How long does it take to transport my vehicle? What is a typical pick up and delivery time frame?
Car transport usually takes between 1-6 calendar days from the date a car is picked up to when it’s dropped off. A driver typically covers about 500 miles per day. The first available pickup date for car shipping is most often 2-7 business days after an order is placed, and express auto transport is frequently available in 24-72 hours.
Your pickup window depends on whether you select "open/standard" or "express" shipping.
Standard Shipping pickup date is usually 2-7 business days after your order is placed. Actual pick-up and drop-off dates may have a margin of +/- 1 or 2 days.
Express Shipping offers pickup within 1-3 days and a choice of guaranteed (a) pickup date or (b) drop-off date or (c) shortest possible time-interval between pickup and drop-off. Express not available on all routes.
the following date-ranges are typical.
Of course while the "rule of thumb" above can be helpful, actual times may vary depending on
We recommend you call us at least 3-10 days before you need pickup -- but not more than 2 weeks in advance. We look forward to serving you.
Once the vehicle is physically on the truck the estimated ship time does vary on the length of transport. Generally cross country you are looking at a transit time of 7-10 days. 3/4 of the country is generally about 5-7 days. North to South is about 3-5 days. State to state could take about a day or two. These dates are all ESTIMATIONS. Sadly no company can ever guarantee a specific date of pick up or delivery. Any company that offers that, I would advise you to run away from that company. It is tough in this industry to get a carrier ASAP so it is best to book in the transport at least a week before the First Available Date to ensure the transport goes smoothly without any hick-ups or stress. Its best to look for those companies that are honest and upfront about their policies to ensure you are not walking into a company that will promise you the world but not live up to their part of the bargain.
The average waiting time to have your vehicle picked up from the first available pick up date is 2-3 days, depending on the pick up and delivery locaiton. Once the vehicle has been picked up, depending on how far your car is going to, it will be put in one of the three categories. Shorter distances typically take 2-3 days, if you are moving half way accross the country 3-5 days. Almost on the other side of the country would mean 5-7 days and coast to coast could take 6-9 days for your vehicle to be delivered. Each transport scenario is different, depending on weather, pick up or delivery locaiton and the budget that is set for a particular transport.
Shipping a car could take several hours or several days. Transportation time is split up in two frames – pick-up window and delivery window. How long each window takes depends mainly on distance and location.
It really depends on the distance of the route. For example a trip from NY to CA usually takes 7-10 days. A trip from NY to FL usually takes 2-4 days.
Transport time(s) are determined on many factors such as...the number of cars also being transported/delivered on their trailer, mileage, and most importantly if the carriers are single or team drivers. Drivers must adhere to the USDOT regulations and can only drive a certain number of hours daily. Now with the new USDOT electronic logs, it is very strict and virtually impossible for drivers to drive longer than htey should. This was caused by many accidents by sleepy drivers. We prefer, and typically, use team drivers as they can drive double the amount of hours, making their schedules much faster and safer.
Pickup and delivery window restrictions should be included in the details of your listing. By being upfront about timing expectations you can ensure a safe and prompt transport experience.
Time frames for delivery depend on distance of route. A good rule of thumb to follow is North to South/South to North FL-NY/NY-FL on average takes 3-5 days. West to East/East to West NY-CA/CA-NY on average takes 7-10 days. Knowing this information its easier to figure out estimated transit time for routes in between. FL-NC, 2-3 days. NY to NE 5-7 days.
The time it takes to transport your vehicle depends on the miles it is being transported, generlly, carriers are able to drive 500 miles per day, so for example, a 2000 mile trip would generally take about 4 days.
Many factors play into the time frame including, but not limited to, pick-up and delivery locations, time of year, possible unforeseen road delays, etc.
In a perfect world, pick up will be within 1-7 days and delivery within 1-10 days depending on the total distance. Keep in mind, in most cases shipping and delivering within 30 miles of a metropolitan will make things run cheaper, smoother and quicker so make sure to explore all options. Every move is different and should be treated on an individual basis!
It is suggested to be as flexible as possible with dates, within reason of course. It is not advised to book a flight or commit to any concrete plans that may revolve around shipment, things do go wrong that are out of human control. Any reputable broker or carrier will tell you, EXACT DATES ARE NEVER GUARANTEED! Wait until you have a set pick-up and delivery date(s) for shipment, leave margin for error and always have a back up plan!