Transporting Cars from Auction to Port

Transporting Cars from Auction to Port

Bidding on vehicles in auctions today has never been easier, especially thanks to the multitude of smartphone apps that are available. You can now seamlessly bid on more than one vehicle at the same time, which can make it easier to get a good deal. However, transporting the vehicle after you win it can be a challenge if you’re not sure of what to do. Check out the following guide and you should be fine.

Pay For Everything in Full

While you might be able to arrange for different financing options, you will most likely have to pay for the vehicle in advance. Doing so brings with it the benefits of being able to pick up the vehicle right away, in which there won’t be delays and the various costs associated with it due to a lack of payment.

Go Over the Paperwork Closely

You should go over all of the paperwork closely, as you want to make sure that there aren’t any mistakes, typos, or other various errors that will complicate matters. This includes the pickup and shipping address, as well as the operating hours.

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Pick the Right Auto Transport Company

You should always a pick an auto transport company that has a stellar reputation, and, more specifically, one that is able to provide insurance coverage that can cover any damages that might occur. Visit the Better Business Bureau’s website at to see if a company is legitimate or not.

Plan It Out and Have the Right Documents

You should always notify the auctioneer that the auto transport carrier will be arriving to pick up the vehicle. Specify the date and the time, as otherwise, the auctioneer may not grant them access. In addition, informing them will allow the carrier to acquire a gate pass, which is what is often needed to be able to enter the lot.

Don’t Pay More Than You Have To

The vast majority of auctioneers will only allow your vehicle to remain on their auction lot free of charge for a set amount of days, usually around 5 days to a week. Afterward, they will charge you for each day that it remains there. In order to avoid these charges, have the auto transport carrier pick up your vehicle before the free days are up.

Have the Necessary Information Ready

In order to transport your vehicle without any issue, the auto transport company will need some information on the vehicle itself, including:

  • The Lot Number of the vehicle
  • The Buyer Number from which it was bought
  • The VIN Number of the vehicle
  • Whether or not the vehicle is operational

Follow the guidelines listed above and you will be able to move your vehicle from the auction lot to the port of departure right away.  A-1 Auto Transport will be able to ensure that your vehicle is transported in both an affordable and secure way. Contact us today and let us help you immediately!

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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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