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Heavy Equipment Hauling - Cost Per Mile

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Heavy Equipment Hauling - Cost Per Mile

If you need to transport heavy equipment and machinery, then you will need to work with a team of experts who have the knowledge, experience, and means to do it properly. A lot of things go wrong if you attempt to transport heavy machinery by yourself or hire a company with limited knowledge for this task.

We at A-1 Auto Transport perform heavy equipment hauling regularly and have worked with companies from various industries, including agriculture, construction work, and engineering. We also transport personal vehicles that exceed standard dimensions, as well as special transport for industrial clients and the military. 

How Much Does Heavy Equipment Transport Cost?

As with any type of transport, several factors will influence the cost of the shipment. With heavy equipment, the transport company and the customer must do the preparations with more care, as it’s a type of special transport. 


We know that your heavy equipment is a big investment and that it typically has unusual dimensions. Our team at A-1 Auto Transport ensures that the equipment is protected, safe and that the trailer transporting it will pass without issues through the checkpoints on the route. 

Here are the variables we take into account when calculating a price for your heavy haul.

  • Hauling Distance

First of all, the haul cost will depend on how far your heavy equipment will travel. For local transport, companies usually have a fixed fee. However, for special transport and longer distances, you will get the cost per mile.

The cost per mile at A-1 Auto Transport is roughly estimated on our dedicated page for heavy haul. As you can see, the longer the distance, the lower the cost per mile is. If short trips of under 200 miles will cost between $4 and $5 per mile, when you ship your heavy equipment over 2500 miles away, the cost drops to $1 per mile. 

  • Size and Weight of the Equipment

Besides knowing how long the distance is when we estimate your heavy haul cost, it’s crucial to know the size and weight of your vehicle. Depending on the dimensions of your equipment, we will have to use special trailers or containers. Also, if your equipment exceeds a certain weight or size (together with the trailer it’s on), we will have to beware of road limitations.

We have to know these details before estimating the final cost, as they influence the type of equipment we use, the number of people who have to work on the task, and the route we can take. 

  • Time of the Year and Weather

When it comes to transportation, the time of the year, and even the day of the month or hour interval when you schedule the transport can influence the cost. Transporting cargo during the peak season of transporting companies can raise the final price. Usually, summer is the busiest time of the year for transporters.

However, transporting heavy equipment during harsh weather conditions that involve precipitations adds to the difficulty of the job, and can require special protection for your equipment. Insurance might also be higher when transporting cargo in heavy snow. 


Get Shipping Insurance for Your Heavy Equipment

Speaking of insurance, it’s very important to have your heavy equipment covered by special insurance. We at A-1 Auto Transport are covered by default with insurance required by federal law. However, when you have valuable, expensive equipment to ship, we highly recommend purchasing extra insurance coverage, as it can prevent very high costs in case anything goes wrong. 

Contact Us Today for a Free Quote!

If you have any type of heavy equipment that you want to ship within the US or overseas, contact our customer service team by filling out the online quote form or by calling us at 1-888-849-2447. We are leaders in our domain because we treat every haul with maximum care for our customer’s needs, the safety of the cargo, and being as efficient as possible. 

There is almost nothing we can’t ship, as we regularly haul farm or construction vehicles. Get in touch with us and we will happily help you. 


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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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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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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 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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