How Many Vehicles Can I Ship at Once?
You’d be surprised at how often we hear that question, at least until you begin to realize that a lot of people actually have quite a few cars that they need to ship at a time. Usually, these people own or manage dealerships or fleets of vehicles (for rental purposes, usually), and generally have a lot of vehicles to ship at a single time. This is completely acceptable, and many auto shippers prefer loads with multiple vehicles, especially along routes that are popular with auto transporters but don’t see a ton of customer traffic. Shipping, for instance, four to six vehicles at once can really help out an auto transport carrier since they fill four to six spaces at a single pickup, and with more vehicles comes more money for less work – this is generally where multi-car discounts come in, since auto transporters expend less fuel-per-vehicle-shipped as they don’t have to make as many detours and route adjustments to accommodate all the deliveries – they just deliver to one place.
At the end of the day, you can ship as many vehicles as you want, but you need to understand that only ten vehicles can fit on a standard carrier at a time, and it’s hard to find a truck that has their entire back completely empty. Auto shippers go from pickup to delivery to pickup to delivery for their customers, A to B to C to D and so on and so forth, every single day. If you’re shipping more vehicles than can fit on a standard carrier, you need to be prepared for staggered pickup – that is, waiting for multiple carriers to show up to pick all your vehicles up. This is called “staggered pickup,” or “staggered delivery” on the receiving end, and simply means that more than one truck must be employed to pick all your vehicles up, and they won’t all show up at once.
This can cause inconveniences for customers, of course, so to avoid any of those inconveniences you’ll want to book a shipment with more than ten vehicles at least three to four weeks out, as opposed to the standard week or two for normal shipments. This gives your shipper more time to arrange pickup of all your vehicles, and will make it easier to schedule them in accordance with your own schedule. Auto transport representatives have to juggle a lot of timetables when it comes to shipping a vehicle – they have to take into account your day-to-day schedule, the carrier’s day-to-day schedule, and also account for any unforeseen circumstances that can also cause delays.
Auto transport is a fluid industry in that it is constantly moving, changing and evolving, and keeping up with all that is what auto transport representatives are supposed to do. If you need quotes to ship one vehicle or twenty, you can use our online quote form to get free quotes from reputable, reliable shipping companies. When you fill out our form your information will be sent to multiple American auto shipping companies who will each compile a quote for you and e-mail you your quotes within about an hour. Since our form only has room for one vehicle, if you have multiple vehicles you’ll have to wait until you get your quotes to discuss the prices for all of them; however, a good rule of thumb is to take the quotes you get and multiply it by how many vehicles you’re shipping. This gives you a rough idea of the maximum price of your shipment, since most of the time companies will give multi-car discounts.
If you have further questions, or need help navigating our site or filling out our free form, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417. We have live agents standing by to answer your questions, and they can also take your information right over the phone to help you get your free auto transportation quotes. Regardless of what method you choose – filling the form out yourself or calling us first – you’ll know that you’ll be in good hands, since we clear all our advertisers for reliability and make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured before they send you your quotes.
Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.
He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.
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