How to choose the right auto transport company for you
A car is not only an expensive asset, it is an invaluable part of most peoples’ daily lives. When you are without your car the inconvenience and lack of mobility can seriously impact your routine and livelihood. When you have to transport your vehicle you need the company you’ve entrusted to move your car to live up to their promise.
How does the vehicle transport process work?
The first step is to get an auto transport quote. Do some research. Is the quote for door-to-door service or terminal-to-terminal? Many companies hide that their quotes are for terminal-to-terminal service and will add to the quote if you want door-to-door service.
Next, determine if the company you are researching is an auto transport broker who will pass your vehicle shipping order off to a third party, or an actual auto transport carrier who will handle your car shipping order from beginning to end.
And make sure you get a thorough vehicle condition report when your car is picked up AND dropped off.
Montana Auto Transport Information
J&S is a Montana-based company headquartered in Billings. We haul more vehicles into and out of Montana than any other company because we have more trucks in and out of the state on a regular basis than anybody. We’ve been doing it for the last 15 years and have hauled over 235,000 vehicles on our own trucks. We’ve got drivers that live throughout the state and we’ve got customers all over the state. That’s why you’ll consistently see so many J&S trucks in Montana.
It doesn’t matter where you are in Montana, whether along the main interstate corridors, state highways or up across the Hi-Line; J&S has the know-how and relationships to get your car delivered safely and quickly. Auto transport in and out of the state of Montana is part of daily life at J&S Transportation. You’ve found a reliable auto hauler to ship your vehicle.
A Montana auto transport success story
A lot of the growth of J&S is thanks to word-of- mouth. We’re based out of Montana, and it’s not hard to figure out who gives you the best service into and out of the state. Different companies have their forte, and most companies know that if they need a go-to company in Montana, J&S is the one that gets the call. Whatever delivery or pickup order they call us with, we will get the job done.
We’re not always the cheapest car transporter out there, but, people are willing to pay a little more for our service. The bottom line is our communication and customer service is excellent. We do what we say we’re going to do. If problems with the pickup or delivery of your vehicle do arise, whatever the issue may be, we always try to contact the customer before they contact us. Our company is based on honest and open communication.
Montana is a big state area-wise. There’s a lot of black top between towns and it costs money to move your trucks that far. There are companies that are cheaper, but their service doesn’t compare to the quality of service we offer. That’s why people are willing to pay a little more to have J&S deliver their vehicles. People in this day and age still are willing to pay for service.
Whether you need to ship a Privately Owned Vehicle, a dealer-to-dealer transport, whether it’s a full load of cars or a single unit order, whatever your auto hauling need, you just can’t find anybody more credible, not only in Montana, but anywhere for that matter. We are very good about doing what we say we’re going to do. We communicate as much as we can with the customer, whether it’s good or bad, and we go from there. Our communication is better than the majority of auto transport companies out there. Our company reflects Montana values with regards to being honest and ethical. That’s important to ownership and the people that work here.
We are the biggest auto transport company in Montana, and without a doubt, far and away the best.
Montana auto transport routes
In Montana, there are three main corridors we use for our auto transport trucks, I-90 and I-94 which run east-west, and I-15 which runs north-south in the middle of the state. I-90 runs through Missoula, Butte, Bozeman and Billings. I-94, which diverges from I-90 in Billings, allows us to service towns like Miles City and Glendive in the eastern part of the state. Great Falls and the state capitol, Helena, are among the towns found on the I-15 corridor.
Montana auto transport relationships
The majority of our business is transporting used cars in Montana. J&S moves some new cars, but we’re a used car carrier first and foremost. We’re an auto transport company that focuses in the used car market, whether it’s the rental market, the fleet lease market, the dealer to dealer market, or dealer to customer deliveries.
Auto Auction of Montana
We have a rep at the Auto Auction of Montana in Billings, MT, every Wednesday. It’s a Montana-based auction, but it’s really a four or five-state auction and serves dealerships throughout Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Colorado . We pick up and deliver vehicles at this auction week in and week out.
“J&S runs a lot of trucks in and out of Montana all the time,” says Scott Chesarek, J&S Transportation co-founder. “Our trucks are in there weekly to haul the freight we get at Auto Auction of Montana as well as auctions in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, which means we are helping deliver cars and trucks to dealerships and individuals all over Montana and in nearby states like Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Car dealers throughout Montana will come to these auctions to stock their lots or fulfill sales orders, and they count on us to get their vehicles delivered quickly and safely.”
Montana auto transport markets
Over the past 15 years, we’ve cultivated great working relationships with dealerships throughout Montana. The biggest car markets for J&S in Montana are Billings, Missoula, Helena, and the Anaconda/Butte area. We also serve smaller markets like Bozeman, Great Falls and Kalispell.
In the larger car markets in Montana, we regularly transport vehicles for Denny Menholt Frontier Chevrolet, The Rimrock Auto Group, and Underriner Motors in Bilings; Karl Tyler Chevrolet and Deals on Wheels in Missoula; Placer Motors in Helena, Brooks Hanna Ford in Butte; and Dee Motors and Discovery Buick GMC in Anaconda.
J&S is the preferred auto transport carrier for all the Lithia Auto Stores outlets throughout the state.
Montana auto rental agencies
Rental agencies throughout Montana rely on J&S to keep their fleet of vehicles stocked. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Dollar Rent-A-Car, and National Rent-A-Car all depend on J&S to deliver their cars safely and quickly.
Privately Owned Vehicles
We handle many POVs in Montana. It doesn’t matter whether the order is to the northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, in the middle of the state, along the main corridors, or in more rural areas. We have the ability to deliver your POV door-to-door.
Off the beaten path
J&S has a lot of customers, both individuals and dealers, in Montana, not only in the major cities of Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula, and Helena, but we have customers who rely on us in Great Falls, as well as towns along the Montana Hi Line like Havre and Kalispell.
The toughest areas to service in Montana are up on the Hi-Line and the smaller communities in the mountainous areas of Western Montana. Despite their remoteness, J&S has the experience and ability to pick up and deliver to these areas safely and quickly. We’ll deliver their vehicles if there’s one or ten going that way.
Rural auto transport
Say a client books a piece from Circle, Montana, to Denver, Colorado. In the instance of a car being in a very difficult location, we offer a couple options and prices for the client.
One option is we will do it for the rate quoted on the website because we honor what we quote, but it’s going to take a little longer simply because the client lives in a very difficult town. Auto transporters don’t usually go through Circle. We will have to go from Miles City or Glendive, which are off I-94 up to Circle to pick it up, and if we dead head all the way up it’s a piece of freight we might break even on. It may take us two to three weeks to get up there for pick up, so it could delay the move.
Another option would be for the client to drive the car to either Miles City or Glendive to a previously arranged secure drop off where J&S will pick it up. We have trucks traveling along I-94 all the time, and this would significantly speed up the transport of the vehicle and reduce the cost.
The same applies for communities in the mountainous areas of Western Montana. . Our transport trucks are pretty big and heavy and may not be allowed in some areas. In that case, we’ll make a courtesy call and try to give the customer anywhere from a 6 to 12 hour notice when we know we’re going to come in and pick up or drop off the vehicle. And if necessary we’ll ask the customer to meet us in a convenient location, most likely in the closest town along an interstate and highway.
Door-to-door auto shipping
J&S Transportation does door-to-door auto shipment service as often as possible, however, our trucks are not allowed in some residential areas. In that instance J&S Transportation and our drivers will arrange a convenient and safe location with you for pickup of your vehicle. Some towns are difficult, but we have never told anybody we can’t haul your vehicle.
Instant quotes other vehicle owners are getting into and out of Montana
|$2479||October 15||Wadhams, NY||Bozeman, MT||Crossover / Mini-van / Small SUV|
|$570||October 13||South Jordan, UT||Billings, MT||Car|
|$1313||October 12||Eau Claire, WI||Ryegate, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
|$2249||October 09||Belton, TX||Whitefish, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
|$1671||October 02||Rock Hill, SC||Billings, MT||Crossover / Mini-van / Small SUV|
|$1675||September 29||Keller, TX||Helena, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
|$2455||September 28||Hogeland, MT||Arkansas City, KS||Large SUV / Truck|
|$1301||September 26||Bartlesville, OK||Billings, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
|$2011||September 25||Cherry Hill, NJ||Big Sky, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
|$1118||September 24||Bullhead City, AZ||Helena, MT||Crossover / Mini-van / Small SUV|
|$2160||September 20||Summerton, SC||Creston, MT||Car|
|$2137||September 20||Lumberville, PA||Creston, MT||Car|
|$1670||September 15||Charlottesville, VA||East Helena, MT||Car|
|$1464||September 14||Waddell, AZ||Lockwood, MT||Car|
|$392||September 02||SUNSET HILL, WA||Creston, MT||Large SUV / Truck|
Straight Talk. Honest Dealings
The bottom line is when a client books a piece of freight, we need to get to moving ASAP. J&S does this day in and day out. We know the right questions to ask. We know Montana because we are based out of and from Montana. We know the auto transport industry because we are an auto transporter. We are not just a broker.
There’s a million ways to make the customer feel comfortable, and J&S will work with the client to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution to whatever scenario arises.
What we’re trying to accomplish is obviously to provide phenomenal customer service, safe and quick delivery, and open and honest communication at a fair price to everybody. By doing so we also hope to gain your repeat business. Once you transport a vehicle with J&S, we believe we will become your auto transport company of choice.
When you book with J&S we will:
- Provide Door-to-door service, not terminal-to-terminal
- Provide accurate vehicle condition reports at pickup and delivery
- Transport your vehicle safely and quickly
Honest communication. Prompt replies.
- You will get an on-call phone number and an e-mail address for one of the dispatchers so you have a personal contact
- We will e-mail or call you to update the status of your order
- We will be able to track your vehicle throughout the shipping process with GPS tracking systems in our trucks
- We will let you know what’s going on from pickup to delivery of your vehicle
Our courteous and friendly dispatchers compliment our experienced and professional drivers which makes working with J&S pleasant and hassle-free. Get a free interstate auto transport quote and let us prove to you not all auto transport companies are the same. J&S Transportation stands above the rest.