BBB Warns of Fraudulent Auto Transport Company
The Better Business Bureau has recently warned of a fraudulent auto transport company that’s trying to steal people’s money. They’ve been operating as Elk Horn Express Transport, out of Idaho, and apparently they’ve been scamming people that primarily buy classic cars on the internet. The BBB has given the company an “F” rating and has more information on Elk Horn Express’ BBB business page.
As you can read in the first link above, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires each licensed vehicle transporter to have a Motor Carrier Number, or MC#. This includes brokers and carriers. Apparently, the fraudulent Elk Horn Express has used the MC# for a company that is no longer in business.
How this fraudulent auto transport company was caught
The BBB tracks reviews and complaints of thousands of different companies in all different industries. Most of the time their review process is fairly straightforward, and companies can be accredited businesses by joining with the BBB. Joining, however, is not required.
After multiple reviews left from real customers, the BBB began to investigate, and this is what they found. This writer’s own impromptu investigation noticed that while Elk Horn has a website, they are not listed on Transport Reviews. This is not an indictment, but it definitely makes it harder to say they are a legitimate business.
Regardless, as of now, do not do business with Elk Horn Express Transport. They require customers to wire money, which is a big red flag that we’ve talked about before. Legitimate shippers will take credit or debit cards or even checks by phone.
Tips for spotting a fraudulent auto transport company
Fake auto shippers can be hard to spot because the industry doesn’t have a lot of regulations. But this is a great article to start with. There are a few things that we didn’t mention, such as how asking you to wire money is a major red flag. But we covered that above, so you should be golden.
You can also look up MC Numbers through the USDOT website. This information will show you if the company is active and if they are licensed and bonded and allowed to transport vehicles.
Also, only work with companies that have some longevity. You can look at how long a company has been operating on the BBB website and also Transport Reviews, both of which were already linked here. Auto shipping has gotten a lot safer in recent decades, but scam artists are like viruses – they keep mutating, trying to find news ways to get the drop on unsuspecting victims. Be prepared, be vigilant, and only work with companies that are trustworthy and that have proven it.
Stay safe from fraudulent auto transport with American Auto Shipping
It’s important to understand who and what you’re dealing with. With American Auto Shipping, you can speak to an agent any time. You can get all the information you need about us and what we do right here on our website, and can speak to someone immediately if you are unsure. Transparency is important. More important than that, though, is that we do our homework. Any company that we contract to help ship your vehicle is vetted by us beforehand. This means we make sure they are legitimate, that they have all their paperwork filed and that everything is on the up-and-up. So don’t go with just anyone – trust the trustworthy with American Auto Shipping.