Finding Good Car Hauling Companies Made Easy
Thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to find car hauling companies and get a quote to see car shipping costs.
But the amount of information and options regarding car transport can seem overwhelming. How can you find a good company you can trust to deliver your car?
The Main Kinds of Car Hauling Companies
When you start looking for a car delivery service, there are two main kinds of companies you’ll come across; brokers and car transporters. Which one is the best for your particular car shipping needs depends on what you’re looking for in an auto hauler.
There are pros and cons to each type, but if you do a little research, you should be able to find which one is the best fit for you.
Auto Transport Brokers
A broker basically acts like a middleman between you and the carriers.
The biggest benefit of using a broker is they offer you a wide selection of transporters to choose from. The downside is some brokers will give your information to a ton of carriers, and you can get inundated with emails from the various businesses vying for your order.
Just a guess here, you don’t like getting a lot unsolicited emails.
After you submit your information on a broker site, they will offer your transport order to their stable of carriers. What they don’t tell you, is they’re looking for the carrier who will do it for the lowest cost so they maximize their profit.
Sometimes brokers have a tough time finding a carrier willing to do the transport for the fee they’re offering. This can delay the pickup of your vehicle.
It can come to a worst case scenario, and your vehicle may not be picked up at all.
Also, many broker quotes are for terminal-to-terminal transport, not door-to-door. So, if you’re in a remote or rural area, the nearest terminal may be hundreds of miles away.
This means you may have to make a road trip just to get your vehicle. Remember, there may be storage fees imposed by the terminal yard, so in addition to your initial quote, you’ll have to pay those fees too.
Car transporters are usually companies with their own fleet of trucks, or they work with independent owner/operators who have their own trucks.
One of the benefits of working with a transporter is you’ll be dealing with the same company from beginning to end of your transport. Another bonus: more often than not there’s better communication with a transporter.
There’s a more direct line of communication, and you’ll know who has your vehicle from the start. If there’s a problem, or if you have a question regarding your transport order, you’ll know who to call.
Benefits of Car Hauling Companies
There are many reasons people need to ship a vehicle. Maybe you’re relocating for a job, or are a retiree in the north and are making the annual snowbird migration south.
Thanks to the internet and sites like eBay, carmax.com, more and more people are buying cars online from sellers far from home.
Unless you want to make a long distance road trip yourself, your best option is to use car shipping companies to ship your car for you! It’s less expensive, easier and less stressful than driving the car yourself.
- It saves you money: It’s often less expensive than making the trip yourself! Gas, food, lodging and possible air fares aren’t cheap.
- It saves you time: Traveling to pick up your vehicle and make the road trip back home means days on the road while you miss work. Time is money!
- It saves wear and tear on your car:Why put hundreds of miles on your car when you don’t have to?
- It’s energy efficient: If everyone decided to drive their vehicles themselves instead of shipping them long distances, imagine the amount of fuel burned.
When you consider the hundreds of thousands of vehicles shipped per year, you can definitely see the benefits of shipping a car instead of making the long distance road trip yourself.
Don’t Always Go With the Lowest Quote
Many car shipping companies try to entice customers with a low bid. Less reputable companies low-ball customers just to get you to book your order with them.
When you find a company that offers you a quote significantly lower than the others, proceed with caution.
Cheap auto transport quotes can potentially give you the biggest headache with hidden fees and unreliable service. While you may think you’re saving a few bucks, the ensuing stress and nightmares aren’t worth it.
Research the auto transport companies
Use the wealth of information available on the Internet. Do a Google search of the companies and see if their customers have left Google Reviews.
Look for testimonials on their sites. If you have friends who have shipped their cars, ask if they have ever used a transport company.
Also make sure the auto transport companies you are looking at have been in business at least a few years. Less reputable companies have been known to pop-up with new names every few years to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.
This gives our entire industry a bad name. Make sure they are bonded, licensed and insured.
Whichever company you decide to go with, familiarize yourself with their dispute resolution and damage claims procedures as well.
J&S Transportation Gets the Job Done Right!
J&S is primarily a car transporter with our own fleet of trucks, but we are also a licensed broker. This means we offer you the best of both worlds.
We will ship your car door-to-door on one of our auto transport trucks whenever possible.
If we can get your vehicle delivered to you quicker by brokering it to one of our partner businesses without compromising safety and the excellent customer service we are known for, we will. But not before discussing this option with you.
At J&S we’ve worked hard to earn our reputation for outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our straight-forward and honest communication.
We will tell you what we can do, not what we think you want to hear. Our first priority is customer satisfaction, not doing whatever it takes just to book a car.