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Can You Get A Car Shipped To You?

What's in this article?
  1. Factrors Influencing Shipping Service
  2. Location & Address
  3. The Size Of The Auto Transport Company
  4. Partnerships And Affiliations
  5. Licensing
  6. Parting Shot
Location In Terms Of Destination

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear “Car Shipping” is, transporting a vehicle from them to another place. However, the curious minds of clients have managed to score this into the frequently asked questions; “Can you get a car shipped to you”. There are always two sides to a coin. You can ship your car to a specific destination and, yes, you can also get your car shipped to you. It works both ways. Car shipping companies like ours; A-1 Auto Transport, exist to offer what the market demands. After all, the customer is always right.

However, while it remains true that both sides of the coin exist, it entirely depends on a number of factors specific to different auto transport companies. While it is easy to ship cars from you to other destinations, it is not just as easy for the reverse.

Factrors influencing shipping service

There are factors that dictate the possibility of that happening. Let’s have a comprehensive look at each.

Location & address

Location in terms of destination is a critical factor in shipping a car. It dictates other parameters like the cost of fuel incurred, how much time the transport will take, mode of shipping depending on the terrain of the area, and mode of delivery. That is from the point of view of shipping your car from you to another location.

In regards to getting your car shipped from you, the address of your location is primal. For most auto transport companies including A-1 Auto Transport Inc.  you can only ship a car from a location within the 50 states in the U.S. to you. This applies to both local and international shipping.  If you live overseas and you wish to ship a car from an auto-shop in the United States to you, it can be done.

The location also matters from the perspective of the size of the company…

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The size of the auto transport company

The size of the auto transport company is often than most directly proportional to the ‘muscle’ it has to provide its services. When the question, “Can you get a car shipped to you” arises, the size of the auto transport company matters in terms of location. A large company will most likely have branches across the 50 states of America. Most hauling companies will only ship a car to you from a location they serve, and most likely have a branch in.

Some of their branches in different states act as terminals for delivery. A car transportation firm will want to cut down on the cost of providing their service, without compromising quality. Most small companies neither have branches in most states in the U.S. nor do they ship cars from locations they don’t serve from. A small shipping company on the east coast might be able to ship your car from the east coast to the west coast, but may find it difficult to ship a car to you in the east coast from the west coast.

Partnerships And Affiliations

Partnerships and affiliations

Auto transport firms are able to ship a car to you from far off states and towns because they have affiliations with car manufacturing companies, storage facilities companies, and partnerships with other car shipping companies. It is for this reason that you can get a car shipped to you by a specific auto shipping company straight from the manufacturer. Lack of such partnerships and affiliations limit the extent to how possible it is to get a car shipped to you.


Auto transport companies need licensing to operate in various states all over America. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for granting this license to the car shipping company. For this reason, the question; “Can you get a car shipped to you” depends on whether the automotive shipping company is licensed by FMCSA to operate in the state where the car you want to be shipped is. If a car hauler is pulled over and found not to be licensed to conduct commercial car hauling services in a certain state, it would mean confiscation of the hauling vehicle and the car being shipped. Clearance can take several business days, not mentioning the hefty fines that will leave a huge dip in your credit card.

Parting shot

You can get a car shipped to you only if the above is in order. That is:

  1. The car being shipped is within the United States.
  2. The car shipping company serves the location from which the car is being picked up from.
  3. The car shipping company has relevant partnerships & affiliations.
  4. The car shipping company is licensed to operate across states.
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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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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