How To Find Independent Car Transporters For Hire
Hiring an independent car shipper is a fairly easy process once you understand everything that’s involved. For the purposes of this page, when we use the term “independent” we’re referring to those auto transport companies that are not part of a larger chain or network.
To clarify this point a little further, an example of a network would be a company such as uShip. They are effectively a broker that partners with independent car shippers and hire them to transport the loads they receive from customers. Essentially, when you’re looking for an independent car transporter to hire, you’re looking directly for the carrier and not the larger umbrella company that they operate under.
So, how do you go about finding an independent car shipper?
The answer is that you look in the same places you would for any other type of business service you’re considering. The internet and the phone book are your two best options, though it’s important to keep in mind that an independent transporter may not have as much of a web presence (or advertising budget) as some of the larger names in the industry.
In the auto transport industry, independent shippers are typically the owners and operators of the trucks. They partner with companies in order to make sure they have a full truckload before transporting the vehicles. The reasons things operate this way is that independent auto shippers (again, the people that are owners and operators) don’t always have time to handle all the marketing, outreach, and other things involved with finding customers.
This arrangement allows independent shippers to partner with larger operations to benefit both parties. For a more in-depth look at the difference between a broker and a carrier, you can find more information in this article. An important distinction to remember is that some companies operate as both a carrier and a broker, which blurs the lines a little bit.
Once you’ve found a few independent auto carriers that you’re interested in hiring to move your car, it’s a simple matter of sending off an email or making a quick phone call to see what kind of prices and services they offer.
Precautions To Take When Hiring Car Shippers
Once you’ve gathered a few cost estimates from the companies you’re interested in working with, it can be helpful to do some basic research to make sure they are in good standing.
The main place to check the status of operating authority, safety records, and any disciplinary action is on the website for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. There you will find a host of resources pertaining to the auto transport industry, as well as a database that you can use to look up specific transporters and their history.
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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.