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Domestic Car Shipment for Military Families
Domestic Car Shipment for Military Families

No matter if you are in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard, when you are in the military, there is always the chance that you will receive permanent change of station (PCS) orders. When that does happen, you and your family need to plan for getting your privately owned vehicle (POV) to your new station.

If you are currently stationed in the continental U.S. and you are transferred to a base in another part of the continental U.S., the military is going to leave transport of your POV up to you. While overseas shipment of POVs is often covered, with only a few exceptions, Uncle Sam doesn’t pay for the domestic transport of your POV.

This leaves you with a few choices. You can drive your POV to your new home. You can tow your vehicle behind a moving truck. Or, you can enlist the services of a quality military vehicle transportation company.

Travel Allowances

According to Military One Source (, a website maintained by the Department of Defense, there are certain travel and relocation allowances to assist with moving. This can include per diem that reimburses you for meals and lodging on the way to your new station.  Further, the government will pay for the shipment of household goods to your new home. The amount the government will pay for the relocations of your goods is based on a weight limit calculated based upon rank and family status.

In the article “Will the Military Movers Pack My…?” on the website the process of moving a military family is explained in clear details. According to author Amy Bushatz, what the movers will and will not pack depends in large part on what company the military hires to move you. The website provides detailed information on what items can and cannot be shipped via the movers hired by the military. Certain items like food, batteries, and candles are typically excluded for safety and sanitation. 

The military also offers the Personally Procured Move Program in which you are reimbursed 95% of the Government Constructive Cost (GCC) if you move your personal property on your own. Some people just prefer the do-it-yourself approach.

Driving Vacation

It is understandable if you do not want to load a moving truck and tow your POV across country. This leaves us with two viable options: driving you POV to your new home or contracting with a quality auto shipper.

Under the right circumstances, driving cross country with your family can be fun. You can turn your long-distance drive into a mini vacation. You can make it educational as well, seeing all the sights along the way. Seeing tourist attractions like the Grand Canyon or Elvis’ Graceland can be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

But sometimes the circumstances aren’t right for a mini vacation. You may be in a rush to get to your new base. It may be the middle of winter and driving conditions aren’t safe. Perhaps you just don’t like being trapped in a car for hours upon hours.

Domestic Car Shipping Services For Military Families

Ship your Vehicle

No matter what your reason is to not want to drive your POV across the country, you can rest easy knowing that you have the option of using a top-quality transportation company like A-1 Auto Transport. 

A-1 Auto Transport has been fulfilling vehicle transportation needs for over 30 years. The company has extensive experience moving military POVs and offers discounts to military families and veterans.

In order to ship your vehicle, it needs to fit certain criteria:

  • A member of the military or a dependent must own or lease the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is leased, you must have written consent for transport.
  • Unless it is a motorcycle, the vehicle must have four wheels or more.
  • The vehicle must be legal to operate on public highways.

There are several options for moving your vehicle with A-1 Auto Transport:

  • Open Air
  • Enclosed Transport
  • Terminal to Terminal
  • Door to Door
  • Luxury, Exotic, and High End
  • Electric Vehicle Shipping

Types of Transport

Open air transport is the cheapest way to ship a car. In this option, your car is loaded on an open-air trailer with other vehicles.

Enclosed car transport involves loading your car onto an enclosed rig that offers protection from the elements and road debris.

Terminal to terminal shipping has you dropping off your vehicle at a transportation hub at your starting point, and then picking it up from a terminal at the final destination.

Door to door is the most convenient shipping option. As the name implies, your vehicle will be picked up from your door at the start of the move and delivered to your door at your new home.

Luxury, exotic, and high-end shipping follows many of the same principles as enclosed transportation, with a few added bells and whistles such as air ride suspension to prevent chucking and hydraulic lift gate use for loading and unloading.

When it comes to electric vehicle shipment, the large, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power the vehicle often times makes the car heavier than a conventional gas-powered auto. Before transport, the battery must be secured in place to prevent movement or short circuits which could result in an explosion.

Some carriers have elevated shipping prices for electric vehicles compared to gas vehicles, however A-1 Auto Transport is dedicated to offering the best prices for military families no matter what kind of vehicle you are shipping.

Life in the military is a noble pursuit. We know that your service keeps our country safe and strong. So, when you find yourself being transferred to a different part of the country, trust A-1 Auto Transport to get your POV to your new home quickly, safely, and with a military discount.

Domestic Car Shipping Services For Military Families


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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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