Why Expedited Auto Transport Services are Expensive
Something that we hear a lot from customers is they need their cars picked up ASAP. And that’s understandable; whether you’re buying a car, selling a car, moving, changing jobs, whatever the reason, you don’t want to be without wheels for any stretch of time. It sucks. And we get that. But auto transportation is a time-consuming process, often taking weeks to go from booking to final delivery, and that’s time that people don’t want to spend waiting. So they try to expedite things to make it faster, but expedited auto transport can be tricky for the carrier and your auto shipping representative. Most of the time it’s because finding a carrier that can fit expedited shipping into a busy schedule is hard, so they increase the price to make it more appealing.
Expedited auto transport can take a lot of effort, and it’s easier to find expedited shipping services to or from big cities with lots of people and more than a few carriers in the vicinity. Cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Houston, Chicago, those are the areas that are going to have the most carriers nearby because a huge chunk of U.S. residents live there. With more potential customers, carriers can charge less for standard services while still making enough to turn a profit. Expedited auto transport can throw a wrench in that because they have to rework their scheduled pickup and delivery services for other customers more often than not, as well as rework their route. This takes time and work, time that could be better spent on the road for them. So they up the price for expedited auto transport services in an attempt to both dissuade people from searching for it and also to make a bit more money for the inconvenience they face.
Is the system perfect? No, of course not. It’s frustrating for everyone, so we urge customers to try to book shipments a week or two ahead of the preferred pickup date, so the carrier doesn’t have to worry about traveling a long distance in a short amount of time or having to skip pickups or deliveries to accommodate expedited orders. And despite expedited shipping being more expensive, it’s not always guaranteed, especially if you’re shipping to or from rural areas. Typically, though, the more money you throw at a shipment, the faster it’ll be picked up and on its way to the delivery location – carriers like their money, after all, and who doesn’t like making extra for work they do?
If you are interested in expedited auto transport services and are trying to find a quote to get you started, take a minute or two and fill out our free online car transport quote request form. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes from start to finish, but it will net an instant price immediately right on your screen. Our carriers all offer expedited services, but we recommend you speak to our agents to find out how much more it will be and how long it takes and what the provisions are. If you have questions about our services, expedited shipping services, or need some help getting your quote or understanding more about our industry, you can contact one of our own representatives any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.