Auto Transport & Auto Shipping Industry Exposed

The auto transport industry is 90% run by brokers! Most car transport companies do not own car trailers. They don’t have the staff or budget to market themselves to the public or the customer service team to support their customers. They generally rely on word of mouth or local advertising to do business. Carriers rely heavily on brokers to fill their trucks and keep them moving.

Car transport brokers have access to hundreds of carriers and can generally accommodate you anywhere you may need your car picked up or dropped off. Working with a trusted broker can help you get a better price or find a company you might not otherwise find on your own. The broker can also provide you with a more competitive price quote and offer you better support. Many of the drivers are one-man operations or understaffed to provide you with quality customer service.

How does the car transport industry work?

When you get a quote from different companies/brokers, they are all competing for your business. But the reality is that you are actually bidding for drivers to move your car. If your quote is too low, your car will not be picked up or delivery may take a few weeks.

Here’s an example of how this works: Let’s say the route is (NJ to FL). There are typically 20-40 cars waiting to be picked up at the dispatch board used by all truckers in the industry. They are all priced from highest to lowest. Drivers will be more attracted to loads that pay more. So if you chose the lowest listing and there are 10 cars listed higher up the list, your car will be sitting in your driveway for a while. Your cargo will be the last to be picked up, or you may simply never be assigned a driver while a rogue broker promises you the world and keeps your money.

How to get the right auto transport quote?

In the industry where money talks, your budget will determine the price for your vehicle to be picked up and delivered. It is not always recommended to choose the lowest car transport rates. We constantly hear complaints from consumers who first dealt with low quotes and then opted for a higher quote – they picked up their vehicles in 2-4 business days.

Search Google for “car transport quotes”, “car transport rates” or “car shipping quotes” and visit various car transport company websites. Get quotes from individual companies or comparison sites and compare rates. You can check out the company’s history on sites like Transport Reviews.

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