How To Ship Your Cobra
AC cars was a little known British car manufacturer, and only the owners of their famous Cobra understand just how elegant their Cobra was. Owning such a limited edition vehicle is a dream, but moving it long distance can be a nightmare if not properly planned. To begin with, it is important to understand the shipping process before setting off to search for an auto shipping company.
This is because it will be difficult to understand quality, without necessarily knowing what to expect. This is especially important for those who are looking to ship their vehicles for the first time.
Basically, auto shipment involves moving a vehicle from point A to Point B. However, that is pretty much where the similarity among the various car transport companies and types ends. Different companies offer different types of services. Typically, car transport can be divided into two, international and domestic. Overseas shipment happens via sea freight or by air, while domestic transportation happens via rail or road. The Majority of transportation happens locally or interstate, and by road. This is because it is relatively fast and flexible, and not too expensive.
An important part of the car transport process is the type of carrier chosen for the vehicle, especially for a classic vintage like the Cobra. There are many different types of road transport carriers. However, they can be classified roughly into two, open and enclosed. Open carriers can be further divided into multi-car and single car open carriers.
Single car carriers carry just the one car, but the multi-carriers haul between 3 and ten cars per trip. Many of the multi-car carriers that carry more than three vehicles at a time have different loading levels for stacking the vehicles. Since open carriers have the vehicle exposed to the elements, the vehicles loaded on the top level, otherwise called top loading, attract a higher transportation fee than those at the lower levels, because of the risk of damage from debris.
Pickup and delivery
One will find that many companies offer two basic options when it comes to picking up and delivery, the terminal based and door to door delivery systems. Door to door is more convenient, as it does not involve the owner of the vehicle in the process at all. The car is picked up at the source and ferried all the way cross country to the new destination. It is appropriate in situations where the vehicle is not in a condition to be driven, like in the case of, say, old vintage vehicles.
Terminal based pickup and delivery is different, and in some instances, cheaper. It involves the owner of the vehicle dropping the car at a company terminal. From there, the company has the car shipped to another terminal near the destination, from where the owner picks up the car again.
Choosing our company as your auto shipping partner guarantees all these and much more. We are one of the most respected and reliable companies in the market, with staff ready and willing to ensure the car shipping process goes as smoothly as possible.
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.