Posted on 01/11/22

Why You Should Not Pay In Full Upfront

Why You Should Not Pay In Full Upfront

Avoid paying full upfront fees to car shipping brokers

Many auto transport companies can help you move your car from one place to another. Their success is essential for many companies involved in automobile shipping and automobile transportation. Customers hail from all over the globe. There are thousands of auto shipping companies available. It can be difficult to choose the right one for you. While there are many factors that influence whether someone chooses to book with a company, one thing you shouldn't do is a book with an auto shipping company that requires you to pay full upfront. Many auto transport companies will require a deposit before they dispatch your vehicle. The carrier will then let you pay the remainder at delivery. If your order total was $800 and you paid a $200 deposit upon dispatch, then the $600 remaining would be paid to your carrier at delivery. This is the industry-standard operating procedure and how most carriers and brokers work.

Some companies will pay "pre-pays", or full payment upfront to the broker, for certain products. This places the responsibility of paying the truck or carrier on the broker, not you. It means that you will pay the entire shipment upfront, rather than a little bit here and there. While this is a preferred method for some people, it is not recommended. Pre-pays is not something carriers like - they don’t like missing out on cash delivery. So unless your broker is looking at major carriers, it’s likely that the carrier won’t take any pre-paid loads. Second, brokers who have your money will lose their motivation to work with you. Many "shady" brokers will demand full payment up front and then leave you to rot. Avoid these scammers by only booking with companies who take a deposit at dispatch or pickup of your vehicle.