Auto transport companies do a lot to help you get your vehicle from point A to point B. They are imperative for the success of many different companies associated with automobiles and automobile shipping, and customers hail from around the world. There are literally thousands of different auto shipping companies out there that you can pick and choose between, and deciding on which one is ultimately the best for you and your needs can be a real challenge. There are a lot of different factors that go into people’s decisions to book with a company or not, but one thing that you should never do is book with a company that says you should pay in full up-front. Most auto transport companies will take a deposit when they dispatch your vehicle and let you pay the carrier the rest of the balance at delivery. So if your total order was $800, and your deposit was paid upon dispatch and you paid a $200 deposit, the remaining $600 would be paid to the carrier upon delivery. This is standard operating procedure in the industry and how a good 80-90% of carriers and brokers operate.
But there are some companies that do “pre-pays,” or payments in full up front to the broker. This puts the onus of paying the truck, or the carrier, on the broker and not you, and makes you pay for the entire shipment at the outset, as opposed to a bit here and a bit there. Some people will undoubtedly prefer this method, but it is not recommended for several reasons. For one, carriers don’t like taking pre-pays – they don’t like not getting their cash on delivery, so unless it’s a major carrier that your broker is looking at, chances are the carrier will avoid taking any pre-paid loads. Secondly, once the broker has your money, their incentive to work for you drops drastically; many “shady” brokers will take payments in full up front and then leave you to rot. Make sure you avoid these scam artists by only booking with companies that take deposit either at dispatch or at pickup of your vehicle.