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Everything You Need to Know About Domestic Auto Transport
Everything You Need to Know About Domestic Auto Transport

What are the Needs You to Know About Domestic Auto Transport?

It is always better to hire a domestic auto transport company to move your car rather than you driving all the way, especially when the distance is a considerable one. You can also move your car using rail, freight or air auto transport but they all work out to be costlier than road auto transport. Transporting your car by road will work out to be cost effective and is also the easiest option as you can get the car delivered to just about anywhere at all.

Road Auto Transport

There are many ways that a domestic auto transport company will adopt to move your car. Some companies will provide experienced drivers who will do the job for you and will make sure that your car arrives in the same condition that you gave it. Another popular way of doing it is by loading it onto a closed or open trailer which might carry just one car or several at the same time. The cost will vary as follows.

  • Closed carriers are the costliest, especially when carrying only one car at a time.
  • Open carriers are cheaper than closed ones even if it happens to carry only your car.
  • Open carriers become even cheaper when they carry several cars at the same time.
  • The first type of open carriers is multi-car tractor trailer and the second type is double-level tractor trailer.

Choosing the Right Kind of Domestic Auto Transport

Each kind has its pros and cons and unless you know which one suits your needs, you will be wasting your money. For example, if you just own a family car, then you can make do with an open carrier which carries multiple vehicles. This will reduce your bill considerably. However, if the car in question is a luxury car, then you need to protect it from the elements. In such cases, a closed carrier will be ideal and the extra cash that you have to pay will be worth it to see your car arrive at the destination exactly as you expected.

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Choosing the Right Company

This is the most important step and that is why you have to research thoroughly before choosing the first company that jumps out of a Google search. Here is a checklist that you might find useful  -:

  • Reviews - Make sure that the domestic auto transport company has good reviews before hiring them. You can also check out their references and feedback from previous customers. Call your friends and relatives to ask for their recommendations.
  • Free Quote - Request a free quote or use their free online calculator to calculate the costs yourself. Please note that most automatic quotes will give results for open carriers and standard cars. Hence it is vital that you do not go in for the lowest quote but get in touch with them and give them all the other details about your car such as the age, make and model. Usually, the companies that give a reasonable quote, tend to be more accurate than ones who give the lowest price. Most companies try to hook in the customer by giving low quotes but then after you get the contract, you might have many nasty surprises added in it.
  • Compare - Always Compare rates and services before signing on the dotted line for it could be a matter of a few hundred dollars. However, do not take what they say for granted and have a word with them to find out how professional they really are. An experienced company should be one that can tackle any problems which might occur on the journey.
  • Must Read the Contract - Read the contract from start to finish as once you have signed, then there is no going back. Some companies might even ask you to pay a small amount initially and the rest later. Also reading the contract beforehand will also make you aware of any other costs hidden in the small print.
Before Starting Out

Any good company will first inspect your vehicle and will give you a “vehicle condition report” for you to sign. This will ensure that your car arrives in good condition and you will also have peace of mind knowing that your car will be well taken care of. Make sure that you also have a copy of the report so that you can inspect the car when it gets delivered.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
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!

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.

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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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