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Comparing Bids Prior To Shipping

Comparing Bids Prior To Shipping
Comparing Bids Prior To Shipping

Having a vehicle shipped long distance is a task that most people only do very infrequently, if at all. Most are unfamiliar with the process and aren’t sure how to begin or who to contact to get the process started. If you know the first steps you need to take and can get the preliminary research done ahead of time, you have a great chance of reserving a spot with a reputable car shipping company at an affordable price. Just like a home improvement job, a car shipping job is priced by way of quotes, or bids, from different companies. The final price of your job will depend on many different factors, as well as any special shipping needs that your particular vehicle has. Moving a classic car that requires weather protection, for example, costs more than moving a compact car that can ride on an open trailer.

How To Get Quotes

While going to each auto shipper directly and asking for a quote is possible, it is very time-consuming and is actually unnecessary. Numerous web services allow you to input all of the details of your job and then get quotes from a large number of shipping companies at once. These services check with a variety of shippers, from large, well-known national transport lines to small local businesses that have much less of an established reputation. Some of these services are easier to use than others, and a few make the bidding process easier by allowing you to specify a price range that you would accept. The prices you find during this search will vary widely, which may surprise you at first. The further ahead of time you search for quotes, the lower the costs will be in general. There are also many other factors, most specific to each individual company, that affect the quoted price.

Price Factors

Because cars from different customers are combined on a single transport truck, space is limited. If you request a quote just a short time before your moving date, a company may be unwilling to schedule a new trip at short notice without added cost. Scheduling far in advance, however, gives the shipper time to fit your move in with other jobs delivering to the same geographical area.

Vehicle shipping companies use central terminals to load and unload cars. If you are willing to deliver your car to one of these terminals and pick it up at a terminal near your destination, your shipping costs will be much lower than “door-to-door” service. On the other hand, if you are busy with other moving responsibilities, the convenience of door-to-door pickup and delivery service may be worth the added expense.

Car shipping along common routes, such as those between major cities, generally costs less. Again, the more a company can combine your vehicle with others, the less it must charge to make a profit from the job. If you are moving to a popular retirement destination, your costs will definitely be less than those connected with moving to a small rural town.

Standard vehicle shipping is on an open truck. If you need to move an exceptionally valuable vehicle, or an unusually sized truck, van, or RV, you may need more specialized service such as a covered carrier providing added protection from the weather.

There are many other factors that can raise or lower the cost of car shipping quotes. The time of year, the size of your car, proximity to a company’s terminal, current availability of transport trucks, and influences within a shipping company’s operations all affect rates.

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Choose a Company You Can Trust

Not all vehicle shipping companies adhere to the same high-quality standards. Just as you entrust your house moving job to a company that you feel comfortable with, you should spend the time to look into the reputation of the car shipping company that you choose. If cost is the primary factor under your consideration, you may choose a smaller company that offers lower rates for services with few or no extras. Larger companies, however, can make your moving job easier by offering optional services at competitive prices. Whatever type of shipper you select, it is critical to make sure that it is insured and bonded for the security of your vehicle.

Finding a good rate for a car shipping job has become easier than ever before, thanks to the convenience of web search capabilities. Competition between major national companies leads to lower prices for excellent service, and you can take advantage of these by finding quotes ahead of time, looking into each company’s offers, and choosing the shipping line that is the perfect match for you. A last-minute search for quotes, however, will probably result in much higher prices across the board and an unavailability of some services that are important to you.

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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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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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