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Used car shipping is not complicated but requires some good amount of caution. You are probably used to your old car and would want to keep it in good condition. Understanding how to ship your used car helps you choose the right auto transport company and shipping option. Let’s see what you need to do:

Find a reliable auto transporter

Reliable shipping companies are easy to find on the internet. With the following tips, you should find the best option.

  1. Legitimate: Look for the U.S Dot number for legitimate companies on their websites and adverts. If you are not sure, check the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) site for your chosen company.
  2. Experience: Old car, old hands! See what experience your shipper has in the industry. If they have handled used cars before, they are likely to look after yours too. But experience is not just experience…
  3. Good experience: What are past customers saying about the shipping firm? Look at the testimonials and see if their clients were satisfied with their services. See online reviews and know what other people are saying. Do they sound like they deliver?
  4. Insurance: Even the experienced foot slips sometimes. Ensure that your company has a good cover for your car. And before shipping your car, ask for the insurance certificate. This will make sure that you can get your vehicle back in case of an accident.
  5. Make comparisons: Do not settle for the first option no matter how good it looks. Search around and you might be surprised. Some auto transporters make this job easier by giving you a list of other auto transporters for your comparison. Settle for the best.
  6. Talk to your company: You probably want to put a human voice to the internet information you already have from your research. And rightfully so because you want more assurance. Talking to the prospective company can be a big help in making your final decision.
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Prepare your car

  • Inspect your car together with your trucker. Make sure that all dents, dings, and scratches are documented in the bill of lading. You can also take photographs to back up the evidence. In the case of damage, you will use these documents to make claims.
  • Leave your tank ¼ full. This is the fuel that you require for loading and unloading the vehicle. More than a ¼ tank will add an extra weight to your car. You might also be charged an extra cost to degas your automobile.
  • Clear all your personal belongings. Shipping companies are prohibited from carrying personal items
  • Hand over your keys to the trucker
  • Fix and report any mechanical problems to the driver.

Used car shipping options

Selecting a shipping method for your car depends on your budget, location, and the type of car. You may choose;

  • Door to door transport: If you want convenience, consider asking your shipper to pickup or deliver our car to your location. This method is also referred to as the direct method. However, most shipping companies prefer to give this service to major cities. This is because of the high demand of shipping cars and the developed infrastructure in these areas.
  • Terminal to terminal transport: If you are not favored by the direct transport, get the terminal to terminal service. Here, your car is picked up and delivered at a terminal.
  • Open air transport: Cars shipped on the open air method are loaded onto an open truck. During transit, these cars are not protected from weather, elements, and road debris. However, the cars are generally safe especially with a reliable company.
  • Enclosed carriers: Your classic old car still deserves a good treatment. The enclosed carriers offer an extra layer of protection against road debris, weather elements, and the public. This will give you some peace of mind as you wait to have your car back.

Pick-up your vehicle

Depending on the delivery window arrangements, you are now eager to have your car. Ensure that you can track its transit progress. You can also call your transport company if you experience an unexpected delay. Upon receiving your automobile, inspect it and sign the bill of lading. If you have any issue, let your driver know and make your damage claims.

Used car shipping is easy and safe. Given the above tips, you will get your car to the other side hassle-free. In the case you need an experienced hand to help you handle your old car, talk to us.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


Testimonial
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.

Testimonial
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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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.

Testimonial
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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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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