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Buy It, Ship It: How Do You Ship A Car You’ve Just Bought?

What's in this article?
  1. Shipping Versus Driving Which One’s Better?
  2. How To Ship Your Vehicle
  3. Why Work With A-1 Auto Transport
Buy It, Ship It: How Do You Ship A Car You’ve Just Bought?

If you’ve just bought a car from another state, you may be wondering how you’re going to get it home. 

Whether you found a great deal for a new vehicle in a different state or wanted to work with a dealership that has no office in your area, buying cars from different states is more common than you think.

But, getting the vehicle from your dealership and to your home can be a difficult process when you’re on your own. It’s why you should consider working with a reputable shipping company like A-1 Auto Transport to make the process smoother.

Keep reading to find out how to ship your car after you’ve bought it!


Shipping versus Driving: Which One’s Better?

You may be thinking that flying out to pick up your car and driving it is the simpler method to get your vehicle wherever you need to.

While it’s certainly an option, working with a shipping company:

  • Is safer for you and the new vehicle
  • Won’t add mileage to your new car
  • Is a lot less time-consuming

And if you’re thinking that driving the car yourself will be cheaper, that may not be the case. If you have a long road ahead, not only will you have to pay for more gas, but there’s a high chance you’ll need to take a break, have a meal somewhere on the road, and sometimes even stay the night somewhere to rest.

And if you add up all these costs, a lot of the time there aren’t a lot of differences between the cost of auto transport versus driving the car yourself. 

How to Ship Your Vehicle

Shipping your new car across state lines is not exactly easy. There are a lot of moving parts to it, and since a car is a big financial investment, it’s important to make sure everything goes smoothly during transport.

Some dealerships will offer transport services to clients, but in most cases, car shipping is the responsibility of the new owner. Thankfully, because of the growing trend of online car buying, many auto transport companies have now modified their services to help clients ship their vehicles right after they’ve purchased them.

And here are some things vehicle shipping companies like A-1 Auto Transport can help you with:

  • Planning: Delivering a vehicle takes a lot of planning throughout the entire journey. A-1 Auto Transport will handle all the moving parts of this task so you don’t have to;
  • Coordinating with the dealer: We need to make sure the dealer has the car keys, registration and title, and proof of insurance ready when we arrive to pick up the car;
  • Checking the bill of lading: Our drivers will ask the dealer to sign the bill of lading to make sure you are legally protected during transport; 
  • Keeping you in the loop: We understand it can feel strange to get a new car and not be the first person to drive it. But we assure you our team will handle the entire process with great care, and keep you constantly in the loop with our progress, for your peace of mind.

Why Work with A-1 Auto Transport

A-1 Auto Transport is a reputable and trustworthy shipping company known for its high-quality services.

We’ve built a very strong reputation in the industry over the years thanks to our:

  • Hands-on experience - Simply put, we know what we’re doing, and can plan a successful transport for most conditions. Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to auto transport;
  • Dedication - We want to do a job simply because we love what we’re doing. Our team is passionate and motivated to do a great job every time;
  • Friendly customer support - We know our industry is confusing, so we always take the time to talk with our clients and help them navigate this world with ease.

To get started, get your free auto transport quote online and call us at 1-800-452-2880.

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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.

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.

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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