Know How to Pay for Auto Transport
It’s important that you know how to pay for auto transport services, or at least understand the options that you have. Most of the time, shipments are done via door to door with cash-on-delivery as the preferred payment method. This is standard in the industry. Carriers like having flexibility regarding their pickup and delivery locations, which door to door services give them. They also like getting paid upon delivery as that cash tends to go into their fuel tank. But there are some other options available to you in how to pay for your shipping services.
Some different ways you can pay for your shipping services
The most common alternative to cash on delivery payments is to pay the entire balance up front. This is known as a pre-pay, or a billing, as the carrier has to send the broker a bill to get their money. Many carriers don’t like this approach because it requires them to wait for a check to come, often through the mail. Some can do a check by fax but usually it takes a week or two to get paid after they complete an order. This can disrupt their cash flow, which can be a problem as you can understand. However, there are still plenty of carriers that will accept billings, particularly the larger companies that operate multiple trucks.
Another options that is less popular is cash on pickup. It’s exactly what it sounds like – you pay the carrier at pickup instead of delivery. This is less popular for the same reasons that pre-paid orders are. But, it does put the cash in the carrier’s hands more quickly which helps. Please keep in mind that carriers cannot take checks or credit cards – cash, cashier’s check or money order only. If you cannot pay them using one of those methods, it may be best to go pre-pay. We recommend speaking to an agent to learn more.
Do I need to know how to pay for auto transport to get quotes?
Not at all! That’s the great thing about free quotes – you can know absolutely nothing about shipping a car and still get them. If you fill out our free quote form you’ll get free quotes emailed to you from some of the best auto shippers in the industry. We know they’re among the best because we make sure of it ahead of time. They are fully licensed and bonded, top-rated, and work with only reputable, reliable carriers. More to the point, you can contact them and speak to an agent about your shipping needs. They can give you a quote over the phone, answer questions, and give you more information about how to pay for your auto shipping services. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact one of our own agents any time at 800-930-7417.