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How to Ship Truck Across Country?

If you need to ship your truck across country, you will need to find an auto transport company, that is not only reputable and reliable but is also familiar with truck shipping procedures and requirements. If you have a standard size pick-up, you will have plenty of options available, but if you have a more specialized truck, such as a dually or extended bed, you may need to do a little more research to find the right fit.

While most cross country moving companies will assure you they can handle your particular style of truck, it is in your best interest to find one that already has the expertise, experience, and equipment required, otherwise, you may find that the price goes up drastically. Using a simple Internet search will yield you hundreds, if not thousands, of options, but it is up to you to use the following tips in order to narrow down the potential truck transport companies.

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Make a list of requirements.

This is a good step to get an idea of exactly what you are looking for in a transport company. Most companies will need to know the year, make, and model of your truck, and if it has any particular customizations, such as lift, dually, or aftermarket additions. They will also want to know the pick-up and delivery address. If you need a closed container versus the more common and much more affordable open carrier, you will also want to be upfront about that. Begin reaching out to a number of promising companies in order to obtain quotes and make a list of all the potential options you find.

Do not go with the first company you contact.

Even if they seem like a great fit, it is in your absolute best interest to get a variety of quotes before making a decision. Also, do not assume that more expensive companies will give you the best service. There are often brokers and other middlemen involved in auto transport, so your money is not likely going straight to the transport driver. For this reason, companies that charge more may actually be utilizing the same drivers as companies that charge much less.

Cross check references to ensure good reputation.

If you think you have found a trustworthy and affordable truck transport company, make sure to thoroughly vet them prior to making a commitment. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to start, but you can also check consumer reviews on other websites, such as Yelp. Just remember that not every experience will be positive, so unless you see a clear pattern of inefficiency, the occasional negative review should be taken with a grain of salt.

Make final decision and prepare your truck.

After diligent and thorough research, you have finally selected the one company you find worthy to be tasked with the cross-country shipping of your truck, so what do you do next?  Many companies will let you know their exact requests for preparations, but a general rule of thumb is to drain your gas tank to less than ¼, possibly empty all other fluids, remove any aftermarket items that could damage in transit, and take all valuables and personal belongings out of the cab and bed.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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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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