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How Many Days in Advance Do I Need to Book My Shipment?

What's in this article?
  1. There Will Be A Wait Period
  2. Customs Slows Things Down
  3. Transporting A Vehicle Takes Time
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If you’re planning on moving to Canada, or you are traveling there and you need your vehicle the moment that you arrive, it’s very important to ask yourself just how many days in advance do I need to book my shipment before arriving in Canada? While this is a valuable question to ask yourself, the truth is that it’s a very difficult question to answer as well. The timeframe on shipping a vehicle depends on many factors that will affect when you need to schedule your shipment, which is exactly why you need to act as soon as possible to make sure your vehicle arrives on time.

There Will be a Wait Period

When working with any professional transport company there is going to be a wait period that you must sit through before your car moves anywhere. This period can be as short as a few days at quick companies, and it can be longer than two weeks at slower companies. This is the first question that you should ask a transport company, and it could determine whether you decide to work with them.

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Customs Slows Things Down

If your vehicle is going to Canada for temporary use there is no need to worry about customs and your transport company will be able to move through the inspection process quickly. If it is being imported to Canada permanently, you’ll want to add an additional day to the trip to account for customs processing time. When importing a vehicle, you also need to make sure that all the necessary paperwork is filed at least 72 hours before your vehicle hits the Canadian border, otherwise the transport will be stalled further to wait for paperwork processing.

Transporting a Vehicle Takes Time

While it’s possible for many transport routes to be completed in just a few days, that’s not usually how it works when shipping your vehicle on a multi-car transport. Often these transport services stop at multiple locations along the way, and that slows down the transit time considerably. It could take a few days to make a 1 day drive, and it could take a week or longer to make a multi-day drive with the stops included.

When deciding on how soon you need to book your transportation, the most important step you can do is to call the company and ask for specifics. The professional will be able to give you a more reliable time frame that’s specific to your transport needs, and that will allow you to plan accordingly so your vehicle shows up when you need it.

When it’s time to book your car for transport to Canada, you can call a transport professional at A-1 Auto Transport at 800-518-8708 to get your car shipped fast and hassle free.

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