How Much Time Is Required To Ship My Car ?

By Bob Frost

How much time is required in order for my car to be picked up, transported, and delivered to me when I use an auto transporter/shipper?

We have posed a very good question here as we all get a bit anxious when our treasured vehicle is not available. To answer this mystery, we must consider the methodology of car transport.

First, you must understand that in most cases the time factor has more to do with how soon the car can be picked up instead of how long does it take after it is on the way .. A google search will assist in finding a Broker/Carrier, and then check with your selected carrier to be sure you understand the time frame to insure that there are no mis-understandings. A good suggestion here is to get in writing the times and schedules promised so that you can be assured that companies quoting your needs are acutely aware of your time requirements and needs.

Trucker/Carriers typically use a "lane" system of determining their route of travel. A fast lane might be from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California by I-10. A slower lane might be the same places by some back country road or route. The busier "lanes" would have many more trucks traveling on them and you could expect much quicker delivery time than the same delivery on a slower "lane".

Other factors that must be considered is the speed limit, the number of scales along the route (truckers are required to stop at each one) and any construction that might slow traffic down along the way. Most folks are aware that the Federal Government has many requirements on drivers as to how many hours per day and week they can drive. They even couple this with mandatory "down" time between driving shifts.

Also sharing in the amount of time needed for moving your car from its pickup location to destination are the weather, season of the year, and even things like fuel availability.

With all of the above taken into consideration . How do you figure out the time needed for the trip ????

If you use 350 miles per day average as a rule of thumb, most of the time it will be very close. This industry is indeed mileage and route based and that makes it a little simpler.

During the time that you are "booking" your car with the Broker/Carrier that you have chosen, don't forget to discuss this. A good number of the more "cutting edge" companies can now offer you tracking service so that you can have live tracking of your vehicle. This allows you to have constant knowledge of just where your car is at all times.

To find really competent company's and drivers, simply do a search on the internet under auto transport and you will receive a selction of quotations totally without obligation and at "NO COST".

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