- What Are Pods?
- Pods Sizes
- Large Container
- Medium Container
- Small Container
- Mix And Match
- Benefits Of Using Pods
- It Can Be Cheaper
- You Can Load It Yourself
- Loading Is More Convenient
- It’s More Secure
- Can I Ship A Car With Pods?
- Car Shipping With A1 Auto Transport
- Coordinate Your Move With Pods
- Work With A Team You Can Trust
- Get Unbeatable Prices
- Customize Your Auto Transport
When moving to a new place, it isn’t uncommon for people to want to have their car shipped. It’s actually the smarter option when moving long distances, and can save you time, money, and effort in your moving process.
If you’re already committed to using PODS for your move, it would only be logical if you could drive your car into one of these same PODS and have it picked up. Let’s find out if this is a viable option and how you can get the most out of these services with the help of A1 Auto Transport.
What are PODS?
Portable On Demand Storage, or PODS for short, is like a newer version of the popular ‘UHaul’ used for moving and storing pretty much anything that can safely fit. Like the UHaul, PODS has become the go-to option for people trying to make their move a DIY operation, or want a cheaper option to full-service moving companies.
Unlike other similar container supply services, PODS come in varying sizes at different price points to suit different needs. PODS also gives you the option to go at your own pace, offering monthly rentals and such for moving and storage purposes.
PODS come in three sizes that we’ll call large, medium, and small.
The largest PODS container is their 16ft PODS designed for moving large households. Its dimensions are 16 x 8 x 8 ft, or 835 cubic ft, comparable to a 10 x 15 ft storage unit, or a 20 ft moving truck.
The large container can move up to 3 or 4 rooms, or about 1200 sq. ft or smaller. It’s also great for moving a small business with equipment and furniture to another destination.
The next size down is 12ft and is great for 2 to 3 rooms worth of belongings, or roughly 500-800 sq. ft. This size is especially popular when moving an apartment, and can be used for in-town moving and storage needs.
The dimensions of this container are 12 x 8 x 8 ft, comparable to a 10 x 10 storage unit, or 15 ft rental moving truck. It’s approximately 689 cubic ft.
The smallest container has dimensions of 8 x 7 x 8ft. It has up to 402 cubic ft of usable space, making this small container ideal for college students and young adults who don’t have a lot of stuff and need to move.
Roughly the size of a walk-in closet, one can compare it to a 5 x 10 ft storage unit or 10 ft moving truck. One can easily fit the items from a 500 sq. ft or smaller space in this small container.
Mix and match
PODS gives you the ability to mix and match your containers to accomplish your relocation. The most popular mix is the small and large container, but it’s up to you and what you’ll require.
Note that these dimensions are based on exterior measurements, and are given for guidance purposes. The amount of space you get out of a container is significantly influenced by the way things are loaded, and the size of your items.
PODS uses a similar method of pricing as A1 Auto Transport, and your final price is determined by the services you need, along with other factors.
Benefits of using PODS
Why are so many Americans and people all over the world using PODS to move household items and even their vehicles? The answer is simple, it can be a more cost-effective solution that gives them control over their shipment.
Here are some reasons you should consider using PODS to move your house and vehicle:
It can be cheaper
Renting a truck or making multiple trips in your car with your personal belongings will add up, whether in the short-term or long term. PODS offers a solution to the high upfront costs of moving by allowing users to pack their PODS container on their own terms, and at their own pace. This ultimately means the price will depend on your specific needs.
You can load it yourself
Unlike other rental truck services, PODS leaves loading it up to you. The PODS container is dropped off at your home, and there you can load it yourself, or with the help of friends and family.
This makes packing and loading adhere to your schedule, instead of having to sacrifice an entire day to supervise movers. Basically, it means that whenever you find yourself with a bit of extra time, you can work on filling your PODS container without interfering with the things you have to do, like go to work or tend to your family.
Loading is more convenient
The designers of PODS realized how inconvenient it can be to load and unload boxes and other items from moving trucks because of their height. It takes way more effort and time to get it done that way, so they decided to make the PODS sit on the ground until they’re ready for pickup.
You won’t have a moving truck driver sitting around waiting to move your PODS container for hours until everything is packed and loaded, and all you have to do is go to your driveway to put the stuff in the moving container.
If you’re wondering what happens to your stuff while it’s being loaded onto the truck, the answer is PODZILLA. PODZILLA is a level-lift system that was designed to keep PODS and everything within level while being loaded onto the truck.
PODZILLA may also be used to get PODS out of tight spaces that a truck can’t fit in, and maneuver it to a safe lifting point.
It’s more secure
PODS were built to resist the most potent threat to moving, i.e, harsh weather conditions. PODS keep out the rain, are built to withstand strong winds of up to 110 mph, and keep moisture and mold away from its contents. They are also highly impact-resistant, as they are made of special polymers, and will take a beating if need be.
Another cool feature of PODS is the fact that you get your own lock that only you have the key for, so once it is locked at Point A, there’s no opening it until it arrives at Point B.
Can I ship a car with PODS?
Unfortunately, PODS were not designed to ship cars, and to date, the company has not released any PODS models for auto transport purposes. You’re also not allowed to transport other motorized vehicles and even lawnmowers in PODS. By their own recommendation, you will need an auto transport company to help you with the task.
A1 Auto Transport provides several options that will help you get your car where you need to go at the most affordable car shipping rates!
Car Shipping With A1 Auto Transport
A1 Auto Transport is a leading car shipping and moving company in the US with a reputation that precedes itself. It begins with the professionalism of the staff and ends with client satisfaction.
Coordinate Your Move With PODS
Even though you can’t ship a car in a PODS container, you can coordinate the move with A1 Auto Transport so that everything arrives on time. Just imagine arriving at your new home and having to rely on public transport until you can get your car shipped.
Our extensive van lines span the country and we can ship your car wherever you need it to go. Just provide us with where and when, and leave the rest up to us.
Work With A Team You Can Trust
Your car is precious, no matter if it’s a flashy sports car or a modest day-to-day vehicle. It gets you where you need to go, and should be treated with care.
A1 Auto Transport prides itself on maintaining a professional staff of admin and drivers with the necessary skill and experience to get the job done right. Work with a team you can trust to transport your car anywhere in the country!
Get Unbeatable Prices
Auto transport can be pricey. This is why you are encouraged to shop around for the best rates with the quality of service to match.
We are an auto transport company that cares. We understand the value of a dollar and the work it takes to get it.
Our services are among the most competitive in the auto transport industry, and we dare say we have the most unbeatable prices!
If you want to test the theory, simply use our online quote tool to get an instant free quote. Then, compare and see exactly what we’re talking about!
Customize Your Auto Transport
With A1 Auto Transport, you can customize your car shipping service to suit your needs, whether in terms of convenience, protection, and even pricing!
If you’re new to the area, you may prefer to have your vehicle delivered to your door to avoid going to the terminal. We offer a door-to-door delivery service to fit into any busy lifestyle, and to transport inoperable vehicles where they need to go.
You can also use our terminal-to-terminal auto transport service if you’re looking to save on money and don’t mind helping to make things easier for your driver.
Our enclosed transport service is ideal for expensive and rare vehicles like luxury and classic cars that need extra care and protection. Your car will be shipped completely sheltered from the weather and prying eyes of onlookers on its journey.
Open-air transport service is cheaper and is ideal for most vehicles. The difference is that more cars can be transported on the carrier this way and the fuel, among other costs, are shared.
Want to learn more about the best way to ship a car within the United States? Call today to speak to a representative who will guide you through the entire process and all the options available to you.