Understand What Auto Transport Company Does What When You Ship a Vehicle
As you likely know, there are three types of auto transport companies out there that all play a role in shipping your vehicle. In this helpful blog post, we’re going to break down what company does what and give you some information on how to go about dealing with each type so you can make the best decisions for yourself and the overall good of your auto transportation services.
The first company you’ll want to talk to is what’s known as an auto transport quote provider, and they are literally exactly what they sound like – they provide you free quotes from different auto transport companies to ship a vehicle. American Auto Shipping is an auto transport quote provider – while we don’t actually ship your vehicle for you, we get you quotes from the companies that will ship your vehicle, and those are the companies that you want to deal with when it comes to shipping a vehicle. Quote providers get you multiple free quotes, which allows you to compare prices and services and ultimately allows you to choose which company you want to book with based on your own list of criteria and factors. We get you the quotes and let you decide where to go from there.
Once you get your quotes, you’ll be dealing with the auto transport brokers. Brokers are the companies that you ultimately want to book your order with because they have access to thousands of nationwide carriers and usually will be able to get your vehicle picked up within a week or two from when you book your order. This is the standard turnaround time for brokers, though it can take as little as a day or more than two weeks to get your vehicle onto a carrier, depending on various factors such as where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, and any special considerations such as what type of carrier you need and whether your vehicle is running. Brokers take care of all the minutiae of your shipment including payment methods and searching for a carrier for you.
Brokers hire auto transport carriers to ship your vehicle, and carriers are the last type of company you’ll be working with when it comes to shipping your vehicle. Auto transport carriers are exactly what they sound like – they’re the companies that drive the large trucks around that vehicles are shipped on, and without them there is no car shipping industry to speak of. However, they rely primarily on brokers to find them loads – carriers don’t have time to waste looking for cars to ship, so they pass the buck to the brokers in order to focus on driving their giant trucks hundreds of miles every day.
So, to recap: you use quote providers to get free quotes from brokers, who in turn find carriers who will physically transport your vehicle for you. Once you get quotes (thanks to the quote provider) the broker will be your main source of information regarding your shipment, so you’ll want to make sure you have the name of your representative at the brokerage and their contact information on-hand pretty much at all times. If you need to get free quotes, you can fill out our free online quote request form or call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time. If you call our toll-free number you’ll speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions, give helpful, friendly advice about your shipment, give you a good overview of the industry in general and help you navigate our website and get your free quotes. It’s that easy.