Shipping a car can be a complicated business, especially when you approach it from the outside. If you’ve done an online search for auto shippers or services, you’re likely familiar with the abundance of options out there. What’s not always clear is whether you’re dealing with a broker, a carrier, a freight forwarder, or some combination of the three. For many customers, the idea of shipping a car with a carrier, rather than a broker, is the preferred route.
Why Not A Broker? Thought they make up a significant portion of the business, not all customers are comfortable dealing with a broker. The reasons for this can vary, but the most common one is that they prefer to deal directly with the person or company providing the service. It’s a pretty understandable notion that reflects something we can all relate to. After all, if a broker is simply someone that puts you in touch with a carrier, it seems like it would make sense to cut out the middle man and deal directly with an auto carrier.
Car Carriers - Car carriers are the part of the industry that does the heavy lifting: they’re the ones that physically move the vehicle. As mentioned above, many customers would prefer to speak to and deal with the person who will be handling their vehicle, rather than a third party that is not as close to the physical work being done. Given the high value of vehicles and the importance in our daily lives, this is understandable.
Is It Easier To Ship A Car Without A Broker?
The answer to the question posed above is that it depends. In some cases, yes it can certainly be easier to have a vehicle transported without a broker. This is especially true of shorter trips and car shipping in a local area or region. In these cases, it’s often easier to find a local option with a documented track record. When you’re looking to ship a car across the country, or to another country, it gets a little more complicated.
As you might expect, operating a car carrier service means that much of your labor costs are tied in paying drivers and dispatchers to keep everything operating smoothly. What that doesn’t always allow for is the time to properly manage things like marketing and advertising that will bring in more customers. This is where the relationship between brokers and carriers starts to make a little more sense, at least in terms of the transport industry.
Since brokers play a major role in coordinating shipments, carriers and customers alike tend to rely on them to keep things operating smoothly. In some cases, a car shipping company may operate as both a carrier and a broker. In these cases, they usually accept requests that that they can handle or fit their service area, and parcel out the other assignments to other companies.
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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.