A-1 Auto Transport Directory: Carriers, Brokers, & Movers
While it’s not always easy to determine which auto transport company is a carrier and which is a broker, both can arrange car shipping on your behalf. The primary difference is that brokers simply arrange for transport, while carriers are the ones actually handling the physical delivery. There is not a decided advantage to using a carrier over a broker, other than your own preference. (It should be noted that many companies operate as both a broker and a carrier.) When you use a carrier, you deal directly with the company that will do the transporting, whereas a broker takes the details of your transport request and contacts carriers on your behalf.
Moving companies operate in a similar fashion to car shipping companies in the sense that you will find both movers, who do the actual labor, and brokers, who contact movers for you. If you’re moving locally, either within the same city to another city nearby, you’re more likely to be dealing directly with a local moving company. If you’re moving long distance, to another state, or even another country, there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll be dealing with a broker. As with auto transport companies, there are some moving companies that work as both brokers and movers.
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How To Use The Directory To Your Advantage
The directory above is simple to use: just click on the option you’re seeking services from and you’ll find an exhaustive reference of available options that includes ratings and customer reviews for each one. The advantage this provides is that allows you to quickly and easily get a snapshot of several different companies quickly and assess their performance based on customer feedback. Since the auto transport and moving industry both operate in a way that provides an estimate before you commit to service, you can save considerable time by picking out a few that best fit your needs and calling them for an estimate. After that, it’s a simple matter of price comparison and some basic research to find out which one is best for you.
Car Transport & Moving Resources
FMCSA Company Snapshot - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) database allows you to look up auto transport companies using either their motor carrier number or their USDOT number. It’s one of the best available tools for researching companies as it provides safety and performance information, as well as current operating authority.
Moving Company Registration - Similar to the FMCSA vehicle shipping database, the moving company registration look up provides information about companies in the moving industry. An added benefit of this resource is that you can also search by state, which comes in handy if you have an in state move planned.