Peak Season Expectations in the Auto Transport Industry


Peak season shipping begins in mid-August and extends towards the end of October each year. It is that time of the year when there is an increased demand in the auto shipping industry. Students and youths are gearing up for the back-to-school season. While businesses seeking new opportunities are relocating to thriving environments and the holiday shopping commences.

Although peak season doesn’t come as a surprise to most shippers, this year 2021 looks a lot different. It is due to a mixture of unexpected disruptions in the first part of the year. These disruptions include the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, shortage of semiconductor chips and supply chain disruptions.

Peak Season Surcharges          

Car dealer inventories are rebuilding, and the economy is in a much better place than it was a year ago. Now, car shippers are experiencing strong consumer demand. It means that carriers are taking on higher than average freight volumes. However, customers still expect faster car shipping which leads to increased costs and car shipping surcharges. Car carriers charge higher base rates in the peak season. When shipping your car during this peak season, it is best to move it with a professional and reliable car shipping company like Metti International. With the right car shipping broker, transportation got a lot easier. At Metti International, we ensure smooth transport, competitive pricing, quicker pickups and delivery.

Peak Season Moves

Current trends have seen more people relocating to smaller cities that offer lower living costs, warmer temperatures, more space, and sometimes all three. The pandemic accelerated these trends, especially as more people take advantage of the shift while working remotely to relocate to more affordable cities and suburbs.

During this Peak season, every state in the U.S. undergoes significant differences. While many people prefer the Northeast, some prefer exploring specific locations in other parts of the country. Some of the places in the U.S. popularly relocated to during this peak season are Oregon, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. If you’re going against the major trends, by moving into Los Angeles or moving north from Florida, you may be able to snag lower rates. Shipping your car from one central metro area to another also reduces the cost of car shipping.

Metti International Is Here To Help

While it is great to look at the moving trends and peak season expectations, what matters is what’s best for you and your car needs when planning relocation. If you’re leaving your city to find more affordability and living space, Metti International is here to help. We work with a network of top quality carriers to ensure we provide you with the best car shipping services.

Metti International is accredited by the BBB with an A+ rating and is a three-time award-winner of the BBB Torch Award for Ethics. As a licensed and bonded car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we are committed to providing you with excellent customer service. Metti International is a top choice for your shipping needs.

Call Metti International today on 866-620-1776 to schedule your auto transport, and you will get an instant quote. You can also visit our website at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.