The car shipping industry has its busy seasons during the spring and summer months. It begins to slow down during the fall, and almost comes to a screeching halt around winter time. During the busier seasons there are so many vehicles that are in the need of professional, and most importantly, reliable services to ship their car that prices tend to decrease. Usually when September approaches, the market value for shipping cars increases as it becomes harder for brokers to find carriers available.
Fall and Winter Car Shipping
The fall and winter predictions for the 2014 car shipping seasons are already starting to take effect. The prices for shipping a car have started going up for nearly every route in the nationally in the United States. There is only one route that has actually decreased and that is shipping from Florida to the northern part of the country. During the obvious snowbird season, September through the New Year, prices for shipping south increase as the opposite route decreases.
The reason for the increase in rates is due to the auto haulers requiring a certain amount for profitability. The demand for vehicle shipments to the south is the obviously high while traveling back to the north is low. For this reason, haulers start becoming desperate for vehicles going north that they will take them at an extremely low rate just to cover the cost for going back up there. They’ll make up for this by charging more for vehicles heading south.
Not Another Polar Vortex!?!
When we take a look at weather patterns from 2013, it would seem 2014 could produce a very similar scenario. It is probably going to be another long and extremely cold winter season. The guys doing all the shipping are going to need extra time to transport vehicles because of the extreme cold weather conditions such as snow and the increase in traffic issues than usual.
Anyone that transported their vehicle between September and December of 2013 should expect similar increase in costs or perhaps slightly even higher costs. Anyone that has never transported a vehicle before, please be reasonable with the quotes you receive. Taking the cheapest quote will most likely land you in a rut because some brokers do not know how to quote properly during this season.
Take Our Advice
The best advice that we can offer is to get 3-5 separate quotes. Take the lowest quote and toss it. The quote generally within the middle or higher will provide the quality service you most likely want. If there are two companies that you are thinking about working with do some research and ask questions. Make sure you feel comfortable with the company you choose as they will have your vehicle.
The car shipping industry is in for another rocky fall and winter season. Let’s all be patient and things will work itself out in the end. Get anywhere from 3 to 5 quotes by filling out the form on our website now!