How Long Does Car Transport Take?

June 27, 2022
How Long Does Car Transport Take?

If you’re new to the world of shipping cars across the country, you may wonder how long you’ll have to wait for the shipment. Will you be sitting around at your destination waiting for your car to get there? Or will you show up at your new home to find your car waiting there for you? We’ve shipped cars all over the country, so we know how long it will typically take us to complete a job. Read on to learn more about how long you can expect your car transport to take.

What we base our estimates on

When you request a car transport quote from us, we’ll offer you a free quote for how much it will cost and how long it will take. We base this estimate on two things: the usual distance we can cover in a day and the route we’ll have to take. Generally, you can expect auto shippers to cover something in the neighborhood of 500 miles in a day. That equals about eight hours of travel time at 60 miles per hour. However, the route we need to take can affect how efficiently we can travel. Are we going to have to drive through winding mountain passes? Or are we traveling across the flat Midwest? We always find the fastest route for you, but sometimes even the fastest route can slow us down a bit.

What can affect your wait time

While our estimates are usually close to the actual time your transport will take, they aren’t perfect. This is because a variety of external factors can affect our travel time. For one, adverse weather conditions can affect the quality of the roads. It’s impossible to safely drive at top speeds during rain or snow, so those can significantly slow down transport. Traffic accidents can also slow us down by a few hours or even days. Accidents and their accompanying slowdowns are impossible to predict, so we can’t include their effects in our estimates. Finally, the type of transport you choose changes how long it will take. Expedited shipping is, of course, the fastest type, but did you know that open shipping usually takes longer than enclosed shipping? This is because open shippers usually carry more vehicles, making scheduling a bit more challenging. These factors can lengthen or shorten the amount of time it takes us to get you your car. However, you can rest assured that we’re taking all pains to reunite you with your car as soon as possible!

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