A-1 Auto Transport offers several options to handle your personal, dealer, military or corporate automobile move. We feature open air, enclosed transport, door to door and terminal to terminal car transportation services. Additionally, we provide high end and luxury car transport services for vehicles that require careful handling and extra attention to detail.
The standard services include:
- Open Air
- Enclosed Transport
- Terminal to Terminal
- Door to Door
- Luxury, Exotic and High End
- Electric Vehicle Shipping
Understanding the differences between the available car transport services is important to ensure that you get exactly what you need at the best price possible.
Open Air Services
Open air transport typically means that your auto is loaded onto a multi-car carrier along with other vehicles before being moved. Think of what you might see on the highway, moving several new cars to an auto dealership-this is an open air transport carrier. A flatbed truck can also transport a single vehicle, though this is more costly and generally used for door to door shipping.
While open air shipping is one of the more popular and cost-effective ways to move your vehicle, customers who are concerned about weather and road debris during transit may prefer the complete protection offered by enclosed auto transport.
Enclosed Auto Transport Services
Enclosed transport shields your vehicle from the elements, offering the best protection at the best price. There are two types of enclosed shipping options used in the industry: soft-sided and hard-sided.
Soft-sided enclosed transport uses a transport carrier that is covered in canvas or vinyl, offering limited protection against weather and road conditions, but more than open air transport. Soft-sided carriers can prevent most damage from small rocks, wind and rain.
For an extra level of protection from weather and road hazards, hard-sided enclosed transport is recommended. As one of the best car transport options available, hard-sided enclosed transport completely protects your car from travel conditions and weather, keeping it sealed off from the outdoors.
An added benefit of hard-sided enclosed transport is that it also prevents prying eyes from seeing your auto while it’s being transported; clearly a good precaution to take when moving high end vehicles.
Terminal to Terminal Shipping
Terminal to terminal shipping is the industry standard for transporting autos. It requires the customer to both drop off and pick up their car from a depot or terminal.
Open air terminal to terminal shipping is the most affordable service currently available.
To offer our customers the very best, A-1 Auto Transport maintains terminals in nearly every major city in the United States. In the event that a terminal is not conveniently located, door to door transport is always an option.
Door to Door Auto Transport
Door to door shipping costs more than terminal to terminal shipping, but can save considerable time in transporting your vehicle when moving cross country.
The advantage of door to door transport is that there’s no need to drop off or pick up your vehicle at a terminal, we pick it up for you and drop it off at the location you specify.
There are instances in which our transport carriers are unable to maneuver in certain locations, such as some apartment complexes or streets with low hanging tree branches. In these situations, our drivers will arrange to meet you at the nearest convenient location.
Exotic and Luxury Cars
When transporting an exotic, classic or luxury car, you want to be certain that your vehicle will be handled with the utmost care to ensure that it arrives in the same condition it left in.
Upon request, we can even load your automobile into the first position in the trailer so it does not undergo loading and unloading as other cars are added and removed.
Though insurance and satellite tracking come standard with every quote we offer, it is important to consider additional insurance if your auto is particularly valuable. This type of insurance can be offered through your existing auto insurance plan or can be purchased through a third party carrier.
Here are some of the services we offer for high end vehicles:
- Air ride suspension prevents “chucking” for a smoother ride
- Wall and floor mounted brackets are used for a more secure fit
- Covered interior and exterior, even with enclosed transport
- Hydraulic lift gate used for the safest loading and unloading possible
- Drip guards to prevent potential leaks during transport
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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.