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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. 

Storage

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. 


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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.

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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.

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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

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
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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