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Freight Shipping Car Processes

Freight Shipping Car Processes
Freight Shipping Car Processes

What is freight shipping?

Freight refers to the goods or load transported by trucks, ship, plane or train. Freight shipping car refers to transporting a car either by truck (land), ship, plane or train. It is normal shipping of cargo, only this time, you ship cars. It mirrors normal car shipping process with minor differences. In order to understand freight shipping car process, you must first understand how freight shipping differs from normal shipping in regards to transporting cars.

Difference between freight car shipping and normal car shipping

Normal car shipping services may offer more than just the transportation. They may help you prepare your vehicle for shipping. Freight car shipping companies exclusively offer the transportation service. This means that any other responsibility, excluding the actual loading of the car into the shipping truck, lies the client. They literally just pick up and drop off.

Also, while normal car shipping will give you the option of open air transport; where the cars are transported in unenclosed trailers and vessels, freight car shipping only offers shipment in enclosed cargo containers on trucks, cargo planes, and cargo boats. This is the reason why shipments via air or sea are generally referred to as freight. All air cargo transports are obviously inside a plane, which is enclosed. That goes without saying.

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Freight shipping car modes

The three common modes of freight modes will also apply for freight shipping car.

  1. LTL (Less Than Truckload): LTL refers to cargo that does not occupy the entire truck trailer, cargo plane or cargo ship space. In reference to car shipping, LTL refers to shipping the car(s) without occupying the entire trailer, plane or cargo ship space.
  2. Partial Truckload: These are cargo shipments that tend to not occupy the entire shipping space, but they tend to still remain on the designated shipping space because there isn’t any other available smaller space. Therefore, for freight shipments by air and sea, each “freight” is designated its own shipping space. The car(s) may not completely fill the freight space designated to them. For this reason, this type of freight shipment involves much less handling than LTL as less cargo will be shipped.
  3. FTL (Full Truckload): This mode of freight transport involves freight shipments that occupy a while trailer (for land transport) or shipping space for air and ocean freight. In regards to car freight, the car(s) occupy the entire trailer (for land transport) or shipping space for air and ocean freight.

Complete process of freight shipping car

Keeping in mind that any other responsibility apart from the actual loading of your car solemnly falls on you, the client, you shall need to understand freight shipping car process.

Research on auto transport companies offering freight shipping

Trusted directories like The Yellow Pages and Google Local are good places to research for auto transport companies offering freight shipping services near you. The internet is a reliable source of information to look for credible freight companies offering car freight shipping.

You can also get further information on whether the firm offers more than just trailer freight. Clients seeking international freight car shipping should research on car transport companies offering either or both ocean freight and air freight. A-1 Auto Transport offers all three.

Prepare your car for freight shipping

After extensively researching on the auto transport company offering the type of freight shipping you require, you shall then take it up upon yourself to get your car ready for the freight transport. Normally, this step involves packing and clearly labeling of boxes in normal goods. However, for car freight shipping, it entails preparing your vehicle for transport. This includes getting rid of any personal items inside your car and draining the fuel from your gas tank until maybe just until it is quarter full. A quarter tank of gas will be enough to drive to the nearest gas station from the drop off point.

Take measurements of the car

The next freight shipping car process is taking proper measurement of your car. Of course, all car models come with specific dimensions, but customized bodies including car bumpers and trunk spoilers alter the default dimensions. The freight company needs to know of all this so as to assign you proper freight shipping space.

Book your freight shipping car appointment

After the above processes, you can now call the freight company and book your appointment. The information obtained from taking measurements will allow the freight personnel to secure you freight space. Upon confirmation, you shall be provided with the date, time and location of the pickup point. Remember to be punctual as freight orders are time sensitive.

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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. 

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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
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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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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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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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