Winter season is one of the most hectic times of year for almost every industry and person as everyone is trying to get all last minute arrangements done before the holidays, and most importantly before the heavy snow starts to fall and makes simple tasks a nightmare. Transporting a car during this time doesn’t get any easier either, as heavy snow and bad weather conditions cause road conditions to be bad and sometime even block any passage. These road blocks cause delays, as drivers have to find detours or worse yet, wait until they open again.
The most important thing you must keep in mind and have ready before starting to call dozens of companies for quotes are the dates in which you are planning to move your car. Dates will determine the price, delivery time and type of carrier you might want to use. Estimates you receive for shipping a car in June will definitely not be the same as shipping a car in December, not even if it’s the same distance and route. There are two high peaks in the car transport industry, one during summer and the other during winter; however winter has two high peeks as well, once winter starts and once it ends. Winter brings along the snowbirds that create the transport flow from north to south from September to November and from south to north from March to May. During these flows, prices to ship against the flow are cheaper than to ship with it. The reason why is because demand is higher from one way than the other.
When you are looking to ship back North once winter season is over, make sure you also book on time and plan your schedules and possible back up plans. Demand is higher and driver availability is lower, however more trips are done weekly allowing more flexibility in schedules. Make sure you go over all details with your booking agent to make sure all requirements are covered and you are not hit with any surprises at the end of the day.