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Understanding Direct Auto Transport

What's in this article?
  1. Open Air Transport
  2. Enclosed Transport
  3. Flatbed Transport
  4. Why The Direct Auto Transport?
  5. When To Use Direct Auto Transport
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Direct auto transport, also known as door to door service is a convenient method of having your car picked or delivered to your address. The opposite of this method is the terminal to terminal transport. Understanding this transportation method will help you make the right choice for your shipment. The door to door service has various benefits. But first, let’s see how it works. Basically, there are three options available for the direct auto transport.

Open air transport

This is an ideal option for shipping several cars at an affordable cost. Usually, cars are loaded on trailers and are visible from the outside while in transit. About 90% of cars in the United States are transported through this method. Generally, it is a safe method for both old and new vehicles. You may have your car transported through;

  • Bottom load: your car is transported at the lowest deck with other cars above it. The main concern for this transportation is that your car is prone to damages due to road debris and car leaks. However, your car will be fairly sheltered from the sun, heavy rain, the wind, and tree branches.
  • Top load: this is a preferred option for many new car owners. Your car is placed at the top most level on the trailer. If you are concerned about the road debris and car leaks, you may request for the top load option. This service usually comes at an extra cost as the trucker has to rearrange the trailer to accommodate your preferences. However, your car could still be affected by the snow, sun, tree branches or falling objects.
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Enclosed transport

With the enclosed transport, your car is covered with a canvas, vinyl, or a container while in transit. Cars using this service are sheltered from the rain, the sun, road debris, and public eyes. This option is premium and mostly preferred for luxurious and high-end cars. Statistics show that there is an annual car theft amounting to half a million vehicles in the United States. You might want to offer your high-value car an extra protection.

Flatbed transport

Lastly, under the direct auto transport, you may use a flatbed truck. Here the trailer is flat without side walls or a roof. Cars are easily loaded and unloaded from the truck. This is an ideal method when you are transporting a small vehicle such as a motorbike or a car. It is also good for heavy loads.

Why the direct auto transport?

When your car is picked and delivered at your preferred location, you:

  • Enjoy the convenience. You do not have to drive the car to a terminal. As a result, you do not have to take another vehicle to deliver or pick your car.
  • Meet the driver who will be transporting your car. You will personally talk to your driver about your concerns and get their contacts. This is important for your peace of mind.
  • See how your car is loaded onto the carrier as well as see how our car will be transported.
  • Avoid transferring your car from one carrier to another. If you are concerned about your car being handled by multiple carriers, you will love the door to door service.
  • Track your car from the pickup to the delivery location
  • Can transport a wide range of vehicles. These automobiles can be small, large, standard, and luxurious vehicles.
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When to use direct auto transport

As we have seen the direct transport might be the ideal service you need. But is it for everyone? Here are the conditions best for the door to door transport:

  • Major cities. The door to door service is ideal in metropolitan towns for their large population and wide streets. Basically, a driver moves around picking or dropping vehicles. This service can only make sense if there are many clients shipping cars. And large cities are just the place with a high demand for car shipping. Secondly, the developed infrastructure in the metropolitan towns makes movement easy. As such, the driver does his job faster.
  • Cost. As you can guess, the convenience of the method comes at an extra cost. When your shipper comes to collect or drop your car, they use their fuel and time. This is billed to you.

The direct auto transport is convenient and offers your other benefits as listed above. If you would like to go with this option, visit our site and book today.

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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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