If you are contacting auto transportation companies you will start to see that no two companies charge the same price. Why is this and what can you do about it?
Why you see big difference in prices?
There can be many reasons why the car shipping rates you get fluctuate in price but one main reason is if you deal direct with a trucking company OR if you deal with an auto transport broker.
Whats the difference between dealing direct with trucking company or using an auto transportation broker?
An auto transport broker is similar to a travel agent by which they aren’t really doing the job but will find a company who will do it for the cheapest deal they can find.
Where as the actual trucking company does everything from start to finish and use there own trucks for the job.
So what’s up with the car shipping rates prices being so different?
The best way to explain is to use an example. Lets just say for example you are looking for a Michigan car shipping firm to move a car to Sacramento CA. The brokers car ship rate was quoted you at $799 and the trucking company’s quoted you at $1400. HOLY MOLLY that’s a big difference!!! But you have to realize if you pick the broker, you will need to sign a contract saying you will pay or lose the money and or have to pay a down payment. Once that’s done they will try to find an auto transport firm who is already on route driving to Sacramento CA from the area of Michigan or near by. Why a company that’s on that route? Because if a trucker is already driving that direction its easy for him to pick up another automobile along the way.
So what’s the problem??? Well, for starters, they might not find a trucking company driving down that route or even remotely interested in doing the job for just $799 price tag (- broker pay) which can cause big delays in your shipping time and not to mention they might not find a trucker at all.
On the other hand, if you deal with the actual trucking company you will pay more But you will know exactly when your vehicle will be picked up, delivered and can deal directly with the people who are actually hauling your car. It’s a price to pay but sometimes it can be worth it.