Winter vs. summer car shipping

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If you want to find a polarizing subject, you can never go wrong with the weather. You either enjoy the nice sunny glow of summer, or you prefer the cozy white look of winter.

Not to mention that you most likely dread the other season for countless little reasons as well. That being said, our responsibilities care little about what time of the year it is.

When you have to ship a car you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting until it fits your seasonal preferences.  And since the cold months are always right around the corner, it is wise to learn a thing or two about shipping your car in winter vs. shipping in summer.

Together we will see what unique challenges each type of weather holds. Who knows, maybe the season will not matter that much after all? Let’s find out!

Shipping a car in winter

When we start comparing the two seasons, we can find plenty of pros and cons for both of them. Nevertheless, for the majority of people winter does not seem that suitable for any kind of move. Even if the summer heat gets uncomfortably intense, people still prefer it over snowstorms.

When it comes to car shipping specifically, winter definitely presents some trouble.

For example, heavy snowstorms can be concerning for the majority of car carriers on the market. They would err on the side of safety and wait until the roads get cleared. That would obviously slow down the entire shipping process.

Even light snow is not ideal. In such weather, you cannot expect your car to arrive clean if you have booked open car transport. Fortunately, you can remedy that by going with an enclosed car carrier if you do not want to wash the car afterward.

When you know all that, you may think that winter is just a nightmare for shipping. But actually shipping during that season is often a smart move.

Imagine what it would be if you had to drive the vehicle yourself! With a car shipping company, you will have peace of mind. There will be no chance of getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with snow all around you. As challenging as it is, it is just a better alternative.

The most important part, however, is the fact that the cost to ship a car is often lower. Winter is usually low season in the auto logistics industry in the US. That is why it would be a smart move to check prices and consider shipping your car during the colder months. But then there is summer and it all seems easier!

Is shipping a car in summer better?

Considering that most of the winter problems come from snow, you may think that summer presents no issues at all. But is that notion right?

It is definitely true that many car shipping aspects are just smoother during the warmer months. Carriers are usually not slowed down by weather, or at least not as much. That makes the entire process faster, which is better for all parties involved.

We cannot neglect the factor of convenience either. People are generally more relaxed during summer. If you need to take some time off for moving and car shipping, June, July, and August are definitely the months to do it. Not to mention how important that actually is for people with kids in school.

However, depending on the state cars may not be able to escape the need for a wash after transport. This time around the warmer states are the problem. For instance, Florida sees quite a lot of rain, while Texas and California can get super dusty. This is not a real issue for the car per se, but it is still a hassle for many people.

All in all, it is easy to assume that summer has the upper hand in the whole deal. Faster transport, no snow, and plain convenience – you could not want more than that. It may even sound a bit too good to be true. There has to be a catch, right?

How do seasons affect car shipping prices?

Here is where things get a bit tricky. Depending on which auto transport service you prefer, the price may be determined differently. Many factors that affect the price to ship a car remain the same – car’s make and model, modifications, vehicle condition, distance and location and the type of transport all affect the cost. However, a decisive factor here is always supply and demand situation. The current market price depends on supply and demand fluctuations, which vary significantly in different months. For the same distance and the same car, you can see a shocking difference in prices because of supply or demand hikes and drops.

That is why we from Corsia Logistics have a different approach. We provide a free car shipping quote with a price that is specifically tailored to your needs and, most of all reflects current market conditions – a manul price based on dispatch boards current data.

The price depends a lot on how many people need auto transport at any given moment. Now consider which season people usually prefer for relocation. That is right – summer! During that time the demand rises, so the prices shift accordingly.

While this view of the matter is somewhat simplified, it still does a good job of explaining certain fluctuations in costs. However, even if you expect prices to drop when winter comes closer, there are some routes that can actually get more expensive.

The snowbird phenomenon

Like I have already said, there are people who just cannot stand the cold climate. Some of them dislike it so much that they do their best to escape it. Every fall they get ready to move down south, where winter does not have that much of a hold. Because of their seasonal relocations, these people are known as snowbirds.

Most commonly they move from all northern states to places like Florida, California, Texas, and several other warmer states.

And when spring comes we see the opposite relocations. Such regular moves often spike up the demand for car shipping along those routes. Naturally, that would drive the fees up during these seasons, due to limited carrier supply.

You should keep all that in mind if you are planning to book a carrier for some of the snowbirds auto transport routes. Do not get tricked by low prices coming from little-known shipping companies, auction or lead generation sites. Such rates would be unrealistic and would probably come at the expense of vehicle safety, timeliness or other important shipping factors.

We are always looking to stay on top by providing comprehensive car shipping services to all of our clients. If you need help with transporting a car, we are. Our team of logistics professionals will handle all the aspects of transportation and will walk you through the process. Request a quote online or call us. Thanks!

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Atanas Nikolov is a creative with an affinity for psychology and science. He believes the universe is a wonderful place to explore, and no universe is greater than the one inside ourselves. He enjoys a good debate, and can always bring an alternative viewpoint to the table. He also loves reading fiction and poetry. It is highly likely that he writes some as well, but these rumors have not been proven yet.
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