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Long Haul Car Transport

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  1. Why Long Haul Car Transport Is Preferred By Many
  2. Capacity To Accommodate Large Cargo
  3. High Torque
  4. Versatility
  5. Long Mileage
  6. Related Information & Faq
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Why long haul car transport is preferred by many

Long haul car transport refers to shipping cars on a long haul truck. A long haul truck is a huge truck that extends several feet in length with flatbed rigs onto which cargo is put on and hauled. Long haul trucks are considered the best for shipping cars over long distances by land transport. This is because long hauls have the necessary features specifically tailored to ship heavy cargo. Car transport companies such as A-1 Auto Transport Inc. have for years adopted long haul car shipping due to its simplicity and versatility.

Capacity to accommodate large cargo

Long haulers can measure up to 28 to 30 feet in length. This is just the length of the flatbed rigs onto which the cargo is laid. Long haul car transport trucks can then accommodate several cars, making them ideal for the auto transport industry. This is a great feature to both auto transport companies and the clients.

Long haul car shipping trucks allow auto transport shipping firms to save on fuel costs by pooling up shipping orders from a certain location. The car shipping company can use one long haul car shipping truck to do one collective trip in shipping several vehicles to several destinations along a common transport route. This is beneficial for car shipping companies as it boosts the output per day. They get to ship more cars in a day by incurring the least possible costs.

For clients shipping more than one car to one destination or several destinations along a common route, opting for long haul car shipping option will prove to be economical as the cost is significantly reduced. This is because you just have to pay for one long haul car shipping truck.

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High Torque

Long haulers have engines with high torque. Torque is the strength of force an engine has to pull its own and extra weight. Long haul car transport trucks have high torque as the cargo can get as heavy as several thousand tons. Long haul trucks can ship automotives of all types including normal two or four door cars, buses, RVs and even some middle-sized trucks. Depending on the type of vehicle, long haul car transporting trucks have the muscle to pull the cargo.


Long haul car transport is versatile in nature. It gives the client the option of choosing between enclosed shipping and open air shipping option. Enclosed shipping option entails transporting cars inside an enclosed cargo container placed on the flat rack of the long haul car trailer. More than most, enclosed shipping will compel the shipping company to arrange the cars in a single line. This is because universally, enclosed cargo containers are not designed to accommodate cars in a double-decked manner; the enclosed cargo containers are not subdivided into lower and upper compartments big enough to accommodate cars.

Open air shipping option entails transporting cars inside an open car loader laid on the flat rack of the long haul car shipping truck. An open car loader is a form of “open air” container onto which cars are secured on. Open car loaders can come in two forms: single compartments in which several cars are arranged in a single file and double-decked compartments where several cars can be shipped in a single file, both on the lower compartment and the upper compartment. Double decked open car loaders accommodate more cars than enclosed cargo containers. Of course, the maximum cargo weight guidelines dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will limit the number of vehicles a long haul car transporter can carry.

Enclosed cargo containers may limit both the auto transport company and the client on the number of vehicles that can be shifted, but it provides extra protection to the vehicles against external elements. Open air transport, on the other hand, is cheaper and accommodates more vehicles. Personal preference will dictate which option one picks, but in general, Long haul car transport is a versatile means of car shipping.

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Long Mileage

Long haul car transport trucks are designed for long distance. Long transits like coast to coast car transportation are best done through long haul trucks. Long haulers have either 16 wheels or 18 wheels depending on the design and make. They are specifically tailored to endure long distances while carrying tremendous weight. The wheels are specifically tailored with powerful shock absorbers to protect vehicles in transit over bumpy roads. Long haul car shipping is also preferred as most shipments are done at night when traffic is at a minimal. A whole night’s drive will see longer mileage cover.

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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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Paramount, CA 90723
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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