Tips for Shipping a Vehicle During the Holidays
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and Christmas looming ever closer, we thought it was the right time to hand out some more car shipping advice. If you anticipate the need to ship your car during either of these holiday periods, there are some things you should keep in mind.
Avoid the Day After Thanksgiving if at All Possible
You might consider the day after Thanksgiving a great time to ship a car. After all, you don’t have to worry about getting to work. The Friday after Thanksgiving, however, is possibly one of the worst days to use a vehicle transport company. The vast majority of them aren't going to be open during these times.
If you do manage to secure an auto carrier's services, it's highly likely they'll be waiting until the following Monday to get your shipment on the road.
The Week Between Christmas and New Year is for Spending with Family and Friends
The week between Christmas and New Year is another really slow time of the year for auto shipping companies. Many truckers are going to be spending the week with family and friends, which means services are in short supply. Take a leaf out of their book and either ship your car before Christmas or in the New Year. Cozy up with your friends and family, and enjoy this time together.
Make your Booking in Plenty of Time
The earlier you’re able to arrange to ship the better, especially when you want it done during the holidays. Here at SGT Auto Transport, we recommend booking your transport services for at least two weeks in advance. If you wait until the last minute, you run the risk of disappointment. Your transport might not happen as quickly as you want it and there’s more chance of a delay.
You’ll Get a Better Deal if You’re Prepared to be Flexible
Many vehicle transport companies take time off during parts of the holidays. Those that are still operating are therefore inundated with calls. Holiday traffic is also likely to delay your shipping service. When you’re making arrangements, bear this in mind and show some flexibility when it comes to arranging pick-up times and your delivery window.
Be Prepared to Pay a Little Extra on the Vehicle Shipping Cost
It’s usual for carriers who operate during the holidays to charge extra for their services. It's a simple case of supply and demand. The closer to the holidays you need your transport, the more you’re going to pay. If you want to know how much it’s going to cost to ship a car, we've got an online calculator you can use. There’s also the option of dialing (866) 774 6570 and speak with one of our customer representatives.
Shipping a Gifted Car
Are you thinking of gifting a loved one a car for Christmas? If the recipient of your generous gift lives far away, you’re going to need to think about auto transport. Whether it’s a luxury motor, custom car, or standard sedan, having your gift turn up in time for the holidays is essential.
Aim to book your auto transport as early as possible. To avoid disappointment, consider arranging the transportation at the beginning of December and storing the gift in a friend's garage. Having it shipped in good time for Christmas means there’s time to look for the biggest bow you can find.
Vehicles can be shipped directly from an auto dealer, or you can arrange pick-up from a private address.
Should You Choose Open or Enclosed Auto Transport?
The answer to this question depends on the value of your car. Whether it has high sentimental or financial value means you want it treated with the utmost care.
Choose open car transport, and your car will be transported on an open trailer, exposed to the elements and traffic debris.
Enclosed transport, on the other hand, offers complete protection. However, you need to be aware that such added protection comes with an additional charge.
If you need auto transport for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our transport gurus will do everything they can to ensure your transport takes place with a minimal amount of fuss.