Choosing a reputable auto transport company can be a daunting task for any first-time shipper. Whom should you trust? What is the difference between auto transport brokers and carriers? Without understanding how the auto-transport industry works, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Consider this: 50% of car shipping orders never ship. That’s right. Many first-time shippers fall into the trap of looking for the lowest possible shipping quote. This is usually a recipe for disaster. The lowest price is the last thing you want. Why so?
Shippers need to understand that brokers don’t actually frankly even can’t guarantee shipping. A dishonest broker might offer you a “super low-price,” but that doesn’t mean a thing. In the auto transport industry, it’s not carriers bidding on shippers’ orders but rather shippers bidding on carriers’ truck space. Carriers are the actual drivers, most of whom are independent contractors. They’re the ones who determine price.
What really happens when you agree to a shipping order? A broker posts your shipment information on a central board where drivers look for work. That’s all. Drivers then pick what orders they want based on price. Higher price has a much better chance of being shipped earlier. Booking an order a month or two in advance won’t change that as the rates change on a regular basis due to supply and demand and therefore quotes are only valid for up to 10 days.