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    Car Shipping Delays

    What Causes Delays When Shipping A Car

    Auto transport usually seems like it would be pretty straightforward, wouldn’t it? All you have to do is load up cars on trucks or on a boat, then send them to their location, right? For people who aren’t in the industry of car shipping, it’s hard to fathom why there would be a delay for their car’s arrival. Believe it or not, there are a number of reasons why shipping a car could be delayed.

    Delays While Dispatching a Car Shipping Carrier

    A lot of times, major delays happen before the car is even picked up. Sometimes, auto shipping companies will have too much demand and not enough carriers to ship all the vehicles in need of transporting. In this case, there isn’t much that a dispatcher can do, since there aren’t enough carriers out there to handle all the cars that need to be transported. We are currently seeing such delays on major routes from the east coast to the west coast. On the popular ‘snowbirds” route of New York to Florida, there are over 1,000 vehicles on the dispatch boards awaiting pickup.  This can delay car shipping times for up to 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the severity of the situation, as well as the destination that the vehicles are supposed to be delivered to. If the issue is of very high demand with not enough carriers, then people may have the option to pay extra in order to move their car to the front of the dispatch line.  In this type of situation, Autoline Transport may offer customers a Fast-Trac Service to expedite the pickup time.

    But what happens if your car has been picked up by the carrier, only to have it be a day or two late?

    In these cases, something occurred while the carrier was on the road that delayed your car’s arrival. These are often called “transit problems,” and they are a part of life on the road. Should a truck lose a tire, break down during transport, or have an accident, a delay will occur while the truck is being repaired. Trucks can also be delayed due to long weigh station lines, heavy traffic on major roads, as well as bad weather.  After all, if there is a major hurricane, or a massive snowstorm on the way, driving a truck loaded with up to ten cars is going to be impossible to do.

    Of course, there is one other thing that can cause a delay in car transport arrival times – late customers. There are times when carriers will wait for several hours in order to accommodate a customer’s schedule. There are even cases where carriers will spend the night in town while they wait for a customer to arrive at the pickup or delivery location, so if this happens, try to be understanding. This usually isn’t something that the carrier or the dispatcher can help.

    Although there are plenty of reasons why a car’s shipping arrival date could be delayed or late, the fact is that it all boils down to the fact that things happen in life beyond our control. Due to the high risk of delays, you should be very doubtful of any car transport company that promises you an exact pickup of delivery time. Most of the time, an auto transport company will do everything in their power to make sure that vehicles arrive on time, or as soon as possible at their destination. So, if you are getting frustrated with the delayed times, please be patient – your car shipper is doing all that they can do to speed up your car transport time.

  2. Military Auto Shipping – Discounts For Your Move

    Military Auto Shipping

    Being a member of the military means that you will have to cope with a lot of things that most people would never have to deal with in your daily life – basic training, sudden calls to duty, and frequent relocation, to name a few. Most military men have a hard time dealing with having to move every couple of months or years, and that’s completely normal. The hardest part about the common occurrence of being relocated is dealing with relocating your car. However, there are ways to make this a little bit less painful, and many of these methods involve getting the right auto shipping company to help you move.

    The first thing that you can do to make moving your car from place to place a bit easier is to have a go-to auto shipper that you know you can rely on. While shopping around for an auto shipping company to help you move your car, it’s important to look for shippers who have multiple destinations, or better yet, also offer the option of international auto shipping, too.

    The next thing that you need to do in order to make moving as easy as possible is to make sure that you find a reliable auto shipper that doesn’t currently have a long waiting line. As bad as it sounds, many top level auto shippers have extremely long waiting lines due to delays caused by traffic, heavy demand, or even weather. Going for a top tier shipper is a good way to get a reliable auto shipper, but the fact is that you may have to pay extra to get your car bumped to the front of the waitlist if the waiting list is too long.

    Comparing prices on auto shippers can be a good way to save money, but the important thing (more often than not) isn’t money, but your car and the time it takes for it to ship. Read reviews about auto shippers before you decide to use a shipper. If the price is cheap, but the service is unreliable at best, then you may be better of finding someone else to do the shipping for you.

    Once you get the notification that you need to relocate, it’s important to call your “go to” auto shipper to schedule your car to be shipped close to the day that you are moving. This way, should delays occur, or should there be a high level of demand, your car will still be at the front of the line for your military auto shipping.

    It’s also common for auto shipping companies to allow customers to pack the trunk of their cars full of soft good items.  This could possibly save you on having to hire yet another moving van for your next relocation. Always ask to see what the policies are on packing your trunk before choosing a shipper.

    Lastly, it’s worth remembering that moving from town to town doesn’t have to be too much of a hassle. Finding the right auto shipper to help make the transition easier is the best way to cope when dealing with a whirlwind of events in your life. Learning how to book your military auto shipping date as early as possible will help you save time, money, and tears.

    Autoline Military Auto Shipping Discounts

    Autoline is showing our appreciation for your service with a Military Auto Shipping Discount. Save $50 off your total auto shipment cost when moving with orders.

  3. Car Shipping – Buying a Car Out of State

    So You Found a Great Deal On A Car. Problem – It’s Located in Another State…Now What?

    You saw the gorgeous sports car on Autotrader.com or eBay.com, and you couldn’t help but drool. Unfortunately, you can’t really drive it home –  you need to get it shipped to your home because it’s currently located in another state. You really, really, really want that car, though! So, how do you make sure that it is worth the money you are going to pay for it before you hire a car shipping service?

    Hire a Pro to Inspect The Car

    It’s not uncommon for car sellers to try to sell a car that doesn’t work to a hapless person who is too far away to actually take a good look at the car, so do your part in making sure that you don’t end up getting scammed by slick sellers. Before you call up your favorite auto shipper, you need to make sure that the car that you are buying is actually worth the money that you are paying. Hire a 3rd party inspection service to take a look at the car before you buy it, or better yet, ask for a video inspection prior to signing any papers. The more trustworthy the inspector is, the better off you will be. After all, auto shippers do not know what purpose the car that you are going to be shipping is going to have. If it is a clunker, most shippers will assume that it’s a “fix ‘er up” project and not a bad sale.

    Review all Documents

    Next, it’s important – crucially important, actually – to review all the documents that you are going to have to sign before the car is officially yours. Go over them with a lawyer if it’s an individual seller and not a dealership, and make sure that if you are buying from a dealership, that you are not being charged too many fees. If you feel like something is awry with the pricing, the fees, or the taxes, speak up before you sign a single paper. Out of state car purchases are very high risk in terms of the sheer amount of ways that you can be cheated out of money, so make sure that it is perfectly squared off before you pick up the car.

    Hire A Car Shipping Company

    Once you have actually purchased the car, it’s time to get an car shipping company to drop off your car at your home address. If you have gotten the car from an individual seller, it’s worth collaborating with the seller on a good time to pick up the car, and to have them sign off on the car’s pick up. (If an individual seller isn’t willing to meet with an auto shipper for a pick up, you should not buy from them at all.)  You should ask the seller to mail you all documents pertaining to the purchase.  Some naive sellers will place the documents inside the car itself, or hand them to the driver.  It is best to have all documents mailed instead.  Your car shipping driver cannot be held responsible for items left inside the vehicle.  The auto shipper should also contact you to make sure that you know when the car has been picked up – after all, you do have a right to know where your new car is. If you bought the car from a dealership, it’s okay to go with the dealership’s choice of car shipping company. Almost every car dealer has one that they do business with for a discounted price.

    Remember, buying a car from outside of your state does come with a certain amount of risk. If you really do believe it is worth it, then you will need to keep your guard up. Though not ever bargain car seems like a bad deal, it’s always a good idea to take every step you can in order to ensure that you are not fleeced in the process.