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How To Ship A Car In An Enclosed Carrier

How To Ship A Car In An Enclosed Carrier

Do you need to ship a car? The process can be intimidating if you have more than one car. Whether you are moving across the state, nation, or internationally, finding the proper auto transport for your vehicles can benefit the moving process.

Hiring an auto transport service to ship your car in an enclosed carrier can help make transportation more accessible and safer. A-1 Auto Transport offers enclosed carrier services for any type of automobile to ensure safety and quick shipping. 

If you have never hired an auto service to ship your car in an enclosed auto transport carrier, here is a step-by-step method for getting started and transporting your car expertly. However, finding the right company to transport your vehicle and preparing your vehicle are the hardest steps in the process. Here is everything you need to do to ensure your vehicle's safe and quick transport in an enclosed carrier. 


Gather Car Information

The auto transport company you hire will want the following information: Your car's make and model, delivery location, and delivery dates. They may ask you more specific questions about your vehicle, but these are the generic pieces your transport company needs to know. They may also ask if your vehicle is drivable or not since non-drivable vehicles require special equipment. 

Make sure you have all of your information ready for the shipping company you choose. They will require all of the information about your car, where it is being shipped to and from, and all the other pertinent details – don’t worry, they will let you know what they need.


Find Auto Transports Company

Find Auto Transports Company

You should start looking for the auto transport company early since enclosed carriers are limited. To find the right company to work with, you will want to compare cost, delivery methods, delivery distances, carrier availability, and payment plans between the companies you find. Consider selecting between 3 and 4 companies in your area to transport your vehicle where you need it shipped. If you need your car shipped internationally, make sure your company offers that service. 

A-1 Auto Transport wants to make this process as easy as possible for you. Therefore, the earlier you inquire about shipping your car in an enclosed counter, the smoother the process will be. However, since enclosed carriers do not have as much room to transport as many cars as open trailers, the availability is limited.

Enclosed carrier drives can only drive 500 miles a day, which means if your car is shipping across the nation or over this limit, it may take a few days for your vehicle to arrive. A-1 Auto Transport does provide insurance coverage for your vehicle being transported, but it is best to check if the insurance will cover your whole car in the case of an accident to decide if you need to add insurance. 

With enclosed carrier selection, your delivery date will be guaranteed unless something significant happened along the way. Having your car shipped to your location by a professional in an enclosed carrier can be a cheaper option instead of driving your vehicle yourself. By hiring a professional to transport your car, you can expect delivery with your valuable vehicle fully protected from outside elements or damages it could get if you were to drive it yourself. 

Benefits of shipping enclosed - If you have several vehicles, a pristine vintage classic, or a luxury sports car and need your vehicle to ship to a new location, you may wonder how this will happen. However, auto transport companies like A-1 that offer enclosed carriers help take the burden off you in several ways.

First, they ensure your car's safety along the way of travel. The enclosed carriers protect your precious vehicle from any damages of rocks that may fly and crack the windshield or scrape the body. They also protect from other elements like the dust that collects after driving for an extended period or weather elements like hail. 

Enclosed trailers also help minimize wear on your car and the increased miles that would rack up if you were to drive your car yourself.  The hidden vision enclosed carriers offer protects from any vandalism or theft you could experience if your vehicle were transported in the open. Since most enclosed carriers transport luxury cars, custom cars, or recreational cars, you want to keep this hidden from prying eyes who could be after your valuables.


Prepare For Transportation & Drop Off

After selecting a company to transport your car, you must prepare your vehicle for drop off. Unless your hired company offers a pick-up service where they come to your home with the trailer, you may need to drive your car to the shop, which means it is best to have someone with you to drive you back home.

Before you deliver your car to be shipped, clean it out of any valuables or items in it currently. Ideally, you want your shipped vehicle to be empty and as light as it can be for transportation. Do not leave anything special or sentimental in your vehicle. You also need to make sure your car only has a ¼ tank of gas since this plays into weight and safety during transportation. If your vehicle has a bike rack or any other external elements, those need to be removed as well. 

If you are unsure of what needs to be removed from your car before dropping it off, communicate with your hired company. They should tell you what needs to be removed from your car to make it ready for shipping. 


Track Your Shipping

Track Your Shipping

Most auto transport companies offer a tracking service that allows you to keep up with the location of your vehicle as it is being transported. A tracking feature is crucial to have in your hired company, so you are always aware of where your car is at all times until it is delivered. 


Final Payment & Receiving Your Car

Depending on the auto transport company, your car will be delivered to your location or need to be picked up. Whatever the plan is, make sure your company communicates it before the vehicle is shipped, so you know where to go to get it back. Some companies may ask for the final payment on the day of delivery or pick-up, so do not forget to bring or have the final payment with you at that time. 

Advantage of Hiring A-1 Auto

Our company offers delivery to your home or your selected location. Still, we can not drop off your vehicle if no one is present. Therefore, please make sure someone is at the site on the day of delivery and communicate who will be receiving your car so it can be dropped off. 

By hiring A-1 Auto Transport for services like enclosed carrier shipping, you can also expect your vehicle to ship faster than open trailers since enclosed carriers ship one to two cars. They do not have to make as many delivery stops along the way as open trailers do since they transport several vehicles at once.

A-1 Auto Transport has been helping car owners ship their vehicles since 1988. Our 20+ years in business have led us to become a popular automobile shipping company that transports your vehicles nationally or internationally.

We offer affordable daily rates for our shipments and provide flexible services to fit your transportation needs for your car. Our logistics team is dedicated to making sure your car arrives safely and damage-free in our enclosed carrier to your location swiftly. 


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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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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