Transit Times for Shipping a Car
From British Columbia to Nova Scotia
1st Stage – Vancouver to Toronto
Wait Time: 2-6 days
Transit Time: 9-13 days
2nd Stage – Toronto to Nova Scotia
Wait Time: 2-5 days
Transit Time: 2-3 days
BC to Nova Scotia Shipping Information
The main terminal in British Columbia is located in Delta, BC and the terminal in Nova Scotia is located in Dartmouth, NS.
Your vehicle will be transported inside an enclosed rail car from the terminal in Delta to the rail terminal in Scarborough, ON. Once it offloads in Scarborough, it will be assigned to an open car carrier for delivery to the destination terminal in Dartmouth.
If your vehicle is being picked up from another city outside of the Lower Mainland/Vancouver area, it would be picked up by a truck and taken to the Delta terminal to wait to be loaded on rail. This will add a few days to the Wait/Transit Times.
If your vehicle is going to another location in Nova Scotia, it would be taken to the terminal in Dartmouth and will wait for another truck to take it to its final destination. This will also add a few days to the Wait/Transit Times.
For example, if you’re shipping from Delta to Kentville your vehicle will be shipped like this:
Delta, BC → Scarborough, ON → Dartmouth, NS → Kentville, NS
The wait times and transit times are approximates, and not guaranteed for the standard method of shipping. Pickup and deliveries in remote locations can take longer.
How long does it take to ship my car?
The information above shows the approximate wait times and transit times for shipping a car from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Departures are usually not on fixed days as they can depend on volume of vehicles already booked and ones already at the terminals assigned to a load. It is recommended to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Booking in advance can help decrease transit times but normally your vehicle will be placed in queue to ship once it is at the terminal. If you are shipping by enclosed transport trailer these transit times may not apply.
What is “Wait Time” and “Transit Time”?
- The wait time is how long your vehicle will wait before it is picked up or how long it will wait to depart on the truck/train once it is dropped off at a terminal.
- The transit time is how long your vehicle will take to arrive to the next terminal once it has departed.
Will my car be shipped by multiple trucks?
For shorter moves it may be shipped on only one truck, but for longer shipments it will be on multiple trucks/trains before it’s delivered. Canada is the second largest country in the world and to ship a car directly in one shipment across the entire country would be very expensive. It is the most economical/inexpensive way to ship your vehicle when it’s transferred between multiple trucks/trains between major cities.
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