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Scheduling Your Auto Transport Delivery

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  1. Planning Ahead
  2. Door To Door Enclosed Or Open Air
  3. Auto Transport When Moving
  4. Storage Is An Option
Scheduling Your Auto Transport Delivery

If you’re shipping a car and you have the luxury of having it picked up and delivered in any time frame, you’re in a rare group. For most people, the scheduling and timing of auto transport is an important aspect of the job, either because they’re scheduling around specific dates, be it for a vacation, moving, or some other reason. With this being the case, it’s important to understand some basic aspects of auto transport, like how far in advance you should schedule it, and what your shipping options are. 

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead is a key part of scheduling any sort of vehicle transport service. While most shipping companies don’t need a ton of time to schedule and execute a delivery, you should still give them a lead time of at least a couple weeks. Keep in mind that you’ll need to leave yourself some time to find auto transporters to compare prices and research them before you contact anyone for a price quote. If you need any additional services, like door to door shipping or storage (see below), it’s a good idea to provide a little more lead time. If you have the ability to maintain some flexibility in your schedule, that can often work to your benefit with a shipper. While they do everything they can to deliver on a specific time table, there are sometimes unforeseen slowdowns that can cause a delay. 

Door to Door Enclosed or Open Air

The method of shipping you choose can also affect the timing of your delivery. If you need a vehicle shipped the quickest (and most convenient) way possible, you’ll probably want to choose door to door enclosed transport. As the name implies this type of transport means the vehicle is picked up from a specific address and delivered to a specific address. Enclosed transport, as opposed to open air shipping, means that the car is entirely enclosed throughout the shipping process, which offers more protection. Enclosed transport also means that fewer cars are shipped at once—usually no more than two—so the transport carrier can make more miles in a day with a lighter payload to speed up delivery times. 

A-1 Auto Transport is an experienced, professional auto shipper with a long track record of safely and efficiently delivering vehicles to every corner of the U.S. and overseas. With offices in nearly every major metro area, we are here to help no matter where you’re shipping to or from. Call us today at   1-800-452-2880 to learn more about our services, or if you’d like a FREE price quote right away! All estimates are 100% FREE and require no obligation on your part—just tell us what you need and we’ll price the delivery for you!


Auto Transport When Moving

If you happen to be moving and are also having a car shipped, coordinating everything to arrive on time is an even more important task. In this case, you’ll either need to contact both a moving company and a car shipper, or find an auto transport company that also offers moving services. It’s generally easier to schedule everything to arrive at the same time if you’re working with a company that provides both services, plus it’s a good way to get a discount. In either case, you’ll want to be generous with the amount of lead time you give a shipper or mover. 

Storage Is An Option

If you are unable to be present when you vehicle is delivered, for whatever reason, you can make arrangements for short-term storage with most auto shippers. If it’s not something they offer, they can probably put you in touch with a company that does offer storage. Short-term storage is a good option even if you’re unsure if you’ll be able to arrive before your vehicle is delivered in some cases. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your car or truck has already been delivered and you’ll just have a short trip to the delivery terminal to pick it up.


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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. 

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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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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.

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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