Auto Transport Tips: Expedited Shipping and How it Works
Expedited auto transport services are a special type of service that gets your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour pickup window as opposed to the standard 1-10 days that most auto transporters give. Not all auto transport companies provide expedited transportation services, but those that do generally do so for a higher price. The 1-10 day pickup window is generally considered standard (some companies may have slightly different numbers, but the maximum any pickup window will go is two weeks), and of all the cars shipped the majority of them get picked up within 5-7 days from the date of booking. Expedited services speed that up, which naturally puts more pressure on your representatives to find you a transportation service to get your vehicle moved ASAP.
The problem with expedited shipping is carrier availability, and one of the ways your representative gets around that particular problem, is by offering more money to any carrier willing to pick up the load quickly. Generally you’ll be paying anywhere from 50-150% above the cost of normal transport for expedited services, though how much depends on where you’re shipping from and to and the various factors that go into pricing pickup from different locations around the country. You will likely save money on expedited services by shipping to or from major metropolitan areas, as there will be more potential carriers available for pickup, though this is of course after the additional expenses that come with shipping on an expedited basis.
When speaking of expedited shipping services you should be aware of the different methods available to you through your representative. To get your vehicle picked up within a 48-72 hour window, your representative may have to call a local tow company to pick it up and move it to a storage facility, where it will then wait for a carrier to pick it up. The additional costs will generally be split between the tow company, storage facility and the carrier, so this method is rather pricey – however, if you’re needing your vehicle off your hands quickly, this is a great way to go. Additionally, your representative could try to find a direct carrier, which is generally what they will try to do first. However, many areas have no carriers willing to pickup vehicles on an expedited basis, which brings us back to the tips mentioned in the paragraph above. For more about expedited shipping services, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our auto transportation experts who can answer questions and give more tips regarding this and any other auto transport service you can provide. Additionally, you can fill out our free form to get multiple free quotes from reputable and reliable shipping companies who can also answer your questions.