Auto Transport Tips: Pickup Windows
When you book your shipment with an auto transport company, most likely they’ll tell you about the pickup window that your shipment has – in other words, how long it will take them to find a carrier to transport your vehicle and how long it will take before they arrive. The pickup window can be more easily defined as the period of time between booking and pickup, and pickup windows are 1-10 days for most shipments. Shipments utilizing an enclosed carrier may take up to 14 days (same for non-running vehicles and flatbed carriers). If you’re shipping a car, be sure to give your shipping company up to the full pickup window range to find a carrier and have them schedule pickup, because sometimes it does take that long.
There are times that your pickup window may be stretched more than the ten or fourteen day maximum. Generally this is due to a lack of carriers along your route, and there can be several different reasons as to why it takes longer to pickup out of certain areas. Inclement weather is a big factor, particularly in the winter and early spring. Northern areas, particularly New England and the Great Lakes regions, are not as popular in the winter as in the summer due to the heavy snows and high chance of getting stuck in areas. Geographically isolated areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, or sparsely populated areas, such as the Mountain West (Wyoming, Utah, Montana, et al), are not popular with auto transporters either. This is due to the fact that there are generally few customers shipping into or out of those areas, which means fewer loads and less money to be made on those routes. These factors can all increase the length of your pickup window, so talk to your representative about it and make sure you’re not stuck waiting longer than you anticipated.