What most people know is that Audi’s modern era began in the ’60s, right after the Auto Union was successfully acquired by Volkswagen. Although, the original company was founded in 1932.
The Audi we know today is the result of the Auto Union and NSU Motorenwerke merge in 1969. The merge happened four years after Audi brand was re-launched. The logo of Audi is made of four rings. They represent the four companies that came together to create the Audi brand: Horch, Audiwerke, DKW, and Wanderer.
The member of Volkswagen Group today, Audi has its automobiles manufactured in nine different production facilities all over the world. Its name comes from the latin word ‘audi’, which means ‘listen’. It was based on the surname of the company’s founder August Horch.
Are you curious about the head-turning brand’s fascinating evolution through the last centuries? Want to read more about its various models? As well as its most important milestones in the field of car manufacturing, engine production, and motor racing? Make sure to check out its history on Audi’s official website.
Shipping your Audi
Are you an Audi owner or about to become one? Congratulations then! You are one lucky fella. This car comes with a rich culture and heritage and plenty of other perks. If you have to ship it though, especially for the first time, you must be worried how this process will turn out.
Do not beat yourself up! There are many Audi owners who just like you have successfully managed to transport their car across the state lines. And they have managed to have a peace of mind at the same time.
Even if this is your first time shipping a car, stop worrying about it. The majority of clients who transport their car are first-time shippers as well. What you need to worry about, is choosing the best and most efficient way to transport it.
Drive the car yourself or ask someone you trust to do it for you
This may seem like the most obvious transport solution. But when it comes to transporting an expensive car like Audi, you may want to think twice.
Is the distance you have to ship your vehicle short? Go ahead and drive the car yourself. Or ask a relative or a friend to drive it to the desired destination for you. In case you have to move it across the country, driving may not be the best option. Keep in mind how much time, energy, and money you will have to spend to transport it safe and sound.
Furthermore, think of all the extra miles it will accumulate and excess tire wear it will incur during the move. In turn, if you hire a professional car shipping company to transport your vehicle, the only time your car is driven is when a driver needs to move it on or off the trailer or to make space for other vehicles.
Use a driveway service
Driveway companies match drivers with cars so that both parties can get the best out of the situation. But the idea of a stranger driving your vehicle may be a bit worrisome. Even though, most driveway services have a set of criteria they use to choose drivers. There are also driveway companies that offer professional driver services at a higher cost.
These type of services can be a great choice if the first option doesn’t work for you. However, hiring a drive-away service has its drawbacks. It will cost you a lot of money in case you go for a professional driveway service. And if you choose services of a non-professional driver, you can never be sure they will take good care of your car.
In case you have to ship your Audi overseas, shipping it by air may be the best option for you. This method is by far the most reliable and fastest way to transport your vehicle. On the downside, this option is the most expensive one. Also, if you have more than one vehicle, you will be allowed to ship only one car at a time.
If neither of these three options works for you, letting a professional company take care of the transport process is your best bet. Which brings us to the last option:
Hire a professional and trustworthy auto transport company
Hiring a professional auto transport company that has a lot of experience in shipping expensive, luxury, classic, and sports cars, is the best and safest option, which can also turn out to be the most cost-effective one.
How to find such a company?
As an owner of heritage-rich Audi, you need to make the ‘stay away from scams’ goal a priority. In the world full of con-artists and people who are waiting for just one wrong move to take advantage of you, staying away from scams is becoming harder and harder. That is why, when you begin the journey of searching for the right auto transport company, you need to look past the first pages of Google search results.
Keep digging and select several companies that seem trustworthy and reliable. Contact and call them to get a feel of how responsible they are and compare and contrast your selected options with each other to make your final decision. Read online reviews, and see whether they have experience in transporting expensive cars such as your Audi. This is a very important part of the research. You don’t want to risk hiring a company that has never transported a luxury car and doesn’t know how to properly handle the process.
Here is how shipping a luxury car across America works:
- You already know that every car shipping process starts with a quote. You can request a free, no-obligation quote online. If you prefer you can call to speak with a logistics specialist.
- Disclose details about the vehicle – make, model, and modifications.
- A logistics expert will schedule your shipment based on your desired shipping dates.Keep in mind, though, that dates are never guaranteed. If you are looking for a specific date delivery, discuss your options with a car shipping agent.
- After you and the car transporter agree on the details of service, a carrier will pick up your car one to a few days from your first available date.
- It’s important to remember that the carrier must inspect your vehicle before loading it and fill out an inspection report.
- Transit time depends mainly on the distance – your agent will inform you of the estimated delivery time. More on transit times here.
- At delivery, together with the carrier inspect the vehicle again and then sign the Bill of Lading, the document that releases the auto transporter from any further responsibility. Don’t forget to pay any remaining balance.
If you need a more detailed article about how to ship a luxury car, check out this helpful guide here.
How much does it cost to ship your Audi across the country?
Depending on the company you decide to hire and the kind of transportation you choose, the cost of shipping an Audi may vary from $200 to $2000. Among other factors the price of shipping your Audi across the country depends on are:
- The distance and location
- Vehicle make and model
- Vehicle condition: operable or non-operable
- Transport type: open or enclosed
- Supply and demand
How you prefer your car to be picked up and delivered door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal? Or do you need an expedited service? Keep in mind that certain extras can affect the final shipping cost. Here is a great article that can give you a general idea of how much it costs to ship a car across the country. One thing you should always keep in mind is to not choose an auto transport company based on price only. Here is why.
Who are the Audi drivers?
According to The Car People who conducted a survey in the UK, “Audi drivers are most likely to be male, based in London or Scotland and aged 25-39. They generally support the Conservative party, and are most likely to hold a professional role in the Business, Consulting or Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations sector.”
It is amazing how surveys like these are able to tell and show us who the average Audi drivers are, what they do for a living, which party they support, and so much more.
What type of transport do Audi owners prefer the most?
Most luxury car owners prefer hiring first class auto transporters as luxury cars are expensive, and require extra care during shipping. The most preferred type of transport among Audi owners is the enclosed auto transport. Since Audi carries a sentimental value and most owners are very attached to their car, they don’t want to take any chances when picking the type of transport.
As your precious Audi deserves as much protection as possible during the shipping process, an enclosed auto carrier is the way to go. It offers your vehicle 100% protection and it offers you peace of mind. Just make sure you hire a reputable auto transporter that knows how to handle high-end vehicles and you will have nothing to worry about.
Corsia Logistics transports sports and luxury vehicles nationwide on a daily basis. We have experience transporting Audi. We know exactly how much you care about your vehicle and will do our best to transport to its destination without a scratch. Request a free, no obligation car shipping quote online or call (818) 852-5258 to discuss your car shipping options with one of our logistics experts.