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Your Guide To The Types of Car Transport Available
Your Guide To The Types of Car Transport Available

What is Your Guide To The Types of Car Transport Available?

There are a variety of auto transport options at your disposal as far as trailers and trucks are concerned. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each one can allow you to make a better decision about how to transport your own vehicle. Keep in mind that there isn't necessarily a “best option” that's universal. Instead, it will depend on your own needs and particular set of circumstances. No matter which company you chose, visit the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org to see if it's credible or not.

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Types of Trailers. 

There are two main types of trailers available, which are open trailers and enclosed (closed) trailers.

  • Open Trailers.

As the cheaper out of the two options, it's also the most commonly-used shipping method available. Your vehicle will be placed on an open transport trailer, leaving it more exposed to the elements, including the weather, on its journey. However, if you follow certain precautionary guidelines, you can significantly reduce the chances of your vehicle getting damaged along the way, which are quite low anyway. A quality shipping service will take all of the precautionary measures necessary to prevent any damage from occurring.

  • Enclosed Trailers.

Even though protection measures are taken to try and prevent damage when your vehicle is shipped with an open trailer, an enclosed trailer unquestionably provides much more safety. Your vehicle will be much better protected from the outside weather and elements, making this an ideal choice if your car, for example, is particularly valuable. If you have an antique or a luxury vehicle, you should certainly chose this option, despite it costing a bit more.

Types of Transport Trucks.

There are two main types of car transport trucks that are available, which are either single truck trailers (also known as hot shot trucks) or tractor trailers.

  • Single Truck Trailers (Hot Shots)

This is the method that's used if only one vehicle is being shipped, as the truck itself will   not be capable of carrying many more. There are some that can carry up to three cars, though this is much more rare. More expensive than hiring a tractor trailer, a single vehicle trailer has the advantage of being able to reach locations that larger trucks may not be able to reach. In addition, it also often cuts down on the delivery time since the driver will not have to constantly load and unload vehicles, as well as it being able to be delivered through door-to-door transport. This is an option that should be considered if your vehicle is particularly valuable.

  • Tractor Trailers

Less expensive, namely because the price is shared by various individuals who are all shipping vehicles on the same trailer, this is a great option if you have multiple vehicles to ship at once, don't have a big budget, or if you live near a city. However, it also takes longer to ship given the large nature of the trucks, and this option will usually only be able to do terminal-to-terminal delivery since it can't fit into small roads.

Make sure to discuss with your auto shipping company which service would be the best one for you. A-1 Auto Transport will work you to find an option that will be able to meet all of your required and specified needs!

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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

Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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