Why Asking for More Money Isn’t Always a Scam
The auto transport industry is a fickle thing, one that customers can easily get a bad taste over if they aren’t accustomed to some of the practices of the industry. Because of the way that the industry is setup, there is an emphasis on money – of course, with any industry money is always the primary motivating factor, but unlike Jack in the Box prices for car transport services change rapidly, which can make for a pretty confusing industry to work in and be a customer of. Some of the things that companies do can strike customers as off, fishy, or scammy – but rarely is it actually the case. As a customer you should be aware of how the industry works and, in particular, why a company that asks you for more money is not always trying to scam you, particularly brokers, and here’s why: they’re almost always at the mercy of the trucks that they hire to ship their customers’ vehicles.
This can be a problem. Auto transporters charge amounts that they know will cover the cost of fuel and food and the like as well as pocket them a bit of a profit. Generally they don’t make much after all is said and done, which is why carriers tend to prefer cash-on-delivery payments – they barely break even most of the time, which necessitates them going from city to city as quickly as possible. They are very much susceptible to the fluctuations of diesel prices – a swing of five cents in either direction can cause price hikes of a hundred dollars or more on certain routes. And if gas prices jump when your broker is still looking for a transporter to ship your car, well…you get the idea. This is why many brokers, when they fail to find a carrier within the pickup window they gave, will tell you more money is likely going to get it moved faster – because it will. Carriers don’t pickup loads for two reasons: the pickup or delivery locations are not favorable or it’s not paying enough to make enough money on for them to take it, and generally it’s a combination of the two. At the end of the day auto transporters will only haul loads that they can make money on, and if you want your vehicle picked up quickly it’s something that needs to be accepted. Brokers give, on average, a one-to-ten-day pickup window for transport because that’s normally how long it takes to get a vehicle picked up in a time of no fluctuations in price. If the prices change, however, during that window, or the price was too low to begin with, more money will almost always be the first thing the broker suggests.
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