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Curious about the latest in terminal-to-terminal car shipping? At Nationwide Auto Transportation, we understand that in today’s fast-paced world, you need choices when it comes to moving your vehicle. That’s why people frequently turn to us for advice on the key differences between terminal-to-terminal car shipping and door-to-door auto transportation.

We’re here to help you navigate these options, each with its own set of benefits and considerations, all while ensuring the best experience for your car’s journey.


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terminal to terminal car shipping

What is terminal to terminal car shipping?

Terminal to terminal car shipping involves moving your vehicle to a terminal from where it will be shipped to its new location. You will then have to collect your car from the delivery terminal. Some of the benefits of this shipping type include:

  • Usually cheaper than door-to-door transport;
  • It’s less cumbersome than shipping your car by ferry to Alaska or Hawaii;
  • Perfect for residents in cities that don’t allow large transport carriers on small streets;
  • It’s often the only choice for custom cars, like the 1989 Batmobile.

T to T shipping is available for open and covered car transport. At times it can be complicated to navigate between terminals. 

What is an auto shipping terminal?

A terminal is a transport hub, or a regional storage facility, and is typically used by towing and auto shipping companies. Your custom sports car, or sedan, is stored until it is collected by your transport carrier. These facilities are typically located in industrial areas outside of major metropolitan cities, railway tracks, or near sea ports or airports. Some shipping terminals are undercover parking garages, but most are open air parking lots. Be sure to ascertain the safety of your vehicle as security at these facilities differs. Here, carriers combine shipments that are being sent to the same region. 

terminal to terminal car shipping

Our large facility makes loading and unloading vehicles easy. However, it may not save customers money, as storage costs can match or exceed door-to-door shipping expenses.

The choice between terminal-to-terminal car shipping and door-to-door transport depends on your preference. Door-to-door service offers convenience, with the carrier collecting and delivering your car to your home.

In some cities, streets may not allow transport carriers larger than 75 feet. In such cases, you’ll need to pick up your car from a nearby parking lot, still more convenient than the nearest auto shipping terminal.

Nationwide Auto Transportation can arrange both door-to-door and  terminal to terminal car shipping. Contact us today to discuss your options.