Originally Posted by Tango
Brokers are huge rip off and may or may not provide the agreed to service. I screwed around with several "national" agencies and finally gave up. Found a fully bonded & insured independent who beat the brokers prices by 40% and did everything right on time. Of course since mine was a shorty, it fit (barely) on a big trailer. A 40 footer is a different story.
That was the first lesson that I learned when I bought a car across country. Got and paid for a quote from a company that was advertised on ebay and then waited over 2 months for my car to be shipped to me. Only to find out that less then half of what I paid actually went to the shipper, and the only reason he did it was because he had an empty spot on the trailer and it fit in his route. Needless to say I got the driver's card and use him or one of his buddies directly when I ship stuff, at a reasonable rate too.
Whatever you do, make sure the company you go with actually has trucks and will stick behind their ship date. Otherwise, you're paying money in the hopes that it gets shipped, in which it may never happen.