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Auto Transport Prices: Summer vs. Winter

Updated: Jan 15

Although cars can be transported at any time of year, specific patterns emerge at

particular intervals. There is a lot more involved in shipping a car than you may think.

You might assume that the cost will depend on the size of the car and how quickly

you need it to arrive.

The distance and route that the vehicle must follow are two factors to take into

account. More individuals ship their autos over the summer than any other season.

Because there are fewer transportation companies available despite higher demand,

prices on the busiest routes increase as a result.

When moving to and from busy regions, auto transport trucks essentially get to pick

the cargoes they want to carry. The faster a vehicle is picked up, the better for the

carrier, therefore the higher the cost.

The majority of individuals ship their cars out of major cities like Chicago, New York,

and Los Angeles over the summer, making carrier's jobs much simpler. The routes

are well-known, there is a lot of money to be made, and the money gathered

frequently enables the carrier to operate through the winter.

There are significantly fewer consumers and a decline in demand for vehicle freight

throughout the winter. Additionally, compared to summer, wintertime shipment

frequently takes longer. Carriers frequently compete for clients, which causes prices

to decline as a result.

Roads may become more challenging to travel safely on as winter approaches.

Vehicle shipment is made more difficult for carriers by factors including rain, cold,

snow, and ice; routes may need to be altered or lengthened to avoid inclement


Pick up times may be delayed because carriers will want to avoid leaving vacant

spaces on their vehicles that could be filled by paying consumers. They are still in

competition with other carriers, so pricing for rural trips may rise once more.

However, unless you're willing to wait for every available place on the truck to be

filled, the carrier must justify the trip for themselves.

Certain routes might not even be considered during the winter because of the bad


The best course of action for a client is to request quotations from several carriers

and chat with a professional who can advise you on the current circumstances. The

costs and routes will change throughout the year, so it is always advisable to have a

complete understanding of the situation before making a choice.

American Carship Inc.

555 North Point Center E Suite 400, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA

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