Number 1 Auto Transport – Best Car Transport Services Company 2020-07-27T22:34:36+00:00

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  • We will never raise or change our quoted rate to you
  • No deposit is charged until your car is loaded on our truck, and no final balance is due until we deliver your vehicle
  • State-of-the-art equipment driven by reliable, professional drivers
  • We keep you updated throughout the car transport service process
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One Of The Nation’s Best Car Transport Services Company!

At Number 1 Auto Transport, our car shipping services are designed to ensure you are fully satisfied with transporting your vehicle. We offer one of the cheapest auto transport rates around. When a customer call or email for car shipping services, we automatically start off with a free quote to give to them. Most people can agree that our free quotes are one of the cheapest auto transport rates you’ll find.

It is becoming a lot more common to transport a car from one state to another. If you are moving out of state, knowing how any car shipping services may work is very essential. At Number 1 Auto Transport, we have simplified the car delivery services process and made it easier than ever to transport your car.  Below are some steps you need to know in order to ship a car with Number 1 Auto Transport.

How Long Does The Car Transport Service take?

After the auto transport services order is submitted from our free car shipping quote page, your vehicle will be scheduled for transport according to the first date available. Ninety percent of our orders get assigned within one week of initial contact. Once assigned, the vehicle normally is picked up within a day or two of the assigned ship date. We’ll send an email to help you prepare for the vehicle shipment. The truck driver also will call your pick up contact to finalize delivery plans.

An important part of our car transport services is how your auto remains safe and secure throughout the transport process. Once the driver arrives at the pickup location, a detailed inspection of your vehicle is done. All information is noted on the Bill of Lading before leaving. You will both sign this form and receive a copy. Information noted includes any dents, scratches, or missing parts. It’s recommended you take several digital photos of the vehicle before pick up and after delivery.

The estimated time frame below does NOT include the 1-3 or 3-5-day window needed to pick up a car.

  • Car transport turnaround time for a destination under 1,000 miles is estimated at 2-3 days.
  • 1,000-1,750 miles: estimated car transport process time is 4-6 days.
  • 1,750-2,500: the car transport process time is estimated at 7-10 days.
  • 2,500+: the car transport time is estimated 10-14 days.

Should I Ship My Car On An Open Car Transport Carrier or Enclosed Car Transport Carrier (Covered Car Carrier)?

Shipping your car on an open car transport carrier will be the cheapest way to ship your car, but your vehicle will be exposed to weather and any debris that may fly in the path of the truck. If you are interested in shipping an exotic carclassic car, or just an all-around meticulous car owner; the enclosed auto transport carriers come with high insurance coverage and will protect your car if bad weather should occur during the car shipping services process.

When Will I Know When My Car Will Be Picked Up or Delivered?

You will receive the car transport carriers contact information once it has been assigned to a truck. Then, the dispatcher will call you no more than 24hrs in advance to schedule the car delivery service pick up or drop off.

When Do I Pay For The Car Transport Service?

There are many different payment options depending on the type of customer. For most individual customers, once the vehicle has been loaded on the car transport carrier, a small percentage of the total amount will be charged on the credit/debit card. Then, the remaining balance will be due when the car delivery service is complete and your vehicle has been delivered. For corporate accounts for example dealership, an invoice will be submitted once the car has been delivered, and payment can be submitted by check, ACH-wire, or credit card.

Do I Need to Prepare my Automobile for the Auto Transport Process?

The process of preparing your car for transport is surprisingly simple. Check that all of the fluids are filled to the level indicated by your owner’s manual. Also, leave only a quarter of fuel in the tank to avoid any unnecessary charges for weight.

Don’t forget to remove personal items from the car. Keep in mind that you will not have access to anything in the car for the duration of the time that the car transport company is shipping it. One item people often forget to remove is toll readers. You don’t want to be charged unnecessary tolls, so remove these before you hand over your car.

  • Consider cleaning your car before shipping. A clean car will make it easier to spot chips, dings, dents, scratches, and other cosmetic damages.
  • Check your gas tank before shipping your car. You should have no more than ¼ of gas left to cut down on overall car weight.
  • Remove any toll tags from your car or windshield. It is very possible your tag will be charged when the car passes the tolls while being shipped on the truck.

Inspect the Vehicle with the Car Transport Service Carrier

As the driver nears the drop off location, the driver will call your destination contact. As part of our car shipping services, you’ll receive updates on the auto transport carrier’s procedure and the driver’s telephone number. The driver takes every precaution to deliver your vehicle without incident. When the car shipping carrier arrives to unload the car, you will inspect the vehicle together.

Once the vehicle arrives at its destination, you will begin the inspection process again as was done at the pickup location. If you see any damages that were not marked while loading, you must mark it on the inspection report as this is the only proof that can be submitted for an insurance claim. Upon arrival, the driver will walk with you while you inspect the vehicle for damage. The same Bill of Lading you’ve signed before will be present on delivery for you to sign. The driver will mark any scathes, dents, or damages he might see on the inspection report.

Is Number 1 Auto Transport Still Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

As most of the entire country is shut down due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, certain sectors including the Transportation industry, have been designated as an essential industry by the Department of Homeland Security. A stay in place order has been issued for the majority of the country, yet certain situations might force you to transport your car.

Number 1 Auto Transport is still open for business and can handle any of your car transport needs. Whether you are a first responder or traveling nurse who is being asked by FEMA or through an agency to assist in certain critical cities, or even a college student who’s campus has been shut down and forced to return home. Utilizing a reputable car shipping company, like Number 1 Auto Transport, who will take precautions to safely transport your car, without the risk of cross-contamination of the virus will be greatly effective during these times. Check out our latest blog post about preparing your car for transport during COVID -19.

Auto Transport Carriers

Number 1 Auto Transport uses three types of auto transport carriers (open, enclosed, and lowboy shipping) for our car transport services.

open car transport shipping

The most affordable way to transport your vehicle is with an open car transport shipping carrier. As a result, car dealers choose to use open car transport carriers so that they can hold up to ten vehicles at a time, which reduces the per-vehicle expense

enclosed car transport services

Number 1 Auto Transport is the leader in providing the BEST nationwide enclosed auto transport services. Most noteworthy for customers seeking affordable, secure & reliable transport of their most prized investments.

lowboy auto transport and shipping service

Finally, Number 1 Auto Transport has more than a decade of experience in the lowboy car shipping services industry.  Therefore, we provide safe, secure, and speedy door-to-door car transport service for the pick-up, shipping, and delivery of your vehicles and equipment.

cost of shipping a car

When it comes to the cost of shipping your car, we have the cheapest and most efficient way to transport your car. Our open door to door car transport service is considered to be the primary, and most widely used, auto transport method in the car shipping industry.

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Yoel Lax
Yoel Lax
22:05 02 Aug 20
Incredible service and competitive prices! Highly recommended !
Matthew Rosenzweig
Matthew Rosenzweig
19:05 29 Jul 20
Number 1 Auto was as advertised; reliable, communicative, and on time. There were no hidden fees... and my car arrived in perfect condition. I will utilize their services again in the more
Mara Wasar
Mara Wasar
18:22 29 Jul 20
Exactly as quoted, on time pick up and delivery.
mike paff
mike paff
19:23 15 Jul 20
Great company to deal with
Erik McGregor
Erik McGregor
15:37 25 Jun 20
First, I don't give 5-stars easy. Next, if you have ever worked with auto transport companies you... know how much of a struggle it can be to find people that communicate proper and are timely. I worked with Mickey and of all the years and vehicles I have moved this is far and away the most positive experience yet. My vehicle was a complicated one that needed to be moved quickly (oversize jeep that would not start with an attached trailer). The move was quick, less expensive that I expected and communication never tapered off. This could have been a one off, but based on my communication with Mickey I think these guys are the real deal and I highly recommend. We will be moving another eight vehicles this week, so standby for an update on that.Update: Phase two with another eight vehicles is in the books though Micky and Number 1 Auto. The service, timelines and communication were just as good this time around. If you are looking for someone who is polite, professional, punctual and offers a fair price, these are your guys/gals. Really cannot say enough good things. Thanks Micky, you made a stressful time much more more
Dale Chalifoux
Dale Chalifoux
00:13 19 Jun 20

Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Transport Services

Q: Will my vehicle be insured? 2020-04-21T13:38:26+00:00

A: Yes. All of our auto transport carriers are insured to meet State and Federal requirements. The car shipping driver will thoroughly inspect the vehicle at pick-up and delivery. When your vehicle is delivered, it is your responsibility to inspect for any damage that may have occurred during the auto transport process. Document any damage on the Bill of Lading and obtain the driver’s signature. The insurance company will not process claims if damages are not documented at the time of delivery.

Q: Do I have to be present when my vehicle is picked up and delivered? 2019-01-04T19:59:24+00:00

A: No. As long as you leave the keys to your vehicles with someone you trust on both the origin and destination for the car shipping driver.

Q: Can I put anything in my trunk? 2019-01-04T19:59:50+00:00

A: Number 1 Auto Transport does not authorize personal belongings in the vehicle nor or these items covered by carrier insurance. If you choose to put items in your vehicle, it is completely at your own risk. You may put up to 100 lbs. of personal items in the trunk of your vehicle.

Q: How long will it take to pick up and deliver my vehicle? 2020-04-21T13:31:23+00:00

A: Over 90% of our car shipping orders ship inside of one week – anywhere from one to seven days – because about 90% of the U.S. population lives in a major metropolitan area. As one of the best car shipping companies around, we do our best to meet everyone’s requirements. That said, we cannot guarantee auto shipping pickups or delivery dates. Once assigned, the vehicle usually gets picked up in a day or two of the estimated ship date. Click here for more information.

Q: How does the entire car shipping process work? 2020-04-21T13:30:02+00:00

A: Once you submit your order either online (very secure) or over the phone, the shipping of your vehicle will be scheduled according to the first date available on your shipping order. Ninety percent of our orders get assigned within one week of that date. Once assigned, the vehicle usually gets picked up in a day or two of the assigned ship date. We automatically email the customer when it gets assigned and then the car shipping driver calls your pickup contact. When the driver picks up your vehicle for car transport, he will do a detailed inspection of your vehicle on the Bill of Lading. You will both sign this form and receive a copy. The car shipping driver will call your destination contact from the road as he gets near the destination. The same Bill of Lading will be present on delivery so you can inspect the vehicle.

Q: What kind of auto transporter will move my vehicle? 2020-04-21T13:28:59+00:00

A: Vehicles will be transported via multiple auto transport carriers – the same type used to transport new vehicles to and from dealerships.

Q: What is the difference between an open and an enclosed car shipping carrier? 2020-04-21T13:27:27+00:00

A: Open car shipping carriers are similar to those you see transporting cars to and from dealerships. These carriers range in size and capacity. Vehicles that are shipped via an open carrier are exposed to inclement weather and road conditions. Enclosed auto transport carriers also range in size and capacity. Since these carriers are covered, the vehicles in transit are not exposed to weather or road conditions. Enclosed carriers are recommended for custom and antique or classic cars. Enclosed auto transport is also more costly than the open carrier because of the high insurance policy.

Q: Where will my vehicle be picked up and delivered? 2020-04-21T13:25:31+00:00

A: The vehicle will be picked up/delivered as close to your home as possible. Occasionally, the maneuverability of these large auto transport carriers or your local government regulations will not allow the transporter truck to come directly to your home. In these cases, an alternate site will be selected that contains a large parking lot, such as a shopping mall.

Q: How do I prepare my vehicle for transport? 2020-04-21T13:24:15+00:00

A: Leave only about a 1/4 tank of gas in the vehicle. A full tank of gasoline adds a lot of costly weight to the transport. We have an auto transport checklist that will give you some tips on preparing your car for auto transport.

Q: What is a bill of lading? 2020-04-21T13:22:25+00:00

A: The Bill of Lading serves as a receipt for your vehicle and it represents the contract of carriage between you, the car shipping company and the carrier. The driver will give you a copy of the Bill of Lading at the time the vehicle is picked up. Claims of damage at the destination will be based on the condition of your vehicle, as reported before it was transported.

The Bill of Lading is an important document for you. It must be signed by the driver and by you or your agent. It should show the name of the auto transport company, the origination contact, and location and to whom and where it is delivering, plus all pertinent telephone numbers. Review the Bill of Lading to make sure that the place of delivery is shown correctly. Check that the Bill of Lading contains the name, address, and telephone number where the car shipper or authorized agent can be notified of problems and possible delays while the vehicle is in transit. The Bill of Lading should also have the name, address, and telephone number of the carrier.

Q: How do I pay for my auto transport service? 2020-04-21T13:21:01+00:00

A: Number 1 Auto Transport offers a variety of different payment methods for our customers. We offer secure online ordering as well as quick and easy phone support to pay for your auto transport service.

Q: What should a customer do if their vehicle arrives with damage? 2020-04-21T13:20:24+00:00

A: The first thing you should do is make sure the driver understands that the damage is new and was not on the original bill of lading. The damage should clearly be marked and noted, then signed for by the driver. Upon completion of delivery, a call should be placed to your auto transport carrier or broker to inform them of the damage. In most cases, the car shipping carrier will ask for three estimates and will cover one of them.

Q: How long should an auto transport take? 2020-04-21T13:16:51+00:00

A: Shipping time all depends on the auto transporter – listed below are some very basic ideas to help you along the way. Make sure however you contact your car shipper for their actual scheduled times.

East Coast to West Coast – approx. 7 to 10 days
Midwest to East Coast – approx. 5 to 8 days
South to North – approx. 3 to 5 days
All car shipping times are estimated. Do not base your auto transport on these examples without first contacting your car shipper for assistance

Q: How do I get a cheaper price? 2020-04-21T13:14:59+00:00

A: Sometimes you can obtain a lower price by offering car shipping drivers a larger window for pickup. If either of your origination or destination locations are away from population centers – in a remote area – then you might consider meeting a driver in a nearby big city or town to increase your chances of shipping in a more timely fashion.

For example, any products or services you purchase the more you buy the cheaper the price. The same thing applies to auto transport services. We have auto transport carriers that have their own clients who ship twice a year with them. Their rate is 200 dollars more than the price we get with our fee included. You ask why? The simplest way to explain it is you’re offering to ship once or twice a year. We ship 100′s of cars a month! This is still a cheaper price then you would be able to negotiate on your own.

Q: Is door to door shipping better than terminal to terminal? 2020-04-24T13:25:20+00:00

A: Another option besides door-to-door auto transport is transporting from terminal to terminal. However, this is not the preferred method because there isn’t any insurance liability at these facilities, and your vehicle changes hands more than once. More customers are opting for our “door to door” method for convenience and peace of mind.

If you are planning on shipping your car, we recommended our door to door auto transport services as it will be the quickest and most convenient car transport services we can provide.

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