How do Winter Car Shipping Services Differ from Summer Shipping?
Winter car shipping is much different than shipping a vehicle during pretty much any time of the year. As the temperature starts to drop, routes start to freeze up both in terms of snow and ice and also popularity. Understanding how winter car shipping services work is a crucial part of shipping a vehicle, and now that we’re past Halloween and getting into the holiday shipping season it’s important to at least know the basics of what to expect when shipping a vehicle right now. Most of it involves knowing that the industry is slowing down – fewer customers ship during the winter due to the weather, and there are also fewer carriers on the road as some companies close down during the slowdown. These can and likely will affect your shipping prices, so read on to learn how to cope with them and get the most out of your vehicle shipment.
Major cities are popular auto shipping locations throughout the year – cities with millions of people in their metropolitan areas often have customers shipping to and from the area regardless of the time of year, so you shouldn’t have problems finding a transportation company to ship your vehicle into or out of most major cities. That being said, where your pickup and delivery locations are located are going to have a big impact on your shipping prices and services. Cities in the southern United States, notably states like Florida, Texas or California, are infinitely easier to ship to in the winter months, as there is usually not a lot of snow and ice making passage more difficult.
However, cities in the northern United States, such as New York City, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, and other northern cities – particularly Rust Belt cities in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Indiana, pretty much anything near the Great Lakes, really – are going to usually be a bit more expensive to ship to and from during the winter because of the weather. Snow and ice can cause serious delays on a number of routes through the northern United States, and areas like the Midwest are scarce in both customers and carriers willing to run routes through them. This means states like Kansas, Iowa, the Dakotas, and even states like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are going to be more expensive – and likely see longer pickup windows – because of their low population counts and high average snowfall.
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle, regardless of the time of year, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. If you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes from car transport companies that understand how winter car shipping services differ from those during other times of the year and how to make sure your shipment is still cost-effective and timely in pickup, transit and delivery. We clear all those companies for dependability and reliability and make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent.