The Summer Shipping Season is in Full Swing – And Prices are Reflecting That
The auto transportation industry is a seasonal industry, and like any seasonal industry its prices has its ups and downs. Right now, we’re really in the thick of the summer auto transport season, and this is something that a lot of people don’t really think about. Summer, on the whole, sucks for a lot of people. It’s hard – kids are out of school, eating all your food, while temperatures across the country skyrocket, and, of course, in the midst of all that, it’s only natural for fuel prices to go up too. And it’s not just gasoline; every fuel we use, from natural gas to propane to gasoline, sees price increases during the summer for some reason. Unfortunately, this tends to reflect in other things, particularly products or services from industries that utilize those types of fuel. The best example we can give is the car shipping industry.
Prices during the summer months are already going to go up, because it’s the time of year that everyone and their brother is going to ship their car. It makes sense – see the last paragraph for some reasons why, but mainly it’s because people finally have the time and the weather is nice pretty much across the country. However, more people shipping means more trucks are needed to handle the increased volume – except there aren’t more trucks, so those truck spaces suddenly become prized commodities in the industry. Supply and demand dictates that as demand goes up, prices go up if supply can’t meet that demand (and guess what: it can’t in the auto shipping industry). Therefore, people are fighting hard for those scarce spots, especially on incredibly popular routes that have a few hundred people going to and from the same basic areas (New York to Florida, we’re looking at you).
It also doesn’t help that gasoline prices have ballooned to over $4/gallon in some places with no signs of slowing down. So, take the busiest season of an industry that runs off a limited fossil fuel, jack up the prices for said fossil fuel, and see what happens. We’ll give you a hint: skyrocketing auto transport prices. It sucks, we know, but there’s really nothing you can do; if you try to fight it or haggle, an auto transport company will basically just tell you they’ve got a dozen other people looking for that same spot you’re trying to get, and how much do you want to bet they’ll pay the money? See? It sucks for the customers, but it’s the reality – if you want fast auto transport services during the summer months, you gotta be prepared to spend a bit more money on the process. You can get free quotes by filling out our free online quote request form, and you can also ask one of our representatives questions by giving us a call at 800-930-7417. And you can rest assured that both methods are completely free for you.