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When you need to change geographical locations, there are several things to keep in mind. You not only have to figure out your own mode of transport, but also the transport of your personal effects and possibly your vehicle. There are several different ways that your car can be moved from point A to point B without an inordinate amount of stress on your behalf. One of the easiest ways to get your car moved is via an official vehicle transport service, which offers to load up your car on a tractor-trailer to move it to your desired destination, freeing you up to find more immediate forms of travel. This is particularly helpful if you need to arrive at your destination fairly quickly.

The shipping process can be easily arranged and offers consumers a range of ways in which their vehicles may be moved. Choosing between these options comes down to a matter of budget and your personal preference in terms of how your vehicle is handled during the transport process. If you don’t already have a showroom quality vehicle, then you might opt for the less costly option, because a little precipitation or heat affecting your car isn’t necessarily going to make it look any worse. However, showroom quality cars must be impeccable in order to be sold, so the consideration is a bit more in-depth for these companies and individuals.

Enclosed Car Transport: This form of transport for your car does exactly what it says: keeps your car enclosed and out of the elements as it travels the distance to the pinpointed location. It is much most costly; however, for those concerned about the effect of the elements on their vehicles, this is the optimal choice. It protects your vehicle from the harsh potential effects of being subjected to heat, precipitation and other forms of harmful debris. This is the best option for vintage vehicles and other types of classic and shows cars that must have the paint job preserved during transport.

Open Car Transport: Open car transport is just what it sounds like: a form of shipping transportation for vehicles in a way that subjects them to the outdoor elements. This is the typical set-up on a tractor trailer that you might see traveling on the interstate. The cars are driven, via ramp, onto the carrier (several cars are generally transported at one time) to get them in place before the actual transport process takes place. During the trip, your car is open, which means it may be damaged from the elements during the transport process. However, it should also be noted that this is less expensive than the expense of an enclosed transport process.

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Keep in mind that you may be required to meet the driver somewhere different than the company location to initiate the actual loading process for your vehicle. Because of the size of the tractor-trailer loading the smaller vehicles, the driver may need more room to get each car ready to be moved.

No matter which type you choose, or if the company in question offers only one choice, take your time in researching the differences in transport before you make a decision. For example, if you have a vehicle that you’ve put all of your time and energy (and a boatload of cash) into remodeling and restoring, then you might opt for the method of transport that poses the least amount of exposure and risk to your baby. If cost is a great consideration, then compare the price differences between the two modes of transport to see which impacts your wallet less.

Also, before you sign on the dotted line with a particular company, make sure they offer shipping insurance on your vehicle. The last thing you want is to be stuck with costly repair bills resulting from damage incurred during the shipping process. The company in question should have a policy that covers the cargo as it is in transport.

You can certainly opt to drive your car yourself, but that’s a time-consuming endeavor. Leave the transport to the professionals; the only thing you need to determine is which method you prefer for your car’s shipping and let the vehicle shipping company handle the rest.

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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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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
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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Cooper City, FL 33026
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