How Do I Find the Best Auto Transport Company?


If you have ever had to get quotes for car shipping, you know that it can seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips that will help make the process easier and you will also gain understanding of the auto transport industry.

Brokers and Carriers shipping cars and there are differences between them that you need to be aware of. Brokers have access to thousands of carriers to arrange & schedule your transport, working to meet your needs. Carriers priority is their shipments and not the individual vehicles making up each transport.


You will have the same professional car shipping agent from arranging your transport to delivery.

Open auto transport is the most economical and common method of car shipping. Enclosed transport means that your vehicle is shipped in a hard or soft sided enclosed trailer protecting it from the elements and this option will be more expensive. Some companies do not offer door-to-door service and you would have to drop & pickup your vehicle from a terminal which are usually located in larger cities.

TCI Logistics offers both open & enclosed auto transport as well as door-to-door or terminal service. Give us a call for your free car shipping quote or use our online calculator.

If a company states that its deposit is non-refundable, this is a big red flag. The car shipping company should not be charging you until there is a trucker assigned to pick up your vehicle.

TCI Logistics does not charge the deposit until the vehicle has been dispatched & your deposit is fully refundable so long as the order is cancelled before the day of dispatch. On the day of dispatch the driver is already in route and this would result in a dry run fee paid to the trucker.

Keep in mind it is not common for damage during transport but if it should happen you want to be sure you will not have to pay for the repairs!

Now that we have the basics down let’s start to look for an auto transport company.

Research is the first step and here you want to search for free auto transport quotes by using their online calculator. It is natural to want to get the lowest quote possible to save money but in auto transport that is not always the wisest path to follow. Look for ratings and reviews on the Better Business Bureau (are they a member?), Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Transport Reviews. Read all the reviews to see if their reasoning for a bad review is legitimate and consider the response of the company.


Contact the companies that you have investigated to ask questions that are of importance to you, some examples follow:

  • Will my vehicle arrive on the same carrier that picked it up?
  • Do you assist if there is damage to my vehicle and an insurance claim will need to be filed?
  • Will I have the same point of contact from the first quote to delivery?
  • What hours can I contact you for questions?
  • Do you use terminals?
  • Do you offer door to door service?
  • Do you offer Open Transport & Enclosed Auto Transport?
  • Do you carry Insurance?
  • Do you charge a deposit up front?
  • Is the deposit refundable?
  • Can I put items in my car?

Look for a company that listens to your request and after talking to several companies it will be easier to rate the companies in terms of reviews, length of time in business, the quoted price and how confident you feel in each representative.

Finally, Price comes into play. Once you have your free quote be sure to ask if this is the final/complete price. Some companies add the deposit or other fees on top of the quoted amount so always ask and read the contract!

Auto transport cost is made up of several components the most obvious being the current price for diesel, large or small vehicle, the length of transport, the time of year and if it is to be expedited. In the fall before the first snow hits begins snowbird season where thousands of vehicles are shipped South to warmer climates. Then again in Spring the same vehicles will be going back North, and you are right to assume that the rates go up during these periods.

At TCI Logistics we are your partner throughout the entire car shipping process guiding you along the way to set up your auto transport so that it meets your needs and gives you peace of mind that your vehicle is in good hands.

We will be available to you 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.

No upfront payment until we have a carrier dispatched to pick up your vehicle.

We provide updates on the progress of your auto transport to its destination & offer tracking.

Insurance coverage is included in your car shipping quote. All the carriers in our network have been thoroughly vetted to insure they are up to industry standards.

Now you are ready to book your order! Call the company you have selected and be sure to have the pickup & delivery address, contact names & numbers and dates for the agent.

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