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Does It Ever Make Sense to Ship Your Car Via Air Freight?

In the vast majority of cases, if you chose to have your car shipped, either domestically or overseas, you will chose from a land option or via ocean freight. Not only are these the most common methods, but it simply makes the most sense from a financial perspective. You'll have a far easier time finding a quality auto transport company that ships via ocean freight or via a trailer than you would finding one that offers the air freight option. In some cases though, the air freight option should be considered.

Even thought it is VASTLY more expensive, the following reasons are why it should be considered in rare circumstances:

You Need Your Vehicle Right Away

Traditional shipping methods through ocean freight can take up to three weeks to a month to arrive. Sometimes it can be as little as two weeks, but it depends. By choosing the air freight option though, it can take just a few days to arrive at its destination. If you really happen to need your vehicle overseas, this would be perfect for you. If you don't, it really is not worth it. Remember though that if your final destination is in a hard to reach place, the car will still have to be transported from the major airport hub that's closest to that location.

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It's Rare and Valuable

For some collector vehicles worth in the hundreds of thousands, some people chose to have it shopped via air freight for in order to have as much peace of mind regarding security and safety standards as possible. You should know though that auto transport companies take every possible security and safety measure imaginable to ensure that your vehicle arrives at its final destination the same way that it was picked up through ocean freight and/or ground transportation.

Things to Be Aware Of

Just like with ocean freight or ground transportation, there are requirements that you should be aware of, which are:

  • The vehicle has to have below 1/4 a tank of gasoline in it. There's no exceptions to this rule.
  • Its battery has to be disconnected once it is on the airplane.
  • There are no personal items allowed to be stored in the vehicle, including in the trunk. Everything must be cleared out.
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You must make sure that you have air cargo insurance for your vehicle. It is not a legal requirement, but it is something that you should absolutely have. Otherwise, your regular car insurance in the United States will offer you zero coverage for anything that occurs during the transportation. Airlines also don't offer much protection, if any at all.

To be quite frank, air freight should only be chosen as a very last resort and if you have the disposable income to pay for it. It's extremely costly and unless you're in dire need of the vehicle right away, it doesn't make much sense to chose it. Nonetheless, for some people, air freight may seem like the best option for them.

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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.

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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.

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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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