ELD – Basics of Electronic Logging Device

In the auto transport industry, there’s been a lot of development and research in the transport industry about ELD.

ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device.

Take a look at more history insights about the ELD last years:

This means serious preparation as independent owner-operators is likely to gravitate to a baseline compliance device. They can benefit from additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking automatic and easily reportable.

The exceptions to ELD requirements will be the following:

  • Old model trucks (from 1999)
  • Drivers in drive-away businesses
  • Drivers operating under the timecard exception rule – short-haul 100 – 150 miles specifically.
  • Drivers who keep logbook but work less than 8 days in 30 days

The core basics of the display of an ELD are:

  • Driver First Name and Last Name
  • ELD Username
  • ELD Malfunction Status
  • Total Engine Hours
  • Miles for each driving period
  • Data Diagnostic Status for the authenticated driver

The specific data recorded is:

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Engine Hours & Vehicle Mileage
  • Speed & Distance
  • Driver Login
  • Vehicle Identification & Authorized Carrier Identification

All events are recorded:

  • At start & finish
  • When changing the duty status
  • Once per hour why vehicle is operating
  • At the start & end of personal use or yard time

On FMCSA if you search for more information you’ll clearly see this the Phase 3 – full compliance phase with the punch line that after December 16, 2019, all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations. So after that FMCSA advice is to take advantage of their specific training like classrooms, webinars.

So far for general info of ELD – that’s it. We are always keeping an eye behind the curtains to see where the industry goes so we are going to keep everyone updated with our research.


As always happy car hauling and until next time.

CarShipIO Team

Intro to the Car Hauler Business


Are you sick and tired of working for someone else?

If YES then please continue reading as I want you  to imagine this:

You sometimes dream of being your own boss, having your company, being in charge of your own truck & trailer.

You choose how do you work with, what trips to have and what loads to pick up.

Deep down you know it’s time to take this decision as you already have the experience and money to transition to this.

You’ve already decided, you just need to take action to start up already and I know what you’re thinking “ But how I am going to do all of this?’’

The simple truth is hard work and commitment, I really do not advise to take the car hauler business like a joke.

But guess what?

We still have for your some intro steps to start up in the car hauler business:


  • First of all get I already assumed you have your CDL A license, but if you don’t have to go get it – Learn more here
  • Go Shop for your truck & trailer – check out our blog about some basics of truck & trailers types in the car hauler business.
  • Come up with Legal Company Name and/or DBA, you can have both
  • Incorporate, LLC or S-Corp will do
  • Getting your DOT Certificate, MC # & IFTA
  • UCR Registration
  • Complete any other requirements
  • Buy the Truck & Trailer – within 30 days of application for your operation authority and make sure you get quote insurance on equipment – these 2 tips are extremely important.
  • Wait for Approval by FMCSA


Here’s a big idea – you need to take this seriously and go all in and you will open up the opportunity to make a lot of money.

P.S To really become top notch car hauler, I highly recommend to check out our car hauler software, driver app, and load board as we’ve consulted and helped thousands of car haulers with our technology platform.

P.S.S You can engage and interact in the indeed forum with other car haulers


Until next time,

Happy car hauling

CarShipIO Team

Car Hauler Guide to make & save money



So you want to learn how to make & save more money as a car hauler?

Imagine what would be like making additional $ on top – from 7 strategies we have discovered that works for the majority of auto transport professionals.

Here there are the strategies on how to make & save more money as a car hauler:

  • Organization
  • Less Paperwork
  • Efficient Invoicing
  • Follow-up and Updates
  • Analytics
  • Trip Planning
  • Minimize False Claim Damages

Let me guess you want to get to that X amount net profit monthly?

Use & Practice Organization   

Top 1 is to have a functional system or create a system based on best practices that will give the opportunity to manage easily your top 4 business growing factors or revenue streams.

In the car hauler business the top 4 things that will bring you revenue are:

  • Drivers  –   having great relationships with these people will represent a critical factor for your business to grow, also assign loads and dispatch it in the easiest ways possible for them, with detailed notifications and support on the trip
  • Trucks  –  the core equipment that is key to the economy of every car haulage company needs to manage the maintenance, oil, suspension, service records, the inspection, insurance
  • Trailers –  hauling 10 cars  with different weights and dimensions, VIN codes, models needs technical organization and also professional loading and unloading
  • Load –  if you own this part right here you will skyrocket the revenue you currently make on your loads you deliver, you can check out List of Top Load Boards for Car Haulers in our recent blog post

Minimize Paperwork

How can you make more money by minimizing paperwork?

The principle is extremely easy to grasp in every type of business “Time is Money’’.

If you manage to save only 1 hour a day by eliminated the huge amount of paperwork you do every day, you will literally save more than 300 hours per year, that’s 12 business days.

Sounds good to save 2+ weeks per year to produce some more money in that time and not do much of your boring paperwork! Extra 2 week Paid Vacation? Heck Yea!!!


In your car carrier business, timing will realize a lot of value. When you send that invoice as soon the load is delivered, you will have a greater chance of having all the necessary information about getting paid, as you have all the information you need right there and will not have to go back and look for that invoice in your paper files, or under the seat, glove box, your pet’s bedding, wherever else? Also making your terms and conditions as clear as possible to the customers is of much help, but at the same time include all of the pertinent details in the document necessary to that customer. Being able to invoice as you delivery can help you get paid 12 days faster on average, so maybe you can skip dropping 3-5% on that money factoring company just by implementing the right strategy using the best tools. Think what you can do with Free 5% a year BONUS? Many 1 trucks, 3 car haulers start saving $3000+ a year, just by solving this issue.

Follow-up and status update

One of the weak links in car haulage is following-up! Why? Because they don’t know what to say.

A lot of confusing questions appear such as ‘’ when I need to call?’’, ‘’ what to ask?’’, ‘’who do I need to call?’ Organize your call list, have a basic script for calls, commit to your follow-ups and be extremely timely and persistent with them. Updating and following up as soon as possible is one of the top practical advice to get the fastest results possible and set your company apart from a sea of “rookies” who lose repeat business by not following up.

If you don’t want to follow-up with customers you won’t stay connected and you will loose business.

Knowing your numbers – analytics 

To make more money, you need to have a clear financial target. You always need to know where is your company in terms of expenses, revenue, net profit, revenue per mile, revenue per vehicle mile and other metrics to get you to the point you want to be. Also by knowing your numbers, you are identifying your top weak points and problems and your strongest links, that way you will consider which problems you need to solve in your day-to-day operation.

Reverse engineer on how many vehicles you need to ship on weekly basis to get to that monthly net profit.

Trip Planning

Optimal route planning sometimes is neglected because of the variety of delivery destinations and time it takes, due to complexities and delivery windows.

Every car hauler needs a map system allowing them to view an address and locate that destination and route more easily, even with multiple intermediary stops.

Tools like navigation, map dragging, zooming, detailed and always up-to-date is fundamental to such a system. A good combination of the truck capacity planning and route optimization will reduce fuel and toll charges. Planning your Trips ahead considering best routes, stops, bridges, time windows, vehicle characteristics and more can literally mean if you will make it break it on the trip, or be able to make it home to your loved ones that Friday afternoon after being done with all your car deliveries on time.

Minimize false damage claims

The main thing to do is to take pictures of every dent or scratch on the body, interior, wheels and glass before you load the car on your trailer.

That way you will truly minimize the false damage claims, by presenting that you have inspected the car with the pictures from all angles.

Another way is selecting your customers, shippers, dealers based on professionalism and rating in their service and the relationships they have previously formed.

Focus on these things as your car shipping company grows and let us know how they changed your results.

Hoped it helped and thank you very much for reading CarShipIO blog.

Until next time!

CarShipIO Team



How Tesla Semi-Truck can WIN or FAIL?


I am going to start with this:

I hope you’re pumped as well.

Elon Musk is planning already how and when the semi-truck is coming to the transport industry.

As we know Elon Musk core purpose in this marketplace is sustainable energy and transportation.

Also, we know that after the Model 3 sedan, Tesla Inc. will show an electric semi-truck and a pickup vehicle within 18 months and 24 months.

Doing that can disrupt the car hauling industry, towing companies, freight companies, logistics companies, broker companies, truck repair and maintenance services and a lot more.

A new market along with a new technology may appear and has the possibility to change business processes for the vast majority of parties from the transport industry.

Here is what CarShipIO found on how Tesla semi-truck can FAIL 🙂


  1. What’s the biggest challenge? Range.

In the auto transport industry, drivers typically cover 200 to 400 miles a day or even more, something hard to do with batteries alone.

Milton CEO at Trevor Milton figures that “Musk’s truck will get around 200 to 300 miles range.”

In the long-hauling game, the solution will be recharging.

But you’re probably thinking  “Is this real? How much should we wait to recharge our truck? Probably longer than a Model S sedan (which is 30 minutes to get it to 80%).

No worries you will probably be helped here by the Federal Rules or use of battery technology swamping.

2. What’s the 2nd challenge? The weight of the battery.

All the parts of the diesel drive train will be removed, but the mass of the batteries will get bigger with the increased range of driving.

At the end of the day, we don’t know the technology Tesla is going to use for the semi-truck battery.

Overall the trend is that battery technology today will completely different in the years to come as the energy density is increasing at a faster rate. Note that Tesla is looking for alternatives on this point.

3. Another challenge is the highway infrastructure, specifically a network to charge the electric trucks.

A huge amount of investments will be needed to develop the needed infrastructure for this new technology.

4. The price of the semi-truck is also a huge factor for owner-operators, small and medium trucking businesses, and even larger transportation businesses.

The higher the price, the less it will be accessible for other businesses that don’t have cash to invest and guess what?

Investing the money in the Tesla semi-trucks will help trucking companies with getting rid of fuel expenses and maybe other operating costs.

In terms of what we CarShipIO found on how Tesla semi-truck can WIN is simple.

The team behind Tesla, along with the vision of Elon Musk, can really make it happen.

We all know that all of them are clearly aware of the core problems they may face in short and long term to disrupt the space.

I also wanted to share with you some other  predictions we found  from other auto transport and vehicle professionals for the Tesla semi-truck:

  • Tesla aesthetics and aerodynamics
  • Compatibility with all types of trailer from the auto transport industry
  • Chassis with batteries under the cab of the truck
  • Rear Electric Motors
  • Additional underslung batteries on trailer
  • Autonomy or semi-autonomy, ideal for highway long hauling
  • Wealth of data and experience from semi-autonomy to improve road safety
  • Reduce auto transport operating costs


If you want to hear more news from us in terms of the new Tesla truck just go here Contact me with “Tesla fan’’.

P.S if you know more news from Tesla or Elon Musk just let us know.

As always, happy car hauling and until next time!
CarShipIO Team