The most important thing you must keep in mind and have ready before starting to call dozens of companies for quotes are the dates in which you are planning to move your car. Dates will determine the price, delivery time and type of carrier you might want to use. Estimates you receive for shipping a car in June will definitely not be the same as shipping a car in December, not even if it’s the same distance and route. There are two high peaks in the car transport industry, one during summer and the other during winter; however winter has two high peeks as well, once winter starts and once it ends. Winter brings along the snowbirds that create the transport flow from north to south from September to November and from south to north from March to May. During these flows, prices to ship against the flow are cheaper than to ship with it. The reason why is because demand is higher from one way than the other.
Road conditions can be greatly affected by snowfall and icey roads, making drivers stay off routes until conditions better. This can cause delays not only for your schedule but for the driver as well. Sometimes these bad conditions can affect the carriers mechanically and immediate repair will be needed. If they’re lucky repair can take a couple hours and drivers will be back on the road, unfortunately this is not the case all the time and repair times can sometimes be a couple days. Negligence from drivers to not recognize these moments to stay can incur in big accidents, therefore, it is very important that you as a customer understands that situations like these can occur and drivers will do as much as they can to deliver your car on time or as soon as their conditions allow it.
Due to the harsh winter conditions, some customers prefer to safeguard their cars as much as possible by transporting them via enclosed carriers. Transportation can also be done via open carrier and it commonly is, even during this season, however some prefer to pay the extra bucks for a better protection on the road. Shipping a car via enclosed carrier does not guarantee that delays will not occur, or, that mechanical issues are not possible. Some customers believe it does for the money they’re paying, however there are no guarantees, it all depends on how good road conditions are and that no other unforeseen obstacles occur.
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