What to Look for in a Bad Shipping Car Company
There’re dozens of car shipping companies out there, which can make it a complicated, head hurting experience if you don’t know what to look for. Which ones are good? Most importantly, which ones aren’t? Here’s your breakdown of these top red flags to look out for in a bad shipping company – and what you can do for a stress-free customer experience.
Low Cost, No Guarantee
Your car is one thing in your life you depend on. It would be a major inconvenience – not to mention a big thorn in your side – if something happened to it. So, when it comes to how shipping companies are priced… you typically get what you pay for. If a company praises their lower-than-low price, do your homework.
Are they skimping on something else like providing adequate insurance, or customer service? Are there hidden fees? (Ask for everything to be spelled out in the contract, and don’t sign if they’ve added on any fees not discussed previously!) Being competitively priced is one thing, but if their price is too good to be true, they probably are.
It’s worth it to spend a little time doing your research before choosing a car shipping company. One of the best ways to know which company is reputable and trustworthy is by researching them for yourself with online reviews. Are most of the reviews positive or negative? It’s ok if a company has a few negative reviews in there, as they are subjective. But, when a company has multiple reviews all pointing out a common issue(s), that’s worth paying attention to. And with the negative reviews, what is the company's response? Do they take the defensive and blame the reviewer? Or do they take ownership when things go awry, apologize and attempt to make things right?
Forget the Amateurs – Go for the Experts Instead
While the car shipping process can be a daunting task (where do you begin?) it doesn’t have to be. A car shipping broker can do the work FOR you. Ship A Car Direct knows the ins and outs of every shipping company out there, and weeds through 80 percent of them to find the perfect one for you. With an iron-clad guarantee and dozens of 5-star ratings, they will provide a seamless shipping experience from start to finish. Contact them today for a free quote!
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.