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.