Before we talk more about what this service is, you first have to understand how the entire auto transport niche operates. So let’s start!
When you request a quote from a company such as Instacar, we calculate the price of shipping your car and get back to you with an offer. When you accept it, you actually book a place in the car carrier queue. There your car is placed among others and it waits for a carrier to get freed up so it can pick your car.
This is also why we can’t give you an exact pickup date at the very beginning. Carriers do not know when their trips for the given route will fill up. Say you are moving from Chicago to Florida. That week only 3 or 4 people may want to go on the same route, so the carrier has to wait for some more to fill up his trailer. Alternatively, there may be 35 cars waiting, but only 3 vacant carriers. So you have to wait for another one to free up.
Considering all this, it is natural that we request you to give us a range of dates when you are available to have your vehicle picked up. Keep in mind that the scenarios above are a bit exaggerated to point out how the service work.