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What's in this article?
  1. Step-by-Step Guide to Shipping an IMCL
  2. How To Ship Your IMCL
  3. Our Shipping Services
  4. Domestic Shipping
  5. International Shipping
  6. Door-to-Door Shipping
  7. Competitive Pricing
  8. Great Customer Service
  9. Carrier Options
  10. Enclosed Carriers
  11. Open Carriers
  12. Air Freight

Step-by-Step Guide to Shipping an IMCL

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Shipping an IMCL (Intermodal Container Load) can be a complex process for those unfamiliar with the auto transport industry. But don't worry - this step-by-step guide will help you easily navigate the shipping process, from selecting the right carrier to delivering your cargo safely and on time. Auto dealers, car collectors, and other customers who require the transportation of vehicles across the country can rely on companies like A-1 Auto Transport to access our highly trained personnel and fleet of transport equipment. Our team will assist you throughout every stage of the job – from gathering data and inventory to ensuring safety and timely delivery. With years of experience, we are committed to providing reliable service that ensures your family cars, classic cars, exotic cars, and other limited vehicles are transported safely.

How To Ship Your IMCL

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If you have just purchased an IMCL CAR, then you need a shipping company to handle its shipping. We can deliver your IMCL CAR to you on time and at a reasonable price.

We are an automobile shipping company with many years of experience in vehicle logistics. We have a strong local and international presence, with a robust network of agents in the shipping industry and customs brokers in various countries. When dealing with us, you can be assured that your IMCL CAR will be delivered, will come on time, and will arrive safe and sound. Only a company that has several years of experience in the logistics business can guarantee all of that; one with proper expertise.

We are licensed, certified, and insured. The safe delivery of your IMCL CAR is guaranteed by us. Our shipping services ensure maximum protection of your item. Apart from that, we also offer shipment protection. Your IMCL CAR will be fully insured. This will ensure you still get your vehicle intact even in the case of accidental damage during transit.

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Our Shipping Services

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We offer different services to suit a purpose, budget, location, and urgency, our services include:

Domestic Shipping

Our domestic shipping services cater to the transportation of vehicles over short distances and local movements. Whether you require a car to be relocated within the same state or across state borders, we have you covered. With our extensive network, we can reach any national border in the country, ensuring your car is delivered to your desired location promptly and securely. You can rely on us to transport your vehicle exactly where and when you need it, providing a convenient and efficient domestic shipping solution.

International Shipping

For those in need of shipping their vehicles across countries, our coast-to-coast shipping services offer reliable and efficient international delivery. We specialize in long-distance transportation, ensuring your vehicle is safely transported to different countries and continents. Regardless of your location or the origin of your purchase, our comprehensive international shipping services guarantee a smooth and hassle-free experience. Rest assured, wherever you are in the world, we are here to handle your international shipping needs.

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Door-to-Door Shipping

We understand the importance of convenience when it comes to shipping your vehicle. That's why we offer door-to-door pick-up and delivery services. If you need your car moved, simply let us know, and we'll arrange for a hassle-free pick-up from your doorstep. When it's time for delivery, we'll ensure your vehicle reaches its destination exactly where you want it. Our door-to-door shipping service eliminates the need for you to drop off or pick up your car from a specific location, providing a seamless and stress-free experience.

Competitive Pricing

We take pride in offering competitive pricing for our top-notch delivery services. Despite maintaining the highest standards of quality and reliability, we strive to provide affordable rates to our customers. We understand the importance of cost-effective shipping solutions, and we are committed to offering the best combination of quality and price. When you choose our services, you can rest assured that you won't have to pay exorbitant prices to have your vehicle delivered. We prioritize delivering value to our customers and ensuring their satisfaction.

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Great Customer Service

As a customer-oriented vehicle logistics company, we prioritize excellent customer service. We are dedicated to your satisfaction, and our aim is to provide you with maximum support and assistance throughout the shipping process. Our team of highly qualified and courteous professionals is always available online to address any queries or concerns you may have regarding your shipment. Whether you are new to vehicle logistics or have prior experience, our knowledgeable team will guide you through the process from start to finish. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and ensuring a smooth and successful shipping experience.

Carrier Options

When it comes to shipping your vehicle, we offer different carrier options to suit your specific needs. Here are the carrier options we provide to ensure the safe and secure transportation of your vehicle:

Enclosed Carriers

For customers seeking the utmost protection for their vehicles, we offer enclosed carriers. These carriers provide a fully enclosed and secure environment, shielding your vehicle from external elements such as dust, debris, and adverse weather conditions. Enclosed carriers are particularly suitable for transporting high-end luxury vehicles, vintage cars, or any vehicle that requires extra protection during transit. With our enclosed carrier option, you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will arrive at its destination in pristine condition.

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Open Carriers

Open carriers are a popular and cost-effective option for shipping vehicles. These carriers have an open design, typically with multiple levels or decks to accommodate multiple vehicles. While the vehicles transported on open carriers are exposed to the elements, they are securely strapped and protected to prevent any damage during transit. Open carriers are ideal for shipping standard vehicles, such as sedans, SUVs, and trucks, and they offer a reliable and efficient transportation solution at a more affordable price point.

Air Freight

If time is of the essence and you need your vehicle delivered quickly, our air freight option provides expedited transportation. Air freight involves transporting your vehicle via cargo planes, ensuring swift and efficient delivery. This option is particularly suitable for urgent shipments, international shipping, or when the distance to be covered is vast. With our air freight service, you can enjoy the convenience of faster transit times, enabling you to receive your vehicle promptly and efficiently.

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Regardless of the carrier option you choose, our professional and experienced drivers ensure the safe loading, transportation, and unloading of your vehicle. We have a network of trusted carriers equipped with the necessary expertise and equipment to handle different types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles. Rest assured that your vehicle will be handled with the utmost care and attention throughout the shipping process.

By offering a range of carrier options, we cater to diverse customer needs and ensure a customized and tailored shipping experience. Whether you prefer the added protection of an enclosed carrier, the affordability of an open carrier, or the expedited delivery of air freight, our carrier options provide flexibility and convenience. Select the option that best suits your requirements, and we will handle the logistics to transport your vehicle safely and efficiently.

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By choosing our auto shipping services, you gain access to a reliable and secure transportation solution. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment, including enclosed carriers and secure storage facilities, to safeguard your vehicle during transit.

Our experienced drivers and dedicated office staff work together to ensure that your vehicle arrives at its destination safely and on schedule. Whether you need to transport a car purchased from an auction, relocate your vehicle for personal or business reasons, or require air transportation for time-sensitive deliveries, our comprehensive shipping services are tailored to meet your specific needs. Trust us to handle your vehicle shipping with the utmost professionalism, efficiency, and care.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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CFR Rinkens
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Paramount, CA 90723
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ABC Worldwide LLC
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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