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How To Ship Expensive, High-End, Hi-Value Luxury Vehicles

How To Ship Expensive, High-End, Hi-Value Luxury Vehicles
How To Ship Expensive, High-End, Hi-Value Luxury Vehicles

Shipping Expensive, High-End, Hi-Value Luxury Vehicles

Do you own a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Koenigsegg, Mercedes or a Rolls Royce? Then this piece is for you!  We all know how big a fortune luxury vehicles cost. To many of you owners, it is one of your most-prized possessions. You would do anything to keep it in perfect shape. One tiny scratch on the custom paint job and you almost have to rethink the entire paint job. Well, of course, unless you are one of the Fast and Furious cast that don’t mind putting a scratch here and a dent there on their smoothly polished rides. If you are not that insane, then you need an ideal auto transport firm to ship your high-end vehicle from one point to another.

At A-1 Auto Transport Inc., we understand the pressure that comes with shipping your high-value vehicle. You may be moving into a new home, or simply shipping one of your collector’s item vintage cars into a warehouse. We got you covered. Not sure of whether to ship your luxury car inside the same 50-foot container that your household goods are in, or shipping it separately on a dedicated vehicle shipping trailer? Worry not. With over 25 years of experience, our hands are tailor-made to handle any, if not all brands of expensive vehicles.

Understand the shipping options

First off, you need to understand that there are two main luxury vehicle shipping options available; terminal to terminal shipping and door to door shipping. Of course, the former is less expensive, helping you save as much as $500 at each terminal. However, this must be arranged prior to the shipping day. The latter proves to be a tad more expensive due to the door to door service particulars. Such include the terrain of the location, possible tight spots hindering maneuverability, and overall road conditions. All these factors play a role in determining the safety of shipping your expensive vehicle.

Understand the mode of shipping

Secondly, you have to choose between land transportation, air or ocean freight. The mode of shipping your luxurious vehicle will most likely be determined by distance, budget, and of course, preference. Again, your preferred automotive shipping company will guide you in choosing the most ideal option for you. Have a look at our freight options. Let us break it down further.

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Land transportation

This mode is most ideal for shipping your high-end vehicle across the country by road. It is also most ideal for luxury car owners relocating to a whole new location with their households and furniture. You have the liberty to choose between shipping your high-value vehicle in the same container as your households or in a dedicated vehicle carrier.

In the case of the former options, your moving company will make arrangements to acquire a large enough cargo container to comfortably leave enough room for your vehicle even after all the furniture and household items have been loaded in.

Shipping your high-value vehicle using a dedicated vehicle trailer, on the other hand, gives you more options to choose from. These include:

  • Multicar trailer trucks – Ideal for shipping more than one luxury vehicle.
  • Multi-level vehicle carriers – Ships more than two vehicles arranged in levels stacking upwards.
  • Non-stacking trailers – Ships more than two vehicles without stacking them upwards.
  • Open or Enclosed – This is typically an option for the above three options. You can choose whether to envelope your luxury vehicles with a dust cover or ship them without any cover. You can choose to opt for an enclosed container especially if you wish to ship one or two luxury vehicles.

At A-1 Auto transport, we provide all services but we advise our clients to opt for a dedicated vehicle carrier with an enclosed cargo container as it is safer and it protects your prized possession from elements such as high humidity.

Air Freight

Air is the fastest mode of transport. However, it can be really expensive. Only opt for this option if you do not mind blowing off some commas from your bank account. It is also arguably the safest too. Take a look at some of the Cargo airlines in the US offering vehicle shipping.

Ocean Freight

This is the most common mode of transporting vehicles, including luxurious ones. It is the most ideal for overseas transportation. An enclosed container with special plywood interior walls is used. You can get a dedicated one for shipping your vehicle only, or one large one for your households and vehicle.

When shipping your luxurious vehicle, remember to disconnect all alarm systems and drain off all the fuel to ensure it is transport ready. Also, pick a terminal close to a gas outlet to fill her up soon as she arrives.

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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
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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