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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Driveaway Service

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Driveaway Service
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Driveaway Service

A driveaway service is an auto transport service in which your vehicle will be picked up by a professional driver and driven to its final destination. You should know that it'll be physically driven, rather than being placed in a trailer and hauled by a truck. With that being said, a driveaway service offers many advantages compared to a more traditional carrier service, but it also comes with a few disadvantages as well.

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Advantages of Using a Driveaway Service.

  • Faster Shipping - Since your vehicle will be picked up from an agreed upon location and is then driven immediately to its final destination, it will be delivered much faster in comparison to choosing a traditional auto transport service. There is no need for loading and unloading   your vehicle or for other vehicles to need to be loaded or unloaded either. Instead, the driver, once he or she picks up your vehicle, has only one focus: get your vehicle and ONLY your vehicle to its final destination as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Door-to-Door Delivery is Available - Since there's no need for a large tractor trailer, for example, to navigate towards your location, you don't have to worry about this not being an option. No matter your location, your car will be able to be picked up by a professional driver and delivered to its final destination. There's no need to pick up your car at a terminal or to have to drive it to a drop-off location. This, of course, also contributes to it being shipped faster.
  • Transport Personal Items, Including Pets. You'll have to discuss what is and isn't allowed with the driver and the car transport service beforehand, but in many instances, you'll be able to fill the trunk with your personal items. In addition, you won't have to remove various vehicle accessories like you normally would with a traditional transport service.

Disadvantages of Using a Driveaway Service.

  • More Expensive. Because the service is more personalized, it'll also cost more. You will not be able to split the costs with others as you would with multiple cars being shipped.
  • Possibility of Wear and Tear. Granted, there are open trailers that will expose your vehicle to the weather and the elements if you chose that option, but still, you also have the option of putting your vehicle in an enclosed trailer. However, with a driveway service, your vehicle will be exposed in the open road the whole time. This is something to consider if your vehicle is valuable, such as it being a luxury vehicle or an antique. However, you will avoid the possibility of any damage occurring during the loading and unloading process, since your vehicle will not have to go through this.
  • More Mileage. The value of your vehicle naturally will go down the more miles that it incurs. If your car needs to be driven a great distance, your car will have more miles on it as a result in comparison to it being towed instead. This is why a driveaway service is perhaps better for those whose vehicle only has to be driven a short distance instead of having to be transported across the country.

An auto driveaway company that's credible will make sure to run a full background check on the drivers that they hire, including the person's driving records. Nonetheless, you should always make sure that you document how your vehicle looks before the driver leaves and make sure to have copies of all of the relevant paperwork. In addition, you should visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website at to check to see if your driver is officially licensed.

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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.

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.

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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