Why the auto industry uses car hauling companies to ship vehicles

Reasons to use a car hauling company

There are many reasons dealerships, auto auctions, and the general public use a car delivery service. Every car you see at a dealership, pre-owned and new, at some point in its journey to the dealership was carried on a transport carrier trailer. Auto shipping is an integral part of getting cars to the market. Whether coming from the manufacturer or from an auto auction, dealerships rely on auto transport companies to get their vehicles delivered safely and quickly. And with the rise in internet sales, the private citizens are starting to rely on car carriers to get their newly purchased vehicle to them as well.

Auto transport trailers

Many trailers used by car carreirs are of the double decker variety and carry up to 12 vehicles, depending on whether they are cars, pickups, or SUVs. The auto transport trucks are designed to hold up to four vehicles themselves, with up to eight more loaded on to the trailer. The auto hauling trucks have decks that are hydraulically operated, allowing the operator to lower the decks to load the vehicle onto the truck and then raise it to provide space below for more vehicles when fully loaded.

Loading a trailer: a 3D puzzle

Watching an experienced auto transport driver fit the vehicles on the trailer is like watching someone solving a 3D puzzle. All the moving parts have to come together to make the transport as safe and efficient as possible. The driver has to take into account size of the vehicle, order of pickup and order of delivery. The first car on should not be the first car delivered or else the entire trailer has to be unloaded and reloaded. To make everything fit, some cars are backed on to the trailer or driven on nose first to maximize space or meet height or overhang restrictions. A general rule of thumb is that larger vehicles go on the top level, with average or smaller vehicles on the bottom.
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Auto shipping safety concerns

When driving down the highway behind a double decker open air carrier many folks worry about a vehicle falling off the trailer onto the highway, but such fears are unfounded. All vehicles on the trailer are secured at four points to the trailer with either chains or straps. Chains are used on older model trailers, while the newer models use straps.
Almost all cars are made with tie-down holes in the chassis or frame for the purpose of transport or towing. Car transporters use chains with specialized hooks to fit into those holes. Once hooked onto the vehicle, they are then ratcheted tight to secure the vehicle. The strap system uses high-strength straps which are positioned over each tire and tightened to the trailer. This system will become a universal industry standard in the next 10 years.

Both methods are very secure. Transporters that have flipped in an accident have been known to not lose a single vehicle.

Whatever your reasons for using an auto hauling company, you should do research into whichever carrier you are looking to use. Third party review sites, customer testimonials, government sites and consumer protection agencies are all places to look to see what a carriers rating is and what other people have said about its performance. An informed customer more often than not results in a happy customer.

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Hassle free nationwide auto transport

J&S Transportation will:

  • Provide Door-to-door service whenever possible
  • Always let you know where your vehicle is during transport
  • Transport your vehicle safely and quickly
  • Transport your vehicle on our trucks whenever possible

You can relax as we stay in touch:

  • You will get an on-call phone number and an e-mail address for one of the dispatchers so you have a personal contact
  • You will be e-mailed or called to update the status of your vehicle, from the day you book online to delivery.
  • Your vehicle will be tracked throughout the shipping process with GPS tracking systems in our trucks

Find out how much would it cost to transport your vehicle straight to your door


Examples of vehicle shipments:

Quote Date Pickup Delivery Vehicle type
$1175 September 03 Las Vegas, NV Ashburn, VA Car
$1031 August 29 Athol, ID Ashburn, VA Car
$1832 August 25 Buckeye, AZ Ashburn, VA Large SUV / Truck
$615 August 24 Ashburn, VA Waycross, GA Car

Safely transported over 235,000+ vehicles! Take a look at our auto transport reviews from actual customers in their own words:

auto transport "Jim Harrer of Chicago, IL, recently had us transport his 2008 Saturn Vue XR from Rapid City, SD, to his home. This is what he has to say about having his vehicle shipped by J&S: "Just received my car and wanted to let you know I'm extremely happy with the whole process. The driver was great with updating me on his ETA, and he was courteous and professional. You guys run a tight ship. Thanks again!" ..." Read more >>
auto transport "Carol Sherwood of San Diego, CA, needed to ship her daughter’s car, a 2007 Honda Accord, from Portland, OR, to Boston, MA. She didn’t have any experience with the auto transport industry and didn’t know what to expect. She found J&S following the recommendation from a car dealership. J&S’s crew took it from there. “My daughter lives in Boston. This was her car, but my son was using it in Portland. He got a truck and so we decided to ship her car to instead selling it,” says Carol..." Read more >>

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