How Long It Will Take To Have Your Car Delivered During The Move

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How Long It Will Take To Have Your Car Delivered During The Move

How Long It Will Take To Have Your Car Delivered During The Move

After booking your car for delivery, you will be anxious to find out how long the shipper takes to have it delivered. The process involves several issues, and this makes it almost impossible to give a definite answer. However, all is not in vain since auto haulers can predict the approximate date of dispatch. No provider can be 100 percent sure in this industry, but you can work around a range.

Nevertheless, with planning, you can speed up the delivery. You need not wait until the moving date is a few days away before placing a transport request. You can shoot for 2-3 weeks before the intended date. The idea behind such punctuality is to give the shipping company sufficient time to prepare.

What affects the turnaround time? Below are some influencing factors:

Collection and delivery locations

If you live near a busy city or town, the transporter will find it easy to pick your car. However, rural areas can hamper the dispatcher’s effort. You must also realize that there could be other customers waiting to have their vehicles delivered by the same company. Therefore, the further you are from towns, the longer it may take to reach your home. Delay in picking up the car translates to a similar delay in delivery.

Distance from your current to the new place

Do keep in mind that long-distance transport assignments take more time to complete than the short ones. Therefore, moving a car, a couple of miles away will take less time than several thousand miles.


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Weather conditions

During calm weather, you can expect fast delivery. On the contrary, if the weather conditions change, the shipment will be late. Snow, rain or hurricanes all affect the route taken and can slow down or even halt transportation temporarily.

Traffic situation and the road condition

Even after a timely pick-up of your car, the auto-mover may encounter obstacles along the roads. Roadworks on some sections may warrant the engineers to close some parts and create detours. In some instances, workers have no option but to reduce traffic flow to a single lane. These situations end up creating snarl-ups that keep motorists on the road for a long time.

Peak and off-peak seasons

During the warm season, auto transporters get very busy since the weather is favorable. Therefore, if your moving date falls between late spring and early fall seasons, you stand a high chance of getting fast shipping services. Transportation during winter is significantly hampered by the state of roads across the US. At this time, expect longer turnaround times.

Nearness to urban locations allows for the speedy collection and dropping of vehicles. The transportation distance is also of great significance. Severe weather hampers movement as does the state of the road during construction work. Auto movers prefer handling more consignments in warm weather. Before making any commitment, share your concerns about these aspects before getting tentative pick-up and drop off dates from your transporter. On average, a week or two should suffice.

Joe Webster

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 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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