Auto Transport Tips: Have a Car Transport Plan
One of the most important things that you can do when shipping a vehicle is to have a plan. A solid car transport plan is important because it basically is going to setup everything that you’re going to want to do and have happen when it comes to shipping your car or truck or SUV or whatever, but planning something like a vehicle shipment can be difficult if you’re unsure about how things work or how to go about it. You need to understand that the auto transport industry is rather flexible; shipping companies work on constantly-shifting timetables, and routes can be difficult to stick to depending on the time of year, inclement weather and traffic patterns.
That being said, you should always plan on getting quotes from multiple companies at least two weeks before you start shipping your vehicle. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle to and from major cities or bedroom cities that are near a major population center, you can probably get away with starting your search 7-10 days out. Rural transportation can be harder to find and schedule, so we recommend at least two weeks for anywhere that’s off the beaten path. Once you start gathering your quotes you’ll want to book as soon as you’ve reached your decision on who to ship with. This is crucial especially if time is a factor for you, or you need to get your vehicle delivered by a certain time.
See, when you book your shipment with a company as soon as you decide you actually want to book, you give them more time to find and schedule a carrier to ship your vehicle. More time means more opportunities to find a carrier; not only that, but it also gives the carriers time to move around a little bit. Oftentimes, a carrier that a week ago would not be willing to pick your vehicle up may have had their route change and they can. Your brokers can see popular routes and where carriers are – they’re privy to information most customers don’t have access to, after all, since it’s part of their job – and a few days can mean the difference between finding a reputable carrier and having your vehicle sit an extra week.
This is why having a car transport plan is so important. Other than giving yourself and your shipping company the time necessary to find a carrier and get everything settled, you also give yourself some peace of mind in that you know you’re doing everything you can to make things go as smoothly as possible. That’s really the most important thing, and as we mentioned a good car transport plan always starts with gathering quotes. We make this easy for you – simply fill out our free form to the left and get multiple quotes emailed to you from top-rated, licensed, bonded and insured auto transport companies. These companies understand what it takes to get a vehicle shipped and can help you fine-tune your car transport plan so that everything goes as well as it can. If you have questions about our services, the industry, or simply want to speak to a live human being, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.