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Shipping a Car in The Winter
Shipping a Car in The Winter

During the spring and summer, many people hit the roads, and air, to head off to those perfect vacation hot spots. The warm months are also the biggest months for relocation and this means that auto transport is booming when it’s hot outside. When the demand is high, so are the rates for shipping.

By the time winter arrives however, auto transport has begun to slow down because of the snow in the north and the bitter cold in many of the Midwestern states. During this time, the auto transport industry sees profits dipping due to lack of customers in need of transport. To compensate for the loss of business, many transport companies who stay open during the winter will begin to offer seasonal discounts to customers.

During the summer, due to the high demand for trucks to haul cars, it can often take weeks to schedule a car for delivery. Once winter hits, it can seem as if the transport companies are in a battle to see who can snag the customers first by offering fast shipping times and lower rates. This is great for customers who may want to see just how low they can get a price to fall before booking service. In most instances, if you shop around, you can find rates that up to several hundred dollars off the summer transport rates when you ship in the winter.

There is a small downside to shipping in the winter, and that is the weather. Trucks can only drive so fast when the roads are slippery or covered with snow or ice. This means that even if you find a low rate and a fast pickup for your car during the winter, a carrier could potentially find itself stuck in traffic or in need of pulling off the road for several hours to wait for a winter storm to pass them by. In the winter, cars may be quick to load but they can often take longer for delivery when the roads are bad.

If you plan to ship your car this winter, or even your snowmobile or snow plow, be sure to discuss your options for insurance coverage to ensure your car has the best possible coverage while being hauled on snowy or slick roadways. All transport companies are required to carry insurance coverage, but if you have an exotic, classic or other rare or expensive car, you may want to check into supplemental insurance coverage, especially during those winter months when the roads may not be in such great condition.

Despite the bitter cold and snow that many of the states have seen this winter, you can rely on A-1 Auto Transport to continue providing safe and reliable transport services nationwide. Be sure to give us a call when you’re ready to ship your car this winter. We’ll take care of your car just like it was our very own.

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Angela Caito wants to live in a world where love is prevalent, her children are happy, and her waist stays thin no matter how many Oreos she eats. She loves hiking, sailing, surfing, camping and road tripping and has written for many publications including the Inquisitr, CNN, Blasting News and her own website, Writing Mind, Inc. 

Angela was born and raised in east Tennessee but moved away when she was 21 to explore the world. She has lived in or traveled to all the states in the U.S. except Alaska and she attended college at the University of Florida where she majored in journalism. 

Working with A-1 Auto Transport as both an domestic as well as international shipping specialist since 2005 along with her experience in journalism, she is uniquely qualified and a great resource for the website.


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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!

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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.

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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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Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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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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