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Auto Transport Logistics: Dynamics of Car Shipping

Auto Transport Logistics: Dynamics of Car Shipping
Auto Transport Logistics: Dynamics of Car Shipping

The term “logistics” refers to managing how inventory or cargo is moved and stored and includes everything from planning to strategy to execution. It’s a very broad term that touches on virtually every aspect of commerce and is essential to keeping an organized flow of goods throughout the world. This flow of goods, in turn, is what the machinery that keeps the economy going, both locally, countrywide, and across the world. In its simplest terms, logistics is the management of this essential process.

In many industries, logistics refers to a supply chain, which is simply an organized network that facilitates delivery of goods. An example would be a  chain retailer that needs a steady flow of merchandise to keep their shelves full and customers happy. Naturally, product needs to be replaced as it’s bought and this is the primary role of logistics in the retail space.

In terms of auto transport, logistics operates in a similar way, but with more variance on the delivery end since they are not consistently shipping to the same locations as a wholesaler or supplier might in a retail context. However, the same elements are in play: an auto transporter handles everything from planning to pick up to storage (if necessary) to delivery.

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How Cars Get Shipped Around The World

Now that we’ve gone over what logistics means and how it applies to the car shipping industry, let’s take a look at some of the details that make it all possible.

Before the driver picks up a vehicle, there is a lot of planning and coordination that must go into organizing a shipment. In some cases, this may be easier than others. For example if a truckload of cars is being delivered to a dealership, that’s easier to arrange than having to deliver to multiple different stops or cities that may not be on the same route, which is often the case.

When it comes to delivering vehicles for multiple customers in different areas, planning and timing have to be arranged and kept on schedule in order to meet the timeframe for delivery. This is a very important and difficult part of the job since it affects everything from efficiency to fuel usage and driver time. In many ways, auto transport logistics boils down to managing time and making efficient use of resources.

One way that carriers and shippers are able to maximize efficiency is through the use of shipping and delivery terminals. Many cars are not delivered to a specific address (though it is an available service), but are instead delivered to a centrally located terminal where customers can pick up their vehicle. There are a series of terminals located across the U.S., some owned by companies, others that are independent.

The terminal system in auto transport operates in much the same way that shipping ports coordinate trade, commerce, and cargo shipment. In fact, many shipping ports in the U.S. are used for international car shipping, just as they play a prominent role in the movement of other goods.

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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.


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

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
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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
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