Auto Shipping Glossary: The Deposit

Auto Shipping Glossary: The DepositIn the auto transport industry, a deposit is a small amount of money that is paid to your auto shipping broker for their services. It is also known as a broker fee, deposit fee, or some other type of fee, even though technically it’s not; it’s just how the auto transport broker ends up getting paid. The deposit is the money that the broker makes off your car shipment, that’s all, and it varies from company to company. Most deposit prices are right around the $200 mark, maybe a bit over or under depending on the company. Auto transport companies that have a super-low deposit are usually scammers; either that or they’re so new they think that lowballing the deposit price on their orders will increase sales (a common mistake and one of the easiest for brokers to avoid – and also a common reason why so many don’t last a year).

The deposit is one of the most important things that you can pay because it gives the broker reason and incentive to actually work for you. Many companies will take a deposit either when you first place your order or when they dispatch your vehicle to the truck, and the latter method in particular is becoming much more common as it makes it easy for both customers and brokers when it comes to exchanging currency. Charging the deposit price when your vehicle is dispatched is a good medium between taking payment up front and taking payment when the vehicle is picked up. With payment upon dispatch, the broker does their job and does it right while the customer does not feel scammed during the process.

Payment methods for your deposit can vary widely depending on the company you are booking with, though the most common is via a credit card. Credit card is the best way to pay for your transport as it is generally much safer from a legal and financial standpoint than sending a money order or check through the mail, as transactions via credit card are recorded and fraudulent payments can quickly be assessed and taken care of. Auto brokers absolutely abhor bounced checks and stop payments and chargebacks on credit card payments, and that’s why brokers don’t last long; all it takes is one slip up with the payment for a customer to get pissed off, and the resulting issues are too great for such a small company. Don’t let this happen to you or to your shipping company; if you have more questions or concerns regarding auto transport deposits, give us a call and we can explain in more detail. You can also fill out our free online quote form to get multiple free car transport quotes from different brokers, and then you can call them and have them explain their deposit prices and payment details so there’s no confusion.

Auto Shipping FAQ: What Payment Methods are Accepted?

Auto Shipping FAQ: What Payment Methods are Accepted?There are literally thousands of different auto transportation companies out there today, all vying for your business, and all of them accept different methods of payment for their services – but most will also take the same types of payment, particularly the methods of payment. To start, most every company will be able to take your credit or debit card over the phone as a form of payment, and if they cannot take a debit or credit card chances are they aren’t really worth their weight in anything. Companies that can’t take a card number typically have had problems with credit card processing in the past, and that should be a huge red flag for you.

Another method of payment is what’s known as a telecheck, or a check by phone. These are used for customers that cannot give a credit or debit card, though there are some companies that prefer check by phone over any other method of payment. It makes it easier for some companies that use more traditional banking methods as opposed to more recent, tech-savvy ones, and most companies that take telechecks don’t really promote the fact that they do it, or else they try to get you to pay via card before any other method. Card and check are the two most common methods of payment when paying your broker, though some offer even more. You should talk to your auto transportation representative to get a full list of their specific payment methods if you have further questions.

Of course, when you pay the carrier that actually, physically shipped your vehicle, you’re going to have to pay them cash, cashier’s check or a money order upon the delivery of your vehicle. This is an important part of the industry you need to really understand – your auto transport broker may take a variety of different payment methods, but only cash, cashier’s check or a money order will be accepted by the carrier. As auto shippers drive from one city to another and make their money by driving, they can’t rely on checks or credit cards – checks can get cancelled or stopped, and even if they are good they still take time to process and carriers often don’t have access to a branch of their specific bank. Cash is best, though cashier’s checks and money orders give them flexibility when it comes to gaining access to their money. For more information regarding auto transport payment methods you can call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our live agents, and you can also fill out our free online quote request form if you’re interested in getting free car shipping quotes from reputable and reliable shippers.

Across the Map: Nevada Car Shipping Services

NevadaThe state of Nevada is the seventh largest state in the U.S. by total area, yet ranks 42nd in terms of total population and 35th in terms of population density. In other words, Nevada is a large state geographically but much of it is uninhabited; there are only a few spots of denser population, primarily in the Las Vegas/Henderson area and the Reno area, though the former is much more popular than the latter. Originally part of the Utah Territory after being ceded to the U.S. from Mexico in 1848, the discovery of the Comstock Lode and the subsequent gold and silver rush prompted Congress to carve the Nevada Territory out of Utah in 1861, which was granted statehood in 1864. For more information about Nevada, you can visit the state’s official website here.

Because of its low population density and large total area, Nevada is not considered an easy state to ship vehicles into or out of, at least by auto transport companies. As mentioned, there are really only two major metro areas in Las Vegas and Reno, and those are isolated in the middle of the desert, far away from any other major metro areas. Las Vegas is a popular shipping destination, particularly in the summer months when car shows are common and people are looking at showing them off. Though it has two east-west interstates running through it – I-15 services Las Vegas in the south, and I-80 services Reno in the north – they are not connected by a major interstate within Nevada, which makes it even more difficult for shippers to maneuver within the state of Nevada.

Of course, this isn’t the end-all, be-all when it comes to shipping a vehicle to or from Nevada; it’s really only going to affect your price. Shipping into or out of Nevada can be sort of a crapshoot unless you’re spending a bit more than the average, because many auto transporters aren’t going to want to go through Nevada unless they’re making enough on the route. It’s a tough route because of the lack of people, and the east-west interstates have a lot of nothing connecting the metro areas of Reno or Las Vegas to any others in the state or, really, even the region. Keep this in mind when transporting to or from the state and you’ll be okay. For more information regarding shipping to or from Nevada, read our helpful auto transport to or from Nevada article, and you can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our live agents at any time.

Auto Transport Services to New Haven, CT

Auto Transport Services to New Haven, CTThe city of New Haven is the second-largest in the state of Connecticut, after Bridgeport, and is currently home to over 130,000 residents. It anchors the Greater New Haven metropolitan area, which is home to over 862,000. New Haven was founded in 1638 and was a political and religious refuge for English Puritans escaping persecution from the religious leaders of Britain at the time. The city’s downtown was plotted in 1639 in a four-by-four grid and was known as the Nine-Square Plan; the design was so practical that it has since been deemed a national planning landmark. New Haven is located along the southern coastline of Connecticut, and you can learn more about the city by visiting New Haven’s official website.

Most auto transportation services to and from New Haven are achieved via Interstate 95, which runs north-south through the city. I-95 is one of the busiest interstates in the region, as it connects some of the largest cities and metro areas on the east coast including Boston, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, as well as larger cities further south like Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami. Because it passes through some of the biggest cities in the country, it’s a popular interstate for private and commercial vehicles, and auto transport to and from New Haven is actually cheaper as a result. Shipping from the southern states, or even from a city that can connect to I-95, will help the cause tremendously, though you’ll likely find that prices to and from areas directly west or north of the city may be more expensive to ship to or from as there are only state highways connecting them, particularly the various smaller areas in Connecticut.

Connecticut is also known for its harsh winter weather, which can adversely affect prices both to and from the state. During the fall and early winter months, before the heavy snows of January and February tend to hit, prices out of New Haven will likely be lower as many people end up shipping down south for the winter. This is known as snowbird season, as the people shipping down south follow the same migratory patterns as birds that migrate during the fall and winter. Shipments down to Georgia and Florida are typically much lower during this time than any other, though prices to the western parts of the country will likely be the same during the fall and rise significantly during the winter months. If you’re looking for free auto transport quotes to or from New Haven, you can fill out our free online quote form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. You can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our live agents for more information and you can also read more about shipping to or from New Haven via this helpful article.

Auto Transport by Region: The West South Central States

Auto Transport by Region: The Wets South Central StatesThe West South Central region is a region comprised of four U.S. states – Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The largest and most expansive by far is Texas, and as such it acts as almost a hub for the entire region. Home to over 30 million residents, the West South Central is a major part of the United States and its economy, particularly Texas as it is one of the most important states in terms of economics, as it is home to several major ports along the Gulf of Mexico, is rich with oil, and is one of the fastest-growing states in the country with a diverse economic landscape composed partly of financing and banking, healthcare, insurance, and so much more. Louisiana, too, has an important role to play in the West South Central, particularly the port city of New Orleans.

Transporting a vehicle into the region can be tricky depending on where you’re shipping to, but like most everywhere else in the country it helps your cause to ship to major metro areas within the region as opposed to somewhere small and hard to get to. Texas, for instance, is huge, and is home to two cities that are in the Top 10 largest cities in the U.S., but there’s also a lot of Texas that is barren and inhospitable – and, therefore, uninhabited. Uninhabited areas suck for transporters because it’s just part of the drive, there’s nowhere they can stop to find new customers, even in the small, rinky-dink towns in west Texas. In fact the west south central states are all like Texas – large, but with only a few scattered population centers. The rest is simply uninhabited land, generally cut up by freeways and the like.

Speaking of freeways, there are several major interstates that service the West South Central states, most notably I-10, I-20 and I-40, three major east-west interstates that work to provide access to most major metro areas in the region. I-10 is the most southern interstate in the region, running through western and southern Texas and also through southern Louisiana. I-20 runs through northern Texas and provides access to major cities in the northern parts of the state, while I-40 runs through Oklahoma and into Arkansas. Several north-south interstates also service the region, including I-35 in Texas and Oklahoma and I-49 in Louisiana and Arkansas. If you’re looking for more information on the region, you can read about the individual states via our Auto Transport States directory, and if you need quotes to ship a vehicle to or from a city in the region you can always call us toll-free to discuss it with a live agent.

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