Buying and Shipping An Out-of-State Car
In an age where most shopping transactions are completed online, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for someone to find and procure a car over the internet.
When this type of purchase happens, the buyer has to find a way to get their item to their home, typically from out-of-state. The seller of a vehicle is probably not going to offer free shipping like a typical online purchase.
That is why A1 Auto Transport is here for you to serve your automotive shipping needs quickly and for the right price.
Process of Purchasing An Out-of-State Vehicle
Purchasing a vehicle is a process. The process isn’t always completed in one day, especially if the transaction is happening across state lines. Specific protocols have to be followed for the purchase to become complete and legal.
Finding The Perfect Vehicle
The journey starts when you discover the car that you can’t live without. It could be brand new and fuel-efficient or a collectible vintage model. No matter why you feel like you have to have the car, finding it is the first step in the process of making it yours.
Once you find the car, you will have to contact the person selling the car. If the vehicle is located out of the state, you will have to abide by state laws when purchasing the vehicle. In most scenarios, once the purchase has been completed, the owner of the vehicle will sign the title to show a transfer of ownership. You will then be responsible for taking that title and having it transferred into your name.
Finding a Shipping Service
After you have completed your purchase and have acquired all the information that you need for transferring the vehicle into your name, you may not feel comfortable driving it yet, especially a long distance. This is where A1 Auto Transport comes to the rescue.
Our transport services can be found nationwide to help accommodate your vehicle transport needs. Shipping a car can be a safer solution than driving it a long-distance after purchase.
Reasons a transport company is safer and efficient:
- Used vehicles can be unpredictable. If you live in a different state and find yourself stuck between where you purchased the vehicle and home, it not only brings frustration but can be expensive.
- Roadways, especially in areas you have not driven, can create a higher accident rate. Being unfamiliar with roads can create hazards for you and your new vehicle.
- Using a transport service helps reduce the addition of mileage to the vehicle.
- Experienced drivers keep your vehicle safe and allow you to breathe easy. The vehicle is delivered to your door or desired location in the same condition it was picked up in.
Transport services also are a flat rate. There are not any unexpected costs when you transport your vehicle using A1 Auto Transport. If you plan on moving the vehicle yourself, you could be out hundreds of extra dollars with the fluctuating price of gas and if something goes wrong.
Shipment and Delivery
Once you have chosen to go with a shipping service for your car, the next step is to arrange for pick-up and drop-off of the vehicle.
A shipping company will get all the information they need and tell you how to prepare the vehicle for transport. They may request that you provide proof that you have purchased the vehicle.
A1 Auto Transport uses a paperless system for its transport services. This helps reduce their impact on the environment.
Once you have completed all the necessary paperwork online with the company, they will then schedule your pick-up and your delivery times.
Methods of Delivery For Your Newly Purchased Vehicle
When you choose A1 Auto Transport to bring your new vehicle home, you are opening the door to a plethora of delivery options. We have all of these options so that you can choose the best fit for your vehicle needs. We understand that not all cars are the same, which is why all of our delivery services are different.
An enclosed shipping container for vehicles is used when a vehicle has to be protected from the elements. Situations like this would be for classic (vintage) or custom vehicles. These vehicles are transported in a semi-trailer type enclosure for protection.
Crated Shipping Services
Crated shipping services are used for exceptionally fragile items. This type of shipping method adds an extra amount of security during the process.
One of the more affordable shipping options, open shipping involves cars on a trailer that are not covered. You have probably seen these on the roads. They often house several vehicles at one time. A lot of car lots utilize open shipping transport services.
Terminal to Terminal
Another form of cost-effective transport is to ship terminal to terminal. These are often found in larger cities. Your vehicle would be picked up from one terminal along with other vehicles and transported to another terminal for pick-up.
Another option that is available for shipping a vehicle is a door-to-door service. Think of it like ordering food and it gets delivered right to your door. We pick up your vehicle where it sits and bring it directly to you.
For peace of mind, we can track shipments via satellite communications. We understand that your vehicle is important, and we want to do whatever it takes to keep you informed every step of the delivery process.
High Priority Services
Do you need your shipment expedited? We can accommodate special requests and higher priority situations if the need arises.
Getting A Free Quote
A1 Auto Transport offers free quotes online and over the phone. We offer the highest quality of services in the industry and only employ highly trained drivers.
When you are looking for a service to transport a vehicle for you from out-of-state, you need not look any further than A1 Auto Transport. We offer every possible transport style that can fit your needs.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.