The time has come to ship your car and you are faced with the task of finding the right shipping company to transport your vehicle. There is no shortage of companies out there and for the most part they all provide the same type of service, getting your car from one place to another. There will be differences in some of the services and of course the price will be different. You also need to know if the company is a broker or if they are a carrier.
Carrier or Broker
When it comes to transporting a vehicle there is a big difference between a broker or a carrier. The carrier is just as it sounds they actually carry or transport your vehicle from one place to another. The have their own fleet of trucks to move vehicles, they are responsible for all business expenses and being adequately insured for the vehicles they are carrying. All carriers must be registered with the US Department of Transportation. If a company claims to be a carrier then make sure you verify they have the insurance and are registered.
What Does a Broker Do
A transportation broker is much like any other broker, they act a middleman connecting customers with the right carriers to get the job done. Once you give them the details of the vehicle being moved, where it is located and where it is going along with any special transportation needs. From there the broker should be able to connect you with the right carrier that can get the job done.
Which is Better?
They both have their advantages, if you are dealing with a carrier then you are working directly with the company that will transport your vehicle and can make any special requests and get the details down. As for dealing with a broker there are also reasons that you would want to go that route too. Brokers have connections throughout the vehicle transportation industry and they know which companies are more reliable to work with. They can find the least expensive solution for you.
Price will go a long way in determining the service that you receive and what type of transportation you use. Bear in mind that it is standard practice to put down a deposit on the services with the balance being due when your vehicle is delivered. Before you hire either a carrier or a broke to move your vehicle make sure that you check references and look at the reviews to help vet your choice.