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Places That Ship Cars

What's in this article?
  1. What Are The Places That Ship Cars?
  2. Door To Door Option
  3. Terminal To Terminal Option
  4. Ports
  5. Harbor
  6. Airport Terminals
  7. Car Storage Facilities
  8. Private Parking Lots
Private Parking Lots

What are the Places That Ship Cars?

Car shipping companies rely on location and addresses as a key factor to determine the type of service they offer to you. Places that ship cars are greatly determined by location. Where an exact address is not available for a shipment, a not-so-vague location and a landmark can work in its place. This, however, is limited to the type of shipping option the client opts for. Auto transport companies offer two main shipping (delivery) options; door to door and terminal to terminal.

Door to Door Option

This type of car transportation involves the vehicle transportation company making its way to a client’s address. The driver then performs a car hauler inspection before loading your vehicle onto the carrier.

The car is then delivered to the exact address provided by the client. For this type of shipping, it goes without saying that an exact address is needed. This option is great for those who wish to eliminate the hassle of taking the vehicle to a pickup station.

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Terminal to Terminal Option

This type of transport service is also known as pick-up/drop-off. It is the shipping service opted where an exact address is not available. More so, it is the shipping service option that primarily depends on places that ship cars. A pickup location is communicated to the client where s/he takes the car. It is from this location that the car shipping company picks up the vehicle, loads it onto the carrier, and delivers it to a drop off point. It is these pick up terminals that are generally referred to as places that ship cars. They include the following;

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A port is a specially constructed area just on the shoreline of a sea where cargo is loaded onto and from the cargo ship. The area is used to load cargo onto vessels through special gear including cranes, cradles, and containers. The client delivers the vehicle here, and the team takes care of the loading process into either an enclosed container.

Ports act as a location one would take a car for it to be shipped away by means of water transport. It is mostly used to transport vehicles internationally. The car moving company, including our very own, have affiliations with the ports, both public and private. This provides a common location where clients can deliver their vehicles to be transported.


A harbor is a section in the sea near the shore that is deep enough to hold entire ships and shelter them from storms. It works in almost the exact manner ports do, only here, harbors perform duties of more than just loading cargo. Harbors are used as “hangers” for ships.

Auto transport companies offering international car shipping services by sea recommend that clients take the cars to a designated harbor. It makes the whole process easier as one inspection is done before the vehicle(s) are loaded onto an enclosed container and loaded to a cargo ship waiting by the harbor.

Airport Terminals

Luxury vehicles, for example, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Maybach, Bentley, and Bugatti brands, are mostly transported through air. Auto transport companies that offer luxury vehicle transportation exclusively give the option of transporting them through air. For this reason, arrangements are made such that the owner of the high-value cars takes the vehicle(s) to the designated airport terminal. The auto transport companies have affiliations and partnerships with the said airports.

Terminal To Terminal Option

Car storage facilities

Some deliveries may take more time than others. Therefore, car storage facilities are used as places that ship cars. Auto transport companies guide clients to deliver the vehicles to a designated storage facility from which it shall be picked up and shipped to another location as per the arrangement agreed. The car storage facilities here can be indoors, outdoors or plain yards.

In most cases, the car storage facilities are owned by the car transport company. They act as warehouses and branches for the car shipping company. Not every client comes from the city or home state of the company’s head office. Since shipping orders may come from any state that the company serves, the car storage facilities act as both a terminal and a branch.

Private parking lots

For auto transport companies whose branches are just offices without warehouses or storage facilities, they work through private parking lots. These act as the terminal from where clients take their cars for shipping. The private parking lots are well guarded, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your vehicle.

If you are looking for a location from which to ship or have your vehicle transported, talk to us and we can recommend an ideal spot near you.

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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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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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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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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
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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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
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