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Any time you need to move, one of the best things you can do is partner with an experienced moving company--something that is even more important if you're moving long distance and need storage. The reason this is the case is that long distance moving can be more complex due to the requirement that the mover have operating authority throughout all the states your belongings are being transported through. As far as storage, an established company will be far more likely to help you coordinate storage in various parts of the country.
There are two distinct aspects of finding a long distance mover with enough experience to handle the job professionally and capably. The first is establishing how long they've been in business and the second is checking to make sure they operate in the areas in which you'll need service.
Determining how long a moving company has been in business can be tricky since it's not typically listed on official company reports from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since this is the case, there are two things you can do. The first is to call them and ask how long they've been in business and if there's a place online where you can find customer reviews. Many company review sites will have dated reviews, which can give you a good indication of how long they've been in operation.
As far as areas of operation, any moving company that claims to operate throughout the U.S. or internationally should have dedicated web pages that mention those places and, ideally, office locations in the areas you're moving to or from. The FMCSA website has a search tool you can use to verify a company is who they say they are and to find information about insurance coverage, safety ratings, and other pertinent information that can help you make a decision.
As for storage options with a moving company, the same approach as above applies here. If a moving company has their own storage facilities, they should also have a central office in that area. If they do not, that doesn't necessarily mean they won't offer storage there, but that they may have to partner with a separate company to help with your storage needs. This is not altogether unheard of in the moving industry--many companies have such arrangements with local storage outfits.
A-1 Auto Transport offers long distance moving and storage in all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as international locations! With more than 20 years of nationwide and overseas moving experience, we can handle any moving request! Call us today at 888-509-3213 if you have any questions, or if you'd like a FREE price quote! No payment or obligation is required!
There are a wide selection of moving services available from most companies, perhaps even more than you may realize. While most companies offer basic moving and storage options, you may have needs that go beyond simply loading and driving a truck. With that in mind, be sure to spell out exactly what you need when you go over your options with the mover. If you need any special equipment or services, mention that up front so that you can determine if they're capable of doing what you expect, and to ensure you get the most accurate price possible.
If you unclear about the full slate of moving options available to you, you can view our listing of services by clicking here. As you can see, there are many choices depending on what you need, ranging from packing help, furniture disassembly, white glove moving and more. Finding a company that offers all the services you need shouldn't be too difficult, provided you have a clear idea of what's necessary to help with your move.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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