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Shipping A Vehicle Purchased on eBay

Shipping A Vehicle Purchased on eBay
Shipping A Vehicle Purchased on eBay

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The online shopping world is full of bargains and hidden gems and large purchases are no exceptions. One of the biggest purchases we make in life is to buy a new vehicle and it’s becoming more common for consumers to not only research autos online, but also buy them over the internet. Sites like eBay Motors have grown exponentially and fewer people are walking into dealerships to buy cars every year

Even customers that use the traditional route for purchasing a car typically spend several hours online researching and comparing prices first. This has completely changed the way the auto industry operates. Consumers are now able to pinpoint the exact car or truck they want, right down to the color, without even stepping foot inside a dealership.

Technology has accelerated the pace of online auto buying for customers and given them access to more information and options than ever before. There’s more transparency in both the practices and pricing methods of auto dealers and customers can do everything from research to negotiating to purchasing a vehicle, all at the click of a button.

As consumers become more comfortable with online purchases of big ticket items, it begs the question of auto buyers: how do you transport a car you bought on eBay to a different city or state?

Delivery Options For An eBay Auto Purchase

There are a few ways to transport an online car purchase, but they ultimately boil down to one of three options. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each.

  • Drive It

This is probably the first thing that occurs to most people, particularly first-time online car shoppers. This is not always a bad option, especially if you’ve had a mechanic look at the vehicle and feel confident that it can handle a long drive without mechanical issues. The downside to driving it yourself is that the risk increases with the distance. A couple hours driving may seem doable, but a couple days may cause you to reconsider. If the vehicle isn’t operable or isn’t in prime running condition, this is not really a viable option.

Advantage: Affordability and the chance to see first hand how the vehicle performs over distance.

Disadvantage: Breakdowns, damages and time spent driving all come at your own expense.

  • Tow It

Towing offers a bit more security than driving a car that you’re unfamiliar with over a long distance. In many cases, this works out great for customers, especially for cars that aren’t too far away. Like driving a car you’ve just bought online though, the further the distance, the more of a risk you’re taking. It makes sense to rent a trailer and tow a car up to a certain distance, typically about 150 miles. Beyond that, the risk starts to outweigh the reward for both vehicles involved.

Advantage: Somewhat affordable and still a do-it-yourself method.

Disadvantage: Less than ideal protection over long distances and damages and gas come out of your own pocket.

  • Ship It

The third option is to have an auto bought on the internet shipped by a professional auto transporter. An auto shipper can pick up your new purchase and have it delivered to a terminal in your town or even right to your door. What often surprises customers is that the larger upfront cost of hiring an auto transporter are often less than what they would pay in gas alone for driving or towing a vehicle.

Advantage: Insurance coverage, convenience, less wear and tear, long-term savings.

Disadvantage: Larger upfront cost.

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What To Know Before Shipping An Online Auto Purchase

Before you do anything with a car you’ve bought online, make sure you have the title in your name and insurance coverage on the vehicle. If something happens to a car you’ve purchased online and you don’t hold the title or insurance, the cost of any damages will likely come out of your own pocket. Make sure to take the same steps in buying a car online as you would in person.

Online Auto Purchasing Resources

CarFax Vehicle Reports - Using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate, you can look up a car’s true history, including accidents, salvaged titles and more.

Why Women Should Shop For Cars Online - An article from the Daily Finance that details some of the advantages of buying a car online for women.

Online Car Buying Guide - Tips and advice about purchasing a car online from

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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.

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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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Paramount, CA 90723
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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Boca Raton, FL 33487
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