Car Hauler Business – quick overview of the Trucks & Trailer

 

Hey, guys!

CarShipIO Team wanted to share with you some general equipment information for auto transport practitioners and people who want to start their own car hauler business.

Let’s start with the basic of what’s a car hauler company?

A Car Carrier or Car Hauler company can be used to transport or move your car so you can save your time, money and mileage of driving it yourself.

In the business of car carriers there are different types of auto transport trucks to choose from, depending on your needs, but in this article, we would speak about the 2 most common used car carrier truck types.

Here we go with a quick overview of these 2 truck types for car shipping!

The first one is the open carrier truck type transport, shipping with this type of truck will save you money.

The car protection in the process of transportation is not in top notch security, but from experience of different companies and drivers, the damage is very rare.

The final consumer of the vehicle will save money with this type of truck because he will be sharing the cost of the vehicle with other customers that are shipping at the same time at a nearby final destination.

The second most common way to transport a vehicle, typically set of specific vehicles like luxurious, high-value and collectible is enclosed.

The thing with these type of car carrier truck is the price. It is usually available to big budget people.a general guideline. the price can sometimes be doubled compared to open carrier truck types.

A general guideline is that the price can sometimes be doubled compared to open carrier truck types. Also, the cost depends on the number of cars that will be shipped and also the expenses for the insurance on that trip.

The loading system of the car carrier truck is designed to load and unload the vehicles easier than the open carrier truck.

The advantage here is the highest caliber of security for the cars from climate change, road impacts, or any different types of physical impacts.

Every type has pros and cons, it always depends on what are your needs when you transports your cars.

Most Used Car Carrier Trailers

Tractor-trailer trucks

Tractor-trailer trucks or multi-car trailers are a type of open transport.

They represent a better choice for discount auto shipping because. Why?

  • Bigger Quantity – they can haul more vehicles at once over more miles.
  • Slower Speed – They have the disadvantage that they are slower and have a hard time navigating in different residential areas.

In this specific case, when you will a have a tractor-trailer truck, meeting the driver in an open parking lot to load and unload the car from a tractor trailer, or using a terminal-to-terminal auto shipping parking will be the best solutions.

Pickup style truck, dually

Pickup style truck is also named hotshot car hauler or flatbed trailers and they represent the opposite type of tractor-trailer because:

  • Faster Speed – Deliver to the final destination faster and very easy navigation
  • Higher Price on Service
  • Small Quantity – typically from 1 car up to 3 cars, some trailers can fit 4 smaller cars

They are a preferred method for shipping SUV’s, trucks, and modified cars.

Thank you for your read, hope that this general guideline will help you understand better the equipment for this kind of business.

Please feel free to ask CarShipIO questions about what you need for your car hauler business.

 

Car Hauler BOL and eBOL

Nowadays car haulers do a lot of paperwork, one of them is the BOL.

A Bill of Lading (BOL) is a document that is related to the auto transport business. Another definition is a legal document issued by the carrier company that will be given by the driver who meets to pick up your vehicle. The Bill of Lading is emitted at the pick-up time, it will serve as a receipt of your vehicle getting picked up and as a contract regarding the transport of your vehicle.

The general information for the BOL  will be:

  • Origin and Destination of the Vehicle
  • Dates and Time
  • Vehicle Make, Model, Year, VIN & Mileage
  • Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Other Vehicle Description
  • Customer Agreement to Terms & Conditions and Driver Agreement to Terms & Conditions
  • Form of payment
  • Carrier Contact Information

As an auto transport company/carrier make sure to check out or inspect the cars, before signing the BOL.

The possible damages must be recorded at the time of delivery.

As a car hauler or other party, the Bill of Lading will be the single evidence supporting any further discussions and claims related to these damages.

Always make sure you check the vehicles accordingly, report all the types of damages so you can increase customer loyalty and your carrier rating.

The BOL is an operational process that you’re are going very often and you also need to make sure you don’t lose it and that it gets to the relevant person (customers/receivers), otherwise, you risk having a little bit of hassle.

Generally speaking the trend for the paper BOL is starting to transition to a digital BOL, because of technology, eBOL ( Electronic Bill of Lading) solutions is becoming more and more popular.

eBOL is a quick tool, that you can use your mobile device like a phone or tablet.
At the minimum, you can generate digital BOL, that will produce you a professional looking printed BOL with all the details filled in.

The auto transport world is changing rapidly and is going digital as well, like any other business.

Imagine that in the near feature every car hauler that wants to stay in business will just go to his customers give them the mobile device, they will sign and that’s it, NO MORE PAPERWORK!!!

At the end adapting new technology and efficient processes that it brings, will make your car hauler business sustainable, scalable and growing fast.

Like it or not, but we still need to transport vehicles and pay our bills, so if you are left and are not performing efficiently you are wasting time and money while allowing your competition to deliver more cars in less time.

Feel free to ask any questions or share your knowledge about the BOL and eBOL by leaving a comment, CarShipIO team would be glad to help you or engage in the comments.

Until next time.

Happy car hauling,

CarShipIO Team

 

How To Find New Loads – a Car Hauler Guide to finding work

Are you a car hauler that wants to get as many loads as possible from various load boards? Are you very confused about where to find car carrier loads or where to start in hauling cars?

Believe me or not this is the paradigm the majority truck drivers have when they get a huge PETERBILT TRUCK with 4-10 car hauler trailer and are obsessed with making a lot of money.

Every trucker knows that the more cars you deliver and the more distance you can haul while fully loaded with cars, hauling good paying loads, the more money you can invest back into your in your car hauler owner-operator business.

Let us break down exactly what you can do as an owner-operator or small start-up company in car hauling to find loads to ship cars across U.S. Here is a List of Top 9 Auto Transport Load Boards and Brokers you need to know when starting up as a car carrier.

 Central Dispatch   centraldispatch.com

 

The first thing you should consider is to check out this online auto transport load board for vehicle transportation. CentralDispatch, is considered the U.S. largest B2B (business to business) car hauler load board for professional car shippers because they connect a lot of dealers, shippers, carrier, brokers at the same time. If you want a VOLUME, go to the carrier section on Central Dispatch and keep your trucks busy!

ReadyLogistics  ratloads.com

  Ready Logistics is the auto transport loadboard for carriers that puts an accent on qualified companies who meet insurance and different strict safety requirements. I also assure that you will very rarely leave empty from the amount of loads they make available to the carrier network. Ready Auto Transport with RatLoads is definitely a top notch marketplace for carriers and building relationships in the auto transport industry.

CarsArrive    carsarrive.com

   A top auto transport load board in the business of car carriers is Cars Arrive. Woking with Adesa Auto Auction, when you get with them you will have options with a vast amount of loads. The process is fairly simple, you get an ID, that will allow you take loads from the cell phone and receive automatic dispatch fax and a type of release form.

CarsArrive is a trusted environment for an auto transportation industry, you get paid and secured for your loads.

USHIP uship.com

UShip has a network for carriers and is very transparent with fees and is full of shipments. U Ship offers some tools for your business like app for your mobile, USHIP APP. What is interesting about this network is that you have an opportunity with becoming “Power Carrier” and also they promote some special offers in regards to your day-to-day expenses. Uship has a dozen of filters, such as price, locations and different categories. You will find brokered loads, as well as direct consumers loads, however endless price bidding in the race for bottom dollar, is not what most carriers care for.

United Road Auto  urautoloads.com

Another one is the United Road is the largest broker with its own fleet of trucks, also has nationwide network and  of over 3,000 car shippers and auto transport load board that offers hundreds of thousands of vehicles to move each month, basically they have other possibilities to find that load that matches your expectations with common email blasts and local specials. UraAutoLoads load board interface is a bit complicated and outdated but volume is there.

MetroGistics metroloads.com

One of the top brokers with great selection of decent paying loads from dealers, ports, rail yards and other sources available at MetroLoads

Reindeer Logistics  reindeerauto.com

    Reindeer has a carrier network with some strict professional industry rules such as documentation, communication through the entire shipping process, strick ETAs for timely pickup and delivery, customer service. Reindeer Auto Relocation Network has a system and relationships with thousands of carriers companies. Check the carrier login section on their website and you can hop on the Reindeer Logistics auto transportation load board.

Montway   montway.com

Montway is also one of the largest auto transport brokers with a network of 10,000 car hauling carriers. Shipping prices are upfront and transparent here. Montway is also in the business from 11 years with a lot of success in the industry, true shipping ninjas. They are not known for the best prices but they have a lot of trust from auto carriers.

Always take time and research a bit what you need in terms of your business. This will pay off a lot for long-term.

CarShipIO Marketplace carshipio.com

     Check us out at Car Ship IO is a new generation software with powerful business tools for both auto carrier and auto transport broker businesses.

CarShipIO has a growing Auto Transport Marketplace, a  Digital Auto Transport Load Board with :

  • Fully electronic car hauler loadboard with easy sign up
  • No Hassle of calling every single time to get a load and waiting for a callback.
  • You can request and self dispatch loads from brokers and it is very easy to do.
  • Support and training to understand the load board and overall platform is always provided
  • Quality high paying per mile Loads
  • Quality relationship with different types of parties
  • Fully integrated with a carrier software and driver app
  • Updates and improvements on a weekly basis

Right now, we at CarShipIO have a special offer and opportunity for your growth!

Hop on NOW and get full access to our fast growing load board, get quality loads, make new business connections with professionals from your industry for only $89 for 6 months, one-time payment offer available to next 200 carriers only.

CarShip IO  is always a great place to start out the journey of car hauling, as we bring you our “know hows” to to meet your “how-tos”, greatly improving many outdated processes and of auto transport industry with information, technology and ingenuity is what we are all about.

Thank you very much for having an interest in CarShip IO !

Starting new Car Hauler business and “I Never have time” excuse

We have been facing a paradox problem that we would like to address and explain. Most of the business owners, whether they are the truck drivers themselves or are the managers of drivers, face the same issue of having “no time”.  They are always busy. This cycle never ends, at first they are looking for job, then it’s a back and forth communication with the customer, price estimates, and quotes, sorting the cars on the truck, notify customer when picked up, delivered, stuck on a road, etc etc… just never ends, and no time to expand the business nor relax.

CarShipIO Car Carrier Software has a solution.

We have created a one stop do it all software that it designed specifically for auto haulers. We help you give correct estimates, in an instant see which job is profitable, or pays more. With just a click of a button, you can update the status of your jobs, so that all of the parties can be aware where the vehicle is at. No more phone calls to brokers, dispatchers, and customers!!!

Right here you can also create a custom invoice and BOL and either email it, fax it or print it for your customers.

There is no more need to scribble on a paper the damages/scratches to a car, the driver can take/upload pictures with his phone and either save them into the system or email to the customer or broker right away!

CarShipIO knows your problems and has easy solutions. But in order for an automated process to work it’s best, you have to make a little commitment and enter your info, that you enter anyway, but in a more accustomed way. Once you enter all of the info, such as your truck details, customer’s info, broker’s info, insurance etc.

CarShipIO car carrier software will automatically remind you about maintenance that needs to be done on a truck, it can calculate the profitability of your run based on the gas usage of your truck, knowing your customers, it can send them invoices and BOLs, and status updates with your command. With just a little commitment you can create a big helper for yourself that will save you a lot of time or create you time to expand your business. Initially, it is very difficult to start, find this time especially during a busy season, but it is an investment – investment in your future, in the future of your own business. Having all of the documents, receipts, invoices, notes, customers, trucks in one place gets you ready for the tax season, saving you a ton of time of looking for all of the info for the past year, it gets you ready for audits, and simply with just a few clicks summarizes your business for your own knowledge. You can know profitability by a driver, a customer, a trip. You can easily eliminate extra expenses such as maintenance when it was very predictable.

Please do yourself a favor and invest your time today for the easier future! We are always here to help, our advanced technical team can set up an individual time with you to help you get started using our software for car carriers and answer any technical questions you may have, so keep this number handy: 267-270-2248, we are here to help you getting to where you really want to be.

Best Practices when you are delayed or truck broke down

 Have you ever been delayed by weather? Did your ever had your truck break down? You are hauling ten cars and 10 customers are relying on you to be on time. Logically you need to notify everyone, and if your next trip is already planned out, those customers need to know you will be delayed as well.

The key to effective notifications is having all the customer information including email and phone numbers so you can notify them immediately.  It would also be good to notify other contacts associated with each load, for example any contacts who are waiting for you to deliver the vehicles listed on the order.

Maybe you are lucky to have someone at the office who will notify everyone on your behalf, but if you don’t then it’s up to you to do that. Even if you have everyone’s numbers and email addresses, you still need to search for the contact info, and make the call, compose and send an email or text message right?

There is a better way and that is a mobile application that allows for instant notification of ETA to everyone on your trip.  With your mobile device you suddenly have that power – send out a notification to as many people as you need to on that trip.  Your customers will appreciate the notification and you are more likely to keep them as a customer the next time they need to transport their vehicle because you took time to manage their expectations.

Luckily there is a tool that provides Notifications for every step in your process: Starting a Trip, Picking Up Vehicles, Delivering Vehicles, General ETA to your destination. That tool is CarShipIO online business management tools, which  are designed specifically for your Auto Transport Business so you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

Increase car hauler business efficiency by using the correct tools

 We all know that time is valuable, and if you are spending time less efficiently than your competition you are losing your money and need to look at your car hauler business process for possible inefficiencies and address them immediately. The more time you can free up, the more you can invest that time into growing your car carrier business and keep your customers happy. Let’s look at some inefficiencies and some solutions in your Auto Transport Business.

Invoicing

How do you invoice your clients?  If it takes you more than a minute, you are probably spinning your wheels going from one application to another or writing invoices by hand.

The solution to is to store all your load information in a software that also lets you invoice clients with just a few clicks, so it takes less than 10 seconds to generate and send out the invoice.

Think about it this way – let’s say it takes you 5 minutes to generate and send out an invoice today vs 30 seconds you could be spending with an online business management tool. If you invoice 10 clients each day, then you are wasting 45 minutes, and 3hrs per week on generating invoices which adds up to 156 hours per year of wasted time…

If you can free up 3hrs per week, you can do something more productive like work on finding quality loads or spend time working on your marketing, that time can translate to thousands of dollars each week just by invoicing faster. I hope you see how you can get a nice Return on Investment by switching to an application that manages your loads in one place just for the sake of saving time on invoicing.

Another added benefit for a car carrier is getting PAID FASTER since you can generate invoices with one click right after delivery right from your mobile device!  If you are strapped for cash, this gives you the much-needed cash flow and additional ROI because you aren’t borrowing at a high-interest rate or using money factoring services.

Ask yourself:

How many customers did you forget to invoice or did not collect payment because it slipped through the cracks? Payments not collected may cost your business thousands a month. What if that no longer was an issue? Some applications track late invoices as well as loads that you need to invoice, this will ensure you don’t miss a payment.

Trip / Load Planning

How do you plan your trips today? You have 10 pickups and 10 drop offs and all you have is print outs or files in your cloud storage. Planning your trip is not an easy task and you may use several applications such as online maps or GPS and you spend 1hr or more. Some just outsource it all together and pay as much as 25% or more for this service.

It doesn’t have to be this way, some applications save time by combining all your loads on one map in a trip planner, a map view using your loads pickup and delivery address.  Once you plan your trip, the details are instantly synced up and your drivers can see the trip and load details on their mobile interface. When everyone is collaborating in real time, any updates in trip details and the pickup/delivery information is as easy as making a change to the data.  Now count how much time of your day gets drained on the phone or emails with your drivers just dealing with dispatch before or after they start their trips… Ok, say it’s on average 2 min per load, multiply that times loads per week… you get what we are saying?  Now your drivers see the changes real time!

Customer Updates and Follow-ups

When a customer inquires, how do you know when their vehicle will be delivered up? Do you make a phone call to your driver? Do you text them? How much time does that take? With automatic status and ETA notifications, every time you or your drivers does a pickup/delivery they can update the status on their mobile device and automatically notify your customers. Also your customers will be happy knowing they can check the status of the car shipment any time like on a UPS shipment – and that’s good customer service. So if both you and your customer see the vehicle status real time you will see a drop in call volume.

 So let’s review how an online application saves you time and money over existing processes in your Auto Transport Business:

  1. Save time by generating invoices in under 30 seconds and by avoiding double entering loads into multiple places.
  2. You get paid faster because you can invoice from your truck as soon as you deliver, which saves you money and increases cash flow.
  3. You stay on top of your finances, get reminders on late or unpaid invoices, you never miss a payment again and/or forget to invoice in the first place.
  4. You plan your trips faster, your driver sees all the trip details on their mobile device instantly, updates load status real time, which cuts down on call volume from worried customers.
  5. You communicating effortlessly with your drivers, customers, dispatchers.
  6. You use extra time and money you save to grow your business.

There are many other mone and time saving features an online business management tool provides to help you run your business more efficiently. CarShipIO is such a tool designed exclusively for your Auto Transport business. Our car carrier software and auto hauler software saves you time, money Sign up for our service today – we would love to hear how you are saving time and money once you become our customer.

3 ways to manage work and dispatch car hauler loads

Managing car hauler loads is the essence of the business. When you have multiple trucks on a road at a time, sometimes it becomes difficult to remember which car is picked up, delivered or on the way. In addition to the cars in transit, it is always important to look for new loads and quote them to make sure the business runs smooth and without stoppages.

“My old way of doing things was on paper, and then at the end of the day all I saw was scribbles and overwritten notes, from “quote” to “picked up”. It was extremely unorganized. With electronic status updates, it makes it so easy to run my car hauler dispatch and to access the entire business with just one click! By clicking one button “quote” I see all of the jobs that need to be quoted and so on. A lot of times I receive a phone call from a customer asking where the car is, and in the “old times” I had to go through all the folders and papers to find the car he is looking for, and then call a driver to find out the status. With this new car hauler software, I can answer the customer within seconds because my drivers update their status with the accuracy of a few minutes and to know exactly where they are, is just 2-second search away. I have a lot of happy customers; everything just became so much faster giving me an ability to expand my business. Thanks” – Happy Customer
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Poised to Change Auto Transport Industry Forever!

We’ve been through so many ups and downs in last year or so.

  • Major Push to deliver Beta Version of our Auto Carrier Digital Office Tools back in May.
  • Working out most of the problems and working extra hard to satisfy our first set of customers.
  • Processing ton of feedback and suggestions.
  • Marketing, PR and Customer Development
  • Trying to stay on track with all the new features, and project plans.
  • 100 Carrier Signups later, Hundreds of sleepless nights, countless frown faces and eye rolls of wives and kids, thousands of hours, phone calls and emails, Tutorials and Demos later…..

We now have what we believe to be a “kick ass” product, that is shaking things up in the industry, we’re not afraid to mix things up and go against the biggest  “competitors”.

Staying true to original goal is to Revolutionize Auto Transport Industry, by empowering the Car Haulers with 21 century digital tools!
Giving smaller auto carrier and car hauler a leg up, a “helping hand” if you wish, which is can extremely important and much needed, especially when you’re just starting out, believe us we know:)

yet…. sometimes if feels like we’re just as these 2 little kids, doing things differently, bringing in something new no one have seen before, proving everyone wrong.
Cause I’ll be kicking the flavor that makes you wanna Jump
How high? Real high..Cause I’m just so fly

And WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED!!!

New week! New Challenges and Surprises!
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Managing Car Carrier Business with CarShipIO is Smart

Managing loads is the essence of your business. That’s why CarShipIO Car Hauler Software gives you the online tools you need to make your job easier, more efficient and faster by eliminating truckloads of scribbles, spreadsheets and faxes. With Carshipio, you can stop pushing paper and start pushing your business forward.

Here is how. 

Say you are a truck owner and you just dropped off your cars on a Friday afternoon. If you are still billing your customers the old way, you’ll probably wait until Monday to generate a new invoice from scratch, print it, fax it and hope the customer will receive it. If he doesn’t, you’ll have to resend the invoice again and make lots of phone calls to double-check if it had arrived. And let’s face it, chasing after your invoices take time. In fact, you might find yourself working overtime just to keep up. And that’s time away from growing your business – and your family.

When you use  CarShip IO Auto Transport Platform, billing your customers becomes a walk in the park. Just drop off those new shiny cars (or beat up clunkers) and with a few swipes on your mobile app, you can mark the load as Delivered and send that invoice right from your truck, together with any other important documents, like your BOL. And you don’t need to enter your customer’s information. It’s all at your fingertips. So now you can get back home and enjoy that weekend.

And there is lots more. With CarShipIO you can track your entire business with just one click. See the status of all your trucks and know where they are within seconds. Track your jobs from “quote” to “complete” and build schedules and plan out routes in a new, more efficient way. You can even make accurate job estimates or track your expenses and get important reminders.

So what are you waiting for? We can help you get out of the rut and get you moving a whole lot faster. Register with CarshipIO Digital Office today. It will make you, your customers – and even your dog – very happy.  Best of all, your first month is FREE, and comes with a no hassle 90 Day Money Back Guarantee.