low deposits or down payments. These companies may not be pricing their vehicles correctly and will be unable to move your vehicle without taking a loss, which can cause problems for everyone involved.
Carriers physically drive operable vehicles onto and off of their trucks when they load and unload them. As such, make sure you have the keys and that the vehicle interior is clean when they arrive to pick it up.
The spring shipping season is in full swing, and prices are reflecting this by being kind of all over the place. Make sure to compare quotes diligently so you’re not stuck with a bad quote that won’t move your vehicle.
We don’t charge you any money until we have found a carrier to ship your vehicle and actually dispatch the load to them.
It may be tempting to work with more than one company and see which one moves your vehicle first, but the industry doesn’t work like that. If you aren’t seeing results with one company, cancel your order before you book with a new one.
Remember, you cannot have any food or beverages in your vehicle when it is shipped.
We offer priority shipping services for those of you that need pickup within a few days. Make sure to ask your representative about priority shipping if you need it.
If you need your vehicle picked up right away, make sure to try our Same Day Pickup App!
If you’re shipping a vehicle from an auto auction like Copart, you have to have the lot number and the buyer number or the carrier won’t be able to pick your vehicle up.
We may be moving into spring, but winter weather is still choking places like New England and the Midwest. This is causing slower dispatch times as carriers don’t want to get caught in the snow and ice.
Always make yourself available when you are shipping a vehicle. Being unable to get a hold of a customer can cause unnecessary delays with your shipment and could end up leaving your vehicle on the board because no one can get a hold of you.
Be sure to never ship any valuables with your vehicle. This is especially true for artwork or electronics. Items can shift during transport if they are not secured, which could damage them.
Discounts are great, but you should make sure that they are taken from the broker’s pay and not the carrier’s. Discounting carrier pay is a great way to make sure the vehicle doesn’t move when you need it to.
If you won’t be or can’t be available for pickup or delivery, you have to let your representative know who will be there. Carriers have paperwork they need customers to sign before a vehicle can be loaded or unloaded. If no one is available, a storage facility will likely be required, which will cost additional money.
If your vehicle is not operable, be specific as to what is wrong with it. Telling your representative it doesn’t run is one thing, but if the carrier shows up to load it to find out there are no keys, or the vehicle is on blocks, that’s a real problem.
If you need your vehicle picked up after a certain date, make sure to state it clearly. One of the biggest issues regarding finding carriers tends to be available dates and unclear needs.
If you’re going to put household items in your vehicle, that’s usually okay. But don’t say you only need to put a few things in your trunk, and then have the entire car packed when the carrier arrives. They will either force you to remove the items, make you pay more to haul the car as-is, or simply leave it.
If you’re shipping a pickup truck, it’s important to have the exact model of it. Saying it’s a Chevy Silverado doesn’t mean much due to how many variations there are. The more specific you can be with what kind of truck you’re shipping, the better your quotes will be.
Heavy equipment can be a real pain to ship, so make sure not to let money stop you. Higher quotes will move your heavy equipment more quickly.
The end of the winter shipping season will be coming up in about a month, which means prices are going to shift rapidly.
You know what other prices have changed? Southeast to California. Last week you could get a car shipped from Atlanta to Los Angeles for $650, but already prices have increased by almost $100! This is a perfect example of just how quickly prices can shift in this industry, so make sure to find the right company at the right price.
Now that we’re getting past the snowbird season, we’re starting to see prices going back north rise a bit. If you’re shipping to the northeast from the southeast, you should jump on it now before prices change.
If you’re shipping a vehicle that is lifted and has oversize tires – or is just really, really big in general – have a picture ready to send to us. We may need it so we can find the appropriate carrier for you.
The northeast is getting shellacked by lake-effect snow, which has cause delays, reroutes, and cancellations among carriers. Make sure to speak to an agent if you’re worried about your pickup or delivery location and the weather of it.
Let us know if you’re shipping from or to a business. Businesses have operating hours, and many carriers won’t be able to load or unload at a business if it’s past time and they’re closed. Let us know when you book – or if you have to change pickup or delivery locations – if you’re shipping to or from a business.
Make yourself available! If your vehicle has been dispatched to a carrier, make sure you have whichever contact method you gave us handy. There’s nothing worse than a carrier being ready to load your car but they can’t get a hold of you.
Be nice to your carrier! Drivers are people too, and if a customer is belligerent, rude, drunk, or negative in some other way, they have the right to refuse to load the vehicle.
If you’re shipping in a few weeks, but book your order now, make sure to tell your rep right away. Sometimes vehicles get dispatched quick because the customer gave us the wrong pickup or delivery times.
As one of the slowest months for auto shipping, prices tend to drop on popular routes due to less freight. Jump on it now before the deals are gone!
There’s heavy rain and flooding in parts of California, notably Sausalito. This could result in carriers having to divert because they cannot reach their pickup or delivery locations.
We’re expecting this big storm front to continue moving east. This will likely result in delays in transportation across the Midwest as roads freeze and snow becomes an issue for carriers.
When it comes to finding the right price to ship your pickup, more is better. Budget shipping is appealing, but trucks are hard to move especially in the winter. They take up more space and force carriers to take fewer vehicles, so the more you pay, the faster it’ll move.
Well, so much for snow in the PNW! The “snowpocalypse” that many meteorologists were claiming was heading was less that and more a minor dusting. Regardless, auto transportation to and from the Pacific Northwest should be moving along just fine.
Large vehicles are harder to ship than small ones. This includes trucks and large SUV’s. Don’t be surprised if everything is priced correctly and it still takes time to move your vehicle.
It’s supposed to snow quite a bit in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, which could result in longer wait times for pickup. We’ll keep you appraised as the days go by.
Because of the way prices fluctuate throughout the year, it’s important to get updated quotes if you started your search a while back. If you have quotes over two weeks old, chances are they’re out of date.
If you need your vehicle shipped right away, use our priority shipping option. It’s a bit more expensive, but almost every car shipped priority gets picked up within a day or two.
February is often the slowest season for car shippers. Freight takes longer to move due to weather and lack of demand, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a bit for pickup.
Have a travel mug for your coffee? Make sure it’s not in your car when it’s shipped. It could end up rolling around and breaking something, plus, you’d be without a travel mug.
The snowbird season is starting to wrap up, so now’s your last chance to get great rates on your shipment from the Northeast to Florida!
As wintry weather continues to pound the northern Midwest, many routes through the region are seeing delays, reroutes, and closures. If your vehicle is in transit, please speak to a representative to make sure there are no issues with your shipment.
If your vehicle isn’t in our vehicle database, that’s okay – just mark it as “other” in our quote form, or select a vehicle that is similar in size to the one you are trying to ship. You can also simply contact us over the phone to get a quote from a representative.
It seems prices are dropping across the industry along most major routes, so make sure to scoop these prices up before they change!
You should never ever let your vehicle be loaded onto a carrier without signing the inspection report and Bill of Lading.
Pickup and delivery in certain areas of the Midwest and the Northeast may still be delayed. Things move fast in auto transport, but weather can slow it down, and it can take carriers a bit more time to trust a route that got whacked by a blizzard.
Remember, you don’t need much in the way of paperwork to ship a car. You won’t need a title, or proof of registration, or even insurance to get it moved.
Always check to make sure your coffee cup is not in your car when the carrier arrives. Don’t want to have to use that backup if you can help it!
There are few problems in auto transport that money can’t solve. If your shipping company is having a hard time moving your vehicle, you can always try throwing money at the problem. Things like bad routes or wrong prices can cause freight to sit, but those are both overcome by money. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s what it is.
Having a hard time getting your vehicle picked up in the middle of nowhere? Move your pickup location! Moving to the next big city can draw carriers who would otherwise be turned off by the rural area.
If your rep hasn’t contacted you, it’s likely because there’s nothing new to report. You are always welcome to call us for a status update, of course, but don’t be surprised if there’s no news.
Never let a carrier load your vehicle without first doing an inspection, properly marking the inspection report and signing the Bill of Lading.
It’s been a fairly mild winter so far this year, but it’s still early. While we haven’t seen any crazy weather so far, we’ll keep an eye out for you.
The snowbird season is starting to dwindle, which means less freight from the northeast to the southeast. Instead, routes are more popular out of California, which is actually causing prices to go up right now.
Our services now include a free car wash and a personal concierge! Call us today to see how we can help make your shipping experience the best it can be.
Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts!
When you’re working to get your vehicle shipped, always make yourself available. Things can move quick in the industry and sometimes dispatchers can find a carrier that can pick your vehicle up the same day it’s posted to the nationwide load boards.
Though there are plenty of cars that ship within just a day, they’re not exactly the most common. Expect pickup to take at least a day from the date of dispatch.
Don’t wait until the last minute to book an order and ship. Always plan ahead when it comes to shipping a vehicle as it usually takes at least a few days to find a truck, and a few more for the truck to get to you.
Keep in mind that having personal items in your vehicle is typically not allowed. Some carriers allow “junk in the trunk” while others say no to any items in the vehicle. Always confirm with your rep regarding putting personal belongings in your vehicle before it’s shipped.
Make sure to get a quote and book an order today to lock in great low rates on most major routes!
Getting back to work isn’t always the best, but it’s a new year and a new outlook. Here’s to 2019 being the best in auto transport!
Happy New Year from American Auto Shipping!