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A-1 The dangers of cheap auto transport services

Published by Joe Webster.

A-1 The dangers of cheap auto transport services

The Dangers of Cheap Auto Transport Companies

The vehicle shipping industry is a very competitive business and there’s a lot of companies in the mix looking for an edge. Unfortunately, some companies will go to extreme lengths to win a bid, even if it’s not realistic to move a car or truck at that price. Why would a company do this?

The reason is that many of the companies you find online are brokers and not carriers, which is not a bad thing in and of itself. The industry works mainly through brokerages, so that means many of the companies you get a bid from are not the company that will move your vehicle. Instead, they find a carrier that will hopefully fulfill the order at the price quote they’ve given. If no shipper is willing to do the work at the given price, then nothing really happens, which is where many of the complaints in the industry stem from.

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Shop Around For Value Instead of Shipping Cost

The best way to avoid getting caught in a bad spot with a cheap and dishonest auto transport company is to get quotes from several companies. It’s pretty clear what’s going on if you get four quotes between $600 and $800 and one company grabs your attention with an estimate that’s only $400. This is a red flag and it usually, though not always, should trigger suspicion on your part.

Sound tricky? Well don’t worry, there are plenty of trustworthy car shipping companies out there that do things the right way. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from questionable companies and lowball quotes is to shop for value instead of price. This runs counter to much what we’ve been taught about what we should look for as a consumer, but it’s the best course of action when it comes to finding a company you can trust. As you might expect, these “lowball quotes” either lead to nothing happening or inflated overage costs to make up for the unreasonably low bid.

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Guide To Finding A Reliable & Trustworthy Company

There are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself from scams and questionable transporters. Here are three great tips that will point you in the right direction and keep you from getting the wool pulled over your eyes by underhanded companies.

Know What You Need

Knowing what specific service you need or prefer is an important first step in searching for a good vehicle shipping company. That starts with understanding your auto transport options. You may want more protection from potential damage, a faster delivery time or insurance that offers more coverage than what’s offered by the transporter. You might even want all the above! That’s not a problem, but knowing the specifics of what you’re looking for will go a long way to helping you get the best value.

Do the Research

Some companies have a poor safety and performance record but have enough online real estate to convince you otherwise. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that any company hauling vehicles have a USDOT number that tracks auditing practices and safety records. Take advantage of the ability to look up a company using this information before committing to an online quote. You’ll be glad you did.

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Get It In Writing

Before you pay a deposit or hand over your keys, make sure you get the contract in writing. You should go over the contract carefully and make sure it matches up with your expectations of the service you’re paying for. Before any type of cargo is moved, including any type of auto, a bill of lading should be given to you. It details what exactly is being hauled, the condition it’s in, who owns it, who’s moving it and where it’s going. This document is how you log a complaint and resolve disputes so make sure you hang onto it!

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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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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

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

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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
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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