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A-1 The dangers of cheap auto transport services
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.

 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 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.

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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

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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.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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