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What Are My Car Transport Options? Picking The Best Option
What Are My Car Transport Options? Picking The Best Option

If you’re moving to a new state or city, or even moving internationally, you may be wondering what your options are for transporting your vehicle to your new location. There are a lot of different options, so let’s discuss them all in this guide from A-1 Auto Transport.

What Are My Car Transport Options? 

Domestically, you have the option of driving your car yourself, hiring a driver to take the car to your new destination, or shipping the car using a truck or rail-based transport. When shipping abroad, Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) shipping on a cargo ship is typically the best option. Shipping a car by air – both domestically and internationally – is possible but extremely expensive. 

  • Drive the car yourself – This may be obvious, but it’s possible to drive your car to its destination yourself. This is very cheap – you’ll only pay for food, gas, lodging, and vehicle wear & tear – but it’s also really inconvenient, particularly for long distance moves. If you are moving across the country, it may make more sense to ship your car on a truck and simply fly to your destination. 
  • Hire a driver – There are lots of companies out there that let you hire a professional driver to drive your vehicle directly to its destination. This is usually a bit pricey, though. You’ll pay an hourly rate for the driver, and for costs like gas, food, and lodging. You’ll still incur mechanical wear & tear on your vehicle, too. Still, this is a very fast and efficient way to get your car to its new destination. 
  • Ship your car on a truck – Shipping a car on a semi truck is usually cheaper, and also results in less wear & tear on your car’s components. Since most car carrier trucks can carry over 10 cars at once, this is an affordable way to ship your vehicle. This is the most common way that cars are shipped domestically. However, pickup and delivery time frames may vary more than hiring a professional driver. 
  • Ship your car by rail – Rail shipping is usually cheaper than shipping exclusively by truck, but takes longer. In addition, you will usually still need to work with a trucking company to get the vehicle to its final destination. However, this may still make sense in some situations, like if you live near a major rail freight port and are moving to a destination that’s also near a rail hub. 
  • Send the car overseas with RoRo shipping – RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) shipping uses special cargo ships that are designed similarly to gigantic, sea-faring parking garages. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles are driven directly onto the vessel, are shipped overseas, and then are driven off at their destination to await further transport and delivery. This is always the cheapest method of sending a car overseas.
  • Ship your car by air – This is rarely an option for most people. Because of the high weight of cars, and the fact that air shipping is based on the weight of your shipment, shipping cars by air is extraordinarily expensive, even for short distances. Still, it is an option for very expensive vehicles, or those who are very wealthy and do not mind the added cost.

These options all have very different costs, as well as pros and cons. So whether you’re moving domestically or are moving internationally and would like to take your car with you, make sure to consider the benefits and drawbacks of each one – and to work with an experienced, reliable car shipping service.

Need To Ship A Car In The US Or Overseas? A-1 Auto Transport Can Help 

At A-1 Auto Transport, we’re here to help you get the car shipping services you need in the US, and we can even assist in shipping cars internationally if you’re moving to a new country. 

With our extensive network of service providers, you can get reasonable rates for shipping cars via truck, rail and ocean-going freight, and even via air shipping. Don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (800) 452-2880 to get a quote for shipping your car now, and get started with A-1 Auto Transport 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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