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Independent Car Transporters For Hire

Published by Joe Webster.

Independent Car Transporters For Hire

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 hires them to pickup and 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, and that has its own benefits.

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.

Independent shippers (or owner-operators) often own and operate the trucks used for transporting cars and vehicles, thus availability is not an issue. They work with other businesses to fill up their cargo trucks with automobiles. This is how things work since independent vehicle shippers (once again business owners and operators) often lack the resources to market their vehicle transport services and reach out to potential clients directly.

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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 car shipping companies operate as both a carrier and a broker, which blurs the lines a little bit.

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Once you’ve found a few independent auto carriers and drivers that you’re interested in hiring to move your car to your destination, it’s a simple matter of sending off an email or making a quick phone call to see what kind of prices and vehicle shipping 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.

Relevant Statistics

  • Over 85% of all car transportation in the United States is handled by independent car haulers.
  • Independent car haulers transport an estimated 2 million vehicles annually.
  • The average independent car hauler completes over 100 vehicle deliveries per month.
  • Approximately 95% of new car dealerships rely on independent car haulers for their transportation needs.
  • Independent car haulers contribute over $2 billion to the US economy each year.

General Facts

  • Independent car haulers are individuals or companies that transport vehicles from one location to another.
  • They play a crucial role in the automotive industry by providing transportation services for cars, trucks, and other vehicles.
  • Independent car haulers often operate their own trucks or trailers to transport multiple vehicles at once.
  • They may work directly with car dealerships, auto auctions, or individual customers who need their vehicles moved.
  • These haulers require proper licensing and insurance to ensure the safe and legal transportation of vehicles.
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Are you looking for an independent auto carrier or driver to ship your vehicle? Call us at the number at the top of the page to learn how we can help! We ship to and from any state in the country. All price quotes are FREE for all inquiries and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the process or what’s involved.

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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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CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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