Auto transport is an elusive industry that you only need to deal with in very specific situations. The most common of these situations is required auto transport due to relocation. Whether you are moving from one state to the next over, or you require transport all the way across country, you need to find a professional to handle this aspect of the move.
Although the costs can be significant, the value is palpable. Not only will you save your vehicle the wear and tear a long road trip creates, but you will also save your sanity by not being stuck behind the wheel for hours on end. If you haven't previously dealt with enlisting the help of an auto transport company, there are some key points you need to remember when finding options online.
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Professionalism - If the website of a potential company looks shoddy, riddled with typos, and thrown together, chances are you can expect the same sub-par service from the company itself. Also, pay attention to first impressions. You want to work with a company who knows the industry well and is prepared to offer you a comprehensive and specialized quote based on your needs. Some agents will attempt to pressure you into committing upon the first contact, but those who truly offer the best value and service will let her their quote and presentation speak for itself, trusting that they will still win your business.
Quality Experience - While some auto transport companies may boast about the volume or quantity of transport jobs they have completed, they may not have maintained a good reputation because their focus is misplaced. Quality always trumps quantity, so you will want to request references and do research on the company's past. A couple places to start are consumer online review websites, such as Yelp, and of course, verifying the company's standing with the Better Business Bureau. Even if companies have had issues in the past, the speed and willingness to rectify the situation is a great way to judge quality and integrity of service.
Flexibility - Every auto transport situation is unique in its own way, whether it be a customized vehicle, a rarely traveled route, or something else entirely, so most companies should offer flexibility in their shipping packages. Find a reputable company willing to listen to your needs, who offers a package that meets your expectations while staying within budget. Conversely, recognize that you must also be flexible, especially when it comes to pick up and drop off time frames, accept that these are fluid dates, and much can happen to change the dates once the shipping process is underway.
Using just these three basic traits to weed out the bad apples and narrow down the potential companies you are considering is a great start to the auto shipping process. Once you have found a good fit in a reliable, affordable company, you will already be on the fast track to a successful car transportation experience.
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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.