Knowing the difference between an auto transport broker and an auto transport carrier is one of the most confusing things about shipping a car. It's also one of the most impactful—working with a broker when you think you're speaking with a carrier, and vice versa, can make or break your experience.
Brokers typically offer faster service and give you multiple quotes to choose from, but your final bill seldom lines up with your initial estimate. Carriers are often slower because they have only one or two trucks, but they know the routes inside and out and offer a direct line of communication.
We break down the key differences between auto transport brokers and carriers into five categories: