Gift Icon
Get a 20% discount from our partners! Discount code will get added automatically when you submit the form.
Auto Transport Truck on Highway
4.7 Star Rating4.7 (67,926 reviews)
96.3% positive
No Surprises, Just Savings: Verified Carriers, Instant Quotes, and Best Price Guarantee!
You save 20% compared to other companies
Get quotes from trusted carriers, thoroughly vetted and fully insured. Enjoy trackable deliveries, fair pricing, and hassle-free transport from start to finish. Transport any type of vehicle and drive away worry-free.
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week
Scratch-Free Guarantee
Vetted Carriers
Transparent Costs
Customer Ratings By Feature
Value for Money ★★★★★ 4.9
Vehicle Care ★★★★★ 4.9
Fast Delivery ★★★★★ 4.9
Friendly Staff ★★★★★ 4.9
Dave loved the fast deliveryDave C.
Dave loved the fast delivery
My relocation to Chicago was fast, smooth and without any delay thanks to A1 Auto.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidanceCourtney J.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidance
Just what you need when trusting someone with your wheels! Kudos to this company!
Jeff enjoyed the fair priceJeff D.
Jeff enjoyed the fair price
Moved my ride hassle-free with these folks.Fair pricing, no surprises. Definitely recommend them!
Maria enjoyed the special care and safetyMaria L.
Maria enjoyed the special care and safety
Huge thanks to the movers – they were meticulous with my car. Love these guys.
Recently featured on USA Today

“A1 Auto Transport became synonymous with top-notch service delivery, unfailing punctuality and constantly preoccupied with customer satisfaction.

See Article— USA Today

All You Need To Know About Your Car Shipping Estimate

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Factors affecting car shipping estimate
  2. Distance
  3. Location
  4. Car size and weight
  5. Open transport versus enclosed transport
  6. Season
  7. Normal delivery versus the express shipping option
  8. Door-to-door delivery versus terminal-to-terminal delivery
  9. Running vehicle versus inoperable vehicle
Things Need To Know About Your Car Shipping Estimate

You may need to transport a vehicle from one state to the other or across international borders. The best option in such instances is using a leading auto shipping company. Such companies offer a free, often non-obligatory car shipping estimate. Are you curious to know more about these car shipping quotes? Read on.

Factors affecting car shipping estimate


You should expect to pay more if you need the car transported over long distances. For instance, carrying a car from Los Angeles to Miami is costlier than transporting the same car from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City.

When the transportation involves crossing international borders, the prices are dramatically high because custom duty has to be paid. Not all companies do international vehicle transportation. Check out this page for countries A1 Auto Transport ships cars.


What is the origin and the destination of the vehicle? If these two locations are along common shipping routes, then the quote will be lower than if they are located in rural areas. Rural areas are not common destinations for shipping companies. So, the shipping company will stray too much from a common route and only to deliver or pick up one vehicle. To cover the fuel costs of driving over such long distances, the price goes up.

A-1 Auto Transport Ships Worldwide.
Get a Free, No Obligation to Buy, Auto Shipping Quote.
Get my free quote now
or call us to do it for you:

Car size and weight

The more space a vehicle occupies in the transport truck, the costlier it is to transport. Smaller cars occupy less space, such that many of them can be transported on the same carrier.

The weight of the vehicle is also a factor. According to this study, weight affects fuel consumption. Heavy cars, cost more to transport due to fuel costs. In other words, transportation of large cars is expensive due to space occupied and weight.

Open transport versus enclosed transport

The conventional method of transporting cars is on open trucks. Open trucks transport more vehicles; therefore, transportation costs are low. However, open trucks expose the vehicles to weather conditions such as rain, sunlight, and wind. Interestingly, most of the vehicles in car dealerships are transported this way.

The alternative is enclosed vehicle shipping. Your vehicle is transported in a closed truck or in a container. This method protects the car and is very safe. But the convenience comes with extra costs. Enclosed transportation is a good option for shipping luxury cars for both protection and security.

Shipping Costs Depend On Season Too


Like most industries, the car shipping industry also has a low season and high season. Generally, it is expensive to transport vehicles during summer due to increased demand for car shipping services.

In the winter, it is incorrect to say that car shipping is cheap because it depends with destination and location. As the winter begins, retirees prefer to escape the harsh weather by relocating to the southern states such as Florida. So, car shipping to those states is slightly expensive.

Winter also causes unsuitable road conditions, which is problematic especially for heavy trucks. Therefore, companies charge more to transport vehicles to mountainous areas during winter. Still, the summer season is a more expensive time to ship vehicles than other seasons.

Normal delivery versus the express shipping option

Car hauling companies have different time frames for car deliveries. Often, the time frame is affected by the distance, location, transport routes, weather, season, and demand. Depending on these factors, delivery can take less than a week or up to 20 days within the country. As such, you may find it inconvenient to work with their normal delivery timeframe.

Fortunately, most of these companies offer a way to expedite the delivery. Most call it “express auto shipping service,” which of course comes at an extra cost. It is a good option if you require the car urgently.

Door-to-door delivery versus terminal-to-terminal delivery

There are two delivery options. The shipping company can pick the car from the origin and deliver it directly to your door step. This option is very convenient, and therefore, more expensive. The alternative is the car being delivered to a terminal. The catch here is that you have to track the shipment so that you will be at the terminal when the car arrives. Otherwise, you may incur storage fees.

Running vehicle versus inoperable vehicle

It costs more to transport an inoperable vehicle. This is because an inoperable vehicle requires special equipment to load and unload. The price difference between transporting and running and inoperable vehicle under the same conditions can be several hundred dollars.

That is all you need to know about a car shipping estimate. Most companies offer very accurate quotes, but unforeseeable factors such as weather and storage fees may increase the actual price you pay.

Do you need car shipping services? Visit this page for a free and non-obligatory quote.

Share this content on social media for a chance to get up to 20% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

Email Me

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

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

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.

Visit our social, and see what our clients are saying about us:

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week
Scratch-Free Guarantee
Vetted Carriers
Transparent Costs

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd,
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2024, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.