Auto Transport Tips: Know Your Representative
When you ship a vehicle, the most important person you will talk to is your representative. There are lots of different word s for them and what they do – some prefer agents, others prefer representatives, still others call themselves auto transport experts – but whatever the name, your agent represents the brokerage that will help you ship your vehicle. This is important, because your representative is going to be your go-to person for the duration of your shipment. They’ll help you book your order, they’ll find a carrier for you and schedule pickup for you, keep you appraised of where the carrier is and what they’re doing – they’re the most important person for you, aside from maybe the carrier.
This is why it’s important to know your representative. And this means getting their name and their direct extension at the office and actually talking to them about your shipment. As your representative is your go-to contact when shipping your vehicle, you should focus on talking to them first before talking to anyone else. They know the details of the auto transport order you placed with their company, as they’re the one you booked with. Some companies will have different agents all answering the phone, which makes it all the more important to know who you’re talking to and who you’ve been dealing with. That way, whoever is helping you can quickly figure out what’s going on with your order and help you answer your questions.
See, not every auto transport company works the same way; some agents answer the phones when they ring, while other companies have a receptionist. Some companies make their representatives dispatch their own loads (in other words, finding carriers for their customers) while others run entire dispatch departments. Make sure to ask your agent or representative how their company is structured in that regard; while neither way is necessarily better than the other, it’s good to know who is going to be handling each step of your shipment. So know your agent – it’s easy to do, and most of the time only requires you to take a few notes like name, company name and phone number (and maybe email) so you can keep track of who you’ve spoken to and who you booked with and more.
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