Broker 4If you follow our car shipping blog at all you’ll likely know that we usually say that auto transport brokers are the companies that you want to book an order with, and not with direct auto transport carriers. The auto shipping industry has literally thousands of different companies in it, split up into three distinct categories: auto transport quote providers (that’s us!), auto transport brokers, and auto transport carriers. The way the division of labor in the industry is supposed to work is you go to the quote providers when you first start trying to find a company, who get you quotes from brokers; book your order with a broker, and then they will find a carrier to physically transport your vehicle.

The reason why it works this way is because of the fact that quote providers help you find brokers and brokers help you find carriers. In this way, everything is streamlined; by using a quote provider, you get quotes from different brokers – as many as you want, really, depending on how many different quote providers you visit – and then the broker you choose will use a nationwide load board that every reputable car shipping carrier uses to find a carrier in your area. If you were to book directly with a vehicle shipping carrier company, you’ll likely find it will take a lot longer to actually get your vehicle picked up.

See, brokers operate offices staffed with auto transportation representatives whose job it is to assist customers in getting their vehicles shipped. They are knowledgeable and understand the industry in ways that customers cannot – at least those who don’t ship cars on a regular basis. Carriers drive – they don’t have the time, money or resources to spend all day dealing with customers. Brokers have the ability to field many phone calls from many different customers and can juggle dozens of orders at one time, with the larger companies sometimes handling hundreds of shipments at once. Carriers can handle up to ten at a time.

Simply put, carriers don’t have the time to spend juggling all the customers that brokers do. They don’t have the office, they don’t have the phone lines, the capital or the business acumen to handle all that while still driving their truck hundreds of miles every single day. That’s why the vast, vast majority of carriers on the road actively rely on brokers to find them loads and keep their trucks full. Some carriers may operate offices that act as brokerages, but these are few and far between, just as there are brokers that may own a truck or two. While they may dabble, there is no company that actively does both – it’s counter-intuitive. Therefore, brokers are almost always going to be the companies that you want to book your shipment with.

If you’re interested in finding a reputable, reliable shipper for your next auto transportation experience, take a moment to fill out our free online car shipping quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top-rated car transport brokers absolutely free of charge, and once you have your quotes you can compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your specific needs. If you have questions about our services, how we operate or how the industry works in general, or if you simply need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.

direct carrier auto transport quotesAs you well know, today is Memorial Day. A day where we take some time and remember the men and women who have served (and given their lives) in our armed forces. It was originally known as Decoration Day and first observed in 1868, just three years after the end of the American Civil War and today is celebrated during the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a popular traveling holiday for many people; as a national holiday, most federal agencies are closed and many businesses are as well, save for day-to-day retail such as grocery stores and fast food chains.

Memorial Day is a time when few auto transport carriers are on the road, instead opting to spend time with their families. This can make it more difficult to find a carrier willing to travel during the holiday, and during the weeks leading up to the holiday some companies may refuse to take loads, so as to not have any vehicles on their truck when they visit their families. This can lead to longer pickup and transit times as well. Some carriers simply refuse to drive at all, if they have the luxury to do so; if they can’t be with their families they will simply just “take the day,” as most people like to do.

Travel during Memorial Day weekend can be brutal for auto transport carriers as well, which can also lead to longer wait times for pickup or delivery. The holiday disrupts a lot of businesses across numerous industries, including car shipping services, so you’ll want to account for that if you’re looking for shipping services across Memorial Day weekend. Our advice is to discuss your shipment with a live car transport representative; most brokers are still open on Memorial Day, believe it or not, though some are closed – worst-case scenario is they don’t answer your calls today and instead talk to you about your shipment tomorrow.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and need some quotes to do so, take a minute to fill out our free online car shipping quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated auto transport companies completely free of charge, and once you have your quotes you can begin to compare those companies against one another to find the right shipper for your budget and schedule. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your quotes, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time – including today, Memorial Day – to talk to one of our own live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your free quotes.

Moving 9If you’ve ever moved to another state before, you’ll know that moving household items can be a pretty expensive – not to mention time-consuming – endeavor. Have you ever stopped to wonder why exactly household moving costs are so high? As with any interstate transportation service, regardless of the industry, the costs involved in physically hauling that much stuff are pretty high for the companies that move them, and in order to cover those costs they have to charge their customers more. There are a few major factors that will play important roles in your price including how much you’re shipping and how far those items need to be moved.

Weight is perhaps the most important determining factor in your shipment, as most companies will charge a flat per-mile rate regardless of how much you need to ship. Household movers have a lot of different ways to factor the cost of household moving services, but their first look will be at how much you’re actually looking to ship, and the more you have to ship, the more expensive it will be. Things such as electronics and furniture tend to weigh the most, and they’ll often compose the bulk of your household goods shipping price. You should get an idea of how much your stuff will weigh before you actually start searching for quotes, though, so you’ll be better prepared when you start getting quotes – and your quotes will be more accurate as well.

How far your stuff has to go is also an important factor in your shipping price. Like with shipping a vehicle, distance will be a big factor in your price, and the further your household moving company has to go the more expensive it will be. Local shipments tend to cost the least – in-town shippers are a dime a dozen in most major cities and metropolitan areas, but interstate haulers are a bit harder to find. You can discuss your shipment with a live agent for more information, of course, and they’ll let you know what their tariffs and prices are in that regard. Different companies charge different prices in terms of distance, so gathering multiple quotes is going to be important to finding the right shipper for the right price.

The best way to go about finding a good, reputable household moving company would be to fill out our free household goods moving quote request form, which can be found on our Household Moving Articles page. There you’ll find our household-only quote request form, and when you fill that out and submit it you’ll get multiple free household goods transportation quotes from top-rated shipping companies. If you’re looking to ship household items as well as a vehicle, you can get both by filling out our free online auto transport quote request form and selecting the option to get household moving quotes as well as auto transport quotes. You can also contact one of our own live agents, any time, by calling toll-free at 800-930-7417 should you have questions, concerns, or just need some help getting your quotes.

Philadelphia 3Surprisingly, we have never discussed auto transport services to or from Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth-largest by population in the United States. The city is home to over 1.56 million residents and sits as the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley region, which is home to over 6.5 million residents spread across four states and anchored by Philadelphia. Philadelphia was founded in 1682 to serve as the capital of Pennsylvania Colony and played an influential and vital role in the American Revolution. It was the site of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution and during the 19th century became the prime cultural, economic and industrial center of the region.

Philadelphia anchors the Delaware Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly known as the Philadelphia metro area, though that is not its official name according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Home to a population of over 6.5 million residents the metro area is the sixth-largest in the United States. Auto transport carriers prefer to run routes into and out of major metropolitan areas as opposed to more rural areas, as there are a lot more opportunities to find customers and keep their trucks full of cars. This ends up costing the carrier less in the long run, which helps to keep prices for customers lower as well. As one of the largest cities in the United States, and a major east-coast city at that (which is where the majority of carriers like to travel), Philadelphia has become one of the most cost-effective cities for carriers to run routes through, and as a result one of the cheapest cities to ship a vehicle to or from.

Part of that is the ease of access that auto transport carriers enjoy. As one of the largest cities in the state, as well as a major economic and cultural center, Philadelphia has several major interstates and state highways that run through it, with perhaps the most prominently traveled being I-95. A major north-south interstate that services the largest cities on the east coast, I-95 sees some of the most auto transport traffic of any interstate in the entire country – it only connects the two largest auto transport locations in the state together along one easy-to-navigate route, after all, and extends from the northeastern corner of Maine down to Miami, in Florida. Not only that but I-95 connects to almost every major east-west interstate as well, which leads to lower prices on most routes into and out of Philadelphia – and anywhere else on the interstate, for that matter.

The weather likely won’t play too large a factor in your shipment. South of the major snow areas, Philadelphia does occasionally see some wintry weather, but with the urban heat effect it’s relatively calm most times of the year. Storms can cause delays, but unlike shipping into and out of more snowbound areas, particularly in the northern U.S., carriers can usually weather the weather in Philadelphia more easily. This keeps prices into and out of Philadelphia lower through the slowest times of the year, and during snowbird season – typically late summer through the winter – Philadelphia sees a lot of auto transport traffic, even if fewer customers are shipping to or from the city during the slow times.

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from Philadelphia, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes from top vehicle shipping companies in your email inbox completely free of charge. Once you have your quotes you can compare prices and services and even discuss your shipment with one of their live representatives right over the phone. You can also contact one of our own live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time, particularly if you have questions about our services ,the industry in general, or if you need some help getting your free quotes.

customerserviceperson-aasFinding a company that can successfully transport your vehicle for you can be a challenge – luckily, it’s gotten a lot easier over the years, and today the internet has made finding a trustworthy company easier than ever. One thing that the internet hasn’t really changed much in the industry, however, is the idea of a booking number, which is perhaps the most important number you will have when you end up shipping a vehicle.

When you book an order you are assigned an order number. This number is yours, and yours alone, and is used by your vehicle shipping broker and your carrier to reference your shipment. Typically they’re six digits long, though different companies use different software to keep track of all their customers and their numbers may be different. Some systems even use letters and numbers, to better help differentiate themselves from other shipping companies, but no matter what your booking number is it will be one of the most important things that you can have. Many companies will also give quote numbers out when you get a quote from them – this is really helpful, as your quote number will almost always also be your order number, should you book with that company.

By having the same number throughout the entire shipment, confusion is cut down tremendously. For companies that have multiple representatives that work on one order, keeping track of who has done what and who has talked to the customer and what the conversation was about is very important. And many auto transport brokers often work with customers that have the same name, or who are shipping along the same routes or have the same basic vehicles. What’s nice is that when your order is dispatched to a carrier, your carrier will use the same order number your broker assigned to you, so from start to finish you have one reference number. This makes everything so much easier and faster, and cuts down on confusion between all the different people that might work on your shipment.

If you’re interested in transporting a vehicle and need some quotes to get you started, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top car transport companies completely free of charge, and once you have your quotes you can then compare those companies against one another including their prices and services and find the right shipper for your needs. If you have questions about our services or the quotes you’ll receive, or if you need some help getting your quotes in the first place, don’t hesitate to give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents any time.