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How To Ship Your Volvo.

Shipping that Volvo should be a straightforward process. Unfortunately, the reality is that car shipment over a long distance almost always never goes as smoothly as anticipated. With this in mind, anyone looking to ship their vehicle over a long distance should arm themselves with the right tools. The worst nightmare often comes when one hands their vehicle over to scammers or unprofessional shipping companies who may damage one’s vehicle or take unnecessarily long. Here are some simple tips to help consumers search for an auto transport company.

The first step is to understand who is handling the vehicle shipment. Auto transport companies know what to say when looking for customers, so do not be swayed too much by their website claims. When shipping coast to coast, for instance, be wary of those companies that claim to ship their vehicles nationwide. While certainly possible, it is difficult to find a company with a large enough staff and truck network to handle shipping all across the country. Know whom the vehicle is remitted to for long distance shipment.

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Car Shipping Process.

A lot of the shipment done in the auto transport industry is driven by brokers. The way it works is that brokers list available vehicles for transport, and the carriers come around and select them using various criteria. The first criteria is price, which is then followed by such factors as location and convenience. Drivers will always pick up the highest paying vehicles first. If one is dealing with a broker, then make sure it is one who provides all the details of the process upfront. Luckily, just like the car shipping companies, broker reviews are widely available online. Such websites as the Better Business Bureau are extremely helpful. Their reviews are accurate and can go back more than a year. They not only list reviews, but also determine whether complaints were handled in the right manner.

Cost.

Cost is another criteria with which to weed out the unreliable service providers. While everyone looks for bargains, be careful with those who offer unusually lower quotes. Lowest is not always the best; many such quotes often end up costing the car owner much more. Go for those companies that charge a moderate fee, and offer services compatible with their fees. Prices should include such details as insurance, door to door shipment and the ability to track one’s shipment from coast to coast.

Even though costs might seem fixed, there are many clever tips which could guarantee price reductions. For instance deliver the vehicle with only about a half a gallon of gas in the tank. Additionally, remove such accessories as spoilers and any unnecessary personal belongings. The less the vehicle weights, the cheaper it will be for the truck to carry. In fact, sometimes truck companies get fined for carrying a load above a certain limit.

Fast Delivery.

Finally, with all the hype in the industry about fast delivery, be realistic about timelines especially when shipping to or from overseas locations. With a tight schedule, it is always advisable to set the process rolling as early as possible.


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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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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.

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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.

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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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