Auto Transport Directory: Carriers & Brokers

Welcome to the A-1 Auto Transport guide to auto transport carriers and brokers! On this page, you’ll find important information that will help you find a reliable car carrier or broker that you can trust, as well as the necessary licensing numbers to do further research on companies.

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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. 


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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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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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