Auto Shipping Glossary: Booking Number
Finding 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.
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