5 Tips For Avoiding Auto Shipping Scam
Are you concerned about handing over your sweet ride to someone you have never worked before? Well, that’s totally normal, and you should be worried because you don’t know how to gauge a car shipping company’s level of credibility and legitimacy. Well, there are a few crucial parameters that you can use to measure how trustworthy they are. We have talked about the top five ways that you can use to determine if a car transport service provider is the ‘real deal’ or not. Let’s see what they are below:
5 Tip for Avoiding Car Transport Scams:
Vet the Website:
Most of the scammers build their websites in a hurry and with a low budget because they don’t use one site for the long term. So while building the site, they make lots of mistakes in spelling and grammar. Granted, legitimate companies can make mistakes, too, because human error is always a possibility.
However, scam sites’ mistakes are usually frequently appearing; you should be able to notice a few of them on every page.
Furthermore, car transport scam websites will not have an MC (motor carrier) Number. In contrast, the legitimate companies will post their MC number on the website for customers to see.
Check Contact Info:
Scam websites will not post multiple contact options like a phone number, a domain registered email like (email@example.com), or their address. They will simply put up a form on the website that you can fill up and wait for their email.
Or they might put up a non-formal email address like firstname.lastname@example.org, which everyone can easily make. Furthermore, fake auto shippers will not have a Google Maps address and certainly not a Google business page that you see on the right side when you search a company’s name..
Non-Traceable Payment Method:
Scammer car shipping companies will ask you to make payment via non-traceable methods like Moneygram or Western Union.
Legit ones will have these options as well but along with a hoard of alternatives like a credit card, debit card, Stripe, PayPal and so on.
Check Online Reviews:
Some companies are semi-legit and that means they appear to be operational businesses but they scam people in different ways like changing the final cost to be higher than what you agreed on. Getting the payment before assigning a truck to your vehicle and then keep you waiting for a long time. Not offering any refunds before the truck is assigned and so on.
So, to ensure you don’t fall victim to such companies, you should visit their Facebook page, Google business profile, and BBB profile to see what people are saying about them. This should help you determine if you can work with the company or not.
Very Cheap Prices:
The cost to ship a car will always have a specific range and all legitimate auto shipping companies will have prices in that same range. You can get an idea by contacting different companies, if most of them have similar prices but one company quotes very low then take it as a red flag. They might hook you with a cheap price but may change it later on.
Furthermore, a low price also means that the company is cutting corners in the quality of service. They might not have the proper infrastructure, equipment or crew to handle all the vehicles. This can result in damage to your car during the transit. Therefore, it is better to go for the companies that have closely related prices and try negotiating with them.