Posted on 09/07/22

How Does The Weather Impact Vehicle Shipping

How Does The Weather Impact Vehicle Shipping

There are many variables that can affect the shipping process in the auto transport industry. One of these is the weather. Because most people transport vehicles across the country over long distances, they will need to travel through various climates in each area. One part of the country may be more prone to hurricanes and rain, while another region might be more prone to snow and ice. When shipping your vehicle, it is important to consider weather conditions, especially cross-country. Here are some ways that weather can impact the shipment of your car.

Higher Cost

Shipping rates may rise during periods when the weather is not favorable. It will depend on where you pick up and deliver. Your driver may need to follow an alternate route if the weather is not favorable. This could result in longer travel time and higher fuel costs. Although adverse weather conditions may not affect your shipping quote, it is possible for the initial quote to be slightly higher at certain times of the year.


Bad weather can also cause damage to vehicles in transit. High winds can cause scratches or dents, and heavy rain can lead to water damage. If a vehicle is shipped in an open carrier during bad weather it may get dirty or even damaged.


In some cases, bad weather may make certain routes impassable, causing carriers to reroute their trips. This can lead to increased shipping costs and longer transit times.

There are delays

Transport carriers must take extra precautions in bad weather to ensure the safety of their vehicle. The driver might have to find an alternative route or drive slower to avoid an accident. This could mean that your delivery date may be delayed by several days. Unexpected delays are inevitable because weather can be unpredictable. The United States experiences a variety of weather conditions, including flash floods and hurricanes, ice storms, and blizzards. These can cause significant delays and damage to auto shipping.

What can you do?

When shipping a vehicle, it is important to take into account the weather and how it may affect your delivery. You can take some steps to make sure your auto shipping experience is as smooth as possible, even though the weather is beyond your control.

  • Check the weather conditions: Before you ship your vehicle, make sure to check the weather conditions in the area where it will be transported. This will allow you to be prepared for any delays.
  • Avoid shipping to areas that are vulnerable to severe weather. You might not ship a car north in winter, or to the Gulf Coast in hurricane season. It would be best to wait until these difficult months have passed before you ship your car.
  • Choose between enclosed and open transport. If you are concerned about your vehicle being damaged by the elements, consider enclosed transport. Enclosed transport will offer additional protection to your vehicle. Open transport may be more affordable, but enclosed transport is a better choice for classic, luxury, and antique cars.