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United Car Shipping - Broker vs. Carrier


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If you need to utilize the services of an auto shipping company, there are some basic things you should know before choosing a dependable company. The first is which type of company to use. You have 2 options, carrier or broker? Both can get your car from place to place, but there are some distinct differences you should know before you settle on an auto shipping company.

Auto shipping Company

The auto shipping company will ship your car; they are the ones that have trucks, carry insurance and have the authority to ship your car. The typical car transport company may not do a lot of advertising and can be difficult to find directly. This is because the typical auto shipping company has been around a few years and has an existing base of auto shipping customers. These companies usually rely on their base for the bulk of their auto transport and use Internet based dispatch boards to fill space on their trucks.

Auto shipping brokers

The auto shipping brokers do not have trucks and use a network of car transport companies to ship cars for them. So they just “sell” the customers on their ability to facilitate and oversee the auto shipping and use carriers to physically move the vehicle. Typically, when you are looking on the Internet for an auto transport company, you will find a broker because they invest more into advertising and carriers have no choice but to invest their money into fuel, insurance and other operational cost. The reality in this business is…many of the autos shipping companies that you find on the Internet are brokers who can do a great job of shipping your vehicle but will not be the ones that do the work. So you are paying a “middle man” to find the company that will ship your vehicle.

In nearly all cases, auto-shipping brokers will never meet you face to face or even see or touch your vehicle. They are simply middlemen who make it all happen and take a cut off the top. Many auto shipping brokers will require a nonrefundable deposit; this is usually their “cut” and is either a percentage of the entire auto shipping fee (which can be as high as 50%) or a flat rate. The broker’s flat rate can start as low as $50 per car up and go as high as $300 or more. The more exotic type of vehicle your shipping, the higher the fee. These brokers usually get their cut off the top (which is why they require a deposit) than you pay the balance to the company who will ship your car. You should know that this is how many brokers work, but not all. If you are ready to go, please fill out our car shipping quote form to receive a quote for your auto shipping.

There is actually another type of auto shipping company. This type is a hybrid of an auto shipping broker and carrier. They have the trucks to move your car but are also authorized to be a “middle man” on your behalf. This is the type of company that United Auto Transport is. We are a full service auto shipping company. We have trucks and are more than willing to use our trucks to get where you need to go. In some cases, when our transport trucks are not accessible or on the other side of the country, we use our extensive database of dependable car transport companies to move your car; to us, this is a perfect world because we can evaluate what is truly best for you, the customer.

Working With United Car Shipping - The Upside
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Dealing with Brokers - The Upside
Dealing With Brokers - The Downside

Typically, shipping of your car goes off with out any problems and both the dependable carrier and the broker can move your vehicle for you. It is like any industry; so long as everyone does what he or she says, life is grand. The issue arises when promises are vacated and service is sub par.

At United Car Shipping, we feel that because we are both a dependable carrier and broker, we offer a significant competitive advantage over just a carrier or just a broker. No matter whom you use, we challenge you to research the company and make sure their track record is that of a safe and dependable car shipping company! Call us today to speak with our team about fulfilling all your shipping needs!