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There is no readymade price tag for shipping big and expensive objects like your car. You will want to know how much it actually costs and the internet is full of car transport companies which have online calculators. You can also blog with various other car owners who have moved their cars to the same location. However, they may all end up giving you different estimates. The reason is that there are various factors that are taken into account when you want to get an accurate car shipping estimate.

The distance- This will involve taking the easier or shorter route and let me tell you, they are not the same. Sometimes, it might be easier just taking the highway and avoiding the smaller streets and busy avenues. This is true when you opt for terminal to terminal delivery, which, by the way, is cheaper. The shorter route, on the other hand, may involve cutting right through busy cities and may take a longer time. However, check with the company whether they will take the route that you want. Sometimes trucks will only take regularly used routes as they will have to drop off other cars at predetermined destinations. That may also be a cheaper route as various other customers are also using it. So, in this case, shorter routes may not be cheaper and you will just have to trust the transport company on this.

The Car – Even if the route has been settled, the estimate will again vary because of the car itself. 

  • Primarily, the estimate will depend on the make, model and year of manufacture of the car.
  • Also, bigger vehicles will cost more to ship than smaller vehicles as the volume of the vehicle is taken into account.
  • The estimate will go up even more if your car is not in a drivable condition and needs the help of special equipment to be hauled inside the truck.
  • In case the car is an antique, then more care will have to be taken and that does not come cheap or free.

The Type of Vehicle Used for Transport - A closed truck will cost at least 30% more than an open truck. Nowadays, even new cars are being transported on open trucks and so you consider open trucks. There is only the danger of a little dust and perhaps, some rain. However, you can opt for closed containers when you need to transport your car during winter. So in this case, you can say that the weather is also a cost determining factor.  When you need to use ships for transportation, try to book on the biggest container as they have a large capacity and are more fuel efficient which leads to lower rates. 

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The Origin and Destination - On a general note, it is cheaper to transport from one city to another. The expense goes up when either or both the place of origin and destination are in remote areas. Some ports may ask you to pay “Terminal Handling Charges” and “Import Duty”. Also, it will cost less to transport to larger and popular ports than to ports in remote locations. Sometimes there might not be a ship which will take your car to a remote location and in such cases, the company might hire another smaller ship which takes that route. As this will increase the cost, it might be cheaper to take the car from the previous port and simply drive it to the destination.  

Mode of Delivery – Everyone says that it is cheaper to have terminal-to-terminal delivery than door-to-door. However, if you are late in picking up your car, you will have to pay storage charges to the terminal. 


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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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