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 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.

 

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.