U.S. based auto transport quotes are now easier to get than ever and, thanks to the connected world we live in, you can do it faster and easier than ever before. By simply doing a quick web search and entering some basic information, you’ll be able get competing estimates from several different domestic auto shippers in a matter of minutes. It’s really that simple! For more information on how it works, keep reading or contact us to get started with a free cost estimate right away!
When you search for an auto transport company (online or otherwise), the results will typically include a mix of brokers, carriers, and freight forwarders. Though all of them can help you, there are some slight differences that you might want to be aware of. For example, a car carrier is company or driver that does the physical moving of the vehicle. These companies are often small and operate in a specific region or part of the U.S.
The others you’ll encounter are a mix of brokers, freight forwarders, or some combination of carrier and broker. Companies that operate solely as brokers or freight forwarders are usually focused on organizing auto transport rather than delivering the service. They coordinate between customers and carriers to make sure that everything is in order. As noted above, an auto transport company can operate as both a carrier and a broker. Freight forwarders operate similarly to brokers, though with a little more hands-on approach.
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Most, if not all, companies will give you a free estimate on the cost of shipping a car in the U.S. and you should avoid those that don’t. You should never work with an auto shipper that requires an upfront fee to learn the price, or insists on any sort of commitment before everything is finalized. You might also notice, in the process of contacting companies, that the cost can vary somewhat widely. This happens for a number of reasons.
As you might expect, distance is the primary driving force behind the cost, but so too are the costs of gas, business operations, storage, permits, and any number of other things. For this reason, it is definitely worth your time to seek out a handful of companies before committing to one of them. You may contact three shippers and find the prices to be uniform, only to reach a fourth and a find a better service at a slightly lower price. Shopping around really does pay off and the smart companies understand this and make it easy for you.
Curious about the cost of shipping a vehicle anywhere in the USA? Contact us today, either through our online form or by calling the number at the top of the page to learn about our affordable options! All estimates are FREE OF CHARGE and there is absolutely no obligation required on your part!
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 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, 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.