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Unlike other forms of shipping a car, transporting it by rail doesn’t give you a ton of options. For one, the major train routes don’t t typically contract with customers to ship a single car. Those that do offer vehicle transport by rail often partner with auto transport companies to fill out the available spaces on the carrier car. Even still, the companies that offer and arrange for car shipping by train are few and far between when compared to the number of options for standard overland shipping on a transport truck.
Though it is a service that is seldom offered in the auto transport industry, shipping a car by rail can be a cost-effective alternative in some areas. As fuel costs continue to rise, the cost of hauling vehicles on a transport carrier continues to go up, making shipping by train a more enticing and affordable option to the extent that it is available.
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A truck will likely still be involved in some aspect of the transport. For example, transporting your car from its current location to the train terminal, and from the delivery terminal to the final destination. In most instances, this is a very small part of the total cost of shipping a car by train. Any auto transport company that offers the services of rail transport should also be able to accommodate overland transport and, if necessary, short-term storage.
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Just like other forms of auto transport, shipping a car by rail offers you the choice of using an open or enclosed carrier. The same risks and protections, as usual, apply: enclosed will cost slightly more while fully protecting the vehicle during shipping, whereas an open carrier is exposed to the elements and slightly more affordable.
Another option that is available is door-to-door transport, though it does require a standard transport truck be used on the front and back end of the shipment, as described above. Container shipping can sometimes be an option when shipping a car by train, with the added benefit that you can ship additional items along with the vehicle in the container.
In spite of being a less frequently used method of shipping, transporting a car by train can be one of the most cost-effective ways to move a car, especially over a long distance. Since trains are so fuel-efficient, the shipping rates are less contingent on gas prices which makes it one of the best ways to ship a car across the country in terms of both speed and cost.
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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.
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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