How to find a car shipping company Guide

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Finding an auto transport company is not that hard. The real challenge may be to find the right vehicle shipper who will put your needs before profit and make you feel more than just a number.

Where to find a car shipping company?

You can always start by looking for firsthand recommendations from the people you trust. And if this doesn’t yield any results, turn to Google for help.

If you are shipping your vehicle within 200-300 miles radius, search for local companies first. In Google search bar, type in ‘car shipping company’ or add your city or state to the search phrase (for example ‘car shipping companies los angeles’).

Why is it good to search for a local car shipping company? Because often times, local companies are smaller, family-owned businesses who will offer you a better rate and probably a more personal approach no matter the type of service – across the country or local delivery.

Whether you use Google Search or Google Maps you will end up with quite a few choices. In general though, auto transport company’s exact location doesn’t really matter, since the entire car shipping process can be managed online or over the phone. You can easily request a car shipping rate via auto shipper’s website or by calling their office. And in most cases, you don’t even have to take your car anywhere to load it, a trucker will pick up the vehicle at your doorstep.

Know who you are dealing with

Whether you go local or pick an out-of-state company, make sure to select a reputable company. Your online search for an auto transporter will return thousands of hits, don’t panic. There are thousands of vehicle hauling companies in the US. It’s important you know exactly who you are dealing with to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a car shipping scam.

When searching for a vehicle shipping company you will come across the four different entities: carriers, brokers, lead generator websites, and auction websites.

Most carrier companies are mom-and-pop businesses that will physically transport your vehicle. Many don’t even have an online presence, because, really, they would rather be on the road, moving vehicles, making money. That is why carriers rely heavily on brokers for customer leads.

Most brokers, in turn, don’t have their own fleet but have the resources to reach out to a vast network of carriers. They do all the legwork to find a carrier and accommodate your particular situation. Your broker will also make sure the carrier is properly insured and has all the necessary equipment, should your car’s condition require it. Good brokers will negotiate a car shipping price with a carrier on your behalf and make sure it’s acceptable to both, you and the car hauler. They will also stay in touch with you throughout the entire process until the carrier safely unloads your vehicle at your doorstep.

Lead generators make you think they are either brokers or carriers when in reality they are none. They lure you in with a promise of multiple vehicle shipping quotes and collect your information only to resell it to a number of brokers. So, think twice before you leave your contact information on their website. There’s a big chance you will be contacted, and maybe even hounded, by multiple companies whose main concern will be to bash their competitors rather than offer quality services.

Auction websites foster underbidding wars between companies driving auto transport rates to unrealistically low values (lower than the current market price). At the same time, carriers who physically transport vehicle, prefer vehicles that pay a realistic market price. Hence, booking at a “too-good-to-be-true” price means you will have to wait weeks before a carrier picks up your vehicle.

As you can see, your best bet is to work with either a broker or carrier. Just make sure you pick a reputable company.

Compare the auto transport companies

Check the USDOT and FMCSA numbers. It is a legal requirement for every auto transport company to be registered and verified with the USDOT and FMSCA. Most licensed and verified companies will post their MC and USDOT numbers on their websites. Only carriers and brokers, the companies who provide or arrange for actual vehicle shipping services, will have USDOT and MC numbers.

Inquire about the cargo insurance policy. By law, all auto transport carriers must carry sufficient liability insurance that covers your vehicle while en-route. If you are working with a broker, then it is up to your vehicle shipping expert to verify that your car hauler has cargo insurance, as well as the extent of the policy.

Make sure the company offers services you are looking for. Are you pressed for time and need your vehicle delivered on or by a specific date? Ask if the auto transporter offers expedited delivery. If you are shipping a modified or non-running vehicle, it’s important that the driver has a skill set and adequate equipment to transport such vehicles. In case you need to move a classic or luxury vehicle, you may want to add an extra layer of protection during transport – inquire whether the shipper offers enclosed auto transport.

And last but not least, ask for references and read reviews and testimonials. Find out about other customers’ experiences. Don’t get discouraged though if you see some negative feedback, unfortunate situations happen to good guys, too. Now, it’s time to pick up the phone and call. Speak with a customer service rep, ask questions. The good companies will be transparent about their process because they know that auto transport is a business built on trust, and they’ll do all things possible to win yours over.

Take your time and research the companies from which you would like to get quotes. By following these steps you will have a peace of mind that you are dealing with a legitimate business that provides vehicle shipping services you need. It is important to find a reliable company with knowledgeable agents who will take the time to explain the process and take care of your car shipping needs. Your car is a valuable possession, make sure you entrust it in the hands of people who care.

Professional services with a peace of mind

Corsia Logistics is a small, family-owned and operated company. Our team of knowledgeable agents strives to provide exceptionally personalized services to every one of our customers. We treat our clients like family. And if you read our reviews online you will understand why customers love us. Our approach is simple – affordable rates and personalized attention. We call our rates the AA rates – affordable to the customer and acceptable by the carrier. When the price marks this ‘golden middle’ you know you will receive reliable service because only the realistic rate will ship your vehicle in a timely and professional manner.

If you have any questions, please call us at (818) 850-5258. Our agents will be happy to answer your auto transport questions, so you can make an educated choice when it gets to shipping your vehicle. For additional information, we also encourage you to browse our website. Review our How to Ship a Car and Services sections and explore our blog for helpful auto transport tips. You can also request an auto transport quote online or call us. Thank you.

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I am the co-owner and marketing director of Corsia Logistics. I believe in creating useful content for our customers and readers. If you would like to contact me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.

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