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Places That Ship Cars

Published by Joe Webster.

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
Places That Ship Cars

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.

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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.

Places That Ship Cars

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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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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
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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