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  1. Advantages Of Container Shipping
  2. Shipment Preparation
  3. Related Information & Faq
Need Protection For Your Vehicle

If you need additional coverage and protection for your vehicle when importing across waters, you may want the protection that enclosed auto shipping can provide. Enclosed, or covered car transport can protect your vehicle from any road debris, weather, dirt, and hazards that can arise during transport.

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This method of shipping is often chosen for owners who have vehicles that are classified as vintage or classic, exotic, or valuable.

Advantages of container shipping.

Importing with enclosed car transport carriers, your vehicle will have an extra layer of protection that will give you the peace of mind you need.

Convenience Of Container Shipping
  • Enclosed carriers have either hard or soft sides to provide a shield of protection around your car while in transport.
  • Carriers are pulled by specialized trucks that have straps that will firmly attach to the wheels in order to secure and lock in for limited movement.
  • Many car transporters now come with hydraulic lift gaits which are great for those vehicles that are low to the ground, luxury, or exotic.
  • Your vehicle is transported with the highest level of protection and security that would not be there with open carry transporting.
  • Not only is your vehicle protected from any weather, debris that may be flying around including rocks from other vehicles, but it also keeps others from seeing the vehicle and possibly contemplates stealing. Importing with enclosed car transport carriers offers extra protection that high value vehicles or rare and classic vehicles need.

When choosing the right car transporter for your import, money and time will play an important role. When considering the cost of shipping, you will appreciate the added protection you will receive when you choose an enclosed car carrier, especially if your car is worth $50,000 or more.

The most common transport trailers to choose from are open or enclosed. Commercial trailers are made to load vehicles by installing a built-in ramp to make loading and unloading easier. Importing with enclosed car transport carriers, they also offer power hydraulics which is used to raise and lower the loading ramps.

Need To prepare The Vehicle

Shipment Preparation.

Before your vehicle can go aboard the carriers you need to prepare your vehicle by doing the following:

  • Check all the fluids for leaks around your car. Leaking fluids can be hazardous to the carrier driver.
  • Find out what fluids the transporter prefers to be left in the vehicle during transport.
  • The battery should be charged and the tires should have enough pressure in them. This is more for your benefit once your vehicle is on the road again than it is for the transporter.
  • Take photographs all around your vehicle before it is loaded onto the transporter in order to document any damage or dents done to your vehicle prior to shipment.
  • Remove anything that is sticking up, sticking out, or can be knocked off during transport; antennas, roof racks, spoilers, and more.
  • You also want to remove your toll taxes pass, if you have them in your windshields to prevent damage.
  • No personal items can remain in the vehicle during transporting.
  • Leave the spare tire and a car jack in your vehicle during transport.
  • Be sure to select for insurance coverage to keep you covered during transporting.

All registered transporters are required to have written certificate of insurance for their shipping customers as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You will need to have this document given to you if you request it.

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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!

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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.

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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