Standby Auto Shipping Services
In the auto transport industry there are a few different ways that you can transport your vehicle. You can do door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal, open or enclosed, expedited or standby, and much more. In this particular article we’re going to discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of standby auto shipping services, which is a type of transport service that is not nearly as popular as many people think, and we’ll explain why.
Standby shipping is when you pay a lower price on purpose and wait for a carrier to be desperate enough to pick up a vehicle on a route at a much lower price. Carriers look at vehicles that are shipping along the routes they’re traveling on, and usually will take the highest-paying loads unless there aren’t that many to go around. But regardless, standby shipping is where you pay a lower price on purpose and basically wait. This can be a really good thing or a really bad thing, depending on what exactly you’re looking for in a shipping company.
Most people that are transporting a vehicle don’t want to wait. They need their car, and even if their shipment will only take two or three days that’s still two or three days that they are without their vehicle. Everything gets harder when your automobile is suddenly no longer available, so standby shipping really isn’t for people who actually need their vehicles. It’s best if you’re buying a car that you don’t use or don’t plan to use as a daily driver. In other words, if you aren’t shipping your main source of transportation, you could probably get away with standby shipping.
And while it is cheaper, standby auto shipping can take a lot longer than normal transport, depending on how low your price is. Remember, carriers only like taking the highest-paying loads, which means that if you’re paying a lower price on purpose they won’t be as willing to pick it up. This in turn means that your vehicle will be sitting and waiting for a lot longer. Standby services can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to get a vehicle picked up – if you’re not willing to wait that long, then you should probably stay away from any standby auto shipping services that may be offered.
If you’re interested in getting your vehicle shipped, fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call and speak to one of our live agents. They can answer any questions you may have and help you get free auto transport quotes, direct you to sites of interest where you can get even more information about auto transport, and much more. You can call our toll-free telephone number at 877-622-6100 for more information and to speak to a live representative who can answer any questions you may have as well as get you on the road to a great auto transport experience.