How to Avoid An Auto Transport Scam
The auto transport industry is an interesting industry, but if you don’t know much about it it can seem pretty daunting and scary thanks to the many stories of unscrupulous businesses floating around the dark corners of the internet.
Car transportation is just one sector of the U.S.’ logistics and freight-hauling industries, and it can seem like the regulations and rules afforded so many other sectors are forgotten about when it comes to vehicle transportation.
If you dug around a bit we’re sure you’d find dozens of stories of customers who had their vehicles dropped off damaged, held hostage, bait-and-switched – the list goes on and on. So how do you know how to spot an auto transport scam?
It’s easier said than done, of course, as many times you can call legitimate companies scammers because of certain practices or policies that, to the unknowing customer, can sound fishy when they are perfectly legit and accepted. Let’s go over a few of the easiest ways you can avoid an auto transport scam.
Typically, scam companies will have poorly maintained websites with little true information. Likely there will be no contact information, particularly no phone numbers or e-mail addresses at which you can get a hold of someone in the company.
They will likely have few pages on their websites aside from a home page and maybe FAQ and services pages, but those don’t tell anyone much anyway. A great way to go about avoiding a scam company is to check them out on Transport Reviews and the BBB, as legitimate companies will have a lot of positive reviews and longevity.
Auto transport has a high turnover rate, with many companies failing after the first year or two. Companies that can survive multiple ups and downs are companies that have great contact and usually a solid reputation, which is just as important as being around a while. For more tips and more information about avoiding auto transport scams, visit our tips for avoiding auto transport scams article.
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