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Cheapest Way to Ship a Boat

Cheapest Way to Ship a Boat
Cheapest Way to Ship a Boat

What is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Boat?

Boats are a luxury not afforded to all, and those who have the privilege of being a boat owner are certainly aware of their good fortune.  Most people who own boats have some means of transport already, otherwise, it would be very difficult to move the vessel from your garage to a body of water.

But what happens when you need to transport your boat long distances if you are relocating or even selling your boat?  If you subscribe to the adage that BOAT is simply an acronym for “Break Out Another Thousand,” then you probably already know that anything boat-related can be a costly endeavor.  By heeding the following advice, you can minimize the damage to your pocketbook and ship your boat safely and in the most affordable manner possible.

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Weigh Out the Pros and Cons.

If you and all your belongings are relocating, and you have decided to drive in the vehicle you use to tow your boat, you may think it beneficial to transport your boat yourself.  However, the wear and tear your vehicle will undergo when towing a vessel this size such a far distance, plus the personal liability you assume in doing so, sometimes makes this plan not a good option.  You should also take into account how much longer it will take you to make the trip, driving slower on account of the boat, and the decreased gas efficiency you will surely suffer.  If you have a reputable company take on this responsibility, you can rest easy knowing your boat is in good hands, and you don't have to worry about the additional obstacles involved in boat transport by leaving it to a professional.  Of course, transporting the boat by yourself is not even a feasible option if you are selling it out of the area, in which case, move on to the next step.

Research Potential Boat Transport Companies.

In this fascinating cyber/digital/inter-web world we live in, it is amazing how much information we can gather with a few simple clicks of the mouse.  Although there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of auto/boat transport companies out there, the number of trusted, professional, and experienced options is much, much lower.  You want to find a company that has adequate experience working with boats, ideally, the same type of boat you intend to transport.  Not just any auto transport company will do.  Check out the Better Business Bureau to determine if the company has a good history of resolving conflicts.  Online review websites such as Yelp can be helpful, but only if there are adequate reviews, one or two is not enough to generate a good idea of the company's business practices, positive or negative.  If you are having a difficult time finding information about a company, but they seem to be a good fit, feel free to ask for references.  A great transport company will have no problem providing this information upon request.

Trust Your Gut.

A lot can be determined from first impressions, and it is important to go with your gut when picking a company.  Find someone professional from the get-go, and knowledgeable about the entire boat transport process.  If you want the absolute cheapest method of transport, be sure to request an open carrier, and be flexible with your shipping dates.  Certain companies are willing to work with your budget if you are upfront about what you are willing to spend.  If you are flexible, oftentimes they will be as well.  However, beware of any company that comes back with a quote drastically lower than all others.  These are the ones who like to tack on additional fees later or perhaps do not have a good track record at all. If you adhere to these helpful tips, you can be on the fast track to affordable boat transport in no time at all.

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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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