Auto Transport Services by American Auto Shipping
Auto Transport, What is it?
In this industry, there are two types of companies: carriers and brokers. When looking for auto transport, it’s best to stick to brokers, as they are the ones that will actually organize your car shipping and handle all the money and paperwork. Not only that, but brokers tend to keep the prices lower, and here’s why: in the auto transport industry, carriers basically set the prices. They are in control of how much the service ends up costing, and if they had their way, you would be paying thousands of dollars per car. Brokerages, however, keep the prices low by being competitive with one another; since most carriers have to take loads from brokerages, they won’t price gouge customers because a customer can just go with a different company. Finding good auto shippers starts with quotes; from there, you book your order with a broker and the broker will then find a good car shipping carrier to move your vehicle.
Brokerages focus on cars, trucks and SUV’s, but many auto shipping companies can move more than just those. Always check with the auto shipping company handling your auto transport to see what they ship, but many auto shipping companies can move oversized vehicles such as vans, dually pickup trucks, box trucks, and some companies can ship even larger vehicles. Make sure that you have the dimensions of the vehicle available as many brokerages will require the dimensions before giving you a quote. Usually the length, height, width and weight of the vehicle are required.
What is a Carrier?
Some auto shippers are known as carriers. These auto transportation companies are the companies that actually move the vehicle. Other auto transporting companies are known as brokerages, and they are the ones that will be arranging the vehicle transport between you and the carrier. Auto transportation can be hard to find and we make it easy to find the best brokerages to handle your transport. When you fill out our free online quote request form, you will receive a different quote from ten different companies in just an hour, making it fast and easy to arrange. Make your car transport fast and easy. All the auto shipping companies that you will receive quotes from are fully licensed and bonded, and the carriers that they use are all fully insured – those auto carriers are required by federal law to carry $750,000 worth of insurance on their truck to cover any and all damages that occur. These are some of the best in the industry – we make sure that the companies that you receive quotes from are the best, so rest assured. We can get you auto shipper quotes to ship from anywhere to anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Our auto transport quote request form has makes and models from not just all the top automobile companies but many companies that are no longer in business. When it comes to car transport, we know that people have vehicles from all different companies, so we make sure that we have as many vehicles as we can find so we can assist you.
If you’re not into filling out forms on a random website, give us a call! The right auto shipping companies can be tough to find, and if you’re new to the industry finding a good auto shipper can be a hassle. Many websites that just get you quotes don’t even have a telephone number to call – we do! Our friendly vehicle shipping representatives are standing by seven days a week to help you with your needs, so if you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll help you out. Many carriers will tell you to eliminate the broker, but you should always look at different car transport resources as carriers like to hike the prices up and charge you hundreds more than you need to be paying. Auto shippers that find you a carrier help to keep the prices lower than what independent carriers charge because the carriers like to keep prices higher than they need to be – everyone likes more money right? It’s best to shop around before selecting an auto shipping company – and we are one of the best places to start.
Other Options for Auto Transport
The above listed process can be laborious as most folks are looking for the cheapest price for auto transport services. Getting multiple quotes and talking to car transport companies is certainly one of the best ways to get the best prices for vehicle shipping. The problem is that after you obtain the best price for your vehicle’s transport, you do not know when your car will be picked up. You must wait for the auto shipping carrier to contact the broker and book your automobile on their carrier for car transport. At the best price, this will take up to a week most times of the year. In fact, you will find that 98% of brokers do not even charge a deposit on your credit card until they have a carrier secured for your auto transport. This, by the way, is the reason that you should NEVER book your auto transport shipment online with a broker and prepay your deposit at that time on your credit card. This locks you in and gives the broker plenty of time to schedule your vehicle and they have little incentive to call out to auto shipping carriers to book your auto transport shipment because they already have your money and they know an auto shipping carrier will claim it within a week or so. The 98% of the brokers who do not charge your credit card until they have your car shipping shipment booked on a carrier do not and will not get paid until they have the carrier’s name, driver’s name and pickup and delivery dates for you and of course we all want to get paid, right?
So, what other option do you have? American Auto Shipping is happy to have successfully beta tested the Same Day Pickup auto transport app! It works just like many popular taxi apps except it is for you to ship a car instead of passengers. It can be used for any kind of vehicle transport. If it has wheels, the Same Day Pickup app can transport it.
Here is how it works. Download the Same Day Pickup app at the Apple or Google play stores. Simply make your vehicle available for auto transport on your phone. Auto shipping carriers will send you a guaranteed all-inclusive price for your actual car shipment and an estimated pickup time for today! You have two minutes to accept or reject the auto transport offer. If you decline the car transport offer, your vehicle stays available on the app for other auto shipping carriers to bid on. If you accept the car transport offer, then and only then is a down payment of $150 charged to your credit card with the balance due to the auto shipping carrier upon delivery in cashier’s check or money order. The auto shipping carrier will notify you when they have arrived at your city via your phone. The auto shipping carrier will also notify you when the vehicle has been loaded onto the carrier and is on its way. The same notifications will be given to you upon arrival, off-loading and receipt of payment received! You can even rate the auto shipping carrier on your phone.
Our customers have said it is the quickest, most convenient way to get your vehicle picked up today or to wait for the lowest possible bid for their auto transport. Of course, everything is free to you until you accept the auto shipping carrier’s offer on your phone. Try it today either to save money or time on your auto transport!
Real Life Stories of What to Expect After the Quote Process From Our Customers
My husband and I needed auto transport quotes because we were moving from Atlanta west to California. We found American Auto Shipping and immediately got multiple free car shipping quotes from about ten different auto transport brokers. It took me some time to talk to all those different brokers but I eventually found one I liked. That one was the quote I got from Sarah. It was right in the middle of all the other ones I received but was definitely in my price range. More than that, Sarah not only called me to talk about my auto shipping needs, but her quote was detailed, especially when talking about the services they offered. My husband and I agreed that Sarah’s auto shipping company was the right one for us.
I ended up booking with Sarah right over the phone and she told me that she could find an auto shipping carrier by the end of the week. But I didn’t need it shipped for a month and a half. She told me that my auto transport price may change in that time and I was okay with that. While my husband and I got busy preparing for our move across the country, Sarah would call periodically with offers from different vehicle transport companies on the road, and about two weeks before the movers were to show we eventually accepted a booking with Rus-Al Inc and their driver, Sunny. It was $50 more but Sarah said he could guarantee that he’d get there on the day we needed him, so we said sure. A guaranteed car shipping date was big for us.
Sunny the driver called us early on the day he said he’d be in our area. Sure enough, Sunny and his auto transport rig were there before noon. I was really impressed with Sunny and how professional and courteous he was. I asked a lot of questions that he was happy to answer and he was very thorough in his explanations. We did the auto shipping inspection and signed the reports. The movers showed up not long after he did, but I can say that Sunny was a lot faster in getting our car out of there than the movers were getting our stuff out of there.
It took Sunny eleven days to get to California, but Sarah told me that well beforehand. The auto shipping delivery inspection went well, there was no damage, and Sunny showed up with my car almost a week before the movers did. I was very impressed with both the auto transport broker and Sarah as well as with the car shipping carrier company and Sunny. Everything went well and I am happy to say that I had a great vehicle shipping experience.
~ Laurel L / Livermore, CA
For excellent customer service please call Sarah at 1-800-930-7417
When I needed an auto shipping quote to get my car from Michigan to Oregon I went to American Auto Shipping and filled out their free car transport quote form. I was able to get different quotes from multiple auto shipping brokers. This ended up being a good thing because I saw quite a few that were really expensive and I was on a budget. When I got a call from Sarah, she told me that she could get me enclosed car shipping services for $1800, which I thought was really high. I really wasn’t prepared to spend that much, but Sarah told me that enclosed auto transport is more expensive than open shipping and the route to Oregon isn’t popular with the truck drivers.
Though I saw several quotes that were lower than Sarah’s, I ultimately booked with her because of how honest she was. I needed my vehicle shipped fast and she said she could do it if the price was right, and that $1800 was the right price, so I booked. Sarah was friendly and polite and made booking the shipment really easy. She explained what would happen and read me their terms so I knew who was responsible for what during the shipment.
After the booking process, which was really easy, Sarah told me everything I needed to know about what was going to happen with my auto transport services. Despite the somewhat high price (at the high end of my auto shipping budget, in fact) I found the service was exemplary. She found a truck for me within just a few days, and she found me Ben with OK Carriers. Sarah definitely knew what she was talking about! Both Ben and Sarah were a huge help considering my busy schedule. My work has me going all over the place and I asked her about a vehicle shipping terminal since I likely wouldn’t be able to meet Ben to accept the car at delivery.
Sarah instead asked if there was anyone who could meet with Ben for me, as it would probably save me money. Also, she said that there were no secured terminals in my area, and that if I were shipping enclosed it would definitely be better to have someone actually receive the Subaru, for security reasons. I eventually took my Subaru to my mother’s, who said she could meet the vehicle shipping truck for me.
After I was in Portland settling in I got a call from Sarah saying that my Forester was loaded without issue and that it was on its way. I was glad I chose an enclosed car transport truck, too, as the Forester arrived without any damage. I was very happy with her services and the services of Ben the truck driver. I feel like they made my entire car shipping experience that much better and I cannot thank them enough.
~ Susan L./ Portland, OR
For excellent customer service please call Sarah at 1-800-930-7417
I was moving from Arlington, Texas to National City, California and I needed auto transport rates for my Nissan Versa. I really wanted to drive but I just didn’t have the time, my schedule was so busy. Instead, I opted to use an auto shipping company to transport my Versa. I filled out a quote form on American Auto Shipping and immediately got multiple auto shipping quotes from different companies. After sorting through them I found a company with a price I liked as well as vehicle shipping services I was interested in. I called them and got a hold of Sarah.
Sarah was everything I was hoping for. She was kind and polite and explained the entire auto transport process to me. I told her my scheduling issues and that I absolutely needed the car in California by the end of the month. Considering that was about a week away at that point, Sarah said she would do her best. She told me that my car shipping pickup window was 2-5 days from booking, so if I needed it by the end of the month I should book ASAP. I decided to do it with Sarah right then and there and I am glad I did.
Sarah made the process easy to book and after she took all my information, she said she’d call when she found a vehicle shipping truck. To my surprise it only took two days – most everything I had read online about auto transport said it would likely take longer than that. So I was certainly surprised at how quickly Sarah was able to find a car shipping company for me. She found Alpha and Omega Auto Transport, and their driver, Alex, was very polite. He and I did not speak much and I only saw him at pickup as my brother took care of meeting Alex and getting my car in California.
My only complaint through the whole process would be how fast it went. Alex showed up less than five days after I booked my vehicle shipment with Sarah. It took him just four days to get to California to drop my car off. It was certainly expedient but I also thought I had more time and I ended up having to call my brother in National City to get my car for me. Overall though I would say that the job Sarah did was excellent. If I’m ever in need of auto transport quotes or services again I will happily call Sarah again.
~ Christine H / National City, CA
For excellent customer service please call Sarah at 1-800-930-7417
Auto Transport Tip of the Day
Reviews are a great way to find a quality shipper. Make sure to look for companies that have lots of good reviews. A handful of bad ones shouldn’t deter you, but if there’s a lot in comparison to how many good reviews there are, perhaps it’s best to avoid that company.
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Popular Car Shipping Routes
Auto shipping carriers want to run routes that are popular among customers. This is pretty much a fact of the industry and a big reason why big cities are usually cheaper and faster to ship to than smaller ones. Some of the most popular car shipping routes out there nowadays link the largest cities together along major interstate highways, usually those with one or two digits, depending on where in the country you happen to be in.
Regional routes tend to be more popular, but there are definitely plenty of carriers that offer cross country shipping. San Francisco to Boston is a straight shot along Interstate 80, but despite it linking the Atlantic and the Pacific together along one major road many carriers opt to run other routes around it, incorporating cities like Las Vegas, Boise, Denver, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Des Moines and others if they’re going to be driving through the barren mountain states and the Midwest.
Coastal routes are very popular, particularly the north-south routes. I-5 in the west and I-95 in the east are two of the most popular routes, as the former runs from San Diego, California all the way north to Seattle, Washington, and further. I-95 goes from the tip of Maine south through the largest population centers on the eastern seaboard and down into Miami. These are incredibly popular not because of the interstates but because of the cities they pass through.
There are, of course, many popular car shipping routes, but the ones that are most popular are the ones through the biggest cities in the U.S. Cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Portland – those and many more are often the cheapest to ship to and from. You can get free quotes to ship a car to or from anywhere in the country, no matter the size of them, by visiting www.americanautoshipping.com and filling out the free quote form there, or by calling 800-930-7417 and speaking to one of their helpful agents.