The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, and while car shipping services are still available, here are a couple holiday car shipping tips to keep in mind.

  • Truck drivers want to spend time with their families during the holiday season, just like you.

This is especially true during the Thanksgiving weekend, and the week between Christmas and New Years.  Its best to try and avoid those dates for car shipping because so many drivers in the auto transport world are taking those dates off too.

  • Expect longer transit times

Longer transit times are normal for the holiday season, not only due to driver availability, but because of more traffic on the roads, and winter road conditions.

  • Prepare to pay a bit more

It’s basic supply and demand, when there are fewer car haulers available, and lots of cars to ship, car carriers will haul the cars that pay the most first, and work down from there. So, if you have strict timeline concerns, be prepared to compensate the carriers competitively.

  • Be flexible with your shipping dates, and you’ll be fine. 

You can still get your car shipped from point A to point B during the holidays, if you are flexible with your schedule and rates.  Have a back up plan for potential delays, and avoid those busy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years dates.

If you have questions about car shipping during the holiday season, – or any other car hauling questions – please call us at 866-221-1664.


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Michael began working in the Car Shipping Industry back in 2002, starting as a Salesperson for AAA Discount Auto & Truck Transporters in Los Angeles, CA. In 2008, he opened his own office under the name "Honesty First Auto Transport" where he pioneered the movement within the Auto Transport industry of not charging the customer a deposit up front. Many car shipping companies followed his lead and no longer require a deposit up front. In 2011, in an effort to further improve the customer experience for anyone shipping a car to another state, he changed the name of his company to Safe-Direct Car Shipping and created the auto shipping industry's ONLY Damage Free Guarantee. His hope is that other Auto Transporters will, once again, follow his lead and create similar safeguards for their customers (and he'll be happy to re-emerge once again in a few years with the next great improvement). Simplify things even further, Safe-Direct Car Shipping now operates under the name Ship a Car Direct. He is also proud to announce that Ship a Car Direct has become the #1 company on Consumer Affairs, Transport Reviews and many other review sites. Ship a Car Direct has also been accredited by the BBB since 2008.