The recent blizzard in the Northeast brings up the question, once again, of how weather can affect shipping a car.
Obviously, if you are shipping a car to or from the Northeast this week, your shipment is going to be delayed while roads are plowed and vehicle are dug out.
But it's not just the winter months that can affect shipping a car. There are plenty of weather events that can cause a disruption; from heavy rain or hail storms to wildfires to tornadoes and the like.
Most car carrier companies, especially the better ones (like those that we use), will always have one eye on the weather reports when they are planning their routes for their trucks. The last thing any company wants to do is send the truck (loaded with your and eight or nine other people's personal asset) into the heart of a weather disaster.
So what does this mean for you?
Well, for most people, it means staying patient and understanding that car carriers will not only focus on safety first, but that they are also subject to the same delays as the rest of us.
Believe me, we have plenty of carriers that would love to be doing their pick ups and deliveries in the Northeast as scheduled this week, but they, like everybody else, are in a holding pattern.
The only way to avoid situations like this, I guess, would be to double down on the fight against global warming.
But, I'll leave those blog posts to the environmentalists.
Me, I'm just your friendly neighborhood car shipper. 😉
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.