If you are in the market to have your vehicle shipped, you may be looking for a car shipping company located nearby. You may find it interesting that the company does not need to be located close in order for them to inexpensively and efficiently ship your vehicle.
Many auto transport companies, regardless of their actual headquarters location, have experience shipping in and out of cities all across the country. So although you don’t need one within a certain radius of either point A OR point B, it is definitely in your best interest to select a company that at least has experience in the pick-up or drop-off location, preferably both. There are other requirements you should look for when selecting an auto transport company, and if you strive for the following, you will be guaranteed to have a great transport experience from start to finish.
Auto Transport Company Requirements.
Experience - This is probably the number one most important characteristic you should seek out in an auto transport company. Just because the company has been in business for a certain number of years does not necessarily mean they have adequate experience. You will want to find a company that has experience in either the pick-up location or drop-off location, preferably both if possible. Certain cities and locales require different navigational equipment, and certain scenarios call for more specialized experience, such as working with vehicles that are nonoperational. Find a company that has experience and is able to provide references that back up their claims.
Cost-Efficiency - This is something that only you can determine to be fair since it is only you who is aware of your specific budget. Make sure you are obtaining quotes from a variety of companies, so if you need to keep it within a certain price-point, you can find someone that fits. In certain situations, such as the high dollar, collectible, or luxury vehicles, you may decide that money is no object. If this is the case, you still want to find an auto transport company that has the right experience for your specific transport needs.
Reputation - If you are able to obtain a word of mouth referral from a trusted confidant, be it friend or family member, this would be the absolute best case scenario for finding a transport company. If you don't have access to that particular resource, the internet can provide a wealth of options and information. Just make sure you verify the company's standing with the Better Business Bureau, in addition to checking consumer review websites such as Yelp before making a commitment to any one company.
There are probably countless other characteristics that you personally find important when working with any professional company, regardless of industry, so make sure you hold true to your own rigorous standards as well. However, when searching for an auto transport company, that is not necessarily located nearby, but still, meets all of the previous criteria is a great step in the right direction. Don't procrastinate, and above all, do not settle. Take the time to find the best match and go with your gut when making a commitment, and in no time at all, you will be on the fast track to a successful auto transport process.
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Written By:Joe Webster
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.