Many auto transport companies often have a broker working for them. They are like a middle man and will not have any infrastructure of their own to move your car. Often times, you may have to pay them a small fee to help you get connected to the right car shipping company for the safe relocation of your car. But one needs to make sure that the auto broker has the right expertise and ability and utilize their expertise and network to ship your car safely to the desired location.
Vehicle Liability with an Auto Broker
Keep in mind that an auto shipping broker has no liability of your vehicle and carries no responsibility of getting your vehicle insured. In the unlikely event that your car incurs damage during transportation, you will be dealing with the auto transport company and will not be able to hold the broker responsible. This problem often arises in cases where the auto shipping broker is not as experienced and connects you to a less than reputable transport company. The difficult and sad part is that you will not know much about the company until something goes wrong. Therefore be very sure to hire the services of a reputed broker so as to get in touch with a suitable car shipping company.
Auto Transport Carriers and Your Vehicle
In most cases, you will need to pay the auto shipping broker and this fee is usually non-refundable. The remainder of the payment goes to the auto transport company. When working with a broker, you will usually have little details of the auto transport company who is going to handle your vehicle until they come to pick it up or you drop you car at the terminal. An online database provides information on both auto transporter carriers and auto shipping brokers. Be careful as some brokers charge hefty amounts from unsuspecting customers while the actual auto shipping costs may not be that high. So you need to keep all these factors in mind when dealing with a broker.
At National Transport, all of our car carriers are licensed and insured through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration & Auto Transport (FMCSA). We know how important your vehicle is to you, which is why we provide door-to-door auto shipping. Convenient, Affordable and Hassle-Free. Call us today at 1.800.665.5022.
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