There was a time when getting an auto transport quote was much more of a process than it is today. So what’s changed exactly? The simple answer is technology, and specifically, the daily use of the internet as a resource in our day-to-day lives. To say it’s changed the industry would be an understatement. A simple web search will yield an overwhelming number of results, even for something that seems like a fairly specific service like shipping a car. Sound familiar?
Many of the results you see when you’re looking for an estimate from a car shipper are the result of this influx of technology. Just a few years ago, the phone book may have been your only option to find an auto transport company--something that could be challenging if you were trying to ship your car to another country.
What you seen now when you search for companies or price quotes are a number of businesses and websites that operate on the fringes of the industry. Brokers, freight forwarders and other types of businesses are all vying for the same customers and web space as the carriers and shippers actually doing the work. In some ways, this is not a bad thing as auto shipping involves a lot of different things that these roles all fill to some extent.
The problem is that many of these options don’t deliver on what they promise, or are just flat out deceptive in regard to their role in the process. Keep reading below to find out how this can unnecessarily complicate the industry and make it more difficult for consumers to get the services they’re looking for.
Instant Quotes: The Good & Bad Of Overseas Shipping
Instant price quotes are great, but there can be problems with them. Some of the websites you’ll find that advertise international auto transport estimates do not have actual shippers considering your information that will give you an accurate estimate. However “instant” a price quote may be, it should still be given by a certified expert and not a machine-generated algorithm.
The smart (read: successful) companies out there give quotes in real-time by someone who knows the ins and outs of the process. This is the way we’ve operated since our inception and we’ve witnessed the slow decline in quality of some of our competitors in that time as they’ve come to rely more on automated methods. Price quotes, especially for shipping to another country, should be given by a professional with the expertise to provide an honest and accurate estimate of the cost.
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Written By:Joe Webster
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.