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Auto Transport Is Not What You Think It Is

Auto Transport Is Not What You Think It Is

If you asked a person who had never shipped a vehicle in their life, what auto transport is, what would they say? The first answer to come to one’s mind would probably be: “Well, auto-transport is just transporting a vehicle or vehicles from point A to B by an auto-transport company.”

While auto-transport is at its core a process of transporting a vehicle by an auto shipping company, in reality, things are not as simple.


Auto transport is not what you think it is

Transporting a vehicle implies hard work, patience, trust, research, and a lot of commitment by both, the companies and the clients.

If you were to ship your car, you would not want it to end up in the wrong hands or delivered with damages, would you? To avoid that and find a reliable company you can trust with your vehicle, lots of research needs to be done.  At the same time,it is getting harder each day for bona fide auto shippers to win the trust of potential customers because of all the dishonest companies that take advantage of people who skipped their homework.

So…how does auto transport work?


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From hiring the right company, shipping your vehicle, and receiving it safe and sound at its final destination, there is a long road ahead.

Besides doing a lot of research,evaluating and choosing the company to transport your car, you might want to understand how auto transport works.


Here are the main steps to help guide you through your first auto-transport journey:


  • First, you request a car shipping quote online or by phone.
  • The second step is to disclose details about the vehicle – make, model, and modifications.
  • Third, a logistics expert will schedule your shipment.
  • After you are through with the first three steps, a carrier will pick up your car one to five business days from your first available date.
  • At pick up and delivery, the carrier must inspect your vehicle and note all the irregularities, if any, on a Bill of Lading. At car drop off you will also have to pay any remaining balance.
  • The transit time of your vehicle is calculated based on distance. But other factors might also contribute – your agent will inform you of the estimated delivery time.


After you’ve completed all the steps, it is time to prepare your vehicle for shipping. Read the post I wrote recently for a more detailed guide on how to transport your car across the country:

As I have already mentioned, there are quite a few dishonest companies in car shipping industry, who in hopes to lure unsuspecting customers, offer almost ridiculously low prices. Therefore, I cannot stress enough how important research is when you need to transport your vehicle. It does not mean though you have to contract companies with the highest rates. You should aim for a company that offers a realistic and current market price. After all, both sides, you and the car shipping company, have to conclude negotiations feeling comfortable with the agreement.


What are the factors that affect the price to ship your car?

  1. The distance and location
  2. Car make and model
  3. Vehicle condition: operable or non-operable
  4. Transport type
  5. Supply and demand


To get a better idea of the economics of car shipping price, read this post. Moreover, not all car shipping quotes are created equal. When some companies employ automated algorithms to calculate their quotes, others do it manually. To learn more about the difference between car shipping quote calculator and manual pricing, read this guide.

As you can see, auto-transport is more complicated than you might have thought and requires a lot of time, energy, patience, and effort from your side.  You just need to be prepared, plan in advance, research, and request multiple car shipping quotes. After all, it is your car we are talking about! Therefore, it’s all well worth it!



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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
Definitely recommend
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Geet Mp Haryana
Reliable, efficient
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
Csaba Kovesdy
Truly positive experience
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.