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. However, 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 a free car shipping quote directly from us. We take all major credit and debit cards and only ship our customers’ vehicles COD.