It’s not that you ship your car across the country every now and then. Thus, you get started by searching for shipping options. You would find many companies vying for the deal, but to find the genuine and trustworthy auto Transport Company is tricky. It’s easy to have a bad experience if you are not careful at the beginning.

The first question that you would deal with is broker vs carrier – what to choose? Before getting on to the point that which one is better, know what is a carrier and how different is a broker from carrier.

What Is an Auto Transport Broker?

You can say that they are the ‘middleman’. They arrange the whole process of moving your vehicle; right from choosing the transport carrier, getting the price quotation, setting the pick-up and delivery time to giving expert customer services. Most importantly they do not own the carrier trucks and rather keep carriers under contract.

Every profession has some negative reviews. But obviously there are professional and reliable companies like Ship a Car, Inc. You can ship a car cross country without any worry. They provide long distance vehicle shipping services for all types of commercial and consumer vehicles in US and cross country. They charge only when you get a suitable carrier for transportation of your vehicle.

How Does the Broker Work?

Carriers are those who own the trucks used for shipping the vehicles. It is often difficult for you find a carrier by yourself. Here, the broker companies have valid USDOT credentials and FMSCA compliance, and insurance coverage. They find you carriers for the vehicle shipping. They inspect the car and prepare a contract before the shipping.

They provide a secured transport of your car and is responsible for any damage caused during the transfer. They negotiate the price with the carriers. They even assist you in following up the status of the shipment and solve issues if there is a problem before the delivery.

Broker Over Carrier?

  • Carriers hardly opt for branding or advertising their business to make their place in the top web searches. Therefore, they are hard to find for us. They generally try to establish a contract with brokers to get a good flow of assignments. So, may not get best rates and good service even if you find one. The way brokers work towards customer satisfaction, carrier won’t do that. They would only focus on filling up the truck and dropping off the vehicle at the terminal.
  • The network of carriers that the broker has saves you both money and time. Moreover, you would get plenty of options for one route which is almost impossible to get done when going directly to the carrier.
  • In case, of damage or accident you can get compensation as your vehicle is insured by the broker company.
  • Clear out all your doubts with the agent instead of just learning from automated messages. The websites of the broker firms show a box to calculate your quote for free. Don’t ever think that the quote estimated there would be the exact price you would have to pay. It’s all good if you can find a trustworthy company.

Under its ambitious India 2.0 project, Skoda India is all set to make a dent in the Indian market. Before this year, the carmaker had an entirely different line-up with a place in almost all of the major segments in the market. However, with the arrival of the stringent BS-VI emission standards, the carmaker has decided to entirely skip on the diesel engines and, hence, to manufacture only petrol-powered ones.

So, as soon as the BS-VI emission norms kicked in the market, Skoda had to discontinue its diesel-powered cars. Later on, the manufacturer introduced the Rapid, Karoq, and Superb with BS-VI approved engines, all with the maker’s coveted TSI technology.

While the latter two remained to be slow-selling models in the country, the Rapid – especially in the Rider trim – proved to be Skoda’s bread and butter model. It is, after all, priced very well, undercutting most of the smaller sub-4m sedans, and it’s not even a bare-bones model. Plus, it also comes powered by a 1.0-litre TSI engine, which makes it one of the most affordable turbo petrol cars in the market.

Later on, the maker introduced a newer Rider Plus variant to cope up with the sales of the car. But, what can we expect from Skoda cars in the future? Here are a few models that are in the pipeline.

1.     Skoda New Octavia

The Skoda Octavia has been spied recently while testing, this means that the model is soon coming to the Indian market. The older one, on the other hand, was discontinued as soon as the BS-VI emission norms kicked in earlier this year. Skoda had also introduced a sprightlier vRS version of the Octavia, which sold out as quickly as it went on sale this year. The new version, then, would be an all-new model, marking a generation upgrade for the executive sedan. Moreover, as far as its design is concerned, it would be less radical in comparison to the older model with a much more elegant design. Therefore, the split headlamp design from the older model, too, will be axed out for a more conventional layout. Expect it to be powered by the same 1.5-litre TSI engine as the Karoq when it arrives in the Indian market sometime around early next year.

2.     Skoda Kodiaq Petrol

The Skoda Kodiaq, too, was discontinued from the Indian automotive market alongside the Octavia. However, unlike the case with the Octavia, the full-size SUV from Skoda is expected to make its return in the same guise as its predecessor. So, expect the same exterior design, same interior layout, along with the same equipment list with the BS-VI approved Kodiaq. However, this time around, the Kodiaq will make its shift from diesel to petrol power. We expect Skoda to use the same engine as in the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, which is a 2.0-litre TSI unit, capable of churning out 188bhp and 320Nm of torque. As with its sibling, the Kodiaq, too, would be solely available with a 7-speed DSG transmission.

3.     Skoda Kamiq

The Kamiq is going to be the most important model from Skoda in the Indian market, for when it officially arrives. This is because the Kamiq is a mid-size SUV, which will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, and so on. Therefore, it would be sitting in a pretty fierce space. Besides that, the Kamiq would be positioned lower than the Karoq and higher than the Rapid in the maker’s line-up. It was officially unveiled for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The crossover is, moreover, the third SUV from the company for the European market after the Kodiaq and the Karoq. Expect it to arrive by the middle of next year.

4.     Skoda New Rapid

While the 2020 Rapid has been selling in good numbers, it’s no secret that the model has now aged quite a lot, especially when you look at its cabin. Therefore, to keep things fresh, Skoda is gearing up to introduce an all-new generation of the Rapid, which was showcased in Russia earlier this year. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.0-litre TSI engine. We expect the new Rapid to debut in the Indian market by mid-2021. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.