A Bit About Summer Auto Shipping Services
When you ship a car, one of the biggest factors – aside from where you’re shipping from and to and what kind of vehicle you’re shipping – is the time of year that you need it moved in. Summer is the time of year when the industry is at its peak, and summer auto shipping as a result is usually easier to find along most major routes. However, there are some things that you need to know about summer auto shipping services, notably how it will affect pricing and carrier availability across the country. Unlike in winter, though, more carriers are on the road to help cover the increase in demand from customers, so finding a carrier shouldn’t be too hard.
The summer shipping season usually runs from just after Memorial Day to around Labor Day. This is the peak time in the industry, as more customers are looking for shipping services and there are more carriers on the road to meet that demand. But some routes can actually get clogged, and this can result in logjams. In the auto transport industry, logjams are where there are more customers going out of an area than there are carriers; this results in a shipper’s market, as it were, and carriers can (and often do) take the highest-paying loads first. This can result in longer wait times for pickup, especially if your shipping company hasn’t updated their pricing structures.
But this isn’t all that common – most of the time, summer auto shipping services are actually lower-priced in order to take advantage of the number of customers. Many routes – those that see the same basic amount of demand throughout the year – tend to actually see lower prices because carriers don’t always just jump on those routes. Finding a carrier during the summer won’t be hard either, considering that there are more on the road. Some shipping companies only work the spring and summer months and close up in the late fall or early winter. Most of the time, summer is the best time to ship a car regardless of the route, as wait times are lower, prices are often more affordable and there is simply more freight around for carriers.
If you are looking for quotes to ship a car, regardless of the season, take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s absolutely free from start to finish and will net you multiple free quotes from top-rated companies within about an hour. We clear each company you get a quote from for dependability and reliability, and that includes making sure each is fully licensed, bonded and insured. They’ll email you your quotes, and some will show up minutes after submitting the quote form. If you have questions about our services, need help getting your quotes or simply want to speak to a live agent, you can contact one of our representatives any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.