What is the difference between car shipping Brokers and Auto Carriers?

What is the difference between car shipping Brokers and Auto Carriers?

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In short, an auto carrier owns and operates its own fleet whereas a broker contracts out the auto transport to an auto carrier.

With a fleet of over 40 car shipping vehicles, A-1 Auto Transport is an auto carrier servicing the United States and abroad. Considering shipping your car? Get a car shipping instant quote with A-1 Auto Transport now.

Who owns the car haulers?

A broker does not own any automobile transport trucks. What Brokers typically do is take a deposit for your auto transport and then utilize a network of trucking contacts in the auto shipping business to try to move your car for the price they promise you. While the price they typically offer you is low compared to an auto shipper like A-1 Auto Transport they often can’t move your car in a timely fashion, or often for the price they promise.


A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.


Non-refundable deposit?

Brokers usually charge a non-refundable deposit, which they keep for their commission when arranging for your auto shipping. At A-1 Auto Transport we offer access to a full refund if we haven’t moved your car within our Service Window (a set time frame).

DOT Numbers

One easy way to tell if someone is a broker or an auto carrier is to ask them for their Department of Transportation (DOT) number. DOT Numbers are assigned to trucking companies, including ones specializing in auto shipping like A-1 Transport. You can then look up the DOT number with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at this website: http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx

A-1 Auto Transport’s DOT number is 690117

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Joe Webster

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 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, Inc., 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.

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