Re: Vehicle transport
I have sub-contracted for TNT many times while I was with Bob's. They use a "hub" approach like the airlines, so local tow companies do the pick up and delivery (flatbeds only), while traditional auto carriers do the long-hauls from their "hubs". Each hand-off requires a detailed inspection which has to be signed at the pick-up and drop-off by the customer, to ensure and damage caused is taken care off. Of course, there is always the possibility of damage, but TNT does not go by the low-bidder approach, and they don't low-ball their providers (nobody is getting rich either though).
I'm sure there are other good transport companies, but TNT is the one I'm most familiar with. They generally service corporate accounts however, so I doubt they are anywhere near the lowest cost.
When I had my van shipped from LA (not using TNT... it was whoever Enterprise contracts with) I had to meet the truck on Highway 34 at 2am, because he would have been overweight on the Van Buren bridge. Luckily it made it over the bridge. Their policy was to empty all fuel tanks for transport, so the gas gauge didn't even flinch from rock bottom when we started it up. Wasn't a big deal, but that's an example of the extra hassle you can expect from the cheaper outfits.
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon