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Should I Ship or Drive My Car?
Should I Ship or Drive My Car?

Auto Transport Options: Should I Ship Or Drive My Car?

If you need a car transported, you’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Should I drive it myself or pay to have it shipped?” When a shorter distance is involved, the question is not always an easy one to answer. It does cost a few hundred dollars even to have a car shipped 500 miles, which is a distance that’s drivable in one day, but that doesn’t always make it the right decision. On this page, we’ll weigh some of the costs and benefits of each approach to help you make the best choice. 

The one clear benefit of driving your car when you need it relocated is that you will likely save some money, but just how much depends on a few things. For one, you will no doubt go through at least one full tank of gas when going the do-it-yourself route. That doesn’t make it terribly expensive, but you also have to factor in up to eight hours of driving time, not to mention the miles and potential for wear and tear on the vehicle during the drive. If you have even a minor mechanical issue while driving, that’s going to increase both the cost of the trip and the time you spend getting it there. 

When you hire a car shipper to do the job for you, all the concerns listed above are no longer a factor. There is a cost associated with hiring an auto transporter, but it saves you the time spent driving and also eliminates the concern of a break down while on the road. There insurance coverage is almost never needed, but it’s always there as a failsafe just in case—something you can’t say about driving a car yourself. The real advantage is in the time savings and the fact that no miles are put on the car if you have it shipped. Additionally, any car shipper will have insurance coverage that provides compensation in the rare case that something does happen during the shipment. 

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Things To Look For In An Auto Transport Company

When you look for a company to ship your car, there’s a couple things you should keep in mind during the search. It’s very helpful if you have a list of questions to ask the auto transport company before you contact them. That way, you’ll be able to get the information you need to make an informed decision when it comes time to choose one. 

The most important thing to ask about when you contact an auto shipper is if they offer the services you need. This may seem like a no brainer, but you might be surprised to find that there are quite a few different services available and not all companies offer them all. For example, if you need door-to-door shipping or enclosed auto transport, you’ll want to ask about the details of that process and make sure they have appropriate experience with both. The same goes for shipping vehicle that are non-operational or if you’re shipping to a remote or less common location. The more detailed your questions are, the better. You can also use the information you get to determine if a company is as qualified as they say based on the answers they provide. 

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Joe Webster
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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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