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How To Get Affordable Auto Transportation
How To Get Affordable Auto Transportation

Getting Affordable Auto Transportation

This article is not about how to get the cheapest but the most affordable auto transportation. This is because quality services must be compensated. Companies offering cheap prices offer cheap services or are scammers. However, you can get a quality service at a good price. This is important because you do not want to pay high prices for no reason. Now, here are 10 hacks to get you affordable auto transportation

Compare companies

Before settling on your transporter, get about five quotes from reputable companies. Make a comparison and choose the best price. Usually, companies will have different prices depending on their clientele. Use a shipper who offers good prices for your category.

Plan your shipment in advance

Most companies will charge an extra fee for late bookings. To encourage more customers, transporters offer reduced prices for early bookings. You can even book your future shipment when the season. For instance, book your summer shipping during winter when the prices a low.

Note that delivery time also affects the pricing for companies. To get reduced prices, allow the company to deliver your vehicle within the given window. If you need faster delivery, be ready to part with a buck.

Take advantage of discounts

Auto transport companies offer various discounts and promotions at various throughout the year. For example, we offer discounts for various customer categories. You are likely to find these discounts if you ship during the company’s anniversary, or you are a first time customer, in the military, a student, and so on. Discounts are a company’s way of appreciating their clients. So you are sure to get the usual quality services at a better price. Do your research online, check adverts, and newspapers for these promotions.

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Negotiate the prices

You will find the price estimate for auto transport companies online. Just as the name suggests, these are estimates and not actual prices. Once you are ready to do your shipping, ask to negotiate the price. Auto transport companies are always willing to win deals and will listen to you. If you do not trust your skills, enlist a broker who is trustworthy. Brokers partner with carriers to give you affordable auto transportation. Remember to be nice.

Book online

Everyone wants conveniences. The process of booking a shipment physically is tedious and inconveniencing to auto transporters. However, if you book online, you are likely to get better prices. The online method is also convenient for you. Beware of scammers who rush to ask for money or your card details online. The booking process should be secure.

Ship during the low seasons

Just like other industries, the shipping companies have high and low seasons. This seasonality also affects prices. If you have a flexible schedule, choose to ship during the off-peak seasons. Research shows that most companies will charge $200-$300 more per trip during peak seasons.

Ship more items

An auto transport company would be happy to get more business from you. If you have several vehicles to be shipped, use one company at the same time. Ensure that you mention this as you get a price quote.

Use a convenient payment method

You will find that companies accept various payment methods such as cash, credit cards, and checks. Depending on your shipper, one method may be preferable over the other. The less preferred method usually attracts a surcharge. To avoid paying more, research your company’s payment methods and use the best one.

Use an affordable shipping option

There are four basic shipping options offered by transporters. These services vary in pricing.

  • Door to door: the vehicle is picked from your preferred location and is delivered to your location. It is convenient but will cost you more. If you live near your transporter’s terminal, take the car instead.
  • Terminal to terminal: here, you take the vehicle to and pick it from the transporter’s terminal. You may incur an extra storage charge if the vehicle stays on the terminus before or after shipping.
  • Open transport: this method transports your vehicle in an open trailer. It is more affordable that the enclosed transport.

Use the same company over and over again

If you do your research well and find a reliable company, you do not need to repeat this process again. Use the same company again and be sure to let them know. A good company will scratch your back for the repeat business.

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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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“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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