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Should You Work With A Broker To Transport Your Boat?

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  1. What A Broker Does
  2. Disadvantages Of Working With A Broker
  3. Is It Worth It?
Should You Work With A Broker To Transport Your Boat?

Brokers operate within a strange space in the transport industry: a lot of customers are reluctant to use them, and yet they make up the bulk of the vehicle shippers you’ll find online. With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a dive into the world of boat transport brokers, and the relationship they have with customers and that carriers that actually do the legwork of shipping the boat. Ultimately, we hope to answer the question, “Should you work with a broker to transport your boat?”

What A Broker Does

Some people may not be familiar with what exactly a broker does, specifically in the boat transport world, so we’ll briefly go over what their role is in the process of shipping a boat. At the simplest level, a broker is someone who is a facilitator of vehicle transport. In other words, they do not move or transport boats themselves, but work as someone that connects customers with carriers, the companies that do the moving. Just as a broker helps customers connect with carriers, they also help carriers by finding them customers—something that busy companies does always have the time or resources to do on their own. 

Advantages of Working With A Broker

Since brokers are not the people that actually handle the physical moving of your boat, it’s understandable that some customers are reluctant to work with brokers. However, there are some advantages. For one, brokers have existing relationships with a number of companies that transport boats and other vehicles, so they’ll be able to cast a wider net as far as securing options that fit your request. This, in turn, creates less work for you since the broker is able to quickly put you in touch with multiple options, rather than searching for them yourself. 

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Disadvantages of Working With A Broker

The downside of working with a broker is that you’re not dealing directly with the company that will be moving your boat, at least not until the broker connects you with them (typically a very speedy process). Additionally, a broker does collect a small payment in this arrangement, which could potentially, though not necessarily, result in a higher overall payment if they carrier charges more to recoup the fee. In the boat and vehicle transport industry, brokers are much easier to find than carriers which is part of the reason they’ve become such an integral part of the business. It’s also important to remember that some companies operate as both a broker and a carrier, blurring the line between the two. 

Is it Worth It?

Ultimately, the decision as to whether or not you should use a broker to ship a boat is up to you. If you’re willing to put in the work of searching for companies that do the shipping (carriers) and contact them on your own, then you may not need a broker. If, on the other hand, you think you might need help finding a carrier and organizing the logistics of who’s available, when, and where, then it might be a good idea to reach out to a carrier. 

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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. 

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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