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Vehicles and household items play essential roles in our lives. A sudden need to relocate can easily prompt anxiety when you consider your need to transport these possessions.
Don’t let this get you down!
Professional auto transport and household moving services can help you initiate a seamless relocation. We’re here to uncover the standards and practices that these transport companies use to safely move your vehicles and household items from point A to point B.
Keep reading to learn how your car can reach an extensive range of domestic and overseas locations safe and sound.
Container ships undertake the vast majority of overseas car shipments due to the service’s relative affordability. Airfreight shipping is a separate overseas auto shipping method rarely used due to the service’s vast expense. The costly nature of air freight shipping is justified due to the speed and safety in which your vehicle can reach its overseas destination.
Don’t worry. Spending less money on container shipping doesn’t imply that your car won’t arrive at its overseas destination in its original condition.
Two primary transport methods make up the backbone of overseas container vehicle shipping. Container vessels can hold metal shipping boxes that typically measure up to 40 feet in length. These individual shipping containers can carry 30 tons of cargo, give or take. Sharing a container with another vehicle will save you money during overseas auto shipping. Opting for your vehicle’s own container costs more since your vehicle is more secure during transit.
Container ships can offer a roll-on, roll-off service for car owners looking to ship their vehicles overseas. A roll-on, roll-off transport method utilizes a container ship’s deck to secure parked cars. A consultation with an auto transport company can give you the insight you need to select an overseas shipping option that matches your price point.
Port-to-port and door-to-door shipping are two options you can consider when looking to safely load your vehicle onto a container ship. Door-to-door shipping is the most popular and expensive option due to its convenience. Your auto transport service will pick your vehicle up outside of your door and transport the car to its exit port during the first phase of door-to-door shipping. The second phase of door-to-door shipping involves your auto transport service delivering your car to its international destination from its arrival port.
Drivers looking to save some money can take it upon themselves to drop their car off at its exit port during port-to-port shipping. The conclusion of port-to-port shipping involves you picking up your vehicle from its overseas destination port.
You might be wondering how international house moving compares to overseas auto transport.
Transport companies shipping household items similarly use container shipping techniques. You’ll be responsible for loading your shipping container once you have access. Many shipping containers contain hooks that exist along their floor and roof. You can secure your household items inside a shipping container by wrapping ratcheting straps around your possessions and linking the straps to the hooks mentioned above.
The driver transporting your container to its exit port will place a seal on the container before recording its seal number. A household item container will be sent to a rail terminal or directly to a seaport for scheduled transit. You’ll have the duty of unloading your moving container when it arrives at your destination. International movers can have their household goods sent to their homes or pick the items up themselves at their overseas port.
Overseas movers can save money by sharing a moving container with another party or pay extra to reserve their own.
Below we’re going to dive into the safety measures that domestic shipping professionals utilize when handling your car and household items. Let’s begin with domestic auto shipping.
Two primary domestic auto shipping methods offer reliable levels of safety for your vehicle. The most popular and inexpensive way to transport your car domestically is through open carrier shipping. Enclosed auto shipping is the second most frequently used domestic auto transport method. You’re going to spend some extra money on enclosed auto shipping since your vehicle will be completely covered during its transit route.
Opting for enclosed auto shipping is a smart idea if you’re budget can handle the extra fee. Open carrier transit exposes your car to natural elements that may present wear on your vehicle’s exterior. Vehicles traveling long distances domestically are naturally at a higher risk for incurring damage from outside elements during transit. The widespread utilization of open carrier transport proves the point that your vehicle will more than likely arrive in its original condition.
One similarity between domestic and international auto shipping is that domestic airfreight shipping remains the most expensive way to ship your vehicle. Car owners transporting their vehicle via airfreight air typically shipping high-value cars like classics or modern exotic models.
Domestic auto transport services secure vehicles inside of their carriers using nylon straps or chains. Most vehicle shipping services are going to lock your vehicle into place using nylon straps. Chains can damage a vehicle if they’re overtightened on a car’s from or axle. Nylon straps can slide right over your car’s tires or through its rims.
Hydraulic lift gates and car hauling ramps support the loading of your vehicle onto its carrier. You’ll find that auto shipping companies use hydraulic lift gates less frequently due to their higher expense. Low-clearance car owners can ensure their vehicle is safely loaded by requesting a hydraulic liftgate. Car hauling ramps are steep and can scrape the underside of low clearance cars during the loading process.
Professionals loading a car onto a hauling ramp must perfectly align and secure the vehicle within the ramp—especially during cases of inclement weather. Failing to take these precautions can cause a vehicle to slip off that ramp and experience major damage.
Most people utilize a surface freight shipping service when transporting their household items to another domestic location. Domestic surface freight shipping occurs by rail or road. Airfreight shipping remains the safest, fastest, yet most expensive way to transport household items within the United States. You can expect your household items to rest safe and sound within a crate during transit.
Household goods traveling to a domestic location by road might include a shipping company supporting fragile items inside the crate with reinforced cardboard. These shipping ‘containers’ refer to a wooden box or steel container. Movers typically use 20ft and 40ft steel shipping containers when transporting their household items.
Like overseas household goods shipping—you can reserve a partial container to share with another person’s goods or reserve your own separate container. Paying extra to reserve an individual container will result in faster delivery of your household possessions.
You’ll need to pack your household items in individual boxes to fill a shipping container. Securing the openings of your boxes with tapes and practicing organized packing is an easy way to ease your transition.
A transport service’s reputation can signal whether or not you should place your trust in their organization. The internet is a great way to source multiple company reviews from different customers. Asking around for a shipping company reference doesn’t hurt either.
Shipping companies that have little to no reviews or many negative reviews are a major red flag. It’s helpful to arrange a consultation once you find a shipping company worth working with.
Some essential questions you can pose during your consultation with a transport company include:
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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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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.
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!
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.
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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