Imagine you have to travel across the country. Let say you have to move to Los Angeles from the Midwest. This trip is a little over 2000 miles which is about 2 days driving with one stop to sleep. It is a long trip and it takes you right across deserts and mountains. It depends on which route you take, but in general you can’t escape the mountains.
Now, if you have been to Colorado, you know what it’s like to drive this route from, let say, Chicago to Denver. From the flatness of the Midwest, comes the moment you pass Denver and hit the mountains. After Denver it is a completely different landscape, and the driving conditions change drastically
When you are shipping a car from Chicago to Los Angeles, or anywhere else for that matter, there are no delivery time guarantees. In the auto transport industry it is very hard to guarantee pick-up or delivery dates. Carriers and brokers always talk about time frames. When you need auto transport services, the relocation specialist will ask about your first available pick up date and delivery date. Yet, they always explain to customers that delivery date and time cannot be guaranteed. Many customers would wonder why that is. The reason is that delays do happen in this industry quite often.
What causes delays in the auto transport industry?
- Reason #1 is traffic
- Reason #2 weather
- Reason #3 truck mechanical failures
- Reason #4 customer delays
Traffic is a problem for all of us. For the big trucks it is even a bigger obstacle though. The big rigs need much more space and time to maneuver and traffic could slow them down even more. The same applies for weather conditions. Shipping a car from the Midwest to California means that the carrier will pass through various weather conditions – rain, snow and sun. Driving through the Colorado Mountains is hard and it means lower gears and slower speed. During the winter the carrier could face dangerous storms and slippery roads. This all affects the shipping time in a negative way.
Truck mechanical failures are not rare especially in winter conditions, and in general. The auto transport trucks are utilized daily and this means frequent break downs. I am not saying they break down every day, but we can’t compare a 2005 truck with the same year car. The straining affecting the two types of motor vehicles is very different.
Last but not least on our list is customer delays. Even if you are on time with your car, other customers can slow down the shipping process by being late or not showing at all. It is a frequent event to have customers being late for their pick up or delivery which in turns delays the rest of the customers. This is the domino effect chain reaction in the auto transport. Car shipping companies do not want to delay shipping dates, but due to weather, traffic, truck mechanical failures and customers’ delays the shipping process could slow down. So, as a customer, it is important to understand how the auto transport industry works and understand that reliable auto transport means being honest.
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