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Shipping A Car In Cold Weather | Winter Vehicle Transport
Shipping A Car In Cold Weather | Winter Vehicle Transport

How to Ship A Car In Cold Weather | Winter Vehicle Transport?

When you ship a car in cold weather, or through a region that is likely to have rains and storms, the timeframe can be a little less precise than it would be in ideal conditions. Because of this, it can be helpful to consider some things that will help keep your car in good shape throughout the long haul of cold weather vehicle shipping.

You’ll need to be patient since the slow-going of driving through bad weather is even more of a hazard when hauling vehicles so the drivers need to be very cautious. In some instances, this can cause delays of several days, though an experienced auto shipper should be able to give you an idea of what to expect in this regard.

One of the issues of transporting cars in cold weather is that they are often moved on an open air carrier. What this means is that the cars are secured on an open trailer behind a semi truck, leaving them exposed to the elements, road debris, and other road hazards. The other option, which protects the vehicle against such things, is to use an enclosed carrier.

Unlike an open air carrier, an enclosed truck completely covers and shields the vehicle from anything that could damage it, including extreme temperatures, rain, and snow. An enclosed carrier offers the maximum level or protection and security for any vehicle that is shipped in the continental U.S.

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Special Considerations For Snowbirds | Winter Auto Transport

Many of our clients that are shipping vehicles during cold weather are snowbirds that live in a warmer climate during winter months. A prime example of this are customers that live on the East Coast and relocate to the warmer temperatures of the Southeast, often from New York to Florida.

  • Discounts - Many snowbirds may qualify for a shipping discount, especially if both ends of the trip are booked at the same time. If you know you’ll be shipping a car from the Midwest to Arizona for the winter, you can save some money by booking the trip back at the same time. Similar discounts apply on a seasonal basis, as well as for AAA members, seniors, and first-time car shippers. You can find more information about our discount program by clicking here.
  • Operability - Making sure your car is operable throughout the process of shipping is important, especially in cold weather. If your batter fails during the trip and the car cannot be easily driven on and off of the carrier, you are likely to incur an additional cost. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to check your battery and all fluids before turning your car over to an auto transporter.

Call us today at the number at the top of the page if you’re considering shipping a vehicle during the winter months or through a cold weather region! We offer 100% FREE cost estimates to all customers and our staff are happy to answer your questions!


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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


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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.

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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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