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How To Find The Most Reliable Car Shipping Company

Finding The Most Reliable Car Shipping Company

Your car is part of you, so you want to make sure it is in the right hands. The shipping industry is growing and attracting stiff competition. Fortunately, the availability of many companies gives you a wide range of choice. Unfortunately, there are scammers among the good businessmen. Finding the most reliable car shipping company requires a thorough research. Here are some of the most important things to look out for.

How To Find The Most Reliable Car Shipping Company


Usually, you will find your shipper through an online search. It is hard for you to visit their offices. You, therefore, need a way to pick out a legitimate company online. As a requirement by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), auto transport companies should be registered. The most reliable car shipping company will have an MC Docket number.

This six-digit number should be displayed on the company’s website in a visible manner. This is your only guarantee that the company is legitimate. If you are in doubt, check the FMCSA website and verify whether your shipper is registered or not. On this site, you can also see complaint records and the history of the company. It goes without saying that you should start looking elsewhere if the company is not registered.

Check online reviews

The most reliable car shipping company should have a good rating online. Make sure that the reviews are informative. They should tell you about the good and the bad about the company. If the company is wowing other people then it will probably interest you as well.

It is a pity that some companies manipulate reviews to attract clients. In addition to checking the company’s site, check other neutral reviews from Better Business Bureau and Transport Reviews. However, even these sites have been questioned at one point. Therefore, do not rely on these reviews as your sole informer. Call friends who have shipped before and hear their stories. In short, learn from others.

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Compare car shipping prices

There are thousands of car shipping companies out there. The most reliable car shipping company should compare well with others. Although you might be tempted to get a cheaper option, don’t. Cheap is often equated to poor services. It is impossible to get quality services at prices below the market rate. You also do not want to go for exaggerated prices. Check for few companies and ask for their quotes. Pick the companies that are consistent with the market rates.

Insurance details

Your shipping consultant should cover your car while on transit. This is your sure bet that your car will be delivered in good shape. Again, ask the company for their insurance details. Understand what is covered and what is not. Basically, the insurance cover should be more for high-end vehicles and longer distances. If a company does not take responsibility for your car while on transit, what should you do?

Contact the company

Even scammers have nicely put websites. Do not fall for it. Make a personal contact. Ask some questions. Once you call your potential shipper, gauge whether their customer service is relational. You want someone who understands your worries and assures you. A company that does not clearly explain their services probably does not know how to do their job either. If at the end of the call you are left with some questions, those are red flags to be wary of.

Available shipping options

A company that offers a variety of shipping options will be flexible with your needs. Again, the consultant should simply display their options and let you choose the one that suits your needs. If a company manipulates your choice, it probably has no other options. Most companies will offer:

Listen to your intuition

You know that voice that tells you to trust a stranger? Listen to that one. If you are still uncomfortable with a company at the end of your search, leave it. You are better researching again than regretting later.

The shipping industry is filled with good, as well as bad business people. These points should guide you to a reliable shipping company. Researching the companies is not an easy job. But if your car is precious, you will find it necessary to spend some time looking for the right shipper. Remember not to get confused by the variety of choices online. Checking 5 companies should be enough.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
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.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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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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.

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.

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.

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