With the number of cases of Covid-19 increasing across the United States and Canada, travelling is not recommended. It might not even be possible in certain cases.

It’s important not only for your safety but, also for the safety of loved ones you do not travel during these difficult times.

Even if you do choose to travel, you might get forced into a two-week quarantine. Certain states have made it mandatory under the penalty of a huge fine for not doing so.

So, if you need to get your pickup truck or SUV somewhere right now. The best option is to let someone else take the risk and ship the vehicle.

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Shipping your truck will vary in price based on several things.

First, it will vary on distance and the time of year that you are shipping it.

Also, the current cost of fuel and the increase in demand due to the pandemic can affect the price as well.

In general, you should expect to spend at least a thousand dollars.

You can get a cost estimate by either visiting a specific company’s website for a pricing quote or by calling them.

Longer shipments, such as from New York to Los Angeles, can range over two thousand dollars.

Shorter shipments of only a few hundred miles will be a bit less than a thousand dollars.

If choosing premium shipping options such as enclosed shipping or top loading, the price will be higher. Skip these options if you are looking to save some money.

There is always a high demand for car, SUV and Pickup truck shipping services. In the same way that there is a high demand for tables at a nice restaurant on a Saturday night.

That is why you need to book your shipment in advance. In the same way, you would make a reservation for that restaurant.

It is actually recommended to book your shipment at least a month in advance. This is because doing so will give you the flexibility with the shipping dates that you need.

Booking these dates is first come, first serve.

Transporting a vehicle will take some time. But, most shipments take between one and two weeks. 

Some shipments could take less, some could take up to three weeks. But, when you get a quote, you will get an estimate of the transit time.

Regardless, you need to make other commuting arrangements while your car ships. Consider using rideshare apps or family members with other cars.

Public transportation is a typical alternative option. But, avoid contact with the general public if you can while the virus is so prevalent.

It is important for you to research any auto transport companies you’re considering using for your pickup truck shipment.

There are a lot of unreliable companies out there that do not have good reputations. Thankfully, doing this research is simple.

You can Google each company name. Once you do, there will be reviews on Google for any reputable company from past customers.

Take time to read their individual accounts of the shipping service they received. The companies Google review star rating should be at least three and above. 

You can also read reviews on sites like Transportreviews.com or ConsumerAffairs.com.

Once you have settled on a company, you should give them a call.

When you do, ask them any questions you have about your shipment.

Also, make sure they have availability for when you need your truck picked up and delivered.

If you’re not satisfied with their answers or if they cannot accommodate your schedule, consider another company.

Or, if they put on hold for a long time, you might want to consider using another company.

Figuring out the pickup and delivery of your truck will entail a bit more than scheduling it over the phone.

That’s because your truck will get picked up and delivered during a “shipping window”.

This means you will get a two to three-day notice before the transport driver arrives for pickup and delivery.

It gets done this way because it is impossible for a car shipping company to say the exact time your car carrier will arrive. This is due to unpredictable factors such as traffic and weather.

So, you need to be available during that period to give the truck and keys to the driver during pickup. The same is true for drop off (except you will be getting the truck and keys this time).

This means you or someone you trust will need to be home or close to home during these two to three-day periods.

Thus, you will need to plan ahead. We recommend planning for this at least four weeks in advance.

The final thing you will need to do before your shipment is to prepare for it. This is quite simple and straightforward.

You can do everything one or two days before your shipping window begins.

You will need to take any personal items out of your truck. This includes things like gloves, jewelry sunglasses.

If you leave these things in your truck during the shipment and they end up lost or damaged, the shipping insurance will not cover them.

You must also ensure that your truck gets cleaned before your carrier arrives to pick it up. 

A visual inspection of the truck where the driver looks for and documents any preexisting damage.

This inspection must take place whether the car is clean or not. But, if it is not clean, the inspection could take two or three times longer. 

The inspection might take fifteen minutes, if the truck is dirty, it could take as long as forty-five minutes.

You will need to be present for this so you will be taking up your own time. Your shipment will not hit the road until this gets completed.

Shipping your truck across the country is a better option than driving right now.

There are many areas where the infection rate of the coronavirus is skyrocketing. 

Yes, you will be driving most of the time, but you will need to get out to refuel and get food at certain points.

By shipping your truck, you are removing all the risk.

Remember, setting up your shipment and preparing for it will take a little bit of effort.

You need to choose a company carefully by researching their reputation online.

You also need to plan ahead and book your shipment at least four weeks in advance.

Finally, do your best not to forget to remove personal items and wash your truck before it gets picked up.

Yes, there are a lot of auto transport companies that will ship lifted pickup trucks.

But, be sure to give the shipping company the dimensions of your vehicle incase accommodations need to be made by them.

The cost of shipping a pickup truck or SUV varies depending on the shipping type.

Open transport is a faster and cheaper option. But, there’s a potential for your vehicle to be damaged during the trip.

Enclosed transport costs more and there are fewer companies with an enclosed trailer available. But, your truck is protected from the weather and road debris.

The average cost for shipping a pickup truck or SUV across the country is between $800 and $1200.

An open transport car carrier is a huge trailer that holds up to 10 vehicles that are exposed to all the elements of nature.