This is an overview of the best national auto transport companies. Some of the brands listed below belong among the highest rated brands in the business or among the largest and longest tenured companies in the auto shipping industry.
1. Montway Auto Transport
Montway was founded in 2006 and has quickly became one of the highest rated companies in the business. The company began as a car shipping broker but soon added a fleet of carriers and expanded staffing to meet the needs of their customers. Montway has demonstrated steady performance and growth since their inception and by 2011, they were one of the biggest names in the auto transport industry. According to the most recent statistics available from the FMCSA, Montway has no reported crashes over the last two years.
1400 East Touhy Ave. #255
Des Plaines, IL 60018
2. Dependable Auto Shippers
DAS is one of the largest and longest tenured companies in the industry, having been in business since 1954. Recently, DAS has partnered with the cloud application company 2lemetry in order to bring the technology of cloud computing to their business model. DAS is one of the more transparent nationwide car shippers with very clear terms and operational procedures laid out on their website. They carry $50,000 insurance coverage on every vehicle they ship and have a company wide 30 day resolution process.
3020 E. Hwy 80
Mesquite, TX 75149
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3. All States Worldwide
All States Worldwide, also known as ASWD, has more than 20 years of experience with interstate and long distance auto transport. They have a robust line of services that includes enclosed, open air and door to door vehicle delivery. They also provide customized auto moving solutions on request and can move just about any type of vehicle to any state in the continental U.S. They also have a wide selection of discounts available.
1125 Lindero Canyon Rd. #A8
Westlake Village, CA 91362
4. Direct Express Auto Transport
Serving the entire continental United States, Direct Express opened its doors in 2003 when it was founded by Mike Rupers, who still continues to run the business today. They are a licensed, bonded and insured national auto mover with a strong history of quality performance and customer service.
101 Lucas Valley Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
Car Shipping Rankings & Reviews – Exercise Caution
There’s no question that you can find plenty of rankings, ratings and reviews for auto transport companies online, but can you trust them? For the most part, the answer is no. Even websites that are frequently trusted by consumers have been called into question for manipulating rankings. In fact, two of the primary consumer watchdog groups for the industry, the Better Business Bureau and Transport Reviews, are not as transparent and objective as they claim. Here’s some background information:
- Better Business Bureau – ABC did an article in 2010 that detailed how the Better Business Bureau awards company rankings for pay. In the article, a group of business owners got an “A rating” for a fictitious business by paying $425. A nonexistent sushi restaurant was also awarded a top rating for the same price. The journalists working on the story witnessed the same “pay for play” tactics directly when the BBB representatives told two small business owners over the phone that they could pay to upgrade their rating and delete negative reviews. One of the owners took the bureau up on the deal and paid $395, which eliminated a complaint and raised their “C” grade to an “A”.
- Transport Reviews – Transport Reviews is another pay to play review site that doesn’t really reflect the objective, unbiased views of customers. Though they state that membership support does not affect the ratings, they charge a hefty price to join. According to this document from their website, their cheapest membership, “Bronze Level Support”, costs $600 per year and “Gold Level Support” costs $3,000 annually. Every top rated company–even when choosing to remove compensated reviews–is a financial supporter of the website.
The writing on the wall is clear: even seemingly objective customer reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt. The most effective way to find the best national auto transport company is to request a free quote and get a feel for how they do business and what type of services they offer.
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