Why Working With Auto Transport Brokers is Always Better

Military 2You hear it all the time: “auto transport is full of scammers.” “Auto transport is a shady industry.” “I had a brother that shipped his car, they really screwed him!” I’ve heard these statements more times than I care to admit, mostly from customers fed up with their old auto transport company and looking to find a new one, a better one. And then there’s the people that don’t even do that; they just complain for ten minutes over the phone, then say “well I’m just going to go with a carrier directly,” or “why not just skip the middleman?” or something like that. My response is always the same: “Good luck finding them.” There’s a reason why the auto transportation industry works the way it does: it may not be perfect, but it’s the best that it’s going to be. If you’ve read anything about the industry you’ll understand that most of the advice you read online is geared toward setting you up with a broker to handle the shipment of your vehicle. This is by far the BEST method of booking your shipment, and in this blog I’ll explain more about why and how brokers actually benefit you in the long run.

For starters, brokers are the go-to in the industry because they’re the easiest to find. Whether you use a service like ours (fill out one form, get multiple free quotes from brokers, book your order) or you find them online in a Google search, brokers are the companies that you see first and foremost. Why? Well, the main reason why brokers are a dime a dozen is because they don’t physically move your vehicle; the carriers do that, and they spend all their time driving, not working on their advertising campaigns or figuring out new ways to appeal to customers. They rely on brokers to do that, to find them new loads, so why would they want to sink money into advertising online when a) brokers do that anyway and b) they can simply call the brokers looking for loads? Brokers are not just customers’ go-to; they’re also a carrier’s. You can find carrier companies directly online, but they’re usually buried under pages and pages of search results that score higher than they do. Their websites are usually old, if they have one at all, and you’re lucky if they have a quote form on their site at all (most don’t).

The job of an auto transport broker is to find you a carrier – and to find customers for carriers. They’re a vital part of the industry for this reason alone. Let me put it this way: if you were to book directly with a carrier company that has, say, a fleet of five trucks, your pickup date could be anywhere from a week to two weeks or even more depending on where their nearest truck is at. It also depends on how full those trucks are – you could possibly be waiting months for a pickup, if they are a busy carrier company. Factor in as well the fact that most auto transport carriers only service specific routes (Boston to Miami, New York to Chicago, Los Angeles to Seattle, etc), and your search just got a whole lot harder. Now, imagine having someone who’s sole job it is to wade through all those different companies and find one that is not only near you (or will be near you soon), but also has room on their truck for your vehicle AND runs routes along the route that you just happen to need transportation services along. Wouldn’t that be convenient? Those types of people exist – they’re called auto transport brokers.

You get your horror stories in every industry – seriously, the best interior painters in the United States probably have bad reviews. You can’t satisfy everyone, but you CAN do the best job you can and understand that sometimes things just don’t work out. We ran a piece a while back called the “auto transport broker horror story” – it’s an insightful post about different problems people have with brokers. But those people are few and far between, unless they get shacked up with a bad company from the get go. Doing your homework on the broker you choose is important, and really the best way to go about it would be to find one through an online quote provider – like us. Not to toot our own horn here (well, maybe a little), but we do most of the detective work for you in that we make sure that the companies we work with are fully licensed, bonded, insured, have good ratings with the BBB and also that they come highly rated via Transport Reviews and other online auto shipping review sites. We make sure that we get you in contact with only the best shippers in the industry, all brokers, because that’s who you want. You can fill out our free online quote form and get multiple quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour, and if you have questions about the information in this (or any) post, you can simply call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent who can help you navigate the site or simply answer questions and help you get your quotes.

Flood Damage an Increasing Problem on Used Vehicles

Dealer 3The auto transport industry transports hundreds of thousands of vehicles a year, some of which are purchased by a customer from an out-of-state dealership and then transported back to them. This is a good way to go about it, more often than not, but there’s something that online shoppers can’t do, which is actually see the vehicle that they are purchasing, particularly if it is used. As the world gets more and more digitized, online shopping has become one of the best tools that people have at their disposal; no longer are we required to go anywhere, really, to get shopping done, at least not if it suits us. But there are dangers that are inherent when it comes to online shopping, namely not being able to see the “actual” product that you are purchasing – you see a picture of the thing, sure, but when buying from retail stores it’s like buying a burger at a fast food joint: what you see isn’t always what you get. This is prevalent in the used car industry, and Auto Trader recently did a great article about flood damage to vehicles and how to spot it, which is something that everyone buying a used car should do. But what if you can’t? Here are a few ways to go about it.

For starters, Carfax is your best friend when buying online. Carfax is one of the best tools for buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle from an online dealer, because it provides a great overview of the history of the vehicle. Carfax isn’t the only vehicle history report you can find, but they’re one of the best and most widely used, and while it does cost a bit of money you’re already spending a lot of it on a car you’re purchasing out-of-state, so what’s the harm? Not all vehicle history reports will report on flood damage, so in addition to whatever vehicle report you decide to get you should also hire a private vehicle inspector before the vehicle is shipped to you. A private inspector will be able to objectively look over the vehicle and look for any problems ahead of time; you can do this at any time before you purchase the vehicle or have it shipped to you, which is something you’ll definitely want to do, especially if it’s coming from a third party or a used vehicle dealership.

Of course, once the vehicle is slated to be picked up, it will be inspected by the driver before it’s loaded onto the truck itself. This will also tell you some things about the vehicle, and as you will be inspecting the vehicle upon delivery, you’ll also be able to give your vehicle a good once-over. The inspection during the auto transportation process typically just looks at the interior of the vehicle, and the inspection will take place between the driver and whoever you’ve chosen to be there for pickup (usually an employee at the dealership or the person you bought the vehicle from). You should still inspect upon delivery, however, as that will be the best way to go about it. For more information about the auto transport industry, you can read more on our blog roll, and you can also learn more at our helpful auto transport articles section. For free auto transport quotes, fill out our free online quote form or give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live representative who can give you a quote right over the phone. It’s that simple./

Car Transport to Essex, Vermont

Essex 1Essex is a town located in Chittenden County, Vermont – not Essex County, like many people tend to think. The second-largest municipality and largest town in the state, Essex, Vermont is home to over 19,000 residents and was first formed in the early summer of 1763. Organized as a minor township, Essex remained primarily a rural farming community – hence the low population count even today. However, in the late 19th century the Village of Essex Junction – itself located within the town – was formed to provide residents wanting modern upgrades such as a working water supply and sewer system with those amenities without disturbing those that still wanted a more rural, rustic lifestyle. Basically there are now two distinct governments presiding over the area that is Essex: one, the Town of Essex, and the other, the Village of Essex. Several ballot measures have been proposed over the years to merge the two, as the Village of Essex no longer lives in the Dark Ages, as it were; however, neither town nor village has voted for merger at the same time. If they were to merge, Essex would likely be renamed the Town of Essex Junction, with one government presiding over both the old town and the old village. Read more about it here.

Essex sits a few miles east of Burlington, the largest city in the state, and as such has access to many amenities afforded to the people of Burlington without succumbing to urbanization the way that Burlington has (of course, Burlington is hardly an “urban” city; with just 42,000 residents, it is one of the smallest cities that is also a state capital in the United States). Essex sits squarely in the Burlington metropolitan area, which is home to almost a third of Vermont’s total population; this makes transportation and from Essex that much easier, though despite the fact that Interstate 89, the main north-south route through Vermont for auto shippers, runs through Vermont, the only way into or out of Essex is via state route, of which there are two that connect to the interstate: SR-15 and SR-117.

This makes it easier for auto transportation companies to get to and from Essex, but Vermont is one of the least popular auto transport locations in the U.S. and as such you’re likely going to be looking at higher prices and longer pickup and/or delivery times as a result. Shipping to an area like White River Junction, which is where Interstate 89 and Interstate 91 meet, could provide you some cheaper prices when shipping to Vermont, and we recommend speaking to one of your representatives regarding that. Winter shipping will likely prove expensive and time-consuming as well; Vermont is known for its heavy snowfalls in the depths of winter, and this can make it more difficult for auto shippers trying to get in and out of specific areas of the state. Talk to your auto transport company, or if you’ve yet to find one, fill out our free online quote request form. It takes two minutes, depending on how fast you type, and you’ll get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within the hour. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions, help you get quotes and give you great advice on car transport to Essex, Vermont.

Auto Shipping FAQ: What if my Carrier Can’t Get to My Delivery Location?

Newark 1With so many major cities across this vast nation of ours – many of which were built up prior to the invention of the automobile – it can be difficult for auto transportation drivers hauling around large trucks with ten cars on the back to get into some areas, particularly in downtown cores of said major metro areas. Cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and even more western cities like Kansas City, Detroit, Denver and Portland have narrow, tightly-packed streets in many downtown areas and even in outlying communities that were established before the adoption of the car as the country’s preferred method of personal travel. Today, this leads to cramped and often dangerous areas for auto transporters to drive and operate in, and many major cities have ordinances on the books restricting the movement of larger trucks through the downtown districts, which obviously makes it impossible for auto shippers to actually get into and out of those areas. So what are you to do?

Well, the main thing that car transport drivers will do is negotiate an alternative pickup or dropoff location for your vehicle. As most companies that ship cars today move vehicles door-to-door, this means that they’ll have to meet with you in an alternate location in order to pickup or deliver your vehicle. Usually they’ll do this in large parking lots (Walmart lots are common due to their size). The openness of the parking lot structure makes it easy for auto shippers to get into and out of them without too much hassle. If you’re shipping to a more suburban area pickup or delivery of your vehicle near your home is much easier to accommodate considering that the streets tend to be wider, easier to navigate, and there are less restrictions on vehicle size in the area.

You’ll definitely want to talk to your auto transport driver about your pickup or delivery location, and you can also suggest alternative areas to meet them if they are having trouble finding a suitable area. Bedroom cities near the city you’re looking to ship to can also help with price as well as with pickup or delivery services, so keep that in mind. For instance, if you’re shipping into Los Angeles – a popular area for shippers to move in and out of, but also a pain due to the many buildings squished into a tightly-packed area – you could suggest picking up your vehicle in a bedroom city such as San Bernardino or Glendale instead. These areas are easier to maneuver within due to their more spread-out nature, and while it does make you drive a bit more out of the way to get your vehicle or have your vehicle picked up, it does make it easier for the shipper – and will likely lower your cost too. If you’re looking for auto transport quotes, fill out our free online quote form; for questions about this post, any post on our site, or just general information questions, call our toll-free number at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent.

Auto Transport Tips: How Shipping Multiple Vehicles Saves You Money

Carrier 13The notion of transporting multiple vehicles and saving money seems rather absurd to many people – after all, if one vehicle costs $800 to ship, wouldn’t two vehicles cost $1600 to ship? You’d think, and in some instances you’d likely be right, but really it’s like any time you buy something in bulk: the more you buy at once, the cheaper it is per item. For instance: you can pay $4 for four rolls of double-ply toilet paper at the local market, which equals about $1 per roll. But, if you go to Costco, and buy 48 rolls of toilet paper in one big bundle, you’ll likely only spend $12 on the entire thing (these prices are just examples, mind you – I have no idea how much a huge thing of toilet paper costs at Costco), which equates to about $.25 per roll – that’s a huge discount! Again, I’m probably way off on the real numbers, but the idea is that when you buy a bulk amount of items you end up paying less per item, and this works in just about any industry, including auto transport.

The reason why it works in the auto shipping industry is that more vehicles per load equals less stops that an auto shipper has to make, basically. Think of it this way: auto shippers tend to have to zig-zag around the country, or the region they’re operating in, in order to pickup and deliver loads. Now imagine that they only have to make two stops: one pickup, one delivery, as opposed to 8-10, and they still make the same amount of money, if not more, for that one delivery. Multiple vehicles being picked up allow them to do that, especially if there’s an entire load of vehicles (this is why auto shippers tend to want to ship for manufacturers, as they can just deliver an entire load straight to one dealership from the factory). It’s a lot easier for shippers to make one delivery of ten vehicles than ten deliveries of one vehicle each, as it cuts down drastically on how much they spend in fuel and tends to decrease the amount of time it takes. This is the main reason why shipping multiple vehicles nets you a discount per-vehicle, even though you’re spending more on the entire shipment.

It’s also why it’s going to be a lot cheaper to ship multiple vehicles with one carrier as opposed to shipping with 8-10 individual carriers. Plus, when using a car transport broker to setup the shipment for you, they tend to take a commission on a per-carrier basis; that is, if you’re shipping eight vehicles and they have to find eight different carriers for you, they’ll charge full-deposit for each vehicle, because that’s a lot of work. However, finding one carrier for you that can haul all eight vehicles takes a considerable less amount of work, and like the carrier they’ll give you a discount on their price per-vehicle, saving you money on the broker fee. So you end up saving on the shipment itself as well as the broker fee, which can add up to literally thousands of dollars in savings.

Of course, it’s going to cost you a lot more than shipping just one vehicle, but that’s the way it goes. Multi-car shipment discounts tend to help out customers that ship a lot of cars, like auction houses or dealerships, so if you find yourself moving a lot of cars at once quite often, it’s best that you find a broker and stick with them. Not only will you get the broker fee discounted for shipping multiple vehicles (and the per-vehicle cost from the carrier as well), but brokers tend to reward repeat customers with discounts as well. Brokers keep track of every single order that they ship, and if you ship multiple times with a single company you’ll likely start seeing even more discounts based on your loyalty to them. You can find a shipping company easily simply by filling out our free online quote form – it takes about a minute and you’ll get multiple quotes from reputable and reliable brokers that you can team up with to get your freight shipped. If you’re shipping more than one vehicle, just put one in the form (we only have room for one vehicle in our quote request form). When you get your quotes, you can talk to those brokers about all the rest of the vehicle you’re shipping and they can give you customized quotes right over the phone or through your e-mail. If you have further questions, you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417, and read more about the car shipping industry via this helpful link.

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