Auto Transport Bidding: Comparing Prices & Services

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Auto Transport Bidding: Comparing Prices & Services


Auto transport bidding is something that mainly happens behind the scenes, and which customers typically have little information about. Often times, customers may not even be aware that a load board is used within the industry. In this article, we’ll explain how the process of auto transport bidding works and then dive a little bit into how different shippers use load boards.

Technology has had a huge impact on logistics, including everything from communication and billing to allowing for a more streamlined infrastructure that makes business in the industry more efficient. As a result of developments in software and connectivity, many customers can now work directly with a shipper and cut out the middle man in a way they couldn’t have in the past.

In past years, you either had to contact a shipper directly to work with them or go through a larger broker to have your information submitted to a load board (see below). Now it’s easier for customers to work directly with carriers, and also for load boards to work more effectively, both for customers and auto transporters.


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Bidding On Car Shipping | What Is A Load Board?

When you contact a company to ship a vehicle, they make arrangements to pick up and deliver your vehicle with one of their auto carriers. Some brokers and larger shipping companies may use a “load board,”; which is essentially a listing of vehicles that need to be shipped. Carriers then bid on the job, competing to offer the lowest price to the customer, who then accepts or declines the bid.

Some popular names in the industry such as uShip are known to use load boards so that carriers in their network can bid on jobs. Businesses like eBay are known to use services like this to ship autos on a regular basis.

This wiki has some good information that covers the basics of how a load board works, as well as how it fits into the bigger picture of auto transport bidding.

Here’s how the bidding process works. This mainly applies to when you’re working with a broker rather than a carrier, which is a bit of a confusing distinction in its own right. (For more on the difference between carriers and brokers, see here.)

Comparing Bids From Different Auto Shippers.

As a customer, there are a few things you should know about auto transport bids before deciding to accept one. First of all, you can, and absolutely should, contact a couple companies to see what kind of pricing and service they offer. You’ll find that the cost may vary slightly between companies and so too will their level of service. If you don’t get a good feel from a company by speaking with them on the phone and requesting a cost estimate, that’s a good indication they may not be a good fit for you.

What you want to see from an experienced car shipper is that they are straightforward in their business dealings, transparent about their pricing, and honest about the services they provide. Of course, it’s not always easy to glean all of this from a simple phone call or website, which is why it can pay to contact a prospective company a couple times. This way, you’ll find out how good they are getting back to customers, what sort of response time, and the level of customer service they offer in comparison to others in the industry.

Have a question about auto transport bidding or how the process of connecting with a carrier works? Contact us today by calling the number at the top of the page and our staff will be happy to answer your questions! If you’d like an instant quote, please use our online request form at the top of the page!

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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