Five Tips For Auto Shipping In The Holidays
It's almost winter and it's time to talk about auto shipping during holidays. Even though we are only focusing on two main ones, the holiday season is full of changes in the auto transport industry. The winter season runs through March, and the season extends to New Year's Day.
Winter shipping is slower than summer and spring. When you add holidays to the mix, there are more deviations than the norm.
It is important to understand how winter weather can affect available car transportation services and their prices. For the best holiday shipping experience, please read the following tips and speak with a representative to get more details.
Here's a quick overview of auto shipping during holidays
It's not difficult to ship a vehicle during holidays. We do it every day. It can be more difficult to find a vehicle carrier that is affordable because the holidays fall right in the middle of winter.
Prices tend to drop for most routes during the winter months. This is not true for New England to Florida or the Great Lakes to Southwest. These are known as "snowbird routes." As we have discussed, snowbirds are people who migrate south in the winter to escape the colder weather. Because these routes are in high demand, most major carriers move to the north-south routes as they have the largest number of customers. This allows carriers to pick the highest-paying loads, which can lead to price increases.
Things get more complicated when the holidays arrive, especially in terms scheduling. Many carriers don't want work on Christmas or Thanksgiving. Many people don't want work on the days before and after these holidays. We tend to see a decrease in dispatched cars (cars that are assigned for pickup) around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Transit time is another area in which we often see delays. A carrier may be able to run their route in seven days but it might take them ten days if they move during Thanksgiving week. They will want to enjoy the holiday and then return to the road the next or following day. It's not surprising that most people don’t want to work during holidays.
Transit times can be extended by one or two days during holidays.
How urban vs. countryside transportation could impact you
Did you know that snow accumulation in urban areas is lower than in rural or suburban areas? This phenomenon is known as the Urban Heat Island Effect. Urban heat islands, also known as UHI, are areas that are significantly warmer than the surrounding area due to human activity. This is most common in dense urban areas, such as Manhattan and Los Angeles. These areas are home to many tall buildings and a lot of people. The sun heats concrete and other building materials during the day. It takes longer for heat to be dissipated.
This is a lot to say. Urban areas may be easier to ship from or to because they don't have as much snow.
Of course, we aren't saying that downtown areas with UHI won't have snow. It may be easier for carriers to access urban areas than rural ones. Accessing your area quickly can help you save money. Washington D.C. is an excellent example. Washington D.C. has regulations that prohibit large logistic trucks from driving on certain streets. This reduces the accessibility of carriers. Because it is easier for them, they will charge less to meet customers in the D.C. region.
Similar results apply to urban vs. remote auto transport. Carriers will have difficulty accessing rural areas, particularly in the north. Rural areas see more snow than urban areas. Low access may lead to higher prices in areas that are more expensive than those in the urban centers.
How prices and services may change
Prices during the winter and holiday seasons are typically lower than in the spring and summer. We also touched on this topic earlier - without snowbird routes, prices for auto transport services plummet all across the country. It's not surprising that there is less freight because there are fewer people shipping cars. Prices drop when there is less demand for transport. Carriers have to take what they can.
Car shipping prices are not subject to significant fluctuations during the holiday season. This means that prices don't fluctuate due to holidays. Instead, holiday traveler availability tends to decrease.
We touched on availability earlier but its nature demands more discussion. Carriers won't work if they don’t have to. This is true for most people. This desire is more evident during holidays.
For example, carriers are more available in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. They want to be able to empty their trucks before or after the holidays. This is done for many reasons but it's mostly about convenience. It is much easier for a carrier to build a load prior to the holiday so that they can spend a few days enjoying it with their families.
We also mentioned that carriers may add time to the estimated delivery date if they drive longer than expected. Carriers won't pick up your vehicle on Monday before Thanksgiving. They will tell you that it will take three days and then not arrive until Saturday. Any time they have planned will be included in the transit time estimate.
The same attitude applies to price. Once the driver loads your car onto their truck, it will not affect the price of your vehicle.
Always be ready for anything
Delays can occur when you travel long distances every day. It's inevitable. It's inevitable. Carriers should be prepared for any eventuality.
It is important to be prepared for any eventuality when transporting a vehicle. Most cars customers require to be transported can be moved within seven days. Yes, it is rare for damage to occur. In fact, only two or three of the thousands of vehicles that we have shipped have been subject to damage claims.
However, this doesn't mean you should not be prepared for anything to go wrong. This is especially true if it comes to auto shipping during holidays. It is important to prepare for delays in delivery, transit, and pickup. It is possible that your vehicle might not be picked up or delivered on the scheduled day during the holidays. It is usually due to circumstances beyond our control.
This is almost always due to inclement weather or traffic conditions. It's also relatively rare for things like damage or long wait time for dispatch. It does happen. You need to be prepared.
Always have a backup plan
No matter what your plans are, Plan B is essential. It doesn't matter if you're going on a vacation to the beach or shopping on Black Friday. You need to be prepared for what might happen. This is also true for auto shipping during holidays.
Are you expecting your vehicle to arrive the next day after your holiday? If it is, prepare for the possibility that your vehicle will not arrive until the next day. It is not common. No. It does happen. Yes. You should arrange an alternative way to get around while you wait for delivery.
It is important to have all your ducks in order, especially during volatile times like the winter holidays.
We can ship your vehicle to you if you call us! Our team of expert transport specialists is available to answer any questions. They are also available to give you a quote by phone and discuss what you can expect from auto shipping during holidays. Move Car can help you no matter when or what you are shipping.