When it comes to transporting your vehicle, there are several factors to consider. As an auto transport broker, Send It Car Shippers is here to guide you through the process and ensure your vehicle reaches its destination safely and efficiently. Here are five things you should know before transporting a vehicle:
Most Initial Quotes are Estimates
When you request a quote from an auto transport company, keep in mind that the figure you receive is typically an estimate. At Send It Car Shippers, we base our estimates on recent similar shipments. Once you’re ready to proceed, we reach out to truck drivers in your area for their bids. We do not take any money down until we find a confirmed carrier that works with your schedule and budget.
Be cautious of any company that asks for a deposit before confirming a driver for that price. We believe in transparency and fairness, which is why we only finalize the cost once we have a confirmed driver.
Research is Key
Unfortunately, the auto transport industry has its share of nightmare stories. That’s why it’s crucial to research any company you’re considering. Check reviews on platforms like the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Trustpilot, Facebook, and Transport Reviews.
At Send It Car Shippers, we’re proud of our positive reviews and the trust we’ve built with our customers. We encourage you to explore our reputation as part of your research.
Cheaper is Not Always Better
While it’s tempting to go with the lowest quote, remember that cheaper isn’t always better. Many initial quotes are only estimates and the final cost may be higher. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
As a broker, we verify the carrier, licensing, insurance, and internal reviews within the industry. Our experience helps us spot potential issues and ensure you’re getting a fair deal. Choosing an inexperienced broker or carrier could end up costing you much more in the long run.
Rates Can Fluctuate
Several factors can influence the cost of transporting a vehicle. These include the season, supply and demand of drivers versus vehicles being shipped in a specific area, gas prices, inflation/cost of repairs, and the accessibility of the route.
At Send It Car Shippers, we monitor these factors closely to provide you with the most accurate and competitive quotes possible.
Working with a Broker vs. Direct Carrier
Working with a broker like Send It Car Shippers offers several advantages over dealing directly with a carrier. Most carriers are not public-facing and don’t have customer service on standby. Many are independent, owner/operators who excel at driving but may not have the resources to provide comprehensive customer service. Communication and accessibility can be crucial, especially during a move or arranging for a pickup/delivery at a port, dealership, or auction.
As brokers, we monitor transport market conditions, have access to pricing data, and maintain a vast network of truck drivers (We have over 15,000!). This comes in handy when changes or delays occur, or if a carrier cancels a pick-up last minute.
While most carriers are professional and hardworking, it can be challenging to determine who to trust. That’s where we come in. As a trustworthy, review-vetted broker with industry experience, we’re here to advocate for you and ensure you get the best service possible.
Transporting a vehicle involves more than just moving it from point A to point B. It’s about ensuring a safe, efficient, and fair process. At Send It Car Shippers, we’re committed to providing you with the best possible experience.