Private Car Movers | A-1 Auto Transport
When you’re looking for a private car mover to ship your vehicle, you’ll no doubt have many options available, but some are better than others. On this page, we’ll explore what you should look for in a company that ships vehicles, as well as how to best approach the process, and strategies for finding the best deal.
The first step in hiring a private car mover is to gather the information you’ll need in order to get a cost estimate. This includes basic things like the make, model and year of the vehicle, as well as the its cities you’ be shipping to and from. You’ll also need to have a timeframe in mind for delivery, as that can affect the cost.
If you plan on hiring a private car mover, it’s best to start the process several weeks from the dates you’ll need shipping. Anywhere between four to eight weeks is usually plenty of time, though you should also give yourself a couple days to contact prospective shippers and compare what they offer, as well as what they cost.
If you need a last minute car shipment or especially quick delivery times, those are exactly the type of services offered by private vehicle movers. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that these do qualify as specialty services and cost slightly more than standard car moving options.
Enclosed Car Shipping With Private Vehicle Movers
Private car movers will offer two options when it comes to the typeof carrier that you can use for transporting your vehicle. The first and most commonly used method is on an open-air transport truck. These are large trucks that can hold anywhere from four to twelve cars at once, usually in two rows, on an open trailer that is towed behind it.
Open carriers are the most cost effective, mainly because they allow the drivers and companies to move multiple vehicles at once, thus reducing their overall operating costs. This is also the preferred method for transporting new and used cars to auto dealerships, which are a fairly common site on U.S. highways.
The other option is an enclosed carrier, which is smaller, completely enclosed and protected, and usually moves fewer vehicles at once. Since the cargo area is enclosed, there is less storage space for vehicles, which is why enclosed trucks transport four or less cars at once, more commonly, just one or two.
If you’re considering hiring a private car mover, either for domestic or international auto transport services, find out how we can help! Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and ALL of our cost estimates are 100% FREE all the time! Contact us today!
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.