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How To Ship A Car Door To Door

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  1. How Does Door To Door Shipping Work?
  2. Where & What Can You Ship With Door To Door?
  3. How To Ship A Car Door To Door
How To Ship A Car Door To Door

Are you moving soon? If you have several vehicles that need to wind up at your new home, you may be wondering how you will get them all there. Luckily, with door-to-door car shipping services, you can make the transportation process easy as possible.

Companies like A1 Auto Transport make sure that your vehicles, cars or toys, arrive close to your destination safely and hassle-free on your end. So while you are taking care of the necessities at your home, we take care of your cars and specialty items by moving them for you.

If you need a car or other vehicle moved, learn how door-to-door shipping through A1 Auto Transport is suitable for you. 

How Does Door To Door Shipping Work?

Instead of you figuring out how you are supposed to transport several vehicles to your new home, door-to-door shipping handles that for you. Hired carriers or trailers will drive your cars to a relatively close location to your new area while you worry about settling in at your new place.

Door-to-door shipping does not necessarily deliver your vehicles precisely to your home since the trailers and delivery carries are large and need specific amounts of space, which means delivery will be conducted at a location closest to you. This can be in a parking lot, popular locations, or near other businesses in your area. Ideally, the delivery destination will be somewhere easily accessible.

The carrier's driver will try to find a drop-off location as close to you as possible since there are specific regulations for these types of equipment depending on where they drive. It also helps to protect your possessions. For example, if the carrier is open, your car could be susceptible to being scraped by tree branches since there's no protection.

However, there is an option to choose an enclosed carrier to transport your vehicle door-to-door with an extra charge but will still need to be picked up at the nearest location to you. Shipping your car in an enclosed carrier means that your vehicle will have protection from a carrier that shields them from weather and prying eyes.

Space is limited with this option. Enclosed carriers can only ship one to two vehicles at a time, unlike open carriers, but do not need to make as many stops open carriers. However, if you need more than two items shipped, open carriers are the way to go. 

Where & What Can You Ship With Door To Door?

A1 Auto Transport offers door-to-door shipping for several auto items. If you have any of the following, we can ship it close to you! 

  • Antique Automobiles
  • ATV & UTV 
  • Classic Cars 
  • Hybrid Vehicles 
  • Luxury Cars 
  • Motorcycles 
  • RVs 
  • SUV's 
  • Trucks 
  • Vans 

With A1 Auto Transport, our door-to-door services also include international shipping. Shipping your vehicles out of the U.S. is not a problem but does require specific preparation to ensure your car is shipped smoothly to your destination overseas. If you need a vehicle shipping internationally, speak to our office staff about preparing your vehicles for this service. Can only

How To Ship A Car Door To Door

Ready to ship your car near your new location? Here is everything you need to do to get started shipping your vehicle door-to-door. 


Know Which Vehicles You Are Shipping

Whether you are moving to a new office, home, or other destination, know beforehand which vehicles you need to be shipped so you can communicate this to your hired company. After you know how many cars you are shipping, it is time to gather the correct information to give your hired professionals. You will need to have generic details and if your vehicle is drivable or not to provide your deliverer. Can only


Find An Auto Transport Company

Find An Auto Transport Company

There may be several auto transport companies in your area, but the key is to find the one suitable for you. If you need your vehicles shipped internationally, make sure they offer this service. Another consideration is cost and availability. It is important to begin looking for an auto transport company as soon as possible since some carriers have limited availability. Ideally, you should consult with three to four companies before selecting the right one. 


Get Ready To Ship Your Vehicle

Get Ready To Ship Your Vehicle

After you hire your transport service, you will need to prepare your vehicle for shipping. There are specific requirements for your vehicle that needs to be shipped to ensure safety and legal obligations. First, make sure your gas tank is on or below ¼ to keep it light and safe in case of an accident. Next, your vehicles should be emptied of items, and you should take pictures of your mileage and gas tank before you drop them off. 

If you are unsure how to prepare your vehicle for shipping best, your hired company should communicate with you about their requirements before delivery. 


Track & Pick Up At The Communicated Location

When your vehicles are dropped off for delivery, you should be given a tracking number to keep up with the delivery of your car. A tracking feature is important to have, especially if you are shipping antique or special vehicles, so you can keep up with where they are at all times. Also, while you get ready to move to your new location, this feature can relieve some pressure while you get settled in your new area.

The driver of your carrier should communicate with you about the delivery date of your shipment. If you chose an enclosed carrier for delivery, the date is set and guaranteed. However, if you chose an open carrier, the dates may be unknown at the beginning since these carriers have to deliver other vehicles along the way. 

When it comes time to pick up your vehicles at the nearest location, arrive on time and ready to make any final payments. If you have more than one vehicle delivered, you will need to figure out a plan to get them to your new location yourself. 

If you notice any scuffs or damages after delivery, let your driver know so you can file a claim immediately. Ideally, you should observe your vehicle and take pictures before shipping to prove the scuffs and damages that came during the transportation.

What If My Vehicle Is Damaged At Drop Off?

With A1 Auto Transport, you have 30 days after delivery to file a claim if you did not notice during the delivery. Here are the steps to file a claim in case of damage:

  1. Receive the Bill of Landing from the driver during delivery
  2. Call our office to report the damage
  3. Take pictures of the damage and compare them to photos taken during pick up
  4. Find a repair service and get a quote

Let A1 Auto Transport Take Care Of Your Vehicle

Ship your vehicles door-to-door with the satisfaction of knowing your possessions are in excellent care. A1 Auto Transport has been in the business for over 20 years and now is a leading transportation company in the U.S.

Our services are designed to give you peace of mind when it comes to shipping your vehicles locally or globally. We follow international guidelines when shipping your vehicles overseas and guarantee fast delivery.

We can ship any kind of vehicle or auto item you need to transport, not just cars. If you are ready to have your vehicle delivered to its new location, get a free quote from us today to get started. 

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