How To Ship A New Car | A-1 Auto Transport
Buying a new car can be a time consuming process that requires research, haggling with dealerships over pricing and options, but ultimately, it’s worth it in the end if you get the exact car you want. But what do you do if you find the perfect car and it’s on the other side of the state, or worse, in another state altogether? That’s where auto transport companies come in and are able to help by providing professional, affordable new car shipping services. Unfortunately, many new car buyers don’t consider the option of shipping a car they’ve just bought because it’s seen as another expense on top of what they’re already paying. However, you can often save money by leveraging the car markets in other regions to find the best deal and the cost difference becomes negligible.
So how do you go about finding a company to ship a new car you’ve just purchased? There are a few simple guidelines you can use to help you find an experienced and reputable shipper to deliver your car to you. Here’s what you should know:
- Licensing: Every auto transport company is licensed and regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Any legally operating car shipper should have a USDOT#, which is a six digit number used to track them for licensing purposes and should be displayed and easy to find on a company website. If you want to look up a company using this information, you can use the SAFER database from the FMCSA.
- Experience: While not every car shipper in the industry will have years of experience behind them, there’s a reason that some do. It speaks to the fact that they’ve been successfully operating for an extended period of time and, at least to some degree, speaks to the fact that their customers have an element of trust in their ability to safely deliver vehicles.
- Insurance: Any company that ships cars, new or otherwise, must carry a minimum amount of liability insurance in the event that a vehicle is damaged while in their care. Some companies carry more insurance than others, so be sure to ask what the coverage limits are if you’re having a new car shipped.
- Enclosed shipping: You’ll have two types of carriers to choose from when having a car shipped: open and enclosed. While open air transport is more affordable, an enclosed carrier offers more protection from the elements and road debris, which may be something you want to consider when having a new car transported.
A-1 Auto Transport has more than 20 years of experience shipping cars, both new and used, to every major city and metro area in the U.S. We are also a licensed international shipping agent, which means we can deliver a car to you from any corner of the world. If you’d like a FREE price quote today, call us at 800-452-2880! All quotes are 100% FREE and require no payment or obligation on your part.
Consider Door To Door Transport
We mentioned above that an enclosed carrier is the preferred method of transporting a new car, but there’s another aspect of delivery you may also want to consider: door to door transport. Door to door shipping is exactly what it sounds like, meaning the vehicle is delivered right to your house or a specific address of your choosing. This service often goes hand-in-hand with enclosed carrier transport since it’s easier to accommodate with the smaller transport trucks that typically only carry one or two vehicles at a time. The other option is having the car shipped to a delivery terminal, which you will then have to pick it up from, adding an extra step to the delivery that you have to coordinate. If you want the ultimate in convenience and safety, door to door transport is the way to go.
There may be circumstances which make it difficult or impossible for you to be available when your new car is delivered, which is why many companies also offer short term storage. Deliver timeframes are often given with a “window” of time that allows for some variance due to traffic or other delays, so it’s not entirely uncommon for customers to need storage. If you suspect that you might not be available during the delivery window, be sure to ask about the additional cost of getting car storage for your vehicle, which is usually a small additional fee.
Written By:Joe Webster
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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