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Be Leery of Driveaway Auto Transport
Be Leery of Driveaway Auto Transport

When you think of auto transport services, chances are that you're thinking about standard auto transport, in which your vehicle is loaded onto a trailer and driven to its final destination. But there was a time in which drive away auto transport was much more commonplace and offered as a service by companies. Now, it has faded significantly in popularity and is not usually offered. In spite of this, it has not entirely gone away, but there are many reasons why you should be leery of choosing drive away auto transport in place of the standard options.

What is Driveaway Auto Transport

In case you don't know, drive away auto transport is when a person actually drives your vehicle from the pickup location to the agreed-upon destination. Most drive away auto transport services today are arranged between friends or friends of friends unofficially, but still, some auto transport companies may offer it. These companies are usually local ones that only operate within a small area. It's not offered for long distance destinations, and if it is, you definitely shouldn't choose it.

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Why Driveaway Auto Transport is a Bad Idea

Driveaway auto transport is a bad idea because of many different reasons. The main ones are that:

  • It'll put unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • You'll be liable for all fuel costs.
  • Your vehicle will not be as well protected.
  • It costs more than standard auto transport.
  • The value of your vehicle will decrease.

The fact is, all of the benefits that standard auto transportation offers do not exist with driveaway auto transport. Your vehicle's value will decrease with each mile that is placed on it, not to mention the wear and tear that it'll go through. Plus, the costs will be more because you'll have to not only pay the driver but will also be liable for fuel expenses and perhaps even road expenses. If your vehicle needs to be driven across the country, for example, who knows if it'll suffer a flat tire or require you to change the oil, etc... The transit time of your vehicle may be faster with drive away auto transport, but it's not worth all of the negatives.

Standard Auto Transport is the Way to Go

Standard auto transport is the far better option. Your vehicle will be securely protected at all times, no matter if your choose open or enclosed transport, and, best of all, there will be no wear and tear put on your vehicle. It also costs less, since auto transport carriers can transport multiple vehicles at once. You can be confident that the price will also include road and fuel expenses, so you'll know what you'll have to pay ahead of time.

Of course, you need to make sure that you choose a credible and reliable company. Always visit the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org to read up on an auto transport company.

At A-1 Auto Transport, we promise to provide you with the utmost professionalism and quality service. Contact us today for your free no obligation quote!


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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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