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.
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.