When looking for car shipping services, you will find that you can choose to book with a broker or a carrier. A traditional carrier deals with their own trucks and will send one of them to pick up and deliver your vehicle. A broker, on the other hand, is responsible for helping customers find and coordinate shipping services. Carriers don’t have time to spend dealing with customer service, so they rely on brokers to help do that part for them. Not only can car shipping brokers simplify the auto shipping process, but they can save you money as well. Here are a few reasons why you should consider working with a broker if you want to reduce costs.
As stated before, carriers only deal with their own personal fleet of trucks. This means they have to schedule pick up and delivery around their specific schedule. If they don’t have a truck in your area, you could be waiting quite a while for shipping, not to mention it could cost you more since they will have to send a truck to pick up your vehicle. Brokers, on the other hand, work with tens of thousands of carriers, so they can easily find a truck in your area. Not only does this expedite the shipping process, but it saves you money because the truck is already in or near your area.
Since they work with so many different carriers, brokers are able to collect multiple quotes from multiple carriers in a short amount of time. Access to such a large number of carriers means you have the ability to compare prices and find the lowest quote. Keep in mind, however, that these initial quotes might be lower than the actual price. Be sure to provide as much information about your shipment as possible and ask the right questions in order to get the most accurate quote.
There is always the possibility that a carrier will break down or experience mechanical problems during transport. If you are working with a traditional carrier, you have to wait for them to send another truck, which could mean longer delays for you and additional costs. Brokers, on the other hand, can quickly make arrangements for your car to be picked up by another carrier close by which translates to faster delivery times and lower costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.