When time is of the essence, you may find yourself in need of the fastest way to ship a car; a service known as expedited auto transport. While there are legal and logistical limits on how fast a vehicle can be transported, you still have a few options available to you when you need a vehicle delivered as soon as possible. In this article, we’ll review the methods for expedited transport, as well as the potential costs and services involved in the process.
Most Popular Vehicle Shipping Options
- Open Air Transport
- Enclosed or Crated Shipping
- Expedited Delivery
- Guaranteed Delivery
- Vehicle Tracking
- Insurance Coverage
- Door to Door Pickup and Drop Off
- Terminal to Terminal Delivery and Pickup
The absolute fastest way to ship a vehicle is through air freight, meaning the vehicle is transported by plane. It is not a frequently used method of shipping due to the extreme cost, there are some circumstances in which it may make sense. This is most often the case when expedited transport is needed and the vehicle being shipped is a high-end, luxury, or exotic vehicle, in which case the cost of shipping is cheaper relative to the value of the vehicle.
The quickest method of shipping for overland transport is enclosed shipping. There are a couple reasons that an enclosed carrier is the preferred method for expedited shipping. The first is that fewer vehicles—sometimes just one—are moved at the same time with an enclosed carrier, allowing for a more direct delivery route and thus, faster shipment times. The second reason is that an enclosed carrier is smaller than an open carrier and can cover more miles in the same amount of time.
Using enclosed car shipping services also allows for another benefit to customers in need of same day and expedited transport: door-to-door delivery is made much easier with a smaller truck. In almost every case in which we’re enlisted for expedited shipping, the customer wants the vehicle picked up and delivered directly without the need to retrieve it from a transport terminal. Door-to-door transport is also faster than traditional shipping to a terminal, which requires the additional step of picking up your vehicle at the nearest available terminal.
Expedited Auto Transport Resources
Same Day Auto Transport - The ultimate in expedited car shipping is same day transport. While not available in all cases, it is a service we happily offer for our customers who need a vehicle delivered on a tight deadline.
Cost Estimation By Shipping Distance - A comprehensive resource detailing expected costs by city and shipping distance. If you have questions about the price of a potential shipment, this is the place to find the answer.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.