What causes delays when shipping a car?

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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 3 days of driving. It is a long distance trip and it takes you right across deserts and 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 when 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. Time is always an estimate.

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, a logistics consultants 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 wonder why that is.

What causes delays when shipping a car?

  • traffic
  • weather
  • truck failures
  • customer delays

Traffic is a problem for all of us. For the big trucks it is even a bigger obstacle.

Trucks need much more space and time to maneuver and traffic could slow them down tremendously. The same applies to weather conditions.

Weather can change drastically from state to state. A snow or hail storm could bring a truck to full stop for hours.

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 winter the carrier could face dangerous storms and slippery roads. Thus, shipping a car in the winter season often takes a bit longer.

Truck mechanical failures happen, especially in winter conditions.

The auto transport trucks are utilized daily and this means frequent breakdowns. 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 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.

If you still have any questions, please feel free to call or contact us online. Our shipping specialists will answer all car shipping questions you may have. Thank you!


About the Author:

I am the co-owner and marketing director of Corsia Logistics. I believe in creating useful content for our customers and readers. If you would like to contact me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.

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