Auto Transport Tips: Know How Car Transport Pickup Windows Work
When you ship a car, one of the most important things that you can learn about and understand is how car transport pickup windows work. Simply put, your car transport pickup window is going to be how long it takes to get your vehicle picked up from the time it was dispatched to be picked up. This window will vary depending on where you are shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, and the available carriers on your given route, and no broker can tell you how big or small that pickup window will be – at least, not for sure. Typically, after your vehicle is scheduled for pickup, it’s going to take anywhere from a few days to a week for the carrier to actually arrive.
This doesn’t factor in how long it will take to actually find a carrier, either – that’s the dispatch window, as it’s known informally, and some companies may have different terms for that. What’s nice is that once your vehicle is actually dispatched and scheduled to be picked up by a carrier company, you’ll get your carrier’s contact information, including the name of the driver and their telephone number and/or email address, so you can communicate with your carrier regarding your pickup dates and windows.
You shouldn’t try to bug your carrier – once you get their contact information, you can contact the driver and ask about your pickup window and the like, but at the end of the day you’re still beholden to the carrier and their schedule and when they can arrive. They’ll call you and let you know when they’re close, usually on the outskirts of town, and many companies will give you at least a day’s notice so you can get your schedule worked out. If you can’t be there to meet your carrier for pickup, make sure you have someone who can be there, and let your carrier know who it will be.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and are trying to get some quotes to ship a car, take a minute and fill out our free online car shipping quote request form. It shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two, but once you fill out and submit the form you’ll get multiple free quotes from some of the best auto shipping companies in the industry. We clear each of those companies for dependability and reliability, which means we make sure they’re fully licensed, bonded and insured, and once you submit the form they’ll send your quotes to you via email and may also call you with a follow up to discuss the quote they sent. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, you can contact us any time over the phone at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent.