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Things to be Aware of With Terminal Car Shipping

Things to be Aware of With Terminal Car Shipping
Things to be Aware of With Terminal Car Shipping

Shipping a car from one transport terminal to another is one of the more affordable ways to ship a vehicle, but it is not as widely used as it has been in the past. The cases in which terminal shipping is most commonly used are when short-term storage is also required. As with any other type of transport service, there are some things you should be aware of when requesting terminal-to-terminal shipping. Read the information below and you’ll be sure to get the best service possible and avoid the companies that have obvious red flags. 

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What To Be Aware Of When Using Terminal-To-Terminal Auto Shipping

Terminal car shipping is not much different from standard auto transport, with the exception that the customer has to drop off and pick up the car from the transport terminal. Terminals are most often found in larger metropolitan areas and bigger cities, which makes the transport process quicker and more efficient for the company doing the hauling (not to mention, cheaper). While there is some cost savings to be had with this method of shipment, it does require that you deliver the vehicle being shipped to the terminal and then retrieve it at the delivery terminal. If you live in or near a highly populated area, this isn’t too much of a chore, but if you live in a rural area that’s a long way from the nearest terminal, it can add to the time you have to spend at the beginning and end of the process. The alternative, door to door vehicle transport, eliminates these steps by picking up and delivering to a specific address or location. 

One issue that sometimes comes up with terminal-to-terminal car shipping is that you don’t get to inspect the vehicle for damages upon delivery, unless of course you’re at the terminal when it arrives. There is a degree of convenience with terminal auto transport since you don’t have to be there when it arrives, but an inspection is best done when the vehicle is unloaded from the carrier. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to inspect your car or truck, just that there is typically some time between when it is delivered and when you get to sign off on the completion of the shipment. 

This leads into another point to keep in mind with terminal-to-terminal shipping: the vehicle may be stored for a while. Again, this could preferred if you aren’t available to pick up your car until a later date—a service that many customers ask for and that many shippers are happy to provide. However, that also means that it may be sitting in a parking lot or storage facility for several days or even weeks, depending on your schedule. This in itself is not problem since storage facilities are typically safe, secured, and relatively clean. But weather can become a factor for outdoor storage lots, as can the potential for dents and dings from other vehicles being ushered in and out of the same lot. It’s not a huge risk by any means, but it is something to keep in mind, especially if you’re shipping a luxury or classic car. 

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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.
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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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