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Everyone claims that they are something big on the internet and they guarantee that they are the best. However, it is only after a few trips or a disaster that we become wiser but in a costly manner. So when we need to transport something as expensive as a car, then we need to do a few checks to find out whether the company is truly a professional auto transport agency.

Certificate of Liability Insurance

The transporter needs a Certificate of Liability Insurance to cover the value of his cargo. As the value of the cargo can vary, the transporter must be prepared to have the right amount of insurance to cover the cargo at any given time. Usually, the transport company will have $250,000 for a standard unit carrying 10 cars but the value of the 10 cars must be around the given amount. However, if you need the company to transport 10 expensive cars for you, then the insurance amount has to be higher to match the cost of the cars.

DOT Certificate of Authority

All transporters in the country must have gone through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and should be having a Certificate of Authority to show that they are legally conducting their business. Check out http://www.dot.gov/ for more information. Also, the transporter must have bought permits or gotten the license to travel across state lines. Look out for a DOT number that the transporter would have gotten from DOT after a thorough check-up and inspection of all the equipment. So the company can now do any kind of business with the DOT certificate as long as only their equipment is used. Also, you cannot sub-contract your equipment to another company as that would make you a broker and you can only do it if you have a broker’s license.

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Broker’s License

This brings us to the Broker’s license which can again be gotten through DOT and to get their license, brokers must go through an insurance agency or a bank which gives them $10,000.00 bond. The bond must not be cashed in at any time and so one has to check the license as well as the status of the bond before working with the broker. It is always better to go through a broker as they now the inside story of all the companies that they work with and will give the customer the best ones depending on their availability. However, there are some brokers out there who may ask you for a non-refundable deposit offered in exchange for a really low attractive transportation charge. However, you may find out too late that there is no such low transportation charge and you would have paid the broker a deposit for no reason at all. So check whether you are dealing with a professional auto transport broker before signing up with them.  www.safersys.org will give you more information.

Payment

Most companies will ask you to pay a small amount as a deposit which will usually be the broker’s fee. However, when the company asks you to pay the entire amount beforehand, take a step back and look out for another company. When you pay the entire amount you may not be able to claim damages from them in case your vehicle arrives in a battered condition. It is always better to pay the bigger amount after the vehicle has been delivered to you as then you can check the condition of the vehicle before payment.

Using the Right Carrier

There are many kinds of carriers available like “hotshots”, “flat-beds”, “Drop-decks” and many more. The advantage in choosing a professional auto transport company is that they will have a wide-ranging fleet to suit all your needs. Hotshots are good for transporting damaged or large vehicles which will not fit into other carriers and are used mostly for shorter distances. You might also need a Flatbed when you want to transport large vehicles like vans or trucks. It just will not do for the transporter to give you a sub-standard or an inappropriate vehicle as that might be more expensive or might damage the cargo.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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