Gift Icon Get a 20% discount from our partners! Discount code will get added automatically when you submit the form.
4.7 Star Rating4.7 (67,926 reviews)
How much does shipping your Equipment cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted Heavy Equipment Shipping Companies
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

No risk, no contracts. Just calculate your quote first and choose your contractor later.

Globe
190+
Countries
Served
Car
2M+
Delivered
Services
Car
97%
Customer
Recommended
Dave loved the fast deliveryDave C.
★★★★★
Dave loved the fast delivery
My relocation to Chicago was fast, smooth and without any delay thanks to A1 Auto.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidanceCourtney J.
★★★★★
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidance
Just what you need when trusting someone with your wheels! Kudos to this company!
Jeff enjoyed the fair priceJeff D.
★★★★★
Jeff enjoyed the fair price
Moved my ride hassle-free with these folks.Fair pricing, no surprises. Definitely recommend them!
Maria enjoyed the special care and safetyMaria L.
★★★★★
Maria enjoyed the special care and safety
Huge thanks to the movers – they were meticulous with my car. Love these guys.
Recently featured on USA Today

“A1 Auto Transport became synonymous with top-notch service delivery, unfailing punctuality and constantly preoccupied with customer satisfaction.

See Article— USA Today

How To Choose A Heavy Machinery Transport Company

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Know What You Need
  2. Verify Licensing & Safety Procedures
  3. Get An Estimate
  4. Compare Prices
How To Choose A Heavy Machinery Transport Company

Choosing a company to ship heavy machinery means you’ll have to do a little digging to find out some details about the options you’re considering. Just like any other service that has a high price point, it’s important to do your due diligence, both so that you get the best service at the right price, and so that you don’t end up with lengthy delays or damaged goods upon delivery. Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that you find the right heavy equipment and machinery transport company.

Know What You Need

As the old saying goes, “Knowing is half the battle,” but in terms of transporting heavy machinery it’s considerably more than half the battle. Before you contact any transport services with your request, make sure you have all the details pinned down to the specifics. This includes not just where you need machinery shipped to and from, but what type of machinery, the dimensions, the weight, and any other information that may be pertinent to the shipper (they’ll help guide you through this process.) Once you’ve gathered all the relevant information, you can move on to the next step: verifying their information.

how-to-choose-a-heavy-machinery-transport-company-02.jpg

Verify Licensing & Safety Procedures

Heavy machinery is expensive and often delicate, which means you need an experienced company to ship it, whether it’s to another area of the U.S., or overseas. In either case, you should verify that a company has a valid license and safety procedures in place to safely transport heavy and oversized cargo. You can learn about the legal requirements of this process by visiting the website for the FMCSA, which also has a portal you can use to look up specific information about a company. Be sure that you also ask the company itself if it can provide feedback on these topics, which you can then cross reference with the information from the FMCSA to make sure it’s accurate and up to date.

A-1 Auto Transport has been shipping heavy machinery for more than 20 years. With offices located in virtually every major metro area of the U.S., there’s no job that’s too big or too far for us! To learn more about our services, or if you have any questions, please contact us today at 1-800-452-2880! You can also get a FREE estimate by contacting us online through our request form and an agent will get back to right away!

Get An Estimate

After you’ve determined the services you need and surveyed a few companies that can provide it, you’re ready to contact transport companies to get an estimate. Cost is always an important factor in the transport industry and every company should be willing to provide you with a free estimate. If a company doesn’t offer free price quotes for their services, that’s typically a red flag that something fishy is going on since it’s an industry wide standard.

find-the-best-heavy-machinery-shipping-company.jpg

Compare Prices

It’s a good practice to get a price estimate from several companies before making a decision as to which one you’ll be using. As you might expect, some companies will have higher or lower prices than others, so it’s time well spent to call around and get a couple estimates—something that is made much easier if you’ve followed the advice from step one of figuring out precisely what you need done. Typically, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the price range if you contact a handful of companies with your request. We recommend reaching out to at least three companies before deciding on one, and even better if you can raise that number to five or more. The more companies you get an estimate from (which is free, remember), the better chances you have of saving some money along the way, while still dealing with reputable shipper that has the experience and professionalism required to do the job.

Share this content on social media for a chance to get up to 20% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

Email Me


Testimonial
Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

...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.

Testimonial
Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

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... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

Testimonial
David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

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.

Visit our social, and see what our clients are saying about us:

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak Directly to Our Sales Team:

Call Us 1-888-230-6512

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

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

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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
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
Copyright © 1988-2024, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.