One of the most important factors in choosing the right car shipping company is time. Which one will deliver in the time frame you need it to, and what kind of guarantee can they offer? Unfortunately, many different factors can affect a delivery time (weather, unexpected construction delays, etc.), so carriers cannot guarantee a time—but they can provide you with their best estimate based on experience in the industry. This guide will help you choose a high-quality shipping company that knows how to estimate fairly and accurately.
Is There Such Thing as a Guaranteed Delivery Date?
Each car shipping company may give you a slightly different time estimate for your delivery, which can be a confusing and frustrating part of the process. Unfortunately, car shipping carriers cannot promise you an exact date as to when your car will be delivered because of environmental, unexpected weather changes and changing road conditions.
While a car shipping company cannot estimate your delivery down to the day, they should be able to provide an accurate time estimate. Work with the carrier by considering a few dates you can drop off your vehicle. For example, can you leave your vehicle with the carrier a week earlier than you originally planned? Having a greater flexibility for your ‘before’ date will improve the odds of having your vehicle delivered on the day (or near the day) you’d like.
How Long Will It Take From Pick-Up to Delivery?
The length of time you’ll be without your vehicle depends on how far it’s traveling (common sense we know, but that’s the basics of it!) For example, if you’re going a few states over, it may just take 2-3 days. If your vehicle is traveling from the west coast to the mid-west), you can expect a 5-7 delivery time. If your vehicle is traveling from the west coast to the east coast, you can expect a 7-10 day delivery time. In some situations, a vehicle can be dropped off and picked up on the same day, depending on the length of travel.
No matter how near or far your vehicle is being shipped to, it all comes down to quality, care, and service. Ship A Car Direct offers many advantages that make us the most trusted car shipper around, including: door to door service, no upfront deposit required, and a damage-free guarantee! Contact us today for a free quote!
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.
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