Many people are concerned about the well-being of their vehicle once it is in the hands of a car shipping carrier and understandably so. Your vehicle is one of your most expensive assets so you want to be sure it is in good hands during transport. This begs the question: Is it possible to track your car while it is being shipped? The answer to this will depend on the car shipping company. Each company has their own policy in place regarding tracking your vehicle.
Many auto shipping companies understand the need for customers to be able to track the progress of their vehicle during shipment. Some companies have an online tracking number where customers can visit the website, enter the tracking number, and receive an instant update. Other times the update might not be instant but you will receive an email update within 24 hours. Some companies do not have an online tracking system in place but can provide you with an update if you call and request one. Others will send automatic tracking updates throughout the duration of the transport.
Auto tracking is still relatively new in the world of car shipping and it is costly to implement expensive GPS-tracking systems on auto carriers. For some, this expense doesn't make sense and the company prefers to stick with traditional updates via phone calls. If the ability to track your vehicle is something that is really important to you, it’s best to check with the car shipping company to see if this service is available. It should also be noted that while tracking your vehicle can be convenient, there will always be the risk of delays due to weather, traffic, road detours, and scheduling conflicts. Anytime you are shipping a vehicle, it is good to have a little flexibility because there are some things that drivers just can’t avoid. Talk to your car shipping company about your expectations and ask about their auto transport tracking services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.