Expedited Shipping

Expedited shipping puts a fast forward on your auto transport which reduces the delivery time drastically. This type of service is used whenever a client has a hard deadline – for example a car show, a race or they simply need their vehicle at a certain location within no less than 2 weeks.

What is Expedited Shipping

The true expedited shipping meaning is that of a specialized service which only the best transport companies provide. The service itself is only possible if the company at hand has lots of years of experience behind its back, because it requires immense logistical preparedness and understanding.

Due to this expedited delivery is a specialty which only a handful of carriers are capable of achieving. This makes the service more expensive than regular shipping, however, it comes with a guaranteed cut down on delivery time by 75%.

How is Does Expedited Shipping Work

Whenever a client comes to us with a hard deadline, meaning, a vehicle must be transported very quickly, we put out an order into the auto transport network for said order. Usually, these types of services are picked up pretty quickly because they are more expensive and carriers make more money on them than regular shipping.

In order for a vehicle to be transported, a carrier must not only have an available auto transport trailer, but they must also be able to actually guarantee a time-slot of 3 days where the vehicle will be delivered. Depending on the deadline (example – 7 days), a carrier will immediately dispatch a transport vehicle, solely for the purpose of your order.

Regular transport orders will take more time, because carriers will pick-up and drop-off other vehicles along the way to you. With expedite shipping, your vehicle is the priority, and for a carrier to manage your transport job, they must forgo other available transport opportunities.

Thus, the service is more expensive and it requires far more logistical savvy than regular transport jobs, due to the time requirement. For the smoothest operation possible, we recommend that you contact us no later than 2 weeks prior to the hard deadline, so we can provide the appropriate accommodations and contact and vet the transport carrier.

If the desired time of the delivery is less than a week, then the price will drastically skyrocket, which will also depend on the distance to your vehicle and to the drop-off location.

How Long does Expedited Shipping Take

Expedited shipping takes anywhere between 2 weeks and a month from start to finish. While this estimation is only a preliminary report, the overall expectation of the delivery time really depends on a couple of things:

  • On the road conditions;
  • Time of year;
  • Delivery location;
  • Overall distance;
  • Distance of drop-off point from major road networks.

In general, you will receive a more narrow estimation of the delivery time, with the soonest being within a week of the pickup date, and the latest being a month. Since this is quite an undertaking, we carefully vet all of the carriers who submit a quite with us, in order to provide you with the best service possible.

In order to further expedite shipping, many companies utilize a single vehicle transport trailer, which is solely used to tow your individual vehicle. These services are most often the most expensive ones, since it means that a driver, a vehicle and a trailer must be organized for your order alone.

To those wondering how fast is expedited shipping – it’s the sole method of guaranteeing that any particular vehicle, low maintenance or high value, reaches a destination at the given time.

The average expedited shipping time from a professional auto transport company is generally anywhere between 7 and 14 business days. All though it’s a rough estimation, generally most professional, highly specialized services manage to fit into this time-frame quite comfortably.

In terms of expedited delivery, the process itself is quite standard, with the only main difference between regular and express shipping being the quicker delivery time. The process of delivery, regardless of vehicle or transport trailer type (enclosed or opened), is the exact same as the regular delivery service.

What are the Specifics of Expedited Services

The main thing about this type of service is that it requires the client to be available as well. In order for the expedited transportation to work, the client must make sure that the following is in place:

  • The vehicle must be available at the pick-up date;
  • Vehicle should be movable;
  • In case it is not movable the client must mention it beforehand;
  • It is best if the vehicle is able to roll onto the trailer under its own power;
  • Trailer type must be specified beforehand – high or regular valued cargo.

If these priorities are met, the service can be carried out within a reasonable time-window and as per the client’s desires.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is expedited shipping door-to-door?

It usually is. However, in the circumstances where the drop-off or pick up location are remote or out of reach for the size of trailer and semi-truck, then you’d be required to choose a suitable pick-up location where the trailer can maneuver safely.

What is the fastest expedited shipping?

While expedited shipping does mean faster than regular transport, a more realistic expectation of this service is no sooner than 3 calendar days. This really depends on the carrier and we cannot guarantee that the hard deadline will be met, in case where it is not met, you can file an insurance claim with the carrier for not meeting the deadline which they have approved previously.

Is expedited shipping available for Hawaii and Alaska?

Yes it is, however, due to the change of transport, i.e. sea based transport, you should book the service in advance so the carrier can accommodate the hard deadline which you have set. The latest you should be booking for overseas or Alaska and Hawaii based auto transport, should be no sooner than 7 days to the deadline of the delivery.

Can you guarantee that the deadline will be met?

Only the carrier who is involved with the transport of your vehicle can actually provide any sort of guarantee. USTrans.com is all about setting realistic expectations with auto transport, thus our job is to select a company which we know will be able to carry it out, but ultimately, the results depend on them and their planning.

What if I need my car shipped in 2 days?

Then we’d recommend choosing a later date. If the date cannot be move, then give us an immediate call so we can arrange a local carrier who is available. In cases like this, time is of the essence and we need to act quickly.

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