Is there a difference between becoming a freight broker versus becoming an auto transport broker?
Do you need to take freight broker training alongside auto transport broker training if you just want to ship cars?
If you’re asking yourself these questions or if you don’t know the answer, then keep reading because I’m going to attempt to explain correlation between the two.
Freight broker training is good for those who want to do general freight.
If you want to become a freight broker, it’s pretty much self explanatory. You will need to take a freight broker training course. Please Note: Although freight broker training is not currently required by the FMCSA to become a freight broker, it will help you learn the ins and outs of getting started without having to do too much trial and error.
Okay so which freight broker training course is the right one? Well that’s up to you to find one within your budget, one that compliments your schedule and one that will answer all the important details about starting and running your freight broker business.
But the main takeaway here is that if you want to ship general freight for large companies and manufacturers, then freight broker training is the way to go.
If you’re looking to niche it down, you’ll want to find specific training for your niche.
A niche is a specialized field within an industry. For example in fitness industry, you may have a personal trainer who doesn’t specialize at all, or one who specialize in sports related training, or a personal trainer who specializes in pregnant workouts or even one that focuses on overweight women with pcos.
It’s the same thing within the freight broker industry. You have general freight brokers without specialty, you have household goods brokers who only move people’s furniture and household goods, then there’s auto transport brokers who only ship cars.
Regardless what you want to specialize in, you should find training for that specialty. It’s just like regular college. You wouldn’t go to nursing school to become an artist. Or law school to become a scientist. Or maybe you would—
If you want to learn to ship cars for a living, you’ll need auto transport broker training.
It’s as simple as that. When you signup for some form of auto transport broker training you should expect to learn the specifics of how to ship cars, how to find car shipping clients, how to run a car transport business and even how to find and book auto transport trucks.
If you were to take a general freight course, you’d be missing out on these important lessons. This is why you need to find training that coincides with your field.
At the end of the day, it all falls under the freight broker umbrella.
No matter what specialty you choose, it all falls under the freight broker title. You will need a freight broker license to move cars. You’ll need a freight broker license to ship overweight freight and likewise, you’ll need a freight broker license to move household goods.
Now as a pro tip, you’ll need to make sure there aren’t other requirements needed for your specialty apart from the freight Broker license.
Freight Broker is your title, auto transport broker is your specialty.
So back to the question, Is there a difference between becoming a freight broker versus becoming an auto transport broker? And do you need to take freight broker training alongside auto transport broker training if you just want to ship cars?
You need to be a freight broker first then you can officially take any path you want from there. But it all starts with becoming a freight broker.
If you want to just ship cars, skip the freight broker training and go straight for an auto transport broker training program.
That’s it for this weeks chalk talk.
It’s time to get your game face on.
In the comments below I want to know, did you know the difference between Freight Broker and Auto Transport Broker and if so, which one is in your future plans? Do you want to own a freight broker business moving general freight, or would you rather niche it down and become an auto transport broker, moving only cars.
As always, thanks for watching, commenting, liking and sharing!
Hey Ashley! I needed this post. Loved the video by the way. I thought there was an auto transport broker license. I didn’t know getting a freight broker license allows me to ship cars. I can’t wait to take the training. You’re so helpful and kind. I learned so much from your free training I can only imagine what you’re going to show me in your program. Thank you.
Im glad it’s helping you and thanks for writing in Jessica!