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How To Ship Your Subaru

Before shipping your Subaru, here are a few factors you should consider.


There are many auto transport service providers in the industry, all offering different services at different prices. Before making that commitment, understand what exactly you want with your vehicle, and use those specifics to narrow down the search field. Looking through shipping companies online is easy, and there are tools which enable potential clients compare quotes from different automobile shipment outlets.Comparing prices can reduce one’s expenditure by up to 70 per cent.

Pickup and delivery

There are two options when it comes to pick up and delivery, door to door and terminal based delivery. Door to door is typically more expensive, and understandably so. However, if you have the means and time to transport the car between the container terminals and the final address at both ends of the auto transportation then go for the terminal based service.

The Shipping

Shipment is either domestic or international. For domestic shipmen, there are many options, and depending on one’s budget and the urgency, they can choose between road, rail or air transport. In terms of road transport, there are three shipping alternatives.

  • One can either choose between the open or enclosed single vehicle carriers
  • Multi-car trailer trucks carry about three cars at a time, without stacking them
  • Multi-level car carriers are the biggest, often having up to 10 vehicles on board, stacked at different levels.

The decision typically depends on the dimensions and specific need of the vehicle. For instance, a luxury or vintage car might require the specialized attention of an enclosed single vehicle carrier. This reduces chances of damage from other vehicles or weather elements. Consider the size of the vehicle when shipping. It is sometimes advisable to remove such accessories as spoilers. This is safer and reduces the chances of the shipment attracting additional charges.

For overseas shipment, the options are either freight or air. Air transport is obviously the most expensive. It is also exclusive and extremely fast, so depending on one’s needs it can be the most convenient. Ocean freight shipment also comes in two options.

  • The vehicle can either be driven into the ship and secured in storage below deck, or
  • The vehicle can be secured in a container

Both options should be perfectly safe, although when secured below deck the chances of encountering accidents or damage from other cars is higher.

Before the shipment

A fair amount of preparation is required to get the car ready for shipment. It is important to remove all personal belongings from the vehicle for several reasons. Any damage to personal belongings might not be covered by insurance. The shipment process might damage the personal effects in the vehicle, or have them damage the car. It is important to wash the car carefully and take not of the physical condition before handing it over. If possible, take pictures of the vehicle at the moment of pick up. It might be necessary to disable the alarm especially if it is to be loaded below deck in a ship.

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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