Bargain Auto Transport Review

Bottom line: Bargain Auto Transport empowers you to get the service that works for your situation and your budget by allowing you to determine your own price for your auto shipment.

Overall rating

3 / 5

The first thing you should know about Bargain is that it’s a car shipping broker, not a licensed auto carrier. Unlike carriers, which provide moving services with their own staff and equipment, brokers outsource moving services to other companies.

Don’t let this deter you, though. Many of our favorite auto shipping companies are brokers. In fact, being a broker is one of Bargain’s greatest strengths, and it’s how the company gives its customers immense pricing flexibility.

With Bargain, you’re in control of your price, making it one of the most budget-friendly auto shipping companies in the country.

Bargain is also a fairly young company, but it has a handful of customer reviews testifying to its service and its pay-what-you-want model. We’ll keep an eye on Bargain and update you here with any new information we find.

Price tag

To ship or not to ship?

To ship or not to ship?

Is your car even worth shipping? While it’s almost always cheaper to ship a car than it is to buy a new one, you may still want to sell your car and buy a replacement at your destination, especially if you’re due for a new car anyway. Read our cost/benefit analysis of shipping vs. selling your car for more info.

Pros

  • Customizable prices
  • Pricing consultation from professionals
  • Door-to-door delivery available
  • Real-time shipment tracking
  • Service in the lower 48

Cons

  • Limited customer reviews
  • No guaranteed delivery dates
  • No international shipping
  • No shipping or boats

How much does Bargain Auto Transport cost?

Since Bargain lets you propose your own price, it doesn’t list rates online. Instead, Bargain’s staff helps you find a price that will work for you and the company who ships your car.

This means the price you end up paying will probably be in the same ballpark as the average cost to ship a car, which we have found to range between $600 and $2,000 depending on factors like distance and seasonality.

To get a better idea of what car transport typically costs, check out our guide to car shipping prices.

After you’ve determined your price, Bargain posts it to a marketplace where carriers can bid to ship your car for your price. This marketplace strategy is similar to how all brokers do business, but Bargain’s pay-what-you-want approach is pretty unique.

You can read our guide to brokers and carriers to learn more.

Bargain Auto Transport cost factors

Though it doesn’t provide specific prices online, Bargain does list all the factors that go into setting a competitive car transport price:

  • Make and model of your car
  • Seasonality (time of year)
  • Condition of your car
  • Shipment distance
  • Pickup and drop-off locations
  • Shipment type (enclosed vs. open transport)

To start the quoting process with Bargain, you need to provide some information through an online form: the make, model, and year of your car, your shipping distance, and your contact information.

After you submit this info, a Bargain representative will call to walk you through the next steps and help you determine a price.

Ready to take the wheel?
The only way to know for sure what your car shipment with Bargain will cost is to get the quoting process started.

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Bargain Auto Transport at a glance

Company information
MC #1007574
US DOT #3220110
BrokerYes
CarrierNo
InsuredYes
AMSA ProMover certificationNo
Better Business Bureau ratingN/A
MC #
US DOT #
Broker
Carrier
Insured
AMSA ProMover certification
Better Business Bureau rating
Company information
1007574
3220110
Yes
No
Yes
No
N/A

Data as of 10/24/2019.

Bargain Auto Transport features and services

As we said earlier, Bargain is a broker, so it outsources all of its actual transport services to other companies. However, Bargain does provide some of its services with in-house staff.

Services Bargain handles in-house

  • Pricing consultation
  • Vehicle tracking
  • Basic liability coverage

Services Bargain brokers

  • Interstate auto shipping
  • Local auto shipping
  • Additional liability coverage

What we like about Bargain Auto Transport

Now that we’ve covered pricing and services, let’s talk about why we recommend Bargain for anyone working with a tight budget.

It puts you in charge

From start to finish, Bargain makes you the executive of your auto shipment, working on your behalf to find a carrier that will ship your car at a price you can afford. At every step, Bargain will ensure you get the final say on which company takes your job and how much you’ll pay.

This doesn’t mean that your initial price will be accepted by a carrier. If one of Bargain’s partners doesn’t pick up your job after a few days, you might need to renegotiate and make some decisions about your price.

Not to worry, though: you won’t have to make your decisions alone. Bargain’s staff of industry experts will be right beside you the whole time to help inform every choice you make. Which takes us to our next point . . .

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Looking for something more hands-off?

Looking for something more hands-off?

This much control might seem appealing, but if your plate is already full with all the other things you need to worry about during your move, it might be a little stressful. If this is the case, then we recommend working directly with a carrier instead of a broker like Bargain. While you might end up paying more, it will require less planning and coordination from you.

It keeps you informed

Getting the best possible price from a reliable car shipping company is a balancing act. No company will take a job that it’ll lose money on, but that doesn’t mean you should pay an arm and a leg for your shipment.

Luckily, Bargain has your back. Your customer service rep will help you understand what factors affect your price, let you know if there’s a way to save money, and keep you updated through the quote process.

After a carrier accepts your job, Bargain serves as an intermediary between you and the company shipping your car. For example, if your car is damaged during delivery, Bargain will help you with the claims process. You can also call Bargain for up-to-date arrival time estimates.1

It has excellent customer reviews

Bargain is a fairly new company, so it doesn’t have many customer reviews online. That said, the reviews that have been posted are almost unanimously positive, with customers applauding Bargain’s timeliness, customer service, and transparency.

These same customers also speak highly of Bargain’s pricing model, recommending it to anyone who needs to ship their car on a tight budget.

This wealth of positive reviews is especially impressive considering customers are more likely to post a review for a negative experience than a positive one.2 The fact that Bargain’s service has been good enough to prompt only positive reviews speaks volumes about the company.

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Age is just a number

Age is just a number

Although Bargain is a young company, it’s staffed by experts who have years of experience in the auto transport industry.3 This means you’ll be working with seasoned professionals, not inexperienced newbies.

What we think

Auto transportation can be both expensive and stressful, but with Bargain, you can get the service you need at a price you set.

While your initial offer might not be the one that secures your service, Bargain’s staff will work closely with you to find a price that both you and your car carrier can agree to.

Let’s get this show on the road
The farther ahead of time you schedule your service, the cheaper it’s likely to be. Get a quote soon to see if Bargain can help you save some money.

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Other auto shipping picks

If you like what you’ve read about Bargain and you want to see how it stacks up against other auto transportation companies, check out these reviews:

Sources

  1. Bargain Auto Transport, “FAQs
  2. ReviewTrackers, “2018 ReviewTrackers Online Reviews Survey
  3. Bargain Auto Transport, “Why Bargain?

About Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over three years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.