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How Long Does Auto Transport Take?

How long it will take to ship your vehicle via an auto transport company will depend upon a number of variables. The dates you prefer to pick up and delivery will affect the timing. The exact dates may not be available, so you may need to choose other dates or accept the closest ones they can offer.

Another factor will be the weather. Poor weather conditions can slow down or even temporarily halt pick ups and deliveries.

The other vehicles on the auto transport carrier route will play a role in how long your delivery takes, as well. If there are delays with other vehicles, that can add to the time it will take to get your vehicle. By that same token, delays with your vehicle can add to the waiting time others have.

Traffic conditions and the condition of the auto transport carrier can affect the length of time involved, too. If there are accidents or traffic jams, or if your auto transport carrier breaks down, the time of delivery may be altered.

Domestic U.S. auto transport shipments typically take anywhere from five to 15 days. Get an estimate from your auto transport company in advance and be sure to ask about how they handle delays. See if they will offer some type of guarantee regarding the pick up and delivery times for your vehicle. If they do, get them in writing.

It is sometimes advised for people to use auto transport shipping companies when there is less demand, such as in the winter. This can reduce the cost, and also how many stops are on the route. If you have the option to choose with great flexibility when to ship your vehicle, ask your auto transport shipping company about length of time for the “off-season” deliveries versus the “peak season” deliveries. Bear in mind that if ‘off season” is winter, there will also be potential poor weather delays.


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