Paying a deposit is essential. If you haven’t paid a deposit, then you haven’t hired an auto transport company. The deposit guarantees that the company will ship your car, and prevents them from backing out of the agreement. A company that collects a deposit recognizes the good faith placed in them and will work to perform. Otherwise, the deposit gets returned. Our car transport rate calculator gives several hundred quotes every day, but only the ones that place a deposit are serviced. No reputable company would do it any other way, which only makes sense.