How long does it take to ship a car?
After “how much does it cost to ship a car,” “how long does it take to ship a car” is probably the most asked question by people when they book their car delivery order with J&S. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the auto transport industry, definitive pickup and delivery dates are nearly impossible to pin down. And any auto hauler who says they can guarantee specific dates for the pickup and delivery of your vehicle are selling you a line just to get your business. At J&S, we don’t do that. We’ll tell you up front what our capabilities are so you know what’s going on with your auto transport order.
There are some things that affect how long it takes to ship a car even though we can’t give you exact dates for pickup and delivery of your vehicle.
- Distance: How long is the transport? The longer the transport, the longer the transit, the longer it takes. That’s pretty straight forward. For the most part, shorter transports take less time to deliver your vehicle than longer ones. Once your vehicle is picked up, a transport of a few hundred miles may take a few days, while transporting it thousands of miles may take a week or two.
- Location: Where you’re shipping your vehicle from and to. If you’re in or near a metropolitan area, it’ll be easier for auto transport companies to pickup and deliver your vehicle. If you’re in a harder to reach or rural area, it takes more effort and time by our dispatch team to coordinate the pickup and delivery of your vehicle, which adds to the time it, takes to ship your car.
- Route: If the transport of your vehicle is along main highways and interstates, the transport of your vehicle may be quicker than if either the pickup or delivery location make it necessary to take less traveled routes for extended periods of time. At Autotransporters Online.com this doesn’t mean we won’t or can’t transport your vehicle. We do door-to-door car transport whenever possible. What is does mean is that it may take a little longer than if the pickup and/or delivery point were along major thoroughfares. When asking “how long does it take to ship a car?” know the route is key.
- Season: Peak moving season for car transporters and moving companies are in the warmer months. Starting in late spring and ending in early fall; transport companies are busy all over the country. This means if you’re shipping a car around these times, it may be picked up sooner due to the number of trucks going back and forth across the US. If you’re transporting your car in the winter months, it may take longer to arrange pickup and delivery.
What you can do to help get your car delivered quickly as possible
The best thing you can do to help get your car delivered as quickly as possible is to plan in advance. Coordinating the pickup of your vehicle with a truck may actually be the hardest and most time consuming aspect of your transport. Don’t wait till the last minute to book your auto transport order. We recommend booking your transport order at least 3 weeks prior to the date you want the car picked up, but 10 days is doable as well. The longer you give our company to coordinate the pickup and delivery of your vehicle, the better the outcome will be.
You should also do some research on the company you entrust to move your car. What do other customers have to say about their service? Check third party review sites to see what people have to say about them. You can also check out their safety and delivery records on the FMCSA site. And check out the Better Business Bureau to see how they rate the companies.
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