car transportersWhen you want to ship a car from another state to your home state, it is important that hire only the best car transporter. This will ensure that your car is delivered without delay or damage, and at an affordable rate. There are thousands of auto shipping companies in the US. This makes finding the best service provider to work with somewhat difficult. The following are some important factors to consider when looking for car transporters.


The right auto transporter should have a track record or transporting vehicles to their destination within specified deadlines. The vehicles they deliver should also reach their destination while in good condition without any damage. The easiest way to check if a transporter is reliable is to visit the Better Business Bureau and online review sites to see how different companies are rated. Firms that have five star ratings especially with the BBB are normally more reliable.


One of the most important factors of consideration is pricing. While most transporters normally charge almost the same fees, some firms normally have additional charges that can significantly increase the cost of shipping. Reputable transporters have online calculators that can be used to estimate the cost of shipping. All a person needs to do is enter his or her personal details, shipping instructions, type of vehicle and mode of transport (whether open or enclosed). Open auto transportation is less expensive than enclosed auto transportation. The shipping cost should be lower or the same as what other reputable auto transporters are offering.

Down payments and guarantees

When shipping a vehicle over a long distance, there is a small chance the vehicle may incur damages while en route to the destination. Fortunately, there are transporters who provide their clients with damage free guarantees. This means that the cost of repairing a damage or replacing the vehicle, in case of irreparable damage, will be covered by the transporter.

The ideal transporter should be willing to accept payment upon delivery. There should not be any upfront deposits because the car itself acts as security. Most firms normally give their clients several shipping options. There is standard shipping that takes several days, and expedited shipping that takes the shortest time possible. Car transporters who operate throughout the United States should be given priority. Some car transporters from different states have formed an alliance or network of transporters. By doing this, most small firms are able to transport vehicles to far away states through their partners.

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Michael began working in the Car Shipping Industry back in 2002, starting as a Salesperson for AAA Discount Auto & Truck Transporters in Los Angeles, CA. In 2008, he opened his own office under the name "Honesty First Auto Transport" where he pioneered the movement within the Auto Transport industry of not charging the customer a deposit up front. Many car shipping companies followed his lead and no longer require a deposit up front. In 2011, in an effort to further improve the customer experience for anyone shipping a car to another state, he changed the name of his company to Safe-Direct Car Shipping and created the auto shipping industry's ONLY Damage Free Guarantee. His hope is that other Auto Transporters will, once again, follow his lead and create similar safeguards for their customers (and he'll be happy to re-emerge once again in a few years with the next great improvement). Simplify things even further, Safe-Direct Car Shipping now operates under the name Ship a Car Direct. He is also proud to announce that Ship a Car Direct has become the #1 company on Consumer Affairs, Transport Reviews and many other review sites. Ship a Car Direct has also been accredited by the BBB since 2008.