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We have put this section together to help you understand the auto transport industry and how it works.

The company you hire 99% of the time will not be the same company that shows up at your door to pick up your vehicle. 

In this industry most companies only own a few trucks that run specific routes or they are a broker and don’t own trucks. You would have to sift through hundreds of companies to try and find a company that actually runs the routes you need your car shipped. We have an answer for this, the auto transport industry has a load board that all companies share that we can post your car on and companies that run that specific route can request to ship your car. If they meet the proper standards they are then allowed to haul your car.  It sounds weird to you, but it’s a lot like Uber or Lyft. they don’t own the car thats picking you up, in the same way we don’t necessarily own the truck that’s picking your car up. it’s and amazing system that has allowed us to ship cars faster than ever. Instead of having to wait for our truck to be available we can find a truck that has an open spot and the company that has the most money gets the spot. This is one reason why it’s important not to go with the cheapest estimate price. I get calls everyday from people who chose the cheapest estimate price and nobody showed up to pick up their car and now they have to pay more money to have me scramble to pick up their car last minute. If you have lots of time you can go with the cheap price and wait till they pick it up, but DO NOT GIVE THEM A DEPOSIT UNTIL THEY PICK UP YOUR CAR! This way they are motivated to make it happen and you are not locked in if they never show up.

First you need to get a auto transport estimate to see how much it’s going to price to ship your vehicle. You can Get a Estimate from our company or we recommend you go to sites like these (YELP.com, gotruckgo.com) to get several estimates to compare.DON’T JUST FIND A SITE ON A GOOGLE SEARCH AND ASK FOR A QUOTE!!! A lot of sites sell your information to 10 – 20 companies at once and you will get 10 to 20 sales people calling you at once, Not fun! Here are a list of things the company is going to need to know to be able to give you accurate estimate.

Year, make and model of your vehicle(s)
Pickup and delivery city, state and zip
Does the vehicle run, steer and break and is it modified
Do you want to ship open or enclosed carrier
Open Carrier – This is shipping that does not protect your vehicle from the elements. Your vehicle is exposed to the weather, but we can fit more vehicles on our truck and this lowers the price of transport. Damages from the elements are rare, but can occur. Most people are willing to take the small risk to save a considerable amount of money.
Enclosed Carrier – This is shipping that protects your vehicle from the elements. Going enclosed can protect your vehicle from weather, rocks and theft. In most cases an enclosed carrier will price double of what it would price to ship on an open carrier. These drivers have more experience with high-end vehicles.
The date or approximate date you want to ship your vehicle
Email address so that they can send you a copy of your estimate

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I work for a high-end car dealer and we have been using ABC Auto Shipping for some time now. Every time we shipping a car we get estimates from a few different companies, but we always seem to come back to these guys. They always have a good price and we know that they are going to do a fantastic job. Over the years we have had some minor issues, but the great thing about these guys is that they communicate well and solve the problems. I defiantly recommend these guys for shipping your vehicles.

Bobby M.

First time shipping

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My husband asked me to look into shipping our cars. We were getting ready to move to Florida and we wanted to ship one car first, so that we had a car when we arrived and the second car after we left, so that we would have a car to use until we left. I called a lot of companies and just didn’t feel comfortable with what I was hearing. The last number I called was ABC Auto Shipping. Doug was very professional and went through the entire process. I had a lot of questions and not only did he answer all of them, he made me feel really comfortable about everything. The price was comparable to the other companies and the customer service was head over heels to the other companies I called. They picked up the first car when they said they would and the second car the day we left. When we got to Florida our car was sitting in the driveway of our new house. The second car showed up a week later. I have never shipped a car before and everything went as planned. GREAT COMPANY AND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Tori L.

This review is long over due

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This review is long over due and this company is a lifesaver! I booked with a different company because they had the lowest price. They called me back a week later and told me they would need more money to ship my car. They wanted four hundred more dollars. When I asked them why, they told me that their instant estimate generator was broken and estimated me the wrong price. I found out by reading their reviews that this was a common occurrence for this company. They sucked me in due to the great price and then after I had already given them a deposit they wanted more money. I called around to a few other companies and then called ABC Auto Shipping. I talked to Joe and he gave me the rundown on the other company and set me up to have someone to pickup my car the next day. I only ended up paying one hundred more and I found a company that has ethics. I don’t know how these companies get away with this stuff, but I guess most people just give in and pay the increase. Everything went smooth after switching companies. Next time I ship my car I will go right to ABC Auto Shipping and I recommend you do the same.

Dave S.

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