Sometimes you need to ship a car fast. Why you’re in a rush doesn’t matter. It could be that you’re trying to make a quick sale. Or that you just got your PCS orders and you’re on a tight timeline. Maybe you use your vehicle for work and going without it is just not an option. The point is that why you need speedy car shipping doesn’t matter as much as being able to get it when you need it.
Like most auto transport companies, Montway offers expedited car shipping. Our expedited shipping is unique in that it comes with guaranteed, priority pick-up dates, door–to–door service, and the option to ship personal items in your vehicle at no extra charge. But like all auto transport companies, we can’t alter the laws of physics to get your vehicle to its destination yesterday. Shipping a vehicle simply takes time.
Can you speed up the process of shipping a car? Now that’s an interesting question, and one we want to answer in this post. While it’s true that a trucker can only cover so many miles in one day, there are steps you can take to streamline the car shipping process — and when your car is picked up faster, it will get to its destination faster, too.
Here are some things you need to know to maximize your chances of getting your vehicle to its destination as quickly as possible:
The absolute fastest way to ship a car is…
Air Freight! Let’s say money is no object and you want to get your car from point A to point B as quickly as possible. In that case, you’re going to look into shipping your vehicle on a cargo plane because it will get where it needs to go fast — like across the country in a day or two.
What fast car shipping means on the ground
When a vehicle is traveling via road, it will usually get where it’s going fastest when it’s riding in an open carrier and moving along routes that are primarily made up of major interstate highways. What this means is that the options you choose matter when it comes to expedited car shipping. We’ll dig further into this later in the post, but it’s worth keeping in mind that fast car shipping really refers to how fast a vehicle is picked up, not how quickly it can traverse the miles between the pick-up and drop–off locations.
The benefits of expedited car shipping
Before you choose expedited shipping for your vehicle, make sure you really need it. We’re always happy to coordinate expedited shipping for our customers, but we also want to make sure that you select the shipping method that’s right for your needs. Expedited shipping is more extensive than standard shipping, so keep that in mind as you explore your options. Below are some of the biggest benefits you’ll receive from expedited car shipping:
Benefits of Shipping a Car Fast:
- You’ll have a guaranteed pick-up date.
- You can ship one suitcase or box with personal belongings (under 100 lbs.) in the trunk of your car at no additional charge.
If you’re still not sure if expedited car shipping is the right choice, then keep reading. There are steps you can take before you book and when you book to get your car picked up faster and to get it to its destination more quickly.
How to make sure your car gets to its destination on time
Timing is everything when you’re shipping a car, and we want to help you ship your vehicle ASAP. Here are 8 ways you can check car shipping off of your to-do list faster:
- Choose a company with a reputation for delivering cars on time
Late is the antithesis of quick, which means reputation matters when you’re choosing an auto transport company. If you pick a company that gives you a low price but has a less than stellar track record when it comes to on–time deliveries, you run the risk of getting your car days, or even weeks, later than you expected. Montway has more than a decade of experience and has delivered more than 391,000 vehicles. Our reviews speak for themselves!
- Book your transport in advance
If you know that you will need car shipping soon, don’t wait to book! There are only so many spots on each carrier, and the easiest way to ensure that your vehicle gets into one of those spots is to talk to one of our representatives well in advance of your preferred ship date. While you won’t have a guaranteed ship date the way you would if you paid for expedited car shipping, you may still end up getting faster service.
- Be clear about what you need
Communication is key when you’re booking auto transport. Your customer service representative definitely needs to know what kind of car you have and where it needs to go, but you should also communicate what you need when it comes to timing. They may not be able to accommodate your every wish, but on the other hand, if you make those wishes clear, they may be able to grant some of them.
- Handoff and receive your vehicle near a major city
Door-to-door car shipping is the most convenient option, but depending on where those doors are, it may not be the fastest. If you need your car to be picked up and delivered in a specific time frame, consider agreeing to hand off and receive your car in or near a big metro area that’s close to a major highway. There are more trucks making more stops at these locations, so you may be able to get your car onto a carrier more quickly and get it faster than you would if you were shipping to or from a rural area.
- Describe your car in detail when you book car shipping
One of the ways you can pretty much guarantee your shipment won’t happen quickly is by misrepresenting your vehicle when you book. Cars that are heavily modified, large, or not running may require special equipment and special handling, and if your trucker shows up without the necessary equipment or the know-how to handle your vehicle, it’s not going to get on the truck. Be sure you tell your auto transport company everything they need to know about your vehicle when you book, so they can give you an accurate estimate and prepare your trucker to safely load and unload your vehicle.
Other car shipping factors to consider
There are so many factors that will influence both your pick-up and delivery dates and the shipping duration. And some of these factors are fixed. For instance:
Distance: The further your vehicle needs to travel, the longer your shipment will take once it’s picked up. There’s not much that you or your auto transport company can do to change that. At Montway, we are always up front with our customers about how long a shipment might take.
Traffic: Experienced truckers know the best and fastest routes, but when accidents and other unexpected events cause traffic, delays can happen.
Weather: As mentioned above, seasonal weather fluctuations can change how quickly vehicles can be picked up and delivered.
Location: When you’re handing off your vehicle in a busy city with truck traffic, you may get a pick-up date sooner. The same goes for receiving your car in a major metro area because more trucks visit these areas, so it’s easier to find a space for your vehicle on a carrier.
Season: This doesn’t refer to summer, fall, winter, or spring, but rather the seasonal fluctuations of the auto transport industry. Companies are usually busiest in the late spring, summer, and early fall, and, contrary to what you might expect, that can make car shipping faster since there are more trucks going back and forth.
Shipping with Montway
At Montway, we understand that sometimes our customers need to get their vehicles en route as quickly as possible, and we help people schedule expedited car shipping year round. Whenever we can, we offer shorter pick-up windows for customers who’ve shared that they are in a hurry, and our scheduling process is always stress-free, whatever the timeline! Just let us know what you need, and we’ll do everything we can to make your auto transport experience a great one.