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auto transport snowbirdsIf you’re blessed to have a second home during your golden years or a great place to escape those harsh winters or simmering summers, or heading down from new england or the northern states to a major city in a southern state to soak in the snowbird season, you still want your car time of the year. Sure, you could rent a car – but having your own comfortable one from home follow you to your destination feels so much better than renting for 3-6 months, and is probably less expensive.

Most people on the east coast will head down to Florida. Of course, driving to your winter home is an option, but many prefer to hire an auto transport company. While it might be cheaper to drive, if even one thing goes wrong, it might not be a bargain as you wait at the mechanic for a great deal of time. Maybe a blown tire, transmission, or fuel pump goes out, but even if nothing goes wrong, the extra miles on the car don’t help. Not to mention the wear and tear on the driver and passenger after driving for a long time. For thousands of repeat clients and retirees, seasonal vehicle shipping is a given. 

We understand your Snowbird transport needs and values clearly

Whether you’re escaping the colder states during the winter months for the tropical breezes blowing in from the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico − or enjoying the warmer months, dry climate of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Vegas, or Palm Springs, California – as a seasonal traveler you don’t want to stress over making a long drive. If you’ve done that before, you’ve probably decided driving your own car is no longer your preferred option during certain times of the year. In fact, you’d probably tell others you’d choose:auto shipping snowbirds

Safety. How inviting is it to hop in your car and drive hundreds of miles in winter? Hazardous and irregular road conditions, detours and unexpected vehicle breakdowns can frazzle nerves among the best of us especially during winter conditions. Often, driving long distance doesn’t turn out as planned, resulting in major aggravations and a possible burden on others. Even worse, trying to save a few dollars could put your safety at risk. If you’ve been there or done that, you know seasonal auto transport is a better option. That's why we snowbird auto transport during all seasonal fluctuations no matter your zip code.

Convenience. A trip that’s only supposed to take a couple of days can easily double if road conditions are risky during the cold time of year. Avoid delays or interruptions in your travel plan so you don’t have to reschedule. Getting off on the wrong foot isn’t worth it, and driving in wintry conditions is not only time consuming – it’s also hard on your vehicle. A trip from Chicago to Miami and back puts nearly 3,000 miles on your car. For most snowbirds on their way to a seasonal destination, open transport works well, even if the car encounters bad weather. But if you drive a luxury vehicle or its worth >$70,000 then enclosed car transport is highly recommended so your vehicle will arrive in excellent condition. We also offer golf cart transport, and seasonal motorcycle shipping.

Whether you’re a flexible business owner who switches residences seasonally a senior citizen who enjoy spending time with family or friends in a warmer climate, or a professional whose job is tied to the tourist trade, we know seasonal travel means you need to coordinate precise dates for pickup and dropoff in a timely manner – especially if there are flights to catch.

When is the Best Time to book Car Delivery for Snowbird Transport?

Here’s the unvarnished truth you won’t hear from most movers. It simply doesn’t help you to book your snowbird car transportation until about 7-10 days before your vehicle is available to ship. Many travelers tell us they booked 15 or 30 days in advance, but still their transport company flaked out. (We work real hard to make sure that never happens to you!) Seasonal fluctuations in the auto transport business are opportunities for you to take advantage of great deals to pick up your vehicle in New England.

The fact is, most transport trucks simply can’t predict exactly which town their combination of pickups and drop-offs will place them in until about 3-4 days before they get there. Even the most top-notch drivers in the United States are simply on-the-road-guys: they can’t be made to accept space reservations too far in advance, by anyone. So booking super-early does less than you think, even with an incredibly reputable auto transport company like us.

Auto transport industry insight: In fact, booking too early might hurt you if you get low-ball prices too early from other car shipping companies and opt to lock that in. When there's a higher demand for snowbird transport, you’ll be competing with thousands of others for limited space while aiming for an affordable price. Booking 7-10 days ahead provides the most realistic snowbird transport quotes -- not something that simply sounds good initially but could leave you scrambling for an alternative auto transport company at the last minute.

ship car snowbirdsSo, when should Snowbirds transport a car / make it available for pickup?

Take the exact date you plan to arrive and subtract the # of days your car will be on the truck. Suppose with your time frame, you want to get to Scottsdale on the 15th of the month, and the auto transport service can deliver your vehicle 4 days after it was picked up. If you have no one already in the area that can inspect your vehicle on arrival and pay the driver, you don’t want your car to get there before you do. So we’d recommend you make your vehicle available for pick-up on the 11th. See our How Long Does it Take To Ship a Car page for a chart-table showing # of days, depending on # of miles.

Insight #2: It’s best to avoid shipping right before or after a holiday, because truck drivers need and take time off to be with family too during that time of the year -- and while they’re home, requests for shipment accumulate. It can take a few days after each holiday to get everyone back in optimal position on the road, resulting in longer wait times.

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"I bought a Gem E4 Golf Cart while vacation in Tucson, I decided to take it to St Paul, very easy to work with the carrier. Thanks for making it so stress free." - Gerald Finney

Tucson, AZ to St Paul, MN - $899

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2013 GEM E4

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"Quote was very reasonable. Picked up on time and delivered one day early, the company kept constant communication with us. Driver was courteous. Definitely recommend them and will be using them again in the future." - Prime Motorsports LLC

Boston, MA to Dallas, TX - $929

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

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"Incredibly easy and professional service. They were flexible with changing my dates last minute and I was never concerned about not having a driver! I've had horror stories with shipping companies, but they proved reliable and trustworthy." - Francis Johansen

Detroit, MI to Ft Lauderdale, FL - ENCLOSED - $1,349

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2015 Corvette Z06

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"Excellent service- the driver was very familiar with the area and delivered our vehicle on time and at a convenient location. We would definitely use this service again." - Elizabeth Robinson

Austin, TX to Phoenix, AZ - $719

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2014 Land Rover LR4

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"The staff were courteous, prompt and got the job done!  We ordered the service around Christmas time. With the weather conditions, the car arrived to us within 7 days. The truck had some service issues but made up the time and delivered before the end of the year." - Maggie Carpenter

Oklahoma City, OK to New Orleans, LA - $579

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2013 Audi A4

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"Would use this carrier again. I asked the car to be picked up urgently and they did it as told and it was a huge satisfaction to me as we had to catch our flight.  Delivery was a touch late but not a problem. Overall the service was very good." - John Watkins

Dallas, TX to Detroit, MI - $769

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2014 Subaru WRX

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"They did a great job with my enclosed shipping. They called me before the pickup to let me know when they would be there and when they delivered it, it was in great shape just like they loaded it. I would highly recommend them I, give them a 5 stars because of the good service they gave me." - Roger Joly

Mishawaka, IN to Phoenix, AZ - $1300

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2015 EZ GO Express S4

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"Driver was courteous, informed us about whereabouts and when he was going to drop off car.  Always picked up the phone, was in contact both times when picking up the car and dropping off.  Excellent service. Pickup time was arranged to our liking ...no hassles at all really was a piece of cake." - Deepak Shah

Reno, NV to Kansas City, KS - $879

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2014 Honda Accord

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"Highly recommended. No BS, just straight talk. The driver who delivered was the same as who picked up. That was important as this was my first time having a vehicle transported.They get my AAA + rating." - Ken Parker

Reno, NV to Jacksonville, FL - $1119

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2008 Volvo S80

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"Everything was wonderful! Transport came a day earlier than anticipated and dropped off earlier, too! Easy and painless process. I had never transported a car before and had no idea what to expect, but they made it truly easy! Thanks!!" - Ariella Kessler

Deerfield Beach, FL to Patchogue, NY - $789

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2018 Toyota RAV4

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How much does it cost to ship a car for Snowbirds? move car snowbirds

Are you looking for a vehicle transport company that will be able to schedule your snowbird auto transport year after year? Maybe you need national transport, we offer it all. Snowbird car transport costs ~$1 per mile for 1-500 miles. So, a 350 mile trip would cost $350. The longer the distance, the lower the price: moving a car ~1000 miles drops it to $.75 cents a mile, or $750. Coast-to-coast auto transport can be as little as $.40 cents per mile.

Insight #3: Auto transport rates typically creep up seasonally depending on the time of year - through the winter season, December and reach their peak in the first week of January: just at the very time drivers want to be home with their family for the holidays. When they get back on the road, they have a lot of choices of which pickups to accept first. Naturally, each driver selects the highest-priced quotes first until they work through the backlog. Though we don’t like this reality any more than you do, we think you’re better off understanding how the industry really works. If you don’t mind waiting a couple of extra weeks to receive your car, or you can send it ahead with no issue, then the cheapest snowbird shipping will work for you. But at peak times, a super-low rate will only leave you waiting a great deal of time -- and some snowbirds end up choosing express car transport to try to make up time. 

That’s why our real-time Quick Quote system is so effective. You can check it anonymously and often, and we offer return-trip Snowbird auto shipping discounts. And if you’re traveling with a group of friends or a club, ask about a package for transporting your vehicles together for an affordable rate. It’s possible your vehicles can conveniently arrive at the same time. 

Why is Easy Car Shipping best for Snowbirds car delivery?

Simply put, we understand seasonal fluctuations, and we offer the optimal combination of customer service and value. When looking at our snowbird car transport reviews on Yelp or even the Better Business Bureau – the averaging 4.8 out of 5 speak for themselves. With our years of experience and notable reputation, it's no wonder why we're placed among the best auto transport companies in the nation - giving you peace of mind with reliable delivery, as you escape harsh weather to go on your winter retreat. See additional information on our Why Us page. 

car shipping snowbirdsCan I pack items in my vehicle during seasonal auto transport?

The FMCSA which inspects the vehicle shipment on the roads for safety allows you to include anything that is actually related to the vehicle, but not personal items like luggage or household items. That’s because carriers can, by law, be insured only for vehicle-related items. Some transport carriers allow you to include up to 100 lbs. of unobtrusive items, but there’s always the risk the driver might be fined.

What if the truck can’t access my pickup or delivery location?

While this is a non- issue for 95% of deliveries, most trucks are over 75 feet long and 13.6 feet high, which can make it impossible to reach a few address with narrow roads, trees, power lines, city ordinances, or gated communities. The driver will get as close as possible, and arrange a safe and convenient location such as a shopping center to meet you for pickup or drop-off. If you’ll need unique arrangements, let’s discuss.

Our most popular snowbird car shipping routes

Traditionally, many of our Northeast clients − New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania − love going to the warm climates during summer in the Southeast states like South Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana. At the same time, routes from The Great Lakes and Midwest states to the Southwest states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and California have been growing increasingly popular, in addition to traditional destinations in the South such as Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Orlando. Whether you enjoy winter in the South and summer up East, or enjoy the warm weather states of the Southwest, you’ll see why our snowbird transport is so highly rated among retirees and senior citizens in their golden years.

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