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Cheapest Way To Ship A Car - Open Air Auto Transport Services
Cheapest Way To Ship A Car - Open Air Auto Transport Services

Open Air Auto Transport | The Cheapest Way To Ship A Car

If you need a car shipped (or any other type of vehicle, for that matter), there is likely one key question on your mind: how much does it cost? While the answer to that question can depend on a number of things, the simplest answer is open air auto transport. In the paragraphs below, we’ll dive into some of the reasons why this is the case and explain some of the many things that can influence the price of vehicle shipping. 

Things That Will Affect Car Shipping Prices

Ultimately, there are a few main factors that affect how much you’ll pay for car shipping, but there are a few minor elements at play as well. Here are the things will be most likely to impact how much you pay to have a vehicle shipped, as well as the reasons why. 

  • Distance – This is the most important thing to consider because it obviously costs more money to transport a vehicle over a longer distance. While it may only cost a few hundred dollars to have a vehicle shipped to a nearby state, or within the same state, shipping the same car across the country will likely approach or exceed $1,000.
  • Type of Vehicle – Another key ingredient is the type of vehicle, which mainly has to do with the size and weight. The larger and heavier a vehicle is, the more it will cost to ship, just as a heavier package costs more to transport when you send it through the mail.
  • Fuel Prices – As the cost of fuel fluctuates, so too does the cost of transporting vehicles. The large trucks (known as carriers) used to move other vehicles require a lot of gas and engine power to drive and that will understandably affect the cost.
  • Method of Transport – The two main types of transporting a car are in an open air carrier, which is cheaper and hauls more vehicles at once, and an enclosed carrier, which is smaller and moves fewer cars.
  • Delivery Requirements – The common way of transporting cars involves pickup and delivery from a depot or terminal, which is cheaper than the more convenient door to door delivery option.
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The Most Affordable Car Shipping Options

We covered this briefly in the opening section of this post, but let’s go into some more depth as to why open air carriers provide the cheapest method, as well as where terminal to terminal shipping fits into the picture. Though the larger open air carriers require more fuel to move vehicles, they typically move between six and 12 cars at once, if not more. Since there are more vehicles, as opposed to the one or two moved in an enclosed carrier, the costs are split among more vehicles, resulting in a lower overall cost. 

If you couple terminal to terminal shipping along with open air transport, you’ve got the absolute cheapest way to ship a vehicle. When you ship a car using terminal transport, that means you have to drop off the vehicle at a transport depot (they are usually located in major cities) and pick it up from another depot when it’s delivered. Naturally, this saves time and money for the car carrier, which then passes the savings on to you. 

Auto Transport Discounts

You may be surprised to hear that many auto transport companies offer discounts that can provide further savings beyond the method and type of transport you choose. In fact, A-1 Auto Transport has one of the most robust discount programs in the industry that apply to seniors, military, students, first time shippers, multiple car transport, online booking, and more! Sometimes these discounts are not prominently displayed or advertised, so always be sure to ask when you’re requesting a price quote from a car shipping company.

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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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Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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