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Money Saving Tips For Your Cross Country Move

Money Saving Tips For Your Cross Country Move
Money Saving Tips For Your Cross Country Move

Money Saving Tips For  A Cross Country Move

If you’ve ever moved across the country, you already aware of what a daunting task it can be. If you never have and you’re planning to, you’re likely underestimating the amount of planning and organization required to make the process as easy as you hope for it to be. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make the process easier and more affordable, which we’ll review in the paragraphs below.

Weight Your Options To Find The Best Price & Fit

Your first thought may be that the cheapest way to move long distance is to pack up a truck and do it all yourself. While there is some validity to this train of thought, it’s not always that simple. Depending where and how far you’re moving, the cost difference between doing it yourself and hiring a professional may be negligible, especially when you consider drive time, the physical work, and the possibility of having to stay in hotels for a couple nights.

Do It Yourself - Probably the most affordable route to take, the do it yourself move requires a lot of planning and organization for everything to work out correctly. Aside from making sure you’ve packed everything you need, you’ll also have to make sure that the rental truck is available as planned and do the loading and unloading too. If you plan to do everything yourself (or even with friends or family helping), give yourself plenty of time and plan for meals. Moving is hard work and there’s almost always some unexpected delays no matter how well you’ve planned everything.

Hiring Professional Movers - Hiring movers can sometimes cost more than the do-it-yourself method, but as mentioned above, the price difference is often a wash. Once you consider the cost of renting a truck, your time, gas, meals, and lodging, the money tends to even out, especially for long distance and cross country moves. If you’re moving across the country and driving your car as part of the trip, there’s also the possibility of mechanical issues that can be costly in terms of both time and money.

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The general rule of thumb is to get at least three estimates or quotes if you are considering using a moving company, perhaps even more if you’re really diligent about saving some money. Here are some of the things to consider as you go about this:

Discounts: Some moving companies offer discount programs for a number of different groups, though these are not always advertised as clearly as they should be. When you talk to a company you’re considering, ask if they have discounts available. You may be surprised to find that you can often save $50 to $100 just by asking a simple question.

Service Options: If you request a price quote from a mover without any additional information, they’ll give you an estimate, but it may include some services you don’t need. In order to get the most accurate quote possible, it’s helpful to go in knowing exactly what type of moving help you need. Some companies may offer packing help, supplies, storage, and any number of other options that you simply may not need. If you don’t specify, you’re likely to get a higher estimate than you would otherwise. See the link below under “Resources” to learn about your service options when hiring a mover.

Research Companies: Before you consider contacting a company for a price quote, you should do some basic research about them to make sure they’re properly licensed and that they are who they claim to be. Many companies in the moving industry have similar names—sometimes on purpose to confuse people—and this is an important step to ensure that you don’t end up dealing with a less than reputable company.

Cross Country Moving Resources

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - The FMCSA website is about a lot more than safety and you can find valuable information here by looking up companies to verify their credentials.

Long Distance Moving Options - If you’re unsure of what exactly you need from a moving company, visit our services page to explore your options. Odds are, there’s more choices that you suspect and requesting the exact services you need will save you money in most cases.

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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
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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