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Although there are many ways of shipping cars across the US, you need to choose the one that is right for you. The factors that you need to consider may depend upon your budget, the type of car and the time of travel.

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Driving All the Way Across the Country

This could work out to be the cheapest way as all you have to do is pay for the gas. However, there could be a few disadvantages such as the following –

  • Running short of gas and the nearest gas station would just happen to be a few more miles away
  • Having to change a punctured tire in the middle of nowhere
  • Getting tired
  • Getting bored of the long drive

Also, there is the time factor where you just cannot afford to take so much time off work. That does not mean that driving across the country gets ruled out totally. Here are the advantages of driving the car across the country –

  • You can save on your flight ticket cost
  • You get a nice holiday driving across the countryside
  • Sometimes this might be faster than giving your car to a moving company
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Hiring a Driver

That would be fine but then you might end up worrying about the exact whereabouts of your car. To get around this problem, you can try installing a tracking device. Check whether the driver’s insurance has cover for accidents and always ask for a few references before you hire. Make a contract clearly stating the terms and conditions so that you know who will pay for damages if any. If you do not know anything about writing contracts, then go through a drive away services company which will take the trouble to find a driver for you. They will take the responsibility of screening the driver and keeping track of the car.

Also, you can do a little search on the internet to see whether there are other people who want to do the same route as you but are unable to afford to pay for their travel. In such cases, you can strike a deal with them and you will probably just end up paying for the gas.

Calling a Moving Company

This falls into two categories –

  • Moving company – There is no broker’s fee to be paid here and you can even find some companies giving loyalty points for regular customers. Moving companies have years of experience transporting vehicles across the United States and will take care of the job for you from start to finish. All you have to do is wait for the car to be delivered to the destination
  • Brokers – You might have to pay a small extra fee for the commission but for the most part, brokers try to find out the cheapest option for you. They will search through their extensive network to find the company that offers the best rate and does the same route that you want to do.
Choosing the Right Method

Now that you have decided to get a professional moving company, it is time to sit down with the person in charge and discuss the best method of shipping your car. Nowadays many prefer to use an open carrier to transport their new cars and all that they have to worry about is a little dust. However, open carriers are cheaper than closed ones and you choose the latter option only in times of harsh weather or if the car in question is an antique or an expensive one.

Tips for a Safe Shipment
  • Always make sure that there are no personal items or valuables in the car as you will be disabling your alarm system for the shipment.
  • Have only a quarter tank of gas or even less than that. This will lighten the load on the truck and will help in having a safe journey.
  • If you do not have to meet any deadline, then choose fair weather for the shipment. You might have to wait for a little while but it is better than having to worry about snow, storm or hail.

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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.

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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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