Auto Shipping Glossary: The Transport Broker
An auto transport broker is a type of auto transport company that can help you get your vehicle shipped from A to B. While they do not physically ship your vehicle (as a carrier would), they arrange the transportation of your vehicle and make sure that all the right paperwork is submitted and that everything is on the straight-and-narrow when it comes to transporting your vehicle. They also help speed up pickup times by finding an auto transporter in your area that can pick your vehicle up in a day or two, though it can take up to a week to have your vehicle dispatched and picked up. This is a part of the industry that is rather misunderstood, and this can give brokers a bad rap because people think they just steal their money and aren’t looking for a shipper to physically pick their car up. But this is usually far from the case.
With such a vast and geographically diverse country as the United States, there are areas of the country that are more difficult for auto shippers to get in or out of. Likewise, there are areas of the country that don’t see a lot of traffic due to low population density or lack of major metropolitan areas, and there are some areas of the country that are quite isolated and a combination of both (see: Maine). Therefore, some parts of the country are going to be quicker to find a carrier to pick your vehicle up in than others. Major cities in populated states or areas are generally cheaper than isolated cities. The interstate highway system is also a good indicator of how popular certain areas are. For instance, Myrtle Beach is a popular location for customers to ship their car, but it doesn’t sit along a major interstate and is only accessible by smaller and less-traveled state routes. On the flip side, Miami sees a lot of carrier traffic because of how easy it is to get into and out of the city; because of this, it’s generally cheaper to ship to or from. Brokers are ideal middlemen because they actually help keep the carrier prices lower than they would be without them; not only that, but by making sure they only use licensed and insured transporters they force out all the scammers and ensure that your vehicle is only shipped with reputable and reliable carrier companies.
If you are interested in getting quotes to transport your vehicle, you can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get up to ten free quotes from reputable and reliable auto transporters who can help you with any type of transportation service you need. You can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to one of our helpful representatives, who can answer any questions you have as well as take your information over the phone to get you in contact with multiple auto transport companies who can help you get from wherever it is you are shipping from to wherever it is you need to get to.