The History of Auto Shipping

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What is The History of Auto Shipping?

When browsing around for auto transportation quotes, it may prove useful to know some of the industry’s history. For this, we must go back to the invention of the automobile.

The History Of Auto Shipping

The First Automobile

In 1771, Nicholas Cugnot built the first recorded automobile, a vehicle powered by steam, for France’s War Minister. However, due to its 2.3 mph speed and difficulty in operating it, the vehicle did not enter mass production.

In 1873, more than a hundred years later, another inventor from France by the name of Amedee Bollee created a steam car with a carrying capacity of 12 passengers. Unfortunately, this creation was also impractical, because buggies and horses were simply faster.

In the 1900’s, the Americans and Germans tried their hands at this problem with the help of gasoline. Using great ingenuity, the Germans created the first motor car, or a car powered by gasoline. The automobile could move at a speed of 10 mph, had a transmission with 4 speeds, and a gas engine with 2 cylinders.

However, it was America that created the first line of mass produced cars: Ransom Olds’ 1901 Oldsmobile. Furthermore, it was the American Henry Ford who created the first assembly line for mass producing an automobile, the Model T.

Events Which Led to the Formation of the Auto Shipping Industry

In 1930, millions of automobiles had already been created. The transportation industry had become increasingly popular. Before this rise, to transport clothing, fuel, food, or other goods, people would use ships, planes, or railways. However, when vehicles started being produced in mass, they were soon added to the list. Many found rail transportation to be inefficient, expensive, and slow, so they soon turned to automobiles for a solution.

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The first auto transportation came in the form of semi-trucks, used to carry cars up until the beginning of the 1960s. Railroads were also used during the 40s-50s to transport automobiles in boxcars. Finally, the first carrier rack for automobiles was invented by the Germans. It was capable of carrying up to 10 automobiles.

Later, Canadian engineers created bi-level carriers, which had 2 closed floors and resembled the boxcar. Auto transport by train has also prevailed the test of time and is still used today, though on fewer occasions.

In the 1980s, the auto transport industry expanded greatly, and it’s still growing steadily. This was a direct result of the railway option being largely replaced by car trailers and trucks. For overseas auto transportation, air and especially sea freight are the most used methods.

The Auto Shipping Industry Today

Using modern transit technology, today’s auto shipping industry offers hassle free auto transport, door to door shipping, custom made services, insurance coverage, and even the ability to locate and verify the status of your automobile’s transportation en route.

Modern day technology gives us the option of choosing between enclosed and open auto carriers, so you can even take into consideration the weather and other factors when moving your car. You can now benefit from custom services, so you may safely transport your family’s car as well as your company’s classic / luxury vehicles.

Transportation is handled by experienced haulers, and many companies have insurance policies to protect your interests during the move. Thanks to hassle free auto transportation, the delivery details are handled entirely by the auto shipping company.

Carriers take upon themselves most of the responsibility of delivering your automobile safely, and you may even be allowed to inspect it during transit.

Thanks to the internet, you can find a company more easily by visiting their websites. You can also do a background check on it or shop around for quotes.

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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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