What an Auto Shipping Broker Actually Does
When you ship a car, one of the first things that you’ll want to do is get free quotes from different auto shipping brokers that can help you ship your car. Brokers are actually an integral part of the vehicle shipping industry and process, believe it or not, and what they do to help goes a long way to making your shipment easier and more affordable. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different auto transport brokerages across the United States (and the world, though we don’t provide international shipping services so we’re focusing on U.S. brokers in this post). Their job, simply put, is to get your vehicle moved at a good price and within a reasonable amount of time.
Of course, if you’ve ever shipped a car before you know that this is much easier said than done, which is why a broker is so important. While it may seem like it takes a while, and is expensive, to use a broker to ship your car, it’s a lot safer and, in the long run, better and faster than if you were to book directly with a carrier. If you booked directly with a carrier company instead of using an auto shipping broker like we recommend, you’ll usually find yourself waiting days or even weeks longer than otherwise. It usually costs more, too – an auto shipping broker has access to all the different carrier companies on the road today, which usually means that they have the ability to foster competition between carrier companies, which results in lower prices. Some routes may have the opposite effect, in that there are more customers than potential carriers, so carriers can actually cherry-pick the highest-paying loads first. This, though, is usually rare, as brokers do a good job of moving freight before it can get jammed up.
Another thing that your auto shipping brokerage can do is make it faster to get your vehicle picked up. If you booked your shipment directly with a carrier company, they’d have to actually get to your pickup location, which can take days or weeks if that carrier is across the country. But there are thousands of different carriers on the road, and they’re all over the country from the Pacific Northwest to the tips of Florida, from southern Maine to Northern California. Brokers can help find a carrier in your area, making it easier and more cost-effective to ship your vehicle.
Are you interested in shipping a vehicle? If so, take a moment and fill out our free online auto shipping quote request form. If you do, you’ll get free quotes not just from one auto shipping broker, but up to ten. They’ll look at your shipment and calculate a custom price for it based on the information you provided and their own knowledge of the auto transportation industry. They’ll email you your quotes as soon as they complete them, which means the first will show up within minutes and they’ll trickle into your email inbox within about an hour. If you have questions about our services, or if you would like some help getting your quotes or understanding our services, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.