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How Auto Transport Works

The car shipping industry can be best separated into Brokers and Carriers. The Brokers book the vast majority of customer orders and rely heavily on car transport Carriers to move the vehicles. This very efficient system allows Brokers and Carriers, usually on the CentralDispatch load board, to collaborate and get the vehicles shipped. The Brokers need Carriers. The reverse is also true as the Carriers, too busy on the road, depend on the Brokers to fill their truck space.

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When Do You Need Car Shipping Services?

Car Shipping Guide

People turn to auto transport services when they are buying a vehicle hundreds or thousands of miles away, and they need it shipped to their home. Or they are moving to another city or state and don’t want to drive their vehicle themselves. So they ship it instead. College students and military personnel commonly use car shipping services for the same reason. Retirees, often called snowbirds, will use car transport companies to save the hassle of driving. Auto transport services are usually very affordable because carriers use the same trucks that also deliver new vehicles to dealerships.

Our Hassle-Free Vehicle
Shipping Process

Get Your Car Shipping

Simply enter your origination and destination zip codes.

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Select From Three Car Transport Tiers

At Direct Express Auto Transport, we offer three tiers of pricing based on how much of a hurry you are in.

Order Your Car Shipment

Once you’ve decided on the best car shipping cost tier for you, please proceed online to easily place your vehicle shipment order in just minutes.

Assignment To A Car Transport Carrier

Upon booking, you will instantly receive an Order Confirmation email. Look for that in your email inbox or drag it over from another folder.

Your Contact Is Notified And The Vehicle Is Picked Up

At the same time that Direct Express notifies you via email of the Carrier Assignment, we also send the carrier your pickup and destination information, including contacts.

The Auto Transporter Delivers Your Vehicle

The auto transporter, or carrier, is once again not supposed to just show up unannounced.

Direct Express Auto Transport’s
Three Tiered Pricing

Standard Rate  MOST AFFORDABLE Car Shipping
Option 1

Standard Rate

Most Affordable

Usually Assigned to a carrier 1-8 days from the first date available. And then typically picked up one or two days after being assigned. There is such a thing as a basic auto transport quote and this is it. You are competing against other customers for car transport trailer space. The standard tier, or rate, works well when there is little competition and the route is popular. Otherwise, go to a higher tier to avoid being frustrated.

Expedited Rate  MIDDLE TEIR Car Shipping
Option 2

Expedited Rate


Usually Assigned to a carrier 1-4 days from the first date available. And then typically picked up one or two days after being assigned. If there is a logjam of similar vehicles priced at or near the Standard pricing, just a little bit more can go a long way. With the Expedited tier, or rate, all of a sudden your vehicle is more appealing to car carriers than other vehicles waiting at a lower price. The Expedited car shipping quote might also be used to lure a transport service to a remote location. Take our good advice and just do it. The Expedited car shipping quote is very popular with our customers.

Rush Rate  FASTEST Car Shipping
Option 3

Rush Rate


Usually Assigned to a carrier 1-2 days from the first date available. And then typically picked up one or two days after being assigned. Some people are in a big hurry. The higher paying Rush tier, or rate, orders tend to get assigned to a car carrier quicker. Since most orders get picked up within one or two days of assignment, the customer also receives his vehicle faster. Of course, there still needs to be a car delivery service making that run and one vehicle alone cannot make that happen. But those situations are the exception and not the rule. Don’t want to mess around? Go with the Rush car shipping quote.

With Decades Of Proven Experience, Our Team Is Prepared To Help You With All Your Vehicle Shipping Needs

Our Customer Service Expertise

We have an experienced staff of customer service professionals ready to give the best advice for car shipping across country. Call us now at 800-600-3750.

Our Carrier Partners

We have at our disposal a network of over ten thousand auto transport carriers. We pride ourselves on having established solid professional relationships with car transport companies in every continental state.

Reviews From Our Customers

  • My Auto Transport Experience

    Nancy B. – Orlando, FL

    I am so pleased with my decision to use Direct Express Auto Transport! Ashley was a knowledgeable and confidence inspiring representative and my driver was on time and my car was in perfect shape!

  • Great Auto Transport Service To Texas

    Steve S. – New Braunfels, TX

    Talked to Jessica on Wednesday to have 65 El Camino shipped from Calif to Texas. Was picked up on Thursday the 16th and delivered on Monday the 20th. Beautiful truck and great driver. Sebastian was the driver’s name. Also it was awesome to see all the other great cars.

  • Enclosed Auto Transport

    Derek K. – Oradell, NJ

    Fantastic experience all around, from the office people calling me back on a Sunday when a question popped up, to getting the car delivered very quickly, the whole process went perfectly. Will use them again for sure.

  • My Car Arrived Sooner Than Expected!

    Charlie R. – Mt Clemons, MI

    Driver was very efficient and accommodating! Once he picked up the vehicle he stayed in contact with us all the way to delivery. Thank you very much for hauling this vehicle for us because we have no way of doing it ourselves.

  • Auto Transport From Florida

    Alicia L. – Bradenton, FL

    My car was picked up on a Friday morning and arrived at my destination two days later. The driver made sure that I was on time delivering my car and he made sure my car was delivered to me in a timely manner also. Great customer service from beginning to end. No complaints at all and will definitely use this company again. Great job!

  • Auto Transport Service To Arizona

    Jeff B. – Mesa, AZ

    Another excellent job by Direct Express Auto Transport! This is the 3rd time we’ve shipped with this Direct Express Auto Transport. They’re courteous, professional, and on time. I highly recommend this company and their services!

  • Car Transported California to Texas

    Bill A. – Ft. Worth, TX

    I used the expedited shipping option and they told me it will be picked up within 3-4days. Luckily my car was picked up on the very first day. It was assigned to one of their transport companies and I received my car within 10days. They are very professional.