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Auto Transport Trucking Companies: The Good & Bad

Searching For A Good Car Shipper

We’ve all had a bad experience with customer service. Either something isn’t delivered as promised, some unexpected costs arise, or there’s some other surprise you weren’t expecting. A quick look around the internet will show you that it happens with auto transport trucking companies too. In fact, you’ll probably find some real doozies out there for most companies. However, there are some ways that are more effective when searching for a good car shipper.

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Like any other type of service, there are consumer review sites that offer information on companies that work within the trucking and transport industry. The catch is that most of them are actually advertising companies purporting to offer a consumer service. That’s not to say that they’re not helpful--they certainly can be. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most of the “consumer sites” offer a paid service that can drastically and suddenly improve the rating of your business. Even the Better Business Bureau, often looked to as a leader in consumer protection, offers paid services that claim to offer a healthy return on investment for joining.

One way to assess a transport or trucking company is by looking them up with either their USDOT# or their operating authority. Operating authority can be expressed as an MC#, FF#, or MX#, depending on the type. Using this information, you can look up the safety and performance records of trucking companies using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.

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Car Haulers, Trucking Companies, & Tow Trucks

Auto transport is a large industry that touches on and overlaps with other industries in the cargo and logistics world. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine which type of company does what service. For example, a local tow truck operator may offer auto transport services within a certain area, but not to another state or over a long distance. A trucking company may mainly move other types of cargo, but be willing to transport vehicles occasionally. And a car hauler may operate as both an auto transport company and a local tow service.

Simple enough, right? The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to deal with an auto transport company if you’re having a vehicle shipped over any significant distance. If you’ve ever paid to have a car towed 20-30 miles, you realize how prohibitive the cost can be. Compare that to the roughly 50 cents per mile you’ll pay with an auto shipper and the choice becomes obvious.

Another distinction among auto transport companies is that between carriers and brokers. Again, the lines get blurred with some companies operating as both, but it’s an important difference to understand. A broker is typically a company that simply arranges transport between the customer and the carrier. The carrier is the one that does the actual transport of the vehicle. One isn’t necessarily better than the other; it often comes down to personal preference. Some customers prefer working directly with the carrier, while others appreciate the options that are offered by a broker.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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