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What Are Guaranteed Auto Transport Delivery Dates

What Are Guaranteed Auto Transport Delivery Dates
What Are Guaranteed Auto Transport Delivery Dates

Auto transport is not often as easy as it looks resulting in confusion if one is not well prepared. Fortunately, various agencies are always on hand to provide guidance on the best way to ease the process and have your car transported to you within the shortest time possible. Even so, there are still challenges that vehicle owners face when it comes to transportation, with the most common being guaranteed auto transport delivery dates. In reality, no company can guarantee the delivery of a vehicle on a specific date, with majority giving delivery or pick up windows that they can adhere to.

Although most customers need guaranteed auto transport delivery dateswhen hiring a company, the best they do is give an estimated range of time. This range is often determined by a number of factors which vary from one company to another depending on their internal policies. Nevertheless, here are some ways in which car transport companies estimate the time within which they are able to deliver your vehicle.

Availability of trailers

Transportation companies that often carry similar vehicles from one point to another usually purchase particular trailers for general use. However, if they receive an order for a special type of vehicle particularly in size, and do not have one within their fleet, they may need to source for a trailer that can be used for its transportation. Most times, the search for an appropriate trailer may take longer than expected resulting in the alteration of delivery dates from those that may have been previously confirmed. In such cases, the time frame may be extended to accommodate the delay in finding the trailer and in some cases a driver that is familiar with it.

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Final destination of vehicle

It is common to find auto transport companies operating within certain routes when moving vehicles from one destination to another. These routes are well known by their drivers, especially if it is within their local area allowing them to move much faster to their destinations and deliver the cars. It is due to this familiarity with the routine that companies can give guaranteed auto transport delivery dates only to disappoint when their driver has to travel to a new destination. Foreign destinations often come with challenges of weather, terrain, and safety issues which may delay delivery. In such cases, the company will give an estimated delivery date but leave a window open for any unexpected delays on the way to the agreed location.

Mechanical trouble

Although majority of transport trailers are serviced on a regular basis because of the long distances they cover, they sometimes breakdown in transit. If the breakdown is minimal and is repaired quickly, it might not affect the overall dates, except maybe for the time, if it was specified. However, when the mechanical problem requires that the trailer be taken out of the road for a number of days, then the delivery date must be changed. Fortunately, transport companies usually have a backup plan that may involve the transfer of your vehicle to a trusted carrier to continue with the journey ensuring that it arrives on time. Also, they may request for another trailer from their local office to transport the remaining cars to their destinations within the shortest time possible.

Natural disasters

Delivery dates by auto transport companies are communicated to clients with an ideal situation in mind. Therefore, the occurrence of natural disasters such as storms or heavy rain can quickly change the narrative and result in late delivery. Although sudden natural disasters are quite rare within local areas, transportation across states or even countries can face such situations. In most cases, changes in delivery dates will be communicated within the shortest time possible to avoid disappointment for clients.

Poor recording of information

Getting the right information, whether through electronic or physical forms is important if guaranteed auto transport delivery dates are to be adhered to. However, there are times when the information captured is not recorded correctly resulting in the delivery of vehicles to the wrong address. In such instances, drivers must liaise with the head office to be directed to the right location which will delay delivery. Also, the client might have mistakenly provided the wrong information about the pick up or final destination resulting in delay and overall change in delivery dates.

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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. 

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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.

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!

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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.

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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