Auto Transport Tips: What a Car Shipping Broker Actually Does
We’ve talked a bit about what a car shipping broker actually does in our blog roll before, but never in our “Auto Transport Tips” section, which is actually a pretty important segment on our blog. A broker, as you probably know, is a middleman, more or less, but while in some industries they can be frustrating and actually make things more difficult for you, in the auto transport industry that couldn’t be further from the truth. Believe it or not, the car shipping broker is a pivotal piece of the puzzle that is actually getting your vehicle shipped. They make things safer, more reliable and more accountable, and they also make sure that your vehicle gets picked up when you need it picked up, while also keeping prices more affordable and competitive. Let’s explain.
In the vehicle shipping industry, there are really two types of companies: brokers and carriers. Carriers are the company that physically ship your vehicle from A to B, and you’ve probably seen one or two or fifty on the road already – they’ usually have ten cars strapped to the back of them. Carriers come in all different shapes and sizes and there are thousands of them on the road today. However, carriers know this, and they often try to jack up prices in order to make more money. Brokers don’t let them do that; instead, a car shipping broker actually helps to foster competition among carriers, because if one carrier says they can ship a car for $500 and another says they can do it for $450, which one will the broker go with? If you don’t know, that’s okay, and we’ll tell you: the cheaper one.
See, that’s a broker’s job – to find you top shipping services with a good carrier at the best price that they can. In this way, they actively promote competition among carriers, which means they force carriers to keep their prices lower and prevent price gouging. Not only that, but they also promote good work; a broker can easily take a look at a carrier’s rating and say “nope, you’re not good enough.” Today, customer complaints and bad reviews can be death knells for auto transporters, both brokers and carriers alike. While we, the quote provider, make sure we only work with top brokers, those brokers make sure they only work with top carriers, because if they don’t their customers will simply find someone one else with a better rating and record.
Ultimately, booking with a car shipping broker is going to lead to better prices and services than booking with a carrier. If you want to learn more, give us a call any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our agents, as they can answer questions, give advice and explain more about what brokers and carriers do and the division of labor in the car shipping industry. You can also get a free quote any time by filling out our free quote form. It won’t take you more than a minute or two from start to finish, get an instant price immediately right on your screen. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. So either call us or go online and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.