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How Long Will It Take To Ship My Car?

Here at A-1, we are fully committed to getting your vehicle to you in the timeliest manner possible. The average transit time for shipping cars across country takes up to two or three weeks, but is often much less. However, no matter the distance or situation, you will always be able to track your shipments progress by utilizing our real-time satellite tracking system.

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Driver Limitations

While international car shipping laws vary, federal law stipulates that automobile shipping drivers travel no more than 500 miles per day, which includes any and all auto transport delivery stops along the way. They are also only allowed to drive 6 days per week and must take a longer “rest period” every two weeks.

However, with A-1 Auto Transport’s efficient system, we are able to responsibly utilize our driver’s time by providing them with the most efficient transport routes possible.

What Can Change?

There are a multitude of variables that can affect your vehicles shipping time. Things such as mechanical difficulties, as well as natural disasters which present difficult travel conditions can cause slight delays in the shipment of your vehicle.

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In these cases, A-1 does everything we can to get your transport back on the road in the shortest amount of time possible. A-1 Auto Transport also works closely with hundreds of active car carriers and long distance movers across the United States, so that when something is going to cause a significant delay, we are able to arrange the pickup and continued transport of your vehicle by another one of our certified carriers.And although there is no way of preventing natural disasters such as hurricanes or snow storms, A-1 Auto Transport is prepared to work through those problems and ensure that we continue to provide you with the best possible service.

It is not always possible to provide an accurate time frame for shipping a car, as many factors come into play with pickup as well as delivery times. For a rough time frame however, see the chart below.

Lead Time

If you have your car picked up by an auto carrier at your home, it may be taken to an Origin Terminal. The car carrier that picked up your vehicle may not be the one that takes it on its cross-country journey. Your car may be at the terminal for a few days before the line haul auto carrier arrives to take it to its destination. This period is included in the two to three-week estimate of time it takes to ship a car.

Crossdocks

In the shipping process, your vehicle could be unloaded at a “cross-dock” in order to switch it over to another carrier which will be transporting your car for the next stretch of the journey. The time between your vehicle being unloaded and reloaded could be up to a few days, depending on the exact location which your vehicle is being shipped to, as well as the availability of carriers for that route.

Other Cases

At A1 Auto Transport, we understand that not everything fits perfectly into a set design, and therefore we are completely open to accommodating special orders if at all possible. Things such as enclosed transport, specialty vehicles, oversize vehicles, and auto transports which have remote destinations might take longer.

For any other type of shipment, your A-1 sales representative will be happy to discuss any particulars or help you to figure out an option that will work for your needs. If those needs differ significantly from what A-1 Auto Transport is able to provide, we do have a network of qualified partners, some of which may be more apt to deal with your special needs.

Joe Webster
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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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