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How Long Should It Take Your Movers?

How Long Should It Take Your Movers?
How Long Should It Take Your Movers?

As the old song says, waiting is the hardest part. This is just as true during your move. After all the hard work of planning everything, going through all the checklists, packing and then loading up the truck, you are tempted to think the hardest part is finished. Now, you will need to wait for the movers to arrive. The timetable really depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is the distance. Here are some guidelines as to what to expect from your movers.

Factors Determining Your Delivery Time

There are a number of different things that will play a part in determining how long it will take your movers to arrive. These can include:

  • Other shipments on the same truck: More than likely, your items will not be the only ones on the truck. Basically, they take the large truck and put together several shipments, then make all the deliveries. This is simply due to economies of scale; this is how the moving company makes the most money. So, how many shipments are ahead of yours, where exactly they are going, and how large those shipments are will all determine when the truck arrives at your new location.
  • The distance of your move: Naturally, the further you are going, the longer it will take for the truck to get there. Longer-distance moves will, of course, require more patience.
  • The size of your shipment: The size of your shipment will also make a difference in terms of its arrival. So will the size of those shipments and deliveries ahead of yours.
  • Time of the year: Certain times of the year are busier than others when it comes to the moving business. Late spring and early summer is most likely considered the peak season, so it will take a bit longer than normal for your shipment to arrive during these times. The early fall is also another busy time.
  • Service dates listed: On every move, your bill of lading should have a range of dates that you can expect the moving truck to arrive. In the case of a long distance move, this will usually be between 10 and 14 days.
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Maintain Communication

There can always be things that come up while the moving company has your shipment. This might be bad weather, changed traffic patterns, or something entirely unexpected. The key to dealing with anything is to remain in constant contact with your moving company. This way you can best track the progress of your items and know what is happening.

Call the moving company every few days to get updates. Ask for any changes in the itinerary and the progress of the shipment. Be sure to call two days before the expected delivery date to confirm and discuss any other issue that might have arisen.

While no one enjoys waiting, staying in communication is your best option. The moving company can address your concerns better than anyone else, especially if things end up being delayed. This is also how you avoid horror stories like waiting 25 days past the expected delivery, without knowing anything that is going on.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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