Major concern for many customers when getting their car shipped is timing. If a vehicle needs to be picked up a day before your flight or delivered right after you arrive in a city across the country – timing is key. Here are five ways you can expedite car shipping & having your vehicle transported successfully..
[av_dropcap2]1[/av_dropcap2]Order in Advance
Demand for vehicle shipping is seasonal but every lane is different. Ask a dispatcher to advise you on the best time to ship your car at the lowest price. Call in advance, we recommend giving us a 7-day notice, it is almost impossible to reserve a spot the same day. Expedited car shipping works best with adequate notice. We recommend getting 2 to 3 car shipping quotes to ensure you are getting a fair deal.
[av_dropcap2]2[/av_dropcap2]Be Flexible on Dates
When placing your order it is typical for the transport company to ask for a 2-day window for pick up and delivery. Delays, road hazards, weather all contribute to the unpredictable nature of the business. Keep in mind that weekend deliveries are more difficult to schedule and delivery dates are not guaranteed but estimated.
Delivering your car straight to your door may not always be possible within a particular time frame. Trucks are always making multiple picks and drops, propose to have your car dropped off at a major nearby city en route. Consider this option if timing is especially important and discuss with a dispatcher the details of your shipment.
Accurately describe the condition of the your vehicle when placing an order. If you suspect that your vehicle may be non-running or if you plan on shipping your personal items in your car please let us know in advance. If your car is modified: raised, lowered, has a roof rack or a large spoiler please provide that information at the time of booking. Drivers may refuse to load your car if it does not match their expectations.
[av_dropcap2]5[/av_dropcap2]Pay More Money
This last point should not be a surprise, but auto transport companies are in business to make money. If 4 of the previous ways don’t get your move expedited this last one surely will. When you are working with a broker propose to pay more to the carrier to make your car more appealing. For comparison and planning purposes you can get a cost to ship a car on our quote page.
Alex Marinov is the president of RCG Logistics LLC, with years experience in the shipping and freight industry. His main interest include sustainable building design, video production and automobiles.