How Weather can Affect Your Shipment
When shipping a vehicle you always want to keep your eye on the weather reports in your pickup and delivery areas, because if it’s bad enough it’s going to have a huge impact on your auto transport services and the prices you pay. Most of the time it won’t be; normal weather, even things like cold temperatures, fog and rain, aren’t going to affect your prices in any way, as they are more of an inconvenience than an actual danger for your car shipper. But there’s a lot of different types of weather out there, and the United States is a vast country, and not everyone is up-to-date on weather systems affecting another part of the country hundreds or thousands of miles away. But when you ship a car, you need to be up-to-date on the weather so you can keep track of what’s going on and keep yourself appraised of anything that might affect the shipment of your vehicle in a negative way.
Auto transport gets a bad rap, which is frustrating because complaints almost always come from people who can’t be bothered to be rational human beings. You know the type – people who, no matter what you say, will never, ever concede a point. Talking to those types of people can be frustrating, but especially so for auto transport representatives who have to explain why something isn’t going according to plan, and mother nature really enjoys playing with the weather. Most of the time you won’t see the weather causing any problems, particularly during the warmer parts of the year like spring and summer, which is helpful, but come late summer, fall and winter, things get a lot worse throughout in a lot of areas of the country.
First off, late summer and fall means tornadoes in Tornado Alley and hurricanes on the east coast and the Gulf states, which are two things that auto shippers prefer not to have to face down with a truck full of cargo. Twisters and hurricanes are incredibly hazardous even for everyday people that aren’t hauling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cargo. Running routes through afflicted areas will either be more expensive, since it’s more dangerous, or completely unavailable – much how New Orleans was off limits for weeks following Hurricane Katrina, or New York City after Hurricane Sandy hit a few years back. During the winter months, snow is common, particularly in the northern states, which can also affect your prices – snow is different than a natural disaster (though too much snow can become a natural disaster) but it’s still not fun for car carriers to haul loads through, and many will not.
As mentioned, keep an eye on the weather for the latest information about the weather in your pickup and delivery locations, particularly during the colder, wetter parts of the year. For more tips about using the news and other methods to keep appraised of your shipment, you should talk to a live auto transport expert who can discuss it with you. Make sure to take a moment and fill out our free online quote request form. It should only take a couple of minutes to submit and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. You can also give us a call 24/7 at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.