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When you are in the process of deciding which auto transport broker to use to ship your vehicle, one of the things that you'll notice is how much auto transport quotes vary by a large amount between different companies. With many of the auto transport companies offering free, instant quotes, seeing these variations may confuse you.
Though choosing to automatically go with the company offering the lowest quote is not the smartest option, understanding why auto transport quotes vary will help you to make a better-informed decision.
Not all auto transport brokers are completely forthcoming upfront. The less transparent ones may provide you with a low upfront quote, but it may not be that accurate. That's because they may have various hidden charges or charges that won't appear until later on. Some of these charges can include:
Of course, while there are some auto transport companies that hide these hidden fees with their initial quote, companies such as A-1 Auto Transport, are completely forthcoming about fees from the very beginning. This might explain the differences in quotes that you're provided with.
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When you're inputting your information to receive an auto transport quote, keep in mind that each company has a different set of prices that they charge per mile when calculating your costs. Even though you may be entering the exact same information with two different companies, one company may charge a higher amount per mile than another.
Of course, fluctuations in fuel prices can change the amount that you're charged per mile in the general sense, but some companies react more to these fluctuations than others.
Some auto transport brokers have certain carrier relationships that allow them to provide better deals to their customers. This is usually a case of the carrier providing a cheaper price to the broker, which they make up for by having a steady stream of customers provided to them. Carrier relationships are important for many brokers, as they allow the brokers to both increase their profit margins and to pass on some of the savings to their customers.
In some situations, the auto transport carrier that is transporting a higher number of vehicles along a certain route will charge less than a carrier that is transporting fewer vehicles. The auto transport carrier transporting seven vehicles on a trailer, for example, will charge less than one who is transporting just two vehicles along the same route. In many instances, larger auto transport carriers provide better prices as a result. They are able to make up the difference in charging less than smaller companies through the volume of sales.
At A-1 Auto Transport, we are always completely transparent about our auto transport quotes and are priced extremely competitively. Make sure to visit our website today for your free quote!
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.
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.
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!
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.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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