When you are searching for a company to ship your car, you
should know that there are two types of companies out there. When
you are searching online, you will find a lot of companies claiming
to be car shippers. You need to be aware that most of these
companies are just brokers. A broker is a middleman between the
customer and the actual car shipping company.
The best method to ship your vehicle is through an actual auto
transport company. Dealing directly with an auto transport company,
you will save money and potential problems. Brokers claim to be car
shipping companies, but in most cases they do not have any trucks
and have never even been near a truck. When you book an order with
a broker, they take all of your information and post it on a
website where they sell it to an actual car shipping company. For
example, you book an order with a broker and he charges you $800.
The broker will sell your information to an auto transport company
for $500 and profit $300.
If you want to deal with an auto transport company you have to
ask for additional information. All companies out there will tell
you that they are car shippers. In order to be sure that you
are dealing with an actual car shipper, all you need to do it ask
for their MC number. This six digit number is all you will need to
do in order to be absolutely positive that you are not dealing with
a broker. All you need to do is go online and plug in the MC number
of the company and it will tell you if they are a carrier or a
broker. The website that you need to visit in order to check is http://www.dotauthority.com/status.htm.
All you need to do it enter the MC number and check the status of
their authority. If it says active next to where it says broker,
this means that you are dealing with another broker. If the company
is a carrier it will say active next to common or contract.
If you want to save money and potential problems, you should
look for a company that is a carrier. Brokers may also do a good
job shipping your vehicle, but they will charge you much more than
a carrier would charge to ship your vehicle. Van 3 Auto Transport
is a carrier and we do have our own trucks. We can ship your
vehicle nationwide at an affordable price because you will be
dealing directly with a carrier. Good luck finding the right auto
transport company to ship your vehicle.