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Car shipping delivery times

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Shipping a car could take several hours or several days

Car shipping delivery times

Car shipping is split in two time frames – pick-up window and delivery window.

In logistics, by distance we mean the exact number of miles a carrier has to travel.

The exact location is another important factor that affects transport times.

Other factors such as supply and demand fluctuations, road, weather and traffic conditions affect transport time as well.

The time it takes to ship a car is always an estimate. Still, guaranteed dates are always an option.

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Car shipping pick-up window

The pick-up window is the time it takes to pick-up a vehicle.

This time window starts from the day your car is ready for loading. This is not part of the transit time. The pick-up window is usually one to few days.

When it comes to picking up a vehicle, the exact location always affects the time it takes to assign and send a truck to pick up the vehicle. A major factor that affects your pick-up window is supply/demand on your particular route and whether you are paying the current market price or a discounted rate.

When supply is high this means faster service because there are more available trucks. When demand is high this means less available trucks and higher prices. When you are on a budget, you can book at a lower rate and remain flexible with your shipping dates.

If you are shipping a car from a rural area, the pick- up window may take longer because exact location always affects the time for pick-up.

When your pick-up location is away from a major city or highway, you can meet the truck driver near a major city or at a truck stop. This can expedite the pick-up process as well as lower your rate.

Based on your exact pick-up location, road, weather and traffic conditions could slow down the process. Such factors are unpredictable and that is why pick-up date and time are estimates.

Road construction or closures or unexpected traffic jams could prevent the truck from reaching your pick-up location at the appointed date or time.

Another rare factor that could slow the pick-up is possible truck failures. Nevertheless, carriers always call 12 hours in advance and then 1-2 hours before the actual pick-up to confirm exact location and time.


Car shipping delivery window

The second time window is the time it takes to deliver your vehicle once it has been picked up.

You can request a guaranteed delivery date and time, but you have to specify this at booking. Our agents will give you a customized quote and arrange the service.

Take a look at our transit times, to get a general idea of how long it takes to deliver a vehicle, based on distance only.

The delivery time depends mainly on the distance and an estimated delivery date is always provided.

car shipping how long it takes

Factors such as weather and road conditions, as well as traffic could affect delivery time. Truck failures could also slow down the delivery.

Car carriers always work hard to make sure they stick to their schedule. Drivers always try to keep customers informed about estimated delivery time.

Another important factor to mention here is speed limits. Truck drivers can not and should never exceed their limit.

The importance of adhering to Department of Transportation regulations is huge. Truck drivers have an immense responsibility when on the road. They must follow their speed limits, they must rest when needed and stick to their work hours.

Transportation is an industry that depends on many outside factors and is also heavily regulated.  To all these factors we can add good communication between logistics agents, dispatchers and truck drivers is also important to guarantee a successful vehicle transport service.


Corsia Logistics team has more than a decade of experience. Read Corsia customer reviews now.

When your service is booked with us, we stay in close contact with you and the carrier. This is how we guarantee professional service and build relations with our carriers and our customers that last.

We provide you with the carrier’s number so you can get regular updates on your vehicle’s location.

Carriers always call before delivery. The truck driver usually calls one day in advance and then again to specify the delivery time.

If you have any questions please call or email our team now. We are here to help you understand how auto transport works and ship your vehicle with peace of mind.

Corsia Logistics team works hard every day to ensure reliable expedited car shipping service. Our customer reviews prove that.

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Simon Moore
Great company
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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
Elizabeth Woodward
High five's all around!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
Carrol Tiffany
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
Definitely recommend
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Geet Mp Haryana
Reliable, efficient
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
Csaba Kovesdy
Truly positive experience
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
Highly recommend
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
Excellent Organization
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.