Choosing the right car transport company can be tricky.
But it needn’t be.
Apart from online reviews and checking their information on their website, it is good to know what many have claimed to be their 3 biggest mistakes when choosing a car transport company.
- Believing the cheapest auto shipping quote is the best
- Giving a deposit when you place your vehicle shipping order
- Selecting a car transport company without doing research
The car transport industry as a whole has got a bad reputation from these companies. Many of these non-reputable car transporters will “go low” on their auto shipping quotes in order to get a customer’s business.
Customers may see these quotes as the best value for their dollar. However, they may be unaware that these types of car transport companies have no real intention of shipping their vehicle at the stated price.
They may have bid the vehicle too low and are having trouble moving it in a timely fashion. After the vehicle has not moved for an extended period of time, you may get a call with some excuse (fuel prices have gone up, driver is asking for more money, we made a mistake on the bid, etc.).
Invariably, they’ll say they need more money to move the vehicle because of some unexpected expenses.
Using companies like these may end up costing you more than a reliable car transport company that might have had a higher starting quote to start with.
A word of caution…
You may encounter corrupt or non trustworthy companies in the car transport industry. Unfortunately, as much as we seek to rid the industry of the bad eggs, it’s not always possible.
If a car transport company is asking for a deposit when you place your order, careful…they may be one of the untrustworthy ones.
These same companies will ask you to sign a contract with them. In the fine print of the contract, it could say the deposit you give them is non-refundable – even if your vehicle is never moved.
There are reputable car transport companies that collect the full vehicle shipping price, not a deposit, when a customer places a booking.
The easiest way to be sure you’re choosing the right car transport company is to become informed and that means do some research of your own.
If you have a friend or family member that has shipped cars before, ask them for a referral.
If you are buying a car from a dealer, they will most likely have a car transporter they use on a regular basis.
If you are moving your home, ask your home movers who they use for vehicle shipping.
All of these referral sources are good methods to find a reputable car transport company.