How to Ship a Car?

Hi there!

We just wanted to share a quick guide on how to ship a car!

When you are deciding to ship your own car or a specific car you should, first of all, organize the following things:

  • Pickup Location – you need to know the specific address, state, postal code either as a company or consumer what is the starting location where that car is going to be picked-up – for the auto transport company
  • Delivery Location – you need to know the specific address, state, postal code for the final destination which is critical for the auto transport company
  • Year of the vehicle –  it’s the production year of the vehicle which is important for the driver of the auto transport company to determine the quote
  • Make of the vehicle – is it a Mercedes Benz, BMW or any other make? Again important for the driver of the car hauling company to determine the quote
  • Model of the vehicle – knowing the model will also be helpful to determine the quote for the auto transport company
  • Time of delivery – you need to have in mind an estimated time of delivery for your vehicle so the auto transport company knows how much time they need to take into consideration
  • Budget – how many $ are you willing to spend to take your car from pickup to delivery location

You will either contact auto transport brokers that will:

  • Find you car haulers for a specific amount of upfront fee before the car was delivered + additional fee after the load(car) was delivered)
  • Find you a car hauler for a specific fee after the load (car) is delivered

Search for auto transport broker on different websites like:

  • Google – type in auto transport brokers + specific state you’re in
  • Yahoo – type in auto transport brokers + specific state you’re in
  • Transport Reviews – search for shippers or auto transport brokers and read carefully the quality of the reviews

Either go right away to the car hauler company or auto transport company by searching again on channels like.

  • Google – search for auto transport company + specific state or specific state + car shippers
  • Yahoo search for auto transport company + specific state specific state + car shippers
  • Transport Reviews – be very picky about the quality of reviews by reading the levels of satisfaction of different customers or consumers
  • Check their insurance certificate and safety record information on USDOT
  • Check their facebook page or social media for more insights

And remember you always have an alternative to just put that information of your car here.

CarShipIO Ship

Until next time,

CarShipIO team

 

 

Auto Transport Dispatcher – Save Time and Money Guide

 

How to save time and money as an auto transport dispatcher? This specific post is related to a ton of auto transport dispatcher out there that want to improve their daily operations by focusing on these key indicators:

  • Time
  • Organization
  • The Process of Load Management
  • The Process of Trip Management
  • Documentation if necessary – BOL, Invoicing, Inspection Review, Contracts, reports

First of all the most important asset in the every single business out there is managing your time – and if you’re not owning time as a dispatcher, and time is owning you – then the truth is that work is going to overwhelming and stomp you on daily basis.

Mastering this core asset will help you focus on:

  • Actually staying connected with your customers and drivers
  • Spending more time to find quality of work you have for the company/companies you’re working for
  • Having more time will open up business opportunities that you’re ignoring because of your stomped scheduled

An auto transport dispatcher is going to work on daily basis with different loads big brokers out there, big load boards to find loads for the drivers.

They always need to get that dispatch sheet from 10+load boards in different formats and manage them all together – the amount of paperwork gathered is insane and not organized in the proper way. That’s where a load of time is wasted. Manually checking in the load boards, requesting the dispatch sheet via the email/load board, going back to save, going into your email to send it to the drivers,  checking with the driver if he received it, calling him 3+ times, then checking if he got the correct load number, pickup and delivery information.

Sending the BOL, and invoices is another one – an auto transport dispatcher can send typically other 20+ of those a week.

That’s actually near thousands of transport documents in a year – think about how much time you need to spend on to perfect and check that paperwork every single time.

What if someone told you can save all that time for your right away and you can actually focus on bring more loads to the drivers – as that is what you’re getting paid for?

Would you consider it as an auto transport dispatcher? I bet yes!

So if you want to change it, here’s a framework that you can use that we developed in our system CarShipIO for auto transport dispatchers:

  • Imagine yourself uploading all dispatch sheets in one single place from all the loadboards out there, and big brokers ( there are more than 20+ out there in the auto transport industry).
  • Dispatching it right away with just creating a organized trip for all your drivers, will loads, vehicles, miles, addresses, customer information, ability to edit the load, add more loads, delete the loads.
  • Everything is integrated with a driver app on the driver end, and he sees all that info without any information slippage. They have the ability to do everything they need, inspection, electronic bill of lading, change status of loads so the auto transport dispatcher and customer sees it, add vehicles to a load, automatically scan vin code, add expenses.

The real benefit is saving your time, your driver time, your company times, your customer time, and the receive time with everything being organized around the concept of  load, trip, driver.

We highly recommend to try it out as we believe time is going to be single biggest asset out there for you – read more info here

By our average calculations saving 5K $ by using the system on yearly basis is very welcome for your business.

Sign-UP here, use it and get that benefit.

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!!!

Invoicing

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

 

 

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

 

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.