Try freightquote and uship, they are brokers that have multiple freight companies they work with. You'll be able to find better deals that way and if something goes wrong, they'll be more effective than you dealing with the ship company. You can also buy supplemental insurance through them ($500 and $1000 deductible, respectively). Most shippers have insurance based on weight, and its laughably insufficient, will not cover losses if were to happen. About 3% of freight shipments end up having some kind of "incident".
Delivering to or dropping off at a ship center may save money, not always though. At minimum, avoid residential pick-up or delivery as it will add at least 25% to the cost of shipment. Also make sure that, if using commercial addresses, that they really are commercial addresses and not someone's "home business". Also dont underestimate the weights as they typically weigh the shipments and will charge if you are too low. Also, shipments over 100 lbs require a lift gate (extra money $ typically) unless the pick up and/or delivery addresses have either a fork lift or dock.
Last edited by Paul Bell; Wed Apr 19 2023 08:23 PM.