Shipping a Vehicle on Holidays

Shipping a Vehicle on Holidays

If you have ever shipped a personal car you are probably well aware about the scheduling difficulties that come up. Auto transport companies make multiple pick ups and drops and the schedule is subject to change with even the slightest problem. When it comes to shipping around the holidays do the following to make the process go smoother.

Avoid the Dead Week 

Although its probably the happiest time of year, in the car shipping industry the slowest week of the year is the one between Christmas and New Years. Many drivers take the whole week off to spend time with their families and don’t want to risk being stuck on the road without a load. If possible, schedule a shipment a week before Christmas or a week after New Year’s as by then things get back to normal.

Day After Thanksgiving 

Although it may be convenient to ship your car on your day off – Friday after Thanksgiving, it also one of more difficult days to schedule. Many companies are closed day after Thanksgiving – thus getting a hold of a dispatcher is difficult as well.

Three Day Weekends

With 3-day weekends it is not unusual to have the transit time extended by a few days. As some businesses maybe closed on Mondays driver will work around that schedule.

Book Early

When shopping for car shipping quotes be sure do so at least 2 weeks in advance of a major holiday. That should give you enough time to reserve a spot on a car hauler.

Be Flexible

Prepare yourself and work with your auto transport company of choice to discuss all possible contingencies. As a supply of available service providers falls be prepared to have to pay more. Make arrangements with friends or relatives to accept your vehicle if it arrives later or even consider renting a car.

About the Author: Alex Marinov

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.


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