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What's in this article?
  1. Why Choose Intermodal?
  2. The Benefits Of Using Intermodal Shipping
  3. The Drawbacks Of Using Intermodal Shipping
  4. Shipping Cars Using Intermodal Shipping
  5. Why Choose A-1 Auto Transport For Your Intermodal Shipment
  6. Have Questions About Intermodal Shipping?
  7. Faqs About Intermodal Shipping
  8. How Much Does Intermodal Shipping Cost?
  9. How Should I Prepare My Vehicle To Be Shipped?

Intermodal freight transport uses multiple modes of transportation to deliver your goods from their starting point to their final destination. Modes of transport can include rail, ship, truck, and plane. In intermodal shipping, your goods are never handled between bodes. Instead, the intermodal shipping container itself is transferred from one mode to the other.

Here at A-1 Auto Transport, we will be happy to arrange intermodal shipping for your vehicle or your other goods to anywhere in the world. 

Why Choose Intermodal?

If you are interested in using intermodal, here are a few of the benefits and drawbacks to this mode of shipping to consider before making your decision.

The Benefits of Using Intermodal Shipping

Lower costs. Depending on the journey, intermodal shipping can be less costly than other shipping modes. If your journey covers a lot of ground, choosing intermodal will help you to save a significant sum of money. If you use multiple modes of transport without an intermodal container, you risk paying for extra handling fees.

Eco-friendly. If you are concerned about reducing your carbon footprint, using intermodal transport can be a good method. Intermodal shipping tends to use rail when appropriate, rather than trucks. Moving just one ton for one mile by rail can reduce carbon emissions by up to 83%.

Reliable. Because intermodal shipping involves using multiple modes of transport, it can be more reliable than other modes. Each stop on the journey will be carefully timed and scheduled. You should have a pretty good idea of when to expect your delivery when you choose intermodal.

Safe. If you’re concerned about the safety of your vehicle and other goods, choosing intermodal will put your mind at ease. Unlike other methods of shipment that involve a fair amount of handling on the route, intermodal shipping involves one sealed container for your goods. Once your car is inside, it should be fairly safe and risk-free for the entire journey.

Faster than other modes. When you use multiple shipment modes without an intermodal container, transitioning between these modes can be time-consuming, especially if there are other goods from other shippers in your container. By reserving your own intermodal container, transitioning between shipment modes will be quick and easy, so your goods will be less likely to be subjected to unexpected delays. 

Destination flexibility. By choosing intermodal shipping, you will be more likely to find that your car can be delivered directly to your home or business. If you set up an ocean shipment, but live several miles inland, for instance, it may be more difficult to retrieve your vehicle. 

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The Drawbacks of Using Intermodal Shipping

More expensive. Depending on the number of modes of transport involved, intermodal can end up being more expensive than other options. While it is usually cheaper, it’s worth checking with one of our team who will be able to give you a better idea of which shipment method is likely to be the cheapest for you.

Possible delays. While intermodal shipping tends to be fairly reliable and well-timed, there is always the chance of delays. After all, the more modes of transport, the more chance of a delay in the transition. 

Shipping Cars Using Intermodal Shipping

If you choose to ship your car in an intermodal container, you will reap all of the benefits of this excellent transportation method. Unlike RoRo (roll-on, roll-off), intermodal shipping allows you to store personal belongings or spare parts in the container along with your vehicle.

By choosing intermodal shipping for your vehicle, you can rest easy knowing that no one will touch your car once it’s in the container, and it will arrive at its final destination just as you left it.

Usually, intermodal shipping containers are used when cars are being shipped overseas, or in the rare occasion that your auto transport hauler breaks down on the road.

Why Choose A-1 Auto Transport for Your Intermodal Shipment

Here at A-1 Auto Transport, we have decades upon decades of experience in the auto shipping industry. We know everything there is to know about transporting your vehicle as safely and smoothly as possible. You won’t have to worry about any of the logistics or details of the shipment, as our team of professionals is here to organize everything for you.

At A-1 Auto, we are committed to delivering a high-quality service. Our carriers are always fully licensed and fully insured, so you can relax knowing that your vehicle is in the best of hands. If you’re anxious about its progress, you can always check-in using our comprehensive GPS satellite system that tracks your vehicle in real-time.

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Have Questions About Intermodal Shipping?

If you’re ready to enquire about our intermodal shipping services, we are here to help. Start by using our online quote-generating service to get your free estimate. Or, give us a call to speak to one of our expert advisers about your specific query. 

FAQs About Intermodal Shipping

We are here to answer all of your questions about intermodal shipping. Give us a call today if you can’t find the answer to your question.

How Much Does Intermodal Shipping Cost?

The costs of intermodal shipping can vary depending on how far your vehicle is traveling and how many modes of transport will be involved. Intermodal transport tends to be complicated and inconvenient for you as a customer. However, if it is an option you are interested in exploring, please give us a call to enquire about whether it will work for you.

How Should I Prepare My Vehicle To Be Shipped?

Because your vehicle will be in the same container for the entirety of its journey, you don’t necessarily have to prepare your car as rigorously as you would for other types of transportation. Nevertheless, we recommend giving the car a clean, servicing the engine, and leaving some gas in the tank. It’s also best practice to remove your personal items, however, do ask us about spare car parts, as we can arrange for these to be included in the container.

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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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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
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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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