Every industry out there has their dirty laundry. Whether it’s corruption in politics, bribery in Fortune 500 companies, or a secret ingredient that goes on every cheeseburger a fast-food company sells, every company out there has secrets that it keeps from its customers. It’s part of the magic of capitalism, the behind-the-scenes actions that lead to our juicy Big Macs and our fear of missing out on Black Friday. Well, the same goes for the auto transport industry and the companies that are involved in shipping vehicles. Unlike some industries, the secrets that auto transporters keep are anything but ground-breaking or earth-shattering. Still, though, you may want to keep reading to learn more about common auto transport secrets that you may not know about.
One of the biggest auto transport secrets of the industry today is how connected everything is. With both brokers and carriers fighting everyone else for loads and money, it’s a bit surprising that there’s communication between your broker and carrier at all. See, when you ship a vehicle, you book through a broker, who finds a carrier to ship your vehicle. But when it comes to actually arranging pickup, aside from giving you a range of dates that the carrier will arrive, that’s pretty much it. Brokers do a lot, don’t get us wrong, but their job is pretty much a glorified messenger once your vehicle has been scheduled for pickup.
Another secret is how little brokers actually know about pricing freight. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. To put it bluntly, most brokers suck at pricing freight. On most routes, average prices dictate how much you end up paying, and most of the time the carrier has the final say in how much they charge to ship a vehicle for a customer (typical capitalism, really). When brokers price freight, they aren’t talking to carriers beforehand; they’re relying on those averages when giving out quotes to customers, and if they’re off, oh well! With prices changing as often as they do, many brokers who don’t understand the trends tend to get left behind, and by left behind we mean they price freight incorrectly and either screw their customers or don’t get any to begin with. Pretty sad.
So what does all this mean for you? Well, if you keep these auto transport secrets in mind when you ship your next vehicle you will gain a better understanding of how it all works and can also avoid some of the more common pitfalls that happen to customers. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle and need some quotes to get you started, fill out our free online quote form; it takes only a minute and nets you multiple free quotes from multiple auto transportation companies. Once you have your quotes you can compare prices and services and even talk to a live agent over the phone. If you have questions about our services, or if you need some help getting your quotes to begin with, you can always call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live, helpful representatives.