Choosing the Right Auto Shipping Carrier
There are a number of different auto shipping companies out there today – though the industry is a rather niche one, it’s relatively easy for new companies to try their hand at, and there are constantly new companies opening and others closing and therefore finding the right auto shipping carrier can be somewhat of a challenge. This is why most customers like to use a broker – instead of having to search the yellow pages or the classifieds online for a carrier company, a broker can easily find one for you since they have access to long lists of active carrier companies that they could work with. Brokers provide a level of safety and security as compared to trying to find an auto shipping carrier yourself, and that peace of mind is crucial for many a customer.
But how do you choose the right shipper? In this blog we’re discussing finding the right auto shipping carrier, which to be fair is a bit more difficult if you booked your shipment through a brokerage. But the way the system works is you book your order with a broker and they find a carrier for you. This can be frustrating if the broker you are working with isn’t doing their due diligence in making sure a carrier is reputable and reliable – there are literally thousands of different carrier companies on the road (this is not an exaggeration), and sometimes bad ones get loads that they shouldn’t get because of a lack of name recognition. If a broker can’t book your shipment with one of their preferred carriers, they’ll have to take a chance on a new company.
So what can you do to make sure that your broker chose the right auto shipping carrier for you? Well, one of the best things to do is to simply read some reviews of that company on Transport Reviews or Only Carrier Reviews. Those are two of the main auto shipping review websites for customers, and are treasure troves of information for customers and brokers alike. They can give you a good idea of how a company operates; if there are a lot of five-star reviews for a company over a long period of time (a year or more, typically), chances are they are reputable and reliable and will do a good job. Companies with lots of bad reviews should be shunned, of course, but new companies without a lot of reviews often need business in order to get their name out. Talk to your broker to find out more about their criteria for finding a good, reputable carrier company and make sure to do your own research once your order has been booked.
If you are trying to find a company to get your vehicle shipped and are unsure where to start, the best place to go is a quote provider and get some free quotes from top-rated shipping companies. That’s what we do – if you fill out our free online vehicle shipping quote request form, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from some of the best car shippers in the industry, companies that we clear for both dependability and reliability and that we ensure are fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you would like to speak to someone over the phone to get your quotes, you can speak to one of our live agents any time at 800-930-7417.
Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.
He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.
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