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Joe WebsterJoe 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.

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State To State Car Shipping Options & Service Choices

Interstate Auto transport–moving your car from one state to another–is a pretty broad category of car shipping because it can mean anything from delivering a car a couple hundred miles or less up to 2,000 miles or more. Interstate Auto transport can mean moving a car from New York to Pennsylvania or it can mean shipping an auto from California to Vermont; two very different jobs! Choosing An Interstate Auto Moving Company There are a lot of options available for moving a car between states and some are definitely better than others. For one, most companies that ship cars between…

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What Determines Car Shipping Prices?

A wide variety of factors can play a part in your car shipping prices.  The factors that determine your car transport prices include: Distance from pick-up to delivery. Door-to-door service is enticing because it requires less work on the customers’ behalf, but it can also be quite expensive on your car shipping prices. By choosing to drop off/pick-up your vehicle from a transport terminal, you could be cutting out many miles worth of shipping costs. Vehicle type, as well as size, makes a huge difference when it comes to your auto transport cost. For instance, an exotic car transport or…

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A-1 The dangers of cheap auto transport services

The Dangers of Cheap Auto Transport Companies The vehicle shipping industry is a very competitive business and there’s a lot of companies in the mix looking for an edge. Unfortunately, some companies will go to extreme lengths to win a bid, even if it’s not realistic to move a car or truck at that price. Why would a company do this? The reason is that many of the companies you find online are brokers and not carriers, which is not a bad thing in and of itself. The industry works mainly through brokerages, so that means many of the companies…

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Nationwide Directory of Auto Transport Carriers

Looking for a car shipping company should be easy, but that’s not always the case. Part of the problem is that there a lot of different players in the auto transport industry, and it’s not always easy to tell them apart. Some companies, called brokers, only arrange transport between customers and shippers. Shippers or carriers are the ones that physically move the vehicles and they sometimes rely on brokers to find them, customers. Other companies, such as Schumacher Cargo Logistics and Supreme Auto Transport on the list below, may operate as both a carrier and a broker. In order to…

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What Makes An Auto Transport Company Reliable?

At A-1 Auto Transport, we take our commitment to our customers seriously and have since the day we started more than 25 years ago. Our business was built on the pillars of honest communication with our customers and straightforward pricing. Here are some of the ways in which we have distinguished ourselves from some of the other less-than-dependable auto shippers. Customer Focus One of the complaints we hear most often from customers is frustration about lack of clear communication from auto transport companies. We’ve taken a hands-on approach to meeting the needs of our clients and work to do everything…

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Motorcycle Shipping Company Directory

Expertise, experience, and the economics are the top three things considered by people when looking forward to shipping something as important as motorcycles. Motorcycle shipping companies do not just pack your motorcycle and toss it overboard a ship or a truck. Rather, their skills and expertise are shown by the amount and degree of security measures and safety precautions are taken to ensure sound delivery. Here is a list of companies that specialize in motorcycle transport: AA Motorcycle Transport You need have no worries when you transport your motorcycle with AA Motorcycle Transport as they customize their services depending upon…

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Boat Hauling & Transport Services Offered By A-1

We ship thousands of boats every year to locations throughout the United States and internationally. Our experienced staff have the knowledge and expertise to load, secure, block and brace your boat with the utmost of care. With more than 25 years of experience, there’s no job too big and no boat we can’t handle! We have regular departures from ports all over the world and offer the following services: Interstate, intrastate and international delivery Roll on/roll off service (RoRo) Enclosed and open container shipping Lift on/Lift off loading Containerized boat transport Shrink wrapping and cradling services Inland boat transport Insurance…

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The Process of Shipping A Car Across the Country

Having a car delivered from one side of the country to the other may seem like a stressful and challenging endeavor, but it’s really not as painful or difficult as you might think. The main problem our customers talk about is paralysis by analysis. They start their search online and are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of companies, services, and websites available on the subject. It can be pretty intimidating. The good news is that you’re in the right spot! Let’s pull back the curtain and unravel some of the mystery of the confusing world of auto transport–it’s not as…

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Auto Transport Reviews

Leaving auto transport reviews of your experience with your auto transport companies is always a good idea. You do not necessary have a responsibility to leave car transport reviews, but wouldn’t you have appreciated reading the same car shipping reviews before you decided upon an auto shipping company? Writing a testimonial can save another person a disastrous experience down the road, or it could lead them towards a really great company. Auto transport testimonials are extremely simple to write as well, you already have all the information you need! Here are some steps to consider that will help you write…

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Auto Transport Broker Directory

Why Does The Auto Transport Industry Use Brokers? In the auto transport industry, there are two main types of businesses that you will encounter as a customer: brokers and carriers. A carrier is the company that owns the trucks and handles the loading, delivery, and unloading of the vehicle. Brokers contract with carriers in order to connect them to customers that are seeking the services that they offer. This arrangement exists mainly to compartmentalize the process so that the companies operating the carriers don’t have to worry about dedicating time and resources to finding customers. (Many auto transporters operate with…

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Auto Transport Directory: Carriers & Brokers

Welcome to the A-1 Auto Transport guide to auto transport carriers and brokers! On this page, you’ll find important information that will help you find a reliable car carrier or broker that you can trust, as well as the necessary licensing numbers to do further research on companies. While it’s not always easy to determine which company is a carrier and which is a broker, both can arrange car shipping on your behalf. The primary difference is that brokers simply arrange for transport, while carriers are the ones actually handling the physical delivery. There is not a decided advantage to…

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Exotic Car Transport Services

Done With Extra TLC Welcome to A-1 Auto Transport, the premier exotic car shipping service in the U.S.! We have more than 25 years of experience delivering high-end, luxury, expensive cars to every corner of the world. We take the utmost care to ensure that your vehicle gets where it needs to go in a timely, safe, and cost-effective manner. Whether you’re buying, selling, or just traveling, we’ll get your car to its destination on time and in perfect condition.   Whether you are going on an extended vacation or moving across the ocean, chances are that you will want…

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Car Shipping Rates From A-1 Auto Transport

Auto Transport Prices By The Numbers – What Does It Cost To Ship A Car? Want the lowdown on the actual cost of having a vehicle shipped? You’re in the right place! On this page, you’ll find information about what goes into the cost of moving a vehicle and cost estimates for different types of vehicles and transport services. It can be challenging to get an accurate cost estimate for the price of shipping a vehicle from one location to another–many companies won’t even offer up a ballpark figure without your personal information. We wanted to provide our readers with…

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U.S. & International Boat Transport Services

We offer a wide variety of full-service boat and yacht transport services, including shrink wrapping, RoRo shipping, overland transport and more! Here are the details of our more popular boat moving services: Shrink Wrapping: Prevents moisture from damaging your boat and keeps out salt which can cause damage from abrasion, as well as harm the interior of watercraft. Roll On, Roll Off: Load your vessel onto one of our carriers with ease using the roll on, roll off method. This requires the boat be secured to a trailer which is then wheeled on to the transport carrier, delivered to its destination, and wheeled…

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Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KvNGDyP5RI Welcome to A1autotransport.com, the last stop for all your moving needs. Shipping your car or truck to another place because of a move or online sale can be a challenge. It would be so much easier if I could just put my vehicle in a box and take it to the post office, but auto shipping is much more complicated than that. We’ll begin by going over domestic auto shipping, including open air and enclosed trailers. Then we’ll talk about international auto transport, using Roll-on Roll-off and container services. Then we’ll wrap up with the preparations required to ship…

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Should I use Chains or Tire Straps?

Chains vs. Tire Straps Hands down tire straps are the way to go! Most enclosed auto shipping companies use tire straps and a few open carrier companies as well. The problem with choosing a company that uses tire strips is that moving your car is going to cost you more. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car. What’s wrong with chains? Chains are ok with and experienced driver that understands the effects of not using them correctly. Most manufacturers have designed holes…

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What is the difference between car shipping Brokers and Auto Carriers?

In short, an auto carrier owns and operates its own fleet whereas a broker contracts out the auto transport to an auto carrier. With a fleet of over 40 car shipping vehicles, A-1 Auto Transport is an auto carrier servicing the United States and abroad. Considering shipping your car? Get a car shipping instant quote with A-1 Auto Transport now. Who owns the car haulers? A broker does not own any automobile transport trucks. What Brokers typically do is take a deposit for your auto transport and then utilize a network of trucking contacts in the auto shipping business to…

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How is your Car Shipment Routed?

The vehicle shippers of America, A-1 Auto Transport, has developed several locations –specific routing options to help our customers move automobiles across the nation in the most cost effective and timely manner. To handle the auto transport of privately owned vehicles, routing is defined by decisions, objectives, and constraints. Considering the trucks and equipment used for moving cars, our state of the art car carrier fleet is equipped to load 10 vehicles per truck. This equates to nearly 10 different pickups and drop off locations for the car hauler to service. Our dispatch team makes logistical decisions to assign a…

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Get FREE, Instant Car Shipping Quotes & Compare Auto Transport Rates NOW!

A-1 Auto Transport is a leading vehicle transport company with over 20 years of experience that ships more than 12,000 vehicles annually. Our experience and a vast network of company-owned trucks give us the resources, experience, and expertise to help you with any of your auto transport needs. Auto Transport Quotes Made Easy If you’re looking for a FREE, no obligation car shipping quote, then you’ve come to the right place! Call us toll-FREE at 1-800-452-2880 or fill out our form at the top of the page to start comparing rates instantly! We specialize in many different kinds of auto…

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Preparing Your Vehicle To Be Shipped

There are a few necessary measures one must take in order to ensure that their car shipping experience goes as smoothly as possible. These practices are standard among auto shippers and can be expected whenever dealing with any auto transport companies. 1. Remove any personal items from your vehicle. Department of Transportation Code mandates that no auto shipper carry anything defined as “Household Goods”. This means that by law, auto shipping companies are not allowed to transport vehicles containing personal items. You will also want to remove any aftermarket parts that are in your vehicle. For instance, DVD players, GPS…

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How long will it take to ship my car?

Here at A-1, we are fully committed to getting your vehicle to you in the timeliest manner possible. The average transit time for shipping cars across the country takes up to two or three weeks but is often much less. However, no matter the distance or situation, you will always be able to track your shipments progress by utilizing our real-time satellite tracking system. Driver Limitations While international car shipping laws vary, federal law stipulates that automobile shipping drivers travel no more than 500 miles per day, which includes any and all auto transport delivery stops along the way. They…

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