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Why Does The Auto Transport Industry Use Brokers?
In the auto transport industry, there are two main types of businesses that you will encounter as a customer: brokers and carriers. A carrier is the company that owns the trucks and handles the loading, delivery, and unloading of the vehicle. Brokers contract with carriers in order to connect them to customers that are seeking the services that they offer.
Carriers and customers both benefit from brokerages since they allow transporters to find customers and fill their trucks to minimize shipping costs, which in turn makes their services less expensive for the customer. By contrast, if a customer were to seek out a carrier directly, he or she would be limited to only the services and pricing packages that they offer along particular delivery routes.
Transporting a vehicle is not an overly complicated process, though it may seem that way from the outside, especially if you've never done it before. Shipping a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other type of vehicle is just a matter of collecting the necessary info and contacting the right people; in this case automotive transport companies. In some instances, you may be contacting a broker rather than a carrier, but they both offer similar solutions: a broker arranges for shipment, whereas a carrier delivers the vehicle.
Whether you're shipping a vehicle from a dealer, across the state, or from one coast to the other, the process is more or less the same. You'll need information such as the make, model, and year of the vehicle, as well as its current location and where you're shipping to. It's also helpful to have a delivery timeframe in mind if you need to vehicle shipped by a certain date.