How Soon Before The Move Should You Have Your Auto Shipped?

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How Soon Before The Move Should You Have Your Auto Shipped?
How Soon Before The Move Should You Have Your Auto Shipped?

Knowing How Soon Before The Move Should You Have Your Auto Shipped

Thinking about moving your property and car in one go can leave you stressed out especially if you are making a long distance move. One sure way to get out of the confusion is to hire a trusted dealer in automobiles such as A1 Auto Transport. However, one thing that is hard to establish is the opportune time for you to hire an auto transport company when preparing for a move.

The following factors determine the time it will take for your vehicle to reach your destination.

The auto shipping process

Perhaps you are moving and you need your car delivered to your new home at a certain time and you are wondering whether you will be there to receive it. Or, maybe you are not sure whether the car will be delivered at the right time. Understanding the auto shipping process gives you a hint of what to expect as well as helps you plan your move to coincide with the arrival time of your vehicle.

The process of shipping a car determines everything from cost to the time of departure and delivery. While you may wish to drive your car to your destination, it might not be a convenient option especially when the distance is long. The auto shipping process will influence how fast your car is shipped to your destination. Before hiring any long distance moving company, you need to take some time with your preferred auto mover and clarify issues of reliability and fast delivery.

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How far is the pickup point from the destination? If moving over short distances, you can rest assured that the vehicle  will take just as much time as your move will. This implies that you can place the order for your car to be moved just at the same time you engage the moving company.

Schedule of the auto shipper

You do not want a situation where your car is delivered and you are not available to receive it. The schedule of the auto mover is a necessary point of consideration. Talk to the shipping company to find out what their schedule looks like then plan yourself accordingly .


The condition of the weather can affect how fast your car is shipped. If the weather is not conducive, you can expect delays. Predicting weather conditions can help you arrive at a date that is preferable to have your auto shipped.

Other stops

The schedule of the auto shipping company will help you know when to expect your vehicle.  If the car will be shipped alongside others, you will need to know how the other stops will affect your delivery time.

There may not be a definite time that is convenient to have your auto shipped before you move. The time you choose depends on a combination of the aforementioned factors. So, before you contact the moving company, ensure that you have considered all the above factors to estimate how long it will take your auto to arrive.

Joe Webster
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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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