Driving a long distance is rough on you and the vehicle. To save the personal stress and vehicle wear and tear, many use the services of an auto transport company. It’s important to hire a broker or carrier with a reputation for safety, on-time pickup and drop-off and proper licensing. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best car shipping companies in Waco so you feel confident handing over the keys.
According to census data, McLennan County residents move to and from all over the U.S. These include newcomers who are drawn by Waco’s low cost of living and both inbound and outbound Baylor students, who come from all 50 states.
This makes the auto transport industry busy in the “Heart of Texas.” Car shipping companies can move your vehicle to and from anywhere in the country, offering personalized options like door-to-door service, guaranteed pickup and delivery dates, enclosed transport and expedited shipping.
What is the difference between a broker and a carrier?
When searching for a car shipping company in Waco, you’ll come across both brokers and carriers. Carriers operate the trucks that transport the vehicles. Brokers are companies that coordinate with a network of carriers to set up car shipments.
Both carriers and brokers work directly with consumers, and some companies fall into both categories, so how do you choose?
Reasons to work with a carrier
Reasons to work with a broker
No middleman, so costs may be lower
Save time searching for a licensed, qualified carrier
Accurate price quotes and pickup, drop-off dates
Greater geographic and scheduling flexibility
Direct communication with the shipper; no go-between
Focus on customer service
Brokers and carriers that cross state lines are required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Both need an MC Docket number, and carriers need a USDOT number. You can verify licenses here.
How much does auto transport in Waco cost?
When booking auto transport in Waco, try to contact a broker or carrier at least two weeks to 30 days in advance. The company will provide you with a price quote, may ask for a deposit and is likely to provide a “window” of 3 - 5 days for pickup.
There are numerous factors that determine the price of shipping your car to or from Waco:
Distance: The longer the transport distance, the higher the price.
Type of vehicle: Prices are higher for larger, heavier vehicles.
Season: Summer and early fall are peak season for auto transport.
Location: Shipping to or from rural, isolated areas increases price.
Type of transport: Enclosed transport, which protects a vehicle from outside conditions, is more expensive.
Scheduling: If you ask for a guaranteed pickup or drop-off dates, you’ll pay a premium.
Here’s a look at some average costs of auto transportation to and from Waco.
Note: Based on shipping a large, operable sedan in an open carrier with availability 45 days in advance.
Don’t automatically choose the broker or carrier quoting the lowest cost. Read reviews to find out if customers are satisfied, get proof that your vehicle is insured during transport and ask if real-time tracking is available.
On pickup day, make sure you have about a quarter-tank of fuel in the vehicle, and remove any personal belongings, including automated toll devices. Before the carrier departs, you’ll sign a bill of lading, a shipping contract. Carefully document the condition of your car.
Auto transport takes anywhere from one or two days to two weeks. After delivery, be certain to inspect the vehicle closely for any damage.
eShip is a trusted auto transport broker handling over 3,000 car shipments annually. The company uses only fully licensed and bonded carriers and offers features like vehicle-tracking, expedited and enclosed transport and door-to-door service. Customers get competitive rates and a damage-free guarantee, as well as rental car reimbursement if delivery is late. Hundreds of customers give eShip five stars for on-time and safe delivery.
Sherpa Auto Transport’s objective is to provide a premier shipping experience. The company, licensed and bonded, works with reputable carriers with a track record for performance and safety. Its Price Lock Promise means you won’t pay more than what’s quoted, and the Clean Car Guarantee offers a free car wash after delivery. Reviewers strongly praise Sherpa Auto Transport’s service and communication throughout the transport process.
AmeriFreight is an auto shipping broker dedicated to quality, safety and guaranteed pricing. This company offers a rate calculator, gap insurance coverage and discounts to multiple groups. Get a free consultation and pay no money up front for scheduling transport for your vehicle. Hundreds of reviewers give AmeriFreight five stars, saying they’d use its services again.
Ship a Car Direct
Ship a Car Direct offers customers door-to-door auto transport service with a damage-free guarantee. This broker screens carriers according to the highest standards and arranges both open and enclosed transport. The company is fully insured, licensed and bonded and requires no deposit up front. Customers say their vehicles were picked up and dropped off on time and in great condition.