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Submitted by Anashe Barton on 13/02/2020

I always thought that you could tell a lot about someone based on their car. Some cars are stubby and short, other cars are tall and lean. Other cars look like tanks while some look like bugs. Some cars have brand new powerful engines, and others still find the strength to sputter along. So, it’s safe to say that there are a lot of different types of cars and many more people who sit in them every day to get to work, school, the grocery store, and home. In the United States, we take pride in our cars. We are a country of family road trips, questionable gas stations, beautiful national parks, and cheesy camp bus-ride songs. All my favorite memories were created in the car: my friends and I yelling Taylor Swift lyrics to the top of our lungs, rushing to the hospital to be in time for my nephew’s birth, driving back home after my last final exam of college...A car is much more than just an inanimate object. It’s a temporary home that shuttles us back and forth. It’s a vessel that carries us in our highest points, our weakest moments, the times we break down crying and the times we break out laughing. Essentially, a car is so much more than a car. We name them, we customize them, we even mark our scent in them. They represent so much of who we are.

When I decided on a whim to apply to my dream graduate school in The Netherlands, I had no idea I would actually be accepted. It was a total chance. And now that I am preparing my travel itinerary and packing list, I can hardly believe it. But, one thing above all stressed me out: what would I do with my car? I had nowhere to leave it in the States and knew I would be returning within a couple of years so I did not want to sell it. I wanted to be able to drive my car throughout the continent. I had envisioned extravagant road trips along the French Riviera in the summer and throughout the Swiss Alps in the spring.

Before companies like A-1 Auto Transport perfected their international and cross country shipping business, the task of picking up and taking everything you owned to another state or across the world was daunting, if not impossible. With over 30 years of experience, A-1 Auto Transport has perfected its service of helping people transition and move on with their lives. Their services provide the quality and assurance that people can ease into their new lives with the comfort of their homes with them.

In our modern economy, many people work internationally and even more work cross-nationally. Each day families relocate to a different city in a new state. According to the staffing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, over 10% of job-seekers in the first six months of 2018 relocated to for work. As labor and real-estate markets tighten, it is more difficult than ever to push people to pursue different job opportunities cross-nationally. Companies like A-1 Auto Transport take the burden and tediousness off the hands of job-seekers and families by helping them move into their next role smoothly.

That’s where A-1 Auto Transport became my saving grace. Like so many of these job seekers and international transplants, I felt feelings of frustration before my big move. For an

affordable price, they helped me navigate complicated foreign import laws and regulations. I was able to change my license plates to European Union ones. And, I even got guidance on how to change my headlights to fit European regulations! Their customer service was understanding and helped accomodate me when I had questions about everything. As a recent college graduate with a lot of student debt and tenuous finances, A-1 Auto Transport helped me navigate my move seamlessly and really attuned their service to meet my needs. Just as easily as I had first phoned A-1, I was waiting at the pick up location ready to drive my now European car to my new home. What could have been an impossibly difficult and undeniably stressful became much more feasible.

As I finish settling in a new country with so many places to explore, I feel assured that carving out a home here will be so much easier thanks to A-1 Auto Transport. I am able to cover so much land, unreachable by the train system. And when things seem too new or even scary, I get to take a little bit of home with me to keep me grounded. I can invite the same friends I shared so many memories with in my car all the way across the world to go on adventures with me in the very same vehicle. But more importantly, I can establish relationships by making new friends and inviting them on trips.

So, what is a car? A car is freedom, choice, and flexibility. Having my car with me allows me the option to go for a long road trip if I feel the stress of school become too overwhelming. It gives me the ability to carve out my own schedule and helps me to not be tied to one city if I feel the need to leave. A car is liberating. It allows me to express myself as I sing out loud--something I could never do on public transportation. It allows me to process the day and prepare myself for a brand new day as I shuffle between work and school. A car is a piece of us. When I feel homesick and miss my family and friends, I look at the car around me and I remember all the beautiful afternoons I spent shuttling my friends here and there. I remember the memories that I made with so many people and the deep conversations that I had with my loved ones. So when someone says that a car is an inanimate object, I shake my head. Because a car is so much more...a car is home.

Submitted by Anashe Barton on 13/02/2020

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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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