Scheduled Pickup vs. Open Car Transport
When planning car transportation, it is important to know all your options. The more knowledge you have, the more likely you are to get a competitive shipping price.
Now, most people know to look around for the best transport company before deciding who to ship their vehicle with, but many people do not know all the shipping options there are available. It is a common belief that a specific time and date need to be set for pickup, but this is not necessarily true. There is another option.
What is a Scheduled Pickup?
A scheduled pickup is the “traditional” form of vehicle shipping. This is where a person has a set date and time they want or need to have their vehicle picked up and the transport sends a carrier to collect your vehicle at this time.
Scheduled Pickup Pros – This method is beneficial if a vehicle needs to leave at a certain time or if your timeline for delivery is very narrow. If your vehicle needs to be someplace fast and at a specific time, this is your best bet for transport.
Scheduled Pickup Cons – A scheduled pickup has the potential to be more expensive. This is especially true if you give the transport company short notice. Short notice means they have to work extra hard to find the route and time you need. This might mean having to use multiple carriers. Some transport companies may even say they are unable to move your vehicle within the time frame provided.
What is an Open Car Transport?
This is the type of transport most people do not know about. Open car transports have the potential to save you quite a bit of money on your shipping quote.
Open car transport is when you do not have a set time you need your vehicle to be picked up. Instead, you give a large time frame of a week or two. The transport company then takes this information and gives you a call when they have a carrier going where your car needs to be. They will then come and pick up your car when they are ready. This is perfect for those who do not need to have their vehicle picked up at a specific time. It is also good for those who plan ahead and do not need their car shipped quickly.
Open Car Transport Pros – As I mentioned above, open car transports tends to be less expensive than scheduled transports. This is because your car is being transported with other vehicles on an existing travel route. You are sharing the price with others. Also, open car transports give transport companies freedom when it comes to finding the best price for you.
Open Car Transport Cons – An open car transport only works when you have a large amount of time to ship your car. It will not work if your car needs to be leaving fast. Thus, this is not a transport that can be done last minute. You should call a transport company at least a month in advance.
If you have any questions about scheduled pickups or open car transports, please contact We Will Transport It online or call us at 1-888-885-5354.