Auto Transport Tips: What to do if You Can’t Be at Pickup/Delivery
Auto transportation services take time. From booking to delivery will likely take at least five days, but it’s usually closer to 10-14 days, and sometimes can be even longer. Unlike UPS or FedEx, the auto transportation industry is run by thousands of independent shippers that each have their own preferred routes and their own rates and their own timetables. Once you throw in brokers to handle it as well, it gets to be a whole lot more difficult because not all brokers work with all the same carriers, and vice-versa. Therefore, it can be difficult to maintain a set schedule that you can work your own schedule around, which is frustrating for many people and often begs the question, what can you do if you can’t be present at the pickup or the delivery of your vehicle?
There are a couple of different options. The nature of the automobile transport industry is relatively relaxed, all things considered, and while someone has to be present at pickup and delivery regardless of shipping method (i.e. door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal), who it is isn’t as important as the fact that someone’s there. If you can’t physically be there for pickup or delivery, make sure you know someone who can be. This can be a coworker, neighbor, friend, family member – it doesn’t matter, so long as they can sign some paperwork and make sure that the pickup and delivery inspections are done. Shippers prefer if the person they’re working with (i.e. you) is there, but as long as they know who is going to be there at pickup or delivery and you verbally verify it’s the person you want there, it doesn’t matter.
With terminal to terminal shipping you take the hassle out of finding someone to be there for the pickup or final delivery of your vehicle, which is great, but at the same time it’s frustrating because terminal to terminal shipping isn’t as widely available anymore. Terminal to terminal auto transport services are most easily found from one major metropolitan area to another, and you can and should discuss your pickup and delivery options with your auto transport representative before you settle on anything final. If you have questions or concerns regarding your shipment, feel free to call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to our live auto transport experts who can answer questions and point you in the right direction. Ready to find a shipping company to haul your vehicle? Fill out our free form and choose between ten different reputable auto shippers and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within the hour.