It’s easy to assume auto transport is all the same, regardless of the condition of the vehicle. But if the vehicle is inoperable, car shipping…
Auto Shipping Dates
Auto shipping dates are difficult to choose, but selecting the right one can make all the difference in the world. Here are some very helpful tips that we have found will reduce the stress and add to the success of your shipment.
You do not have to be the person meeting the driver! Anybody you choose can do that. It takes about 30 minutes to meet the driver and have him load or unload your vehicle. While of course you do not want to inconvenience any friend or family member, it’s not too big a thing to ask. Think about it, if you would do it for them, chances are good they would do it for you. Having that backup in place takes the stress out of shipping your car. Try not to ship a vehicle from yourself to yourself. That would be like the Rams’ QB Jared Goff throwing touchdown passes to himself. Too many things can go wrong. Think of a less stressful way.
Figure out where your support system is located. If it is at the origin, lean on those people as backup contacts in case you must leave town before your vehicle does. If your support system is at the destination, now count on them as your backup. Auto shipping dates are determined by your support system.
Please know that it typically takes one day for every 500 miles to transport your vehicle. For purposes of discussion, let us say here that your destination location is 2,000 miles away, so it will take 4 days to transport your vehicle. Let us also say that your support system is at the origination location, and you do not have anyone at the destination who can receive it. Now then, you don’t want your car to beat you there, right? So therefore, do not make your car available to ship any sooner than 4 days before you are scheduled to arrive at your destination. That probably gives you a few days at the origination to be the point of contact, and if your car has not yet been assigned a driver when you leave, then simply call Direct Express Auto Transport customer service at 800-600-3750 to change the origin point of contact to someone else. Get on your flight and go. It’s that easy. No stress. Rent a car or do without at your destination. Please remember, it is almost impossible not to be inconvenienced at either end of your shipping points. You are not overnighting a package. A vehicle is considerably more. But you know that, right? Right. Allow your origination point of contact to meet the driver when your vehicle gets assigned. No money changes hands there and everything will be alright.
Let us now suppose that it is the reverse. That you don’t know anybody at the origination and your support system is at the destination. Well now, you want to be bloody sure that your vehicle gets on the road before you do. About 90% of Americans live in densely populated areas, so chances are high that you can make it happen come hell or high water. Unfortunately for 10% of the country, they live in remote areas and no matter how hard you might try, finding a carrier on demand may prove nearly impossible. But let’s concentrate here on the 90% that have a good chance. Here’s what you do. Make your vehicle available about 10 to 14 days before you are ready to leave. Chances are high that your vehicle will ship within 7 days of availability at our normal rate. If your car has not been assigned by the time you reach 5 days ahead of your own personal departure, call Direct Express Auto Transport every day and add $50 each time to the carrier fee. By doing that you cut ahead of the market rates and put yourself in a first position. If a carrier is going your way, he’s going to want your better paying vehicle. That’s how you make it happen. As well, another good tip is that it may behoove you to meet a driver in a nearby big city.
If you don’t know anybody in either location, then the best thing to do is attempt to ship from yourself to yourself. However, plan on leaving your car at a storage facility at your origination and ship from there. There will be added expense for you, but there’s not much else you can do. Sometimes an auto body shop will be willing to do it for a nominal fee.
If you have support systems in both the origination and destination locations, you are in luck. It is nice to have so many friends, isn’t it? It makes choosing your auto shipping dates far easier.
We try hard to explain it on our web site and over the phone, but our system does not provide for guaranteed pickup or delivery dates. It allows for a “typically” 1 to 7 day window for pickup from the first date you make your vehicle available. That too is not guaranteed because there must be a carrier leaving your area that week with 7-10 cars and heading to your destination area. Hopefully that happens your week and over 90% of the time it does, but bad weather, a remote location away from population centers, seasonal traffic changes, truck mechanical difficulties, etc. can make it go over the typical one week. Sometimes it might be quicker shipping to or from a larger nearby town; or if in a really big hurry, turbo charging your order by adding $50, $100 or $200 to entice a driver to go out of his way. Use our innovative auto shipping rate calculator to find your estimate.