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Do Auto Transport Companies Offer Payment Plans or Financing Options?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. How to Know if Auto Transport Companies Offer Payment Plans or Financing Options?
  2. Two Separate Companies are Involved in Auto Transport
  3. The Auto Transport Carrier Pays a Lot Upfront
  4. Both the Auto Transport Broker and Carrier are Taking a Chance
  5. Credit Cards Could Be an Option
  6. Related Information & FAQ
Credit Cards Could Be an Option

How to Know if Auto Transport Companies Offer Payment Plans or Financing Options?

Shipping a vehicle can be expensive and out of your budget. However, for many, shipping their vehicle is essential, no matter the price, such as for those who are moving to a new city.

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If you find yourself strapped for cash or unable to afford auto transport services, you may be wondering if auto transport companies offer payment plans or financing options. The truth is that most auto transport companies do not offer payment plans or financing options because of the following reasons:

Two Separate Companies are Involved in Auto Transport

Most of the time, when you need to have your car sent, you'll work with a broker instead of directly with a car shipping firm. The broker then contracts with a car freight company to complete the journey. First, you'll need to pay a deposit to the auto transport broker, and then, after delivery, you'll pay the auto shipping company. Payment plans or financing options could further complicate matters, as they would necessitate setting up separate monthly arrangements with both the broker and the carrier.

Auto Transport Companies Offer Payment Plans

The Auto Transport Carrier Pays a Lot Upfront

An auto transport carrier has to pay a lot upfront, especially considering the cost of gas, the road expenses, the driver's salary if he or she doesn't work independently, maintenance repairs, and so forth. Given how much they rely on cash flow to sustain their business, an auto transport carrier could not afford to wait for the payment to arrive in monthly installments, especially since there's no guarantee that the person will actually make timely payments, if at all.

Both the Auto Transport Broker and Carrier are Taking a Chance

If a person chooses to not make payments, both the auto transport broker and the auto transport carrier will be losing money. They do not have the financial resources, such as a bank, to try and collect late payments, so if they do not get paid, it can be catastrophic to their business operations, especially due to the high overhead costs that they have. It's nothing personal against the customer, but dishonesty is a reality, and the auto transport industry is not immune from it. That's why auto transport companies are extremely strict in terms of their payment requirements.

Credit Cards Could Be an Option

Putting more on your credit card than you can afford and carrying a month-to-month balance as a result is not recommended, but if you have no other choice, it is an option. This version of a payment plan is a workaround over the fact that most auto transport companies do not offer one. Just make sure to check ahead of time with the auto transport company about whether or not they accept credit card payments.

The Auto Transport Carrier Pays

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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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45 Campus Drive
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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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Boca Raton, FL 33431
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