Why Maximizing A Driver’s Load Matters to Dealers

Why Maximizing A Driver’s Load Matters to Dealers

Vehicle shipping, as every auto dealer knows, is a critical factor in turning inventory faster. With that said, the details behind this process are often overlooked by non-haulers. This is a detriment to dealers because it ends up meaning added costs, negative environmental effects, and a decrease in overall transport efficiency. Here’s why components like maximizing a transporter’s load matter for retail automotive dealerships.

Save Money

Besides benefiting transporters, keeping a hauler’s truck full can be equally valuable for Franchise and Independent Dealers. The advantage of filling a hauler’s truck completely lies in the cost savings. 

Similar to the way open shipments cost less than enclosed shipments, pickups or drop offs along popular routes cost less than those that are out of the way or customized. For example, if you are shipping a standard vehicle that can be transported on a larger truck with other vehicles, the cost is much less than when shipping a vehicle that requires its own truck. Dealers also pay less to ship a car to a popular trucker destination like Los Angeles or Atlanta than when shipping a car to smaller metropolitan areas.

Autosled’s load optimization technology allows transporters to pick up additional loads along commonly traveled routes, so their trucks stay full with little hassle. With Autosled, dealers save money with zero subscription or sign up fees, while transporters enjoy fuller trucks. 

Efficiency

Besides saving money, Autosled aids auto dealers in moving cars to and from their lots faster. Time saved on vehicle shipments means additional money saved at the dealership. No dealer wants to watch their vehicles depreciate on the lot.

With Autosled, transporters see suggested loads in their local area and can self dispatch. This makes transporters more likely to pick up a vehicle quickly. This is beneficial for dealers because it means their vehicles are likely to get dispatched faster and transported more quickly overall.

Environmental considerations

In the big picture, load optimization for transporters matters when it comes to environmental conservation, greener dealership practices, and efficient resource uses. Deadheading refers to when a transporter drives with an empty carrier.  This negatively impacts dealers when it comes to price. Often, transporters will charge a dry-run fee if a vehicle is not ready for transport, or will charge higher rates per mile to offset wasted gas when driving long distances with an empty truck. 

Maximized trucker loads not only minimize costs, eliminate wasted fuel and curb unnecessary trips, but they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of trucking significantly. In today’s automotive market where fuel prices are high and rising and material scarcities persist, conserving valuable resources is necessary. Dealers today also see an increasing push in the automotive industry toward sustainable practices and electric vehicles. By helping to maximize a transporter’s truck capacity with Autosled, dealers are taking a valuable step toward a greener future. 

Keeping transporter trucks full may seem like a hauler issue, but the effects ripple through retail automotive dealerships. Dealers can benefit from striving to maximize hauler’s truck capacities. Maximizing truckers’ loads lead to more sustainable and seamless vehicle transport as well as better overall dealership practices. Ready to ship your next vehicle with Autosled? Start your free dealership registration now.

Why Video BOLs are the best option for your vehicle’s transport

Why Video BOLs are the best option for your vehicle’s transport

A bill of lading (BOL) is a detailed document issued by a carrier to a shipper providing information on the destination, quantity, and type of the goods being carried. Unlike traditional BOLs that resemble a printed invoice or receipt, Autosled uses picture and video BOLs. 

Autosled’s video BOL is the first of its kind. With no physical paperwork required, it provides video documentation uploaded by transporters within the Autosled platform. Haulers show a 360-degree view of the vehicle and talk through the condition of the car being shipped, noting any flaws. Transporters then directly upload BOLs into Autosled’s app, where they can be viewed in real-time by the vehicle owner (dealer or retail consumer). 

Physical bill of lading paperwork

Transparent and Descriptive

Pictures and videos provide first-hand experience of the subject. Instead of reading about the vehicle’s condition, automotive dealers and individual vehicle owners can see the current state of each car, truck, or motorcycle themselves. If there’s any damage (either prior to shipping or during the journey) the video BOL shows where the damage is and the level of severity. Damages cannot be concealed or overlooked in video BOLs.

Person showing vehicle damage with a video BOL

Transporters are able to provide additional detail and commentary while creating a video BOL as well. This information is not captured by BOL printouts. Autosled’s video BOLs provide transparency between transporters and vehicle owners throughout the shipment process.

Real-Time

Video and photo BOLs also create unique timestamps that cannot be duplicated with paper BOLs. For example, if a vehicle is damaged sometime during transport, the time frame can be pinpointed based on the pickup and dropoff BOLs. It also helps to determine who is liable for the damage. If damage is noted upon pickup, for example, and no new damage is recorded at dropoff, then the transporter wouldn’t be liable. 

Besides the timestamps for video and photo BOLs, Autosled also provides real-time GPS tracking so customers can follow their vehicles from pickup to drop off. Instead of having a vague timeline of a vehicle’s delivery- usually stretching over multiple days, Autosled’s customers can determine the dropoff down to the hour! 

GPS tracking of a vehicle load

Autosled’s network of transporters is vetted and insured so vehicle owners can rest knowing that their cars and trucks are in good hands.  

Besides being convenient for Transporters, video and photo BOLs are ideal for dealers and retail consumers. These BOLs are descriptive, real-time, transparent, and much easier to keep track of because all of the detail is found in one place. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, digital BOLs protect dealers and consumers against vehicle damage and ensure the appropriate person is liable for the vehicle’s condition. Not using video or photo BOLs yet? Then it’s time to check out Autosled’s video BOL! Register your account to get started today.