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Auto Transport: Road vs Sea
Auto Transport: Road vs Sea

Whether you are shipping a consignment for business or personal reasons, you must make choices. Out of all the options available, in the end, the decision is whether to transport automobiles by road or sea. Overseas shipment may require one mode or a combination of several. Factors that may inform your choice include cost, transit time, and delays in delivery among others.

Among the key factors to consider when faced with the option of road or sea transport are:

Cost: How to determine what to pay

If you are in business, you deal with choices where the bottom line can make the difference between profit and loss. On the other hand, from an individual perspective, working with a budget to guide your daily expenditure is never an option. Both ways, natural instincts tell you to pick a mode of transport that costs less. Often, you will hear that road transport is cheaper than ocean freight.

Shipping charges: How transporters determine them

The best decision criterion is through knowledge of what goes into international shipping charges. Any consignment that goes on a ship is charged per container. The two standard containers in use are the 20-foot and 40-foot. Cost determination is per container size. For large shipments, you are better off using the sea.

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Road haulage: Cost elements involved

Road transporters, on the other hand, base their cost calculations on mileage, number of units on board, truck driver wages, maintenance, and fuel cost. Therefore, if you are transporting one car, the shipper should give you a price that has considered all these. You might have to wait until other customers place their orders and fill a truck. Alternatively, with several units to deliver, you could have an entire lorry.

Reliability: How it affects your expectations

The quality of being reliable matters a lot whether in service or product delivery. Ocean carriers have a poor reputation for reliability. Ships get delayed quite often. As an individual, you can comfortably stomach an allowance for a few days delay. However, as an entrepreneur, a day could harm your business prospects. Shipping by road is more reliable than sea delivery. You can plan when to expect your consignment, and the delays are not necessarily long.

Damage: Where to mitigate

Sea cargo gets damaged during rough weather. At times, vessels run aground leaving them prone to being tossed up and down by strong waves. Nonetheless, in fair weather, you can expect a gentle roll from one port to the next. In this regard, road transport is the riskier option. Trucks traveling in both on and off-road conditions must meander and maneuver through sharp bends and steep inclines. Sudden brakes are also a normal occurrence.

Both sea and road transportation modes can work when seeking to relocate. By knowing what goes into the final cost, you stand a better chance of negotiating a price. At the same time, the two methods have different reliability expectations. Make an informed choice so that you are happy with the outcome.


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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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