Auto Transport: Road vs Air

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Auto Transport: Road vs Air
Auto Transport: Road vs Air

Road vs Air

Road transport has a global usage. Customs processing allows for uninterrupted movement across countries and continents. Supply chains that thrive on speed prefer air freight to any other mode such as road freight. The automotive industry, for instance, relies heavily on this mode of transport for replenishment of inventory in auto production. With the above understanding, you can now begin to comprehend what you are getting into when choosing one mode over the other. Transportation by road is cost-effective with fast delivery. Besides, you can trace both the truck and your consignment. It also serves you flexibly through a door-to-door reach.

What goes into choosing between road versus air shipment? You must bear in mind the budgetary constraints, the reliability of the mode, the safety of the cargo and speed of delivery.

Wide road coverage network

Roads have an extensive coverage anywhere in the world. At the same time, they have the least physical constraints as compared to other modes. Transportation by road is highly flexible since auto transporters go anywhere if there is a road network. However, with skyrocketing maintenance costs, you should expect transporters to offload some of their expenses to consignment pricing.

Limitless air directions

Air transportation has no limit. There are routes are all over Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia you name it. However, the process of shipping by air faces constraints both on land and in the air. For example, to operate a cargo plane, you need a runway spanning over 3,000 meters. Other mitigating factors include air currents, fog, and climate.

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Competitiveness

When making your choice, cost remains your crucial consideration. Both road and air shipment methods have their pricing structures as well as performance variations. However, the real difference in making an option are in the quantity you want to ship, consignment value and the distance you intend to cover. When you consider distance to be covered and how you package goods, shipping cars by road is the most competitive option.

Where air transport thrives

Using air freight to ship cars also comes with some added benefits. Air transport for automobiles serves you well if:

  • The car is the rare or expensive type
  • You want the vehicle delivered fast
  • You are shipping the car overseas

You do not want that costly car to get a scratch or dent. Besides, delivery by air is only a matter of hours. You can have a car in your yard on the same day the shipper dispatches it. A truck could take days or even weeks to get your cars to their destination.

For overseas move, air freight is your best bet while local moves can be addressed by road freight. Roads have wide coverage while there is no limit to international flight routes. At the same time, road transportation remains the most competitive of the two options. Air transport, on the other hand, is ideal for expensive cars and when you want them delivered urgently. Whatever your needs are, discuss them with your prospective shipping firms.

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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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“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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