Standard Enclosed Car Transport Delivery Times
There are a few questions that we receive on a regular basis when it comes to the process of shipping a vehicle, whether it’s in an enclosed carrier or an open air carrier. The first typically involves the price of shipment and the second is often how long it will take for delivery. In this article, we’ll address the second question and explain the various aspects of auto transport that can affect the delivery time, as well as steps you can take to speed up the process if necessary.
Getting an accurate timeframe for delivery of your vehicle is important to our customers because they often have to coordinate their schedules in order to be present when the vehicle arrives. (One thing that should be noted here is that the owner doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that receives the vehicle delivery, but you should contact the company shipping the vehicle to make arrangements for another person to accept shipment if this is the case.) Having an accurate idea of when your vehicle will be arriving makes it much easier to organize pick up around the other obligations in your day to day life, which is why we make every effort to stick to a specified schedule of delivery dates and times.
Another consideration you should keep in mind when having a car shipped is that storage is always an option if you’re not available during the delivery timeframe. We maintain storage facilities in every metro area across the U.S. and it can easily be arranged for a small additional fee if you need your vehicle held for a few days before pick up.
Approximate Transport Delivery Times
Once your vehicle has been picked up by the auto transport company, delivery is usually carried out anywhere from two to seven days, depending on the shipping distance. There are cases in which a vehicle can be transported the same day or within 24 hours, but that again is dependent on the shipping distance. In most cases, same day car shipping is available for distances up to 300-400 miles as that is usually the furthest a carrier can travel in one day. If you do find yourself in need of same day delivery, it’s best to choose an enclosed carrier since they can make the trip quicker due to the smaller size of the truck and the lesser weight that comes with shipping fewer vehicles. It’s also easier to facilitate door to door delivery for the same reasons.
The main things that will affect how quickly your vehicle can be delivered include, but are not limited to, the following factors:
- Shipping distance
- Transport method (enclosed or open carrier)
- Type of vehicle
- Size and weight of the vehicle
- Whether storage is needed
- Delivery location (terminal shipping or door to door)
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
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