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Shipping a Vehicle During the Christmas and New Year Period – Our Guide

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Christmas and New Year is one time of the year when shipping a vehicle cross country may not be on your mind. There are, however, occasions when such a service is necessary. Just in case any of our customers find themselves in such a situation this year, here are some tips to guide you.

Does the Auto Transport Industry Shut Down Over the Holidays?

Even the best car shipping company has to take a break now and again, but lucky for you, most still operate during the holidays. The wheels of the transport industry keep on rolling, although things do get much slower.

Car transport carriers do like to allow drivers to take time off to be with their families, and quite rightly so. Over the Christmas and New  Year period availability is limited, but it is still possible to book a car hauling service should you need one.

Is it More Expensive to Ship a Vehicle Over the Xmas and New Year Holidays?

The plain and simple answer is yes it is. The reason is that the number of carriers is limited and therefore there is greater demand. When there’s great demand for anything, the price will always go up.

If you want to know how much it will cost we’ve provided a handy online calculator for your convenience. Alternatively, you can call (866) 774 6570 and speak with our shipping advisors. They are going to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Office hours during this special time of the year are 8 am to 5 pm.

Book Early

Transporting a car to another state doesn’t have to be complicated, but you’ll secure the best deal if you  make your booking early. If you leave yourself with at least two weeks, there’s less of a risk of any delays. Your car is also more likely to arrive on time during the holiday season.

It Pays to be Flexible

You have the choice of working directly with a carrier, but there’s also the option of working with an auto transport management company like ours. Whichever way you choose to do it, you’re going to need to be flexible. When talking with our shipping advisors ask about any potential issues that may arise. You need to be aware that transit times are much longer over the holiday period and rates higher. Even cheap car shipping rates rise during the Xmas and New Year period.

Some of the factors that might impact on the cost and transit time include:

  • Holiday traffic
  • Poor weather conditions
  • High demand for limited services

If you can avoid it, you’re better off waiting until the second week of January if you want to move a vehicle. This is the industry trend and it’s much the same wherever you are in the United States.

Both carriers and drivers who work in the auto transport industry work very hard throughout the rest of the year. Christmas and New Year is when they get to enjoy time with their family. There are carriers that work throughout the holiday period, but transport services are very much in short supply.

Here at SGT Auto Transport, we’d like to wish each and every one of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.