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Use Enclosed Car Transport in the USA to Ship a Car

Use Enclosed Car Transport in the USA to Ship a Car
Use Enclosed Car Transport in the USA to Ship a Car

Using Enclosed Car Transport To Ship A Car In The USA

Enclosed auto transport is one of the safest and most efficient ways to ship a car anywhere in the United States. While there are other options available, such as open air transport carriers, there is simply no substitute for enclosed transport if you need a car safely and securely transport from one location to another within the U.S. In this article, we’ll review some of the many benefits of shipping a car using an enclosed carrier, as well as how to prepare your car for transport before it’s picked up by the transport company.

Why Use An Enclosed Carrier?

Standard auto transport is typically carried out using an open carrier, mainly because it’s both affordable and a perfectly suitable way to transport vehicles. The reason it’s affordable is because several vehicles are shipped at the same time—sometimes up to 12 cars at once—and still allows for stops at terminals and delivery points anywhere across the U.S. So what, then, are the benefits of using enclosed car shipping? The answer is that there are several reasons why someone would ship a car enclosed, including the following:

  • The vehicle is completely covered throughout the course of shipping, providing more privacy, as well as more safety during the delivery route.
  • Enclosed carriers typically move fewer vehicles at once—usually two to four at most—which allows for faster delivery times and makes it easier to accommodate door to door delivery due to the trucks being smaller and easier to navigate on city streets.
  • No chance of damages due to weather conditions, road debris, or other hazards that can occur during open air transport over long shipment routes.
  • While slightly more expensive, the cost of enclosed transport is not so much more as to make the price prohibitive for those that want an extra layer of protection during transport.

A-1 Auto Transport ships cars to locations throughout the USA, as well as international for clients ranging from private owners to large companies, dealerships, businesses and organizations. We offer some of the most affordable enclosed shipping rates in the industry and all price quotes are give FREE of charge! Click Here or call 1-800-452-2880  to learn more about what we offer of if you’d like an instant cost estimate today!

Preparing Your Car For Long Distance Enclosed Transport

Before your car is picked up by the carrier for delivery, there are a few minor preparations you’ll need to make, both for the safety of the vehicle, as well as to minimize the cost. Here are the basic steps you’ll need to take (please note that some companies may have different requirements than others). 

  • Clean the car, both inside and out. Car shipping companies will ask that the vehicle be empty on the inside, and it’s easier for them to assess existing damages if the exterior is clean as well.
  • Run the gas tank down until there it is no more than one quarter (1/4) full. Since the car won’t be driven during shipping, gas is not needed, and reducing the fuel amount keeps the overall weight of the shipment down when hauling several cars at once.
  • Make sure fluids are topped off and tires are properly inflated so that it will be in good driving condition when it’s dropped off. This step can be especially helpful when using terminal to terminal shipping since you’ll need to drive it from the delivery point to its final destination.
  • Remove any nonstandard external components on the vehicle, including luggage racks, specialized antennas, bike racks, spoilers, or anything else that could be problematic when loading and shipping a car long distance.
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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
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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