While it’s not terribly common, we do occasionally have a customer that has a need for a rush job or expedited auto transport, sometimes with just a 24 hour window for delivery. This is a service we’re able to offer because of the size and scope of our business. With branches located across the U.S. and overseas, we have a presence in virtually every major city and metro area. To see a full listing of where we ship too, click here.
Not every company will be able to offer 24 hour auto transport, especially some smaller regional operations that may only have one or two transport vehicles. With a large fleet of open and enclosed auto carriers, we are able to handle any type of vehicle shipment, no matter how big or small.
One thing to keep in mind if you need last-minute or 24 hour shipping is that it does come with an additional cost. As you may imagine, it takes a considerable amount of time to coordinate the logistics of shipping even one truckload of cars. Having to make a change at the eleventh hour can often be quite a challenge, or even require a special trip in some cases. As with standard auto shipping, it’s a good practice to get a few estimates from shippers before deciding on one.
Prices will vary slightly from company to company and a little bit of time spent contacting shippers can result in a lower cost.
Time Concerns With 24 Hour Auto Transport.
There is a limit to how far a vehicle can be shipped within 24 hours through standard methods. Speaking generally, anything more than 300-500 miles is not realistic with a transport carrier. Shipping a car long distance or coast to coast can still be done in a short timeframe, however it does involve air freight, which is typically only a high-end service offered for rare, valuable, or exotic vehicles. If you are considering shipping a vehicle by plane, we encourage our readers to call the company and speak directly with a representative.
When you contact a company to inquire about vehicle transport, there are a few best practices you can use to help make the process easier. If you have questions or need anything explained which you probably should the time to ask about it is right away. Some shippers may aggressively push for your information without wanting to address your concerns and those are companies you should avoid.
The main information you’ll need is location, destination, vehicle type, and timeframe for delivery. Armed with that, you’re ready to contact shippers and see what kind of offer they have available. Auto transport is a competitive industry and you can maximize your leverage by contacting a few companies for a cost estimate.
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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.