Auto Transport - What is the difference between a Broker and a Carrier?

An auto transport broker isn’t necessarily the actual auto transport carrier, although sometimes they are. The broker is the one who initiates the process.

Auto Transport - What is the difference between an auto transport carrier and an auto transport broker?

An auto transport broker isn’t necessarily the actual auto transport carrier, although there are some who do the upfront work in addition to completing the physical aspect of transporting the vehicle. The broker is the one who initiates the process once you have made your request. The broker usually partners with several carriers, finding the best rates for the consumer while processing all of the preliminary paperwork. Most carriers don’t want to be burdened with the administrative element and prefer to just stick to the moving part of the process. The partnership benefits the consumer offering the best rates and options to choose from.

Auto transport brokers provide names and contact information of transport carriers. In the auto transport industry, it is most common to work through the broker as they complete most of the work on your behalf and can find the fastest, most efficient, and most cost effective methods to get your car from Point A to Point B. In addition, they are knowledgeable of the industry as well as the carriers they partner with. They will be helpful in weeding out the carriers with a questionable reputation (word of mouth and association is huge in this industry).

The process begins by completing an online quote request (to the left on this page). Once you complete your request for up to ten free quotes, you will receive an online auto transport estimate immediately. We contact approximately ten brokers that we partner with and each will in turn, contact you (via phone and/or email) and give you a quote with no obligation. Once you choose a broker, they will find a carrier and handle the logistics and arrange for the carrier to meet up with you.

The average “open trailer” carrier is much like the ones you played with when you are a kid and currently see rolling down the highway. They are usually fully loaded with all makes and models of cars and trucks. This is the typical mode of transportation your vehicle will travel, unless you prefer additional protection from the road conditions, weather and the environment. For special requests, auto transport brokers and carriers offer “enclosed trailers”. There is an additional cost, but is worth it for expensive, rare or classic vehicles.

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