For many people who need to move their cars, hiring a car shipping company is a better option than trying to move the car themselves, because it saves them the time and trouble need to drive the car a great distance. Those moving to Chicago from another state, for instance, might choose a car shipping company, and then fly to Chicago and await their car there.

When people do this, they often wonder where their car will delivered. Does it come straight to their door? Will it be delivered to a central office, and they have to pick it up there? Can the moving company pick it up and load it anywhere?

The answers to these questions are that the pickup and drop off locations will depend on the exact circumstances of the customer, and where they live. Although the companies that move cars are happy to drive anywhere to accommodate their customers, they often simply aren’t able to drive directly to a customer’s address. This could happen for any number of reasons. It might be illegal to drive freight trucks on the streets closest to a customer’s address. Or the streets might be too small to accommodate the enormous trucks used by car shipping companies. In these cases, though the companies would ideally like to deliver the car directly to a buyer’s home or business, it may simply not be possible.

Instead, the companies will arrange with the buyer to pickup and dropoff the car at the closest possible location. The car moving companies will know exactly which streets their trucks can and cannot access, and they’ll find a location that is both close to the car’s destination, and legal for a large moving truck to access. Once this location is agreed upon, then the customer only has to bring the car to that location for pickup, or go to that location to meet the driver who is dropping off the truck. Everything in between is handled by the moving company.

And nowadays, with GPS technology and mapping applications like Google Maps, trucking companies can ensure that they only bring cars to locations that are very close to the freight’s final destination. Customers won’t have to travel miles and miles to get their cars; instead, they may have to go a few blocks, or around the corner, to a large street nearby. That ensures the car arrives as close to them as possible, without endangering the moving truck or its freight by bringing it along small, narrow streets.