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Car Transport Brokers
In the auto shipping industry, there are three main types of companies: auto transport quote providers, car shipping brokers, and vehicle shipping carriers. And when it comes to finding the right company for you, typically, a broker is the best way to go.
Affordable Auto Transportation is a brokerage. As a broker, our job is to find a carrier within a reasonable amount of time to ship your car at a reasonable rate. Our job starts when you first contact us for a quote and ends when your vehicle is delivered, and we’re responsible for just about everything but the physical transportation of your vehicle (that’s what the carrier is for).
But why are brokers so important? Why can’t you, as a customer, just cut us out and go straight with a carrier? Well, there are definitely reasons – very good reasons! – to book with us as opposed to directly with a carrier.
Booking with a broker saves you time
It may sound counterintuitive, but booking with a brokerage like us actually will save you time on most competitive routes. This is because most carriers already are looking at loads that brokers are offering. There’s a lot of security for a carrier to take a shipment from a broker. For instance, they know that it’s a legitimate load if it’s coming from a broker, because why would we post fake loads?
Carriers also just don’t have time to deal with all their customers on a day-to-day basis. Their job is to drive – if they have to spend hours talking to customers and giving quotes and fielding calls (which they can’t do while on the road), they would lose out on untold amounts of money over the course of time. Brokers find them loads faster and easier, which helps to keep their trucks full. In this way they get to more customers more quickly and thus end up lowering the amount of time it takes to actually get a car from A to B.
Booking with a broker saves you money
As we mentioned above, if a carrier would have to field calls, give quotes, and talk to customers all day long, it’d really eat into how much money they make. And this would result in an increase in price for you. Booking directly with a carrier is acceptable for some carrier companies, especially those with large fleets with home bases across the country. But the vast majority of carriers are independent owner-operators, which means that their profit margins are thin and they’re reliant on brokers for loads.
In addition to making it cheaper for carriers, brokers also keep prices competitive for you. If your shipment is priced at, say, $700, a broker is going to look for a carrier that can do it for that price. Some will try to up that price, and some may succeed – it’s all based on routes, and conditions on routes can change in a matter of hours (usually they don’t). But if it were just a carrier, they could charge whatever they wanted, and you wouldn’t have any recourse.
If a carrier sees a shipment for $700 along a popular route, maybe he’ll lower his initial offer in an attempt to be more competitive. At the end of the day, carriers need loads, and brokers have loads, so there’s a power balance there that only ends up benefiting you. Without a broker, a carrier could charge whatever they wanted to. With a broker, the threat of simply going somewhere else is definitely real, so carriers are more likely to play by the broker’s rules.
If you’re interested in shipping your car, give us a call! We have agents standing by to help you with your shipping needs. They can answer questions, give advice, and get you a free custom quote right over the phone. If you’re too busy for that, just fill out our free quote request form, and we’ll email you a quote within minutes. This way, you can peruse it at your leisure and call us when you can. Either way, let Affordable Auto Transportation help you get your car shipped at a good price and within a reasonable amount of time today.
- "Being a rather large SUV that needed shipped from California to Nebraska, there were a few challenges. The first truck that arrived refused to pickup the vehicle due to it's size. However, Mike worked diligently and within one week he had a hotshot lined up. The operators of the hotshot were incredibly communicative and accommodating. The vehicle arrived withing 3 days with no damage at all. Although there was the one hiccup, in the end the service received was top notch. I would be happy to ship with Mike in the future." - Miles/California
- "Never needing to use an auto transport service, I was a bit nervous and overwhelmed with all of the different company/broker options. After reading tons of reviews and visiting the Better Business Bureau website, I contacted Affordable Auto Transportation. The stars aligned and Jared Z. was my main point of contact. He made this experience super easy and relaxed my anxieties. I would highly recommend this company for my family and friends. " - Jared Z/Washington