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Moving your car can increase your stress level especially when it is accompanied by a big bill. However, when you know the business, then you can also find out ways to cut costs and get cheap car shipping rates.

Cheap Domestic Car Shipping

The best way to go about domestic car shipping is to get it done by road. Even if you have to move the car from coast to coast, do not consider transporting by ship. Another way to do it is by flight but consider that option only when you are short of time. It will be cheaper to have the car driven from one coast to another and here are a few road options -:

  1. Hiring a driver - This will undoubtedly be the cheapest and easiest. You will only be paying for the driver and the fuel
  2. Hiring an open carrier - This is another cheap option and will also be safe while traveling across states. Usually, open carriers will carry more than one vehicle at a time as they have the capacity to carry around 10 vehicles. However, this will make it difficult for the bulk carrier to travel fast.
  3. Hiring an enclosed carrier - Go in for this option when you are moving during the winter months or when the car needs extra protection for this will work out more expensive than an open carrier.

Cheap International Shipping

International shipping can be done by air or sea where air travel is the more expensive option. Comparatively transporting via sea will be cheaper and there are two options that you can choose from.

  • Containerized shipping - This is a safe option as there is more security for the cars but might be more expensive than RORO shipping.
  • RORO shipping - RORO shipping employs a specialized type of ships into which cars can be rolled/driven on and off. Consequently, this is a cheaper and easier form of shipping.

International shipping will be cheaper when the car needs to be shipped from the more popular ports which are otherwise known as base ports. So the cheapest shipping will be from base port to base port and you can always drive the car from there to your destination. When you arrange for customized shipping which will require a change of ship from the base port to another port, it will add to the bill.

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Go to websites where you will be able to get multiple quotes from various car shipping companies. The purpose of such websites is to get the cheapest rates and the customer will be able to choose a company based on requirements.

Read Reviews and Feedback

This is an invaluable source of information which will tell you a lot about the companies. You will be able to read about the drawbacks and limitations of the companies which the companies will not be willing to share with you.

Read the Contract Carefully

Some companies may give you the cheapest quote but will present you with a heavy bill. This is because they do not add or tell you about hidden and extra costs. So when you read the contract carefully, you can be on your guard.

Be Aware of Extra Charges

For international shipping, you might have to pay taxes and levies at ports. Find out about them beforehand so that you will not have to face delays.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
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.

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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!

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.

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.

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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
CFR Rinkens
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
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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