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Vehicle Shipping Services

Some more details about shipping process, services and rates offered by ATD.

Moving cars safely and efficiently, at a price you can afford

Anyone who's ever taken a trip down the highway has probably seen a car carrier at one time or another, but few if any have ever stopped to think about the vehicle shipping industry, let alone how it works.

Dealerships and vehicle manufacturers regularly call upon vehicle transportation services to move their vehicles from one place to another, such as from the factory to the lot or between related facilities. While this makes up a large portion of the vehicle shipping industry, the rest is made up of families and individuals just like you who occasionally find themselves in need of help moving cars.

When to Call a Vehicle Shipping Service

There are many occasions on which the average person could find themselves in need of a vehicle shipping company. Sometimes, it's easier to ship a car to its destination than it is to drive it. One common case is the cross-country move, in which the family or individual prefers to fly to their destination while shipping their belongings, including their car, with a reputable mover.

The advent of eBay and other online markets has made it easier for people to buy and sell cars nationwide, rather than just within their own cities or neighbourhoods. In order to complete these online transactions and deliver the goods, many buyers and sellers enlist the help of a vehicle shipping service. Driving long distances is not only time consuming, expensive, and potentially boring, but it also depreciates the value of the car because there are more miles on the odometer by the time it reaches its destination. Moving the vehicle via a carrier preserves its condition and therefore its value, allowing sellers to get the best possible price and ensuring buyers get the greatest possible value from their purchase.

What to Expect When Moving Cars?

Believe it or not, vehicle shipping is actually quite common, with hundreds of cars being moved every day. At ATD, this is our business, and we know it better than anyone else. We also know, however, that for many of our clients, this is a first-time experience, so we want you to know what to expect.

Most of our partners offer door-to-door vehicle shipment, so all you have to do is make the arrangements and let the professionals take it from there. You decide the date and time for on-site pickup, and a friendly, knowledgeable, experienced driver will show up at your house to load the vehicle onto a carrier. The car will then remain on the carrier until it reaches its destination, where the driver will unload it directly into the driveway or parking lot and hand over the keys.

The time it takes to transport your vehicle from one place to another depends on the distance, the time of year, the planned route, and other variables, but the service provider should give you an estimated date and time of delivery that's fairly accurate. In general, moving vehicles along east-west routes takes longer than north and south - about 7 to 14 days for the former compared to just 5 to 7 days for the latter. Expedited vehicle shipping is also available at an additional cost if time is of the essence.

How to Find the Best Rates & Service to Ship Your Vehicle?

Numerous vehicle shipping companies exist, and you can easily find them in the phone book or online. Finding the right transportation service, however, is another thing altogether and can prove much more difficult, especially for someone not familiar with the industry.

Fortunately, ATD has done the work for you. Our partners are thoroughly vetted to ensure they meet strict professional standards, not just for vehicle shipping rates but for customer service, too. Only the best, most experienced carriers are included in our database, so you can be sure that you're always dealing with professionals who know the industry and are dedicated to making your experience a positive one.

To get started, simply input your information to our quote form and press "Submit". In less than a minute, you'll receive up to 8 free quotes from local shipping companies ready and willing to assist you with your transportation needs. From there, it's up to you to contact the company you choose. We're always available to address your questions or concerns, and we provide complete contact information for every one of our partners, so you'll always know how to get in touch if you need to.

While it can be tempting simply to go with the lowest price, you'll want to make sure that you're actually getting the best deal. Be sure to compare shipping times, pickup and delivery options, and any extras available in order to find the company that is right for you.

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