Understanding What Dispatching Is and How it Works
One of the most important aspects of shipping a vehicle is getting it dispatched. While finding the right auto transport company is as important as anything you do, understanding how vehicles are dispatched and how auto shippers actually get vehicles transported will help you in the long run when shipping your vehicle. One of the most important parts of dispatching a vehicle is actually understanding how the process works, as misunderstandings can lead to a less-than-stellar auto transportation experience. In this blog post we’ll discuss some of the aspects of dispatching a vehicle that you should know and understand, including when vehicles are dispatched, how long it takes, and more.
Your vehicle will not be available for dispatch until you finalize booking your order with an auto transport company. Dispatch comes after booking – literally, your vehicle shippers are going to be searching for a truck either in your area or planning a route through the area that you are shipping your vehicle out of, but this takes time. Most carriers run pre-planned routes through familiar areas, so some routes tend to see faster dispatch windows than others. This is especially true through major metro areas – auto shippers prefer to run routes into and out of areas where there tend to be a lot of different customers, so those areas tend to see more trucks and faster dispatch times as a result.
Dispatch can take as little as a day or more than a few weeks to complete – it depends on where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, the time of year you are shipping, the popularity of your route in terms of other customers and carriers, how many other major stops are along the route, fuel prices, and more. Most of the time, auto transporters can get a vehicle dispatched in 1-7 days, usually around the 3-5 day mark. Dispatching requires your shipper posting your load on the nationwide load board (Central Dispatch) and then basically cold-calling truckers that they know operate on your route. Many carriers operate their own dispatch departments that will also call on loads they are interested in, which can help speed up the process as well.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and would like to learn more about the process, you should give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. If you do, they can explain more about the auto transport industry, including more about how the dispatch process works and what you can expect when shipping a car. They can also help you get a free quote. Of course, you can skip the conversation altogether and fill out the free auto transport quote request form to the left to get your quote without the hassle of dealing with someone over the phone.