How Standby Auto Shipping Works
Most of the time, when you ship a vehicle, you want to have it picked up as soon as possible. Many customers simply call a company up when they need services – they don’t usually plan out how long everything will take or anything like that. The act of finding an auto shipping company tends to be more spontaneous, is what we’re saying, with the need for services depending on numerous different factors that go into very day life. One thing that many customers don’t ask about – but they probably should – is standby auto shipping, which may not be all that common but it does see some use for several different reasons.
Standby auto shipping is fairly simple. Instead of your shipping company working to find you a carrier to pick your vehicle up as quickly as possible, or within a certain amount of time, standby lets the carriers do the legwork and the broker does basically nothing. Standby services are cheap because of this – much cheaper than standard shipping services, but because brokers aren’t actively looking for a carrier for a customer shipping standby it tends to take a lot longer to find a carrier and get a vehicle picked up – but it’s usually a lot cheaper, so long as you can spare the time.
Car transporters schedule pickup and delivery services based on customer need – at least, that’s how they want to do it. If a carrier is running a route through Oklahoma City, and they have two loads they can pick up for $500 and one for $350, they’re going to choose the $500 loads every single time. Now, if that $350 load is the only vehicle in the area that they can pick up, they may just end up taking it in order to get that last spot on their truck filled. It’s not perfect, of course, but that’s a basic overview of how standby auto shipping services actually work.
You probably won’t be interested in standby shipping – those that are typically have time on their hands but are shipping on a budget. Standby shipping is best for customers who already have a vehicle that they can drive around and customers that don’t really have to get their vehicles shipped right away. Not all transportation companies offer standby services, which honestly can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get a vehicle picked up, and with all the different factors that can affect prices and services standby shipping usually isn’t something that people request unless they’re desperate.
You can get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best car shipping companies by filling out our free online car transport quote request form. We take pride in our work and understand that shipping a car is a time-consuming and expensive process, so we make sure that all those companies are fully licensed, bonded and insured, so you know that any company you get a quote from will be a good company that you can trust. When you fill out our free form your quotes will start showing up in your email inbox within minutes of submission and sort of trickle in over the next hour. If you have questions about our services, the quotes you will receive, or need some help getting your quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.