Auto Transport Customer Red Flags
We’ve talked quite a bit about different red flags that auto transport carriers exhibit and what to watch out for when searching for a shipper to haul your vehicle. But now we’re going to flip that around and discuss some of the red flags that carriers like to avoid when searching for freight to transport. These are things that you do, or things about your order, that carriers see and that make them think that they might want to pass on your load. There are a few different red flags that carriers look for when they are determining whether or not they want to ship your vehicle, so read on to see what red flags are most common and how to avoid them when searching for a carrier for your needs.
A big red flag is your price – if it’s too low they won’t ship it, straight up. This has a lot to do with the route that you are going along as well; some auto transport carriers out there today only run specific routes through specific cities, as opposed to going where the customers are, so sometimes there are so many loads on a route that carriers can pick and choose which cars they want to ship and ignore the ones that aren’t paying enough. What route you need service on will determine the carriers that ultimately look at your vehicle and take interest, and your price will determine how quickly carriers call on your load. Pricing and route are the two most important factors to a carrier, remember.
Another big red flag is how the carrier gets paid – cash on delivery shipments are the preferred payment method because carriers know that when they deliver a load they’re going to get paid by the customer at delivery. There are other payment options, the main alternative being a pre-paid shipment – this requires carriers to wait for their money, and requires them to fax or mail or email an invoice to the company who brokered the load – your broker, as a matter of fact. If a broker asks you to pay your entire shipment up front, you may want to look around for someone else; pre-paid shipments tend to take longer to find a carrier and often take longer for the carrier to pick your vehicle up, as they kind of treat pre-paid shipments as the low man on the totem pole. Why rush to deliver a vehicle you won’t be getting paid on right away?
There are, of course, plenty more, but these are the main ones. If your price is good and the route is good and the payment method is good, it shouldn’t take long to ship your vehicle, and if it is taking a lot of time for your broker to find a carrier you may want to start looking around for someone new. If you’re in the market for a shipping company to transport your vehicle, give us a chance to help you – if you fill out our free online auto transport quote request form you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. American Auto Shipping is fully licensed, bonded and insured. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents any time with questions or concerns.