Give Yourself Time to Ship Your Car
A lot of customers seem to think that shipping a car is like ordering a pizza; you place your order and wait for the guy who drives the funny automobile to show up, either with your pizza or to pick your car up. But it’s like ordering a pizza only in the most basic sense of how the transaction is completed (that is, over the phone or online), and that’s about it. Auto transportation is a costly and time-consuming endeavor that is anything but fast and easy, which is why you always want to give yourself the time you need to make sure that everything is going right. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can give yourself time to ship your car so that everything goes according to plan.
For starters, you want to book your shipment at least two weeks out. In the car shipping industry most quotes that you get will usually only be good for two-to-three weeks anyway so you might as well start at the high end so you know what you’re in for. Setting up your shipment for two weeks out or so will give your shipping company the time they need to find a carrier and make sure that they’ll pick your vehicle up when they say they will. Booking further out will also allow carriers to work you into their schedule without having to try to do some crazy jig where they have to redo their entire schedule. This usually leads to better overall shipping services since you’re doing your best to keep things easier for the shipper, and they appreciate that.
Giving yourself time to ship your vehicle will also give you time to budget your shipment. Let’s face it – auto transportation services aren’t cheap, and they can be pretty daunting if you’re brand-new to shipping a car or you didn’t give yourself or your carrier any time to get it moved. Usually, when a carrier ships a car they give the customer pickup, transit and delivery windows, based on where that customer is shipping from and to, the route it’ll need to travel on and other stops that car shippers will have to make along the way. This is important for you to realize – car shipping takes serious planning, and if you try to half-ass it you’re not going to get very far.
If everything works out like it’s supposed to, you’d have about 3-4 weeks from the time you first learn (or decide, depending on circumstances) that you need to ship your vehicle until the day it’s picked up. That should be plenty of time to get everything settled and worked out, and it’s important that you jump on the bandwagon as quick as possible once you know that you’re going to need a car transport carrier to move your vehicle for you. Prices tend to change over time, but you should be good for anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on various factors. What it boils down to, really, is simply giving yourself the time you need to get your vehicle shipped and to ensure that you can get all the ducks lined up without too much hassle down the line.
If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship a vehicle from or to anywhere in the United States, we highly recommend you fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you within the hour, and once you get your quotes you can compare the prices and services of those different shipping companies to find the right one for your specific needs. If you have further questions about our services or the quotes you receive, need some help in getting those free quotes or just have some questions about the auto transport industry in general, make sure to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live representatives toll-free today.