Here at Intercity Lines, we want to be sure all of our clients are educated on the auto transport industry before shipping their cars. Within the industry, there are primarily three types of companies you may speak with in regards to shipping a car.
Lead aggregators – Sites that sell leads to brokers and carriers
Lead aggregators are websites that gather the needed information for shipping your car and then they send it out to a network of brokers typically in exchange for some form of compensation. These auto transport brokers then use this information to contact you to provide you with a quote and hopefully book your transport.
Auto Transport Brokers – The middlemen of auto transport
Brokers’ website photos of equipment typically are unbranded and white
Auto transport brokers like the ones mentioned above are the middlemen of the industry. They make up the majority of companies you would find searching for terms like, “shipping a car”, “auto transport”, or even “enclosed auto transport carriers”. Despite making up the majority of companies, you would find they do not ship cars. They take your order and broker it out to actual carriers that own their equipment. The biggest pro of going with a broker is that they can often act as a one-stop shop for your car shipping needs. You can call a broker in regards to shipping nearly any vehicle anywhere in the world, and they will likely be able to do it, but you do not know who will actually be transporting it nor their level of experience transporting cars. We cover more about auto transport brokers in our article Be Wary of Auto Transport Brokers