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.

What is an Auto Hauler and What Do They Do?

Learn About What Auto Haulers Do

Those who aren’t familiar with the car industry may inquire, what does a car transporter do? An auto hauler, otherwise known as a car transporter is responsible for driving vehicles from pickup to drop off locations depending on shipping specifications provided by whoever hired them. 

Car transport companies and services quote you the costs of car transport and take care of all the logistics of transport. To save yourself stress, booking far in advance is the way to go.

Give you a price quote

Reliable auto transport companies and services will be able to provide you with a quick, free price quote. The quoted price will often vary based on factors such as the distance the vehicle needs to travel, its make and model, the car’s condition, the type of transport (enclosed etc.), and the addresses for dropoff and pickup. If you need to get your car to its destination quicker than what’s normal, you will often have to pay an additional fee. The same may be true for shipping specialty vehicles that require additional care. Some details to keep in mind during the process of finding an auto transport service are:

  • Shorter trips cost less than moving vehicles across long-distances
  • More frequently traveled routes are often cheaper
  • Larger cars cost more to ship than smaller vehicles

Get your car picked up

Once booked, an auto hauler will show up at the departure location on the day and time you specify and begin the journey to the destination. With Autosled, parties shipping vehicles can track their car via GPS in our app, so they know the exact arrival time. 

When preparing your car for shipping, requirements may vary between transport companies or individuals. Make sure you follow any guidelines the transport service specifies for preparing your car to make sure your vehicle’s pickup goes off without a hitch. 

Drive safely and keep your car protected

One thing reputable auto transport services can guarantee is expert and safe driving. Established car haulers are often people who have made hundreds if not thousands of shipment trips. It is what they do in their day to day lives. They are well equipped to keep your vehicle safe on the journey. 

Get your car to its destination

Your car hauler will often call you when your vehicle has nearly reached its destination. Additionally, with the Autosled App, you can correspond with transporters via instant message and track your car through GPS directly in the app. No need for playing phone tag!

With a myriad of auto shipping options available in today’s world, the job of a transporter is undoubtedly crucial.

5 Reasons Why You Should Ship a Car Long-Distance

5 Reasons to Ship a Car Long-distance Rather Than Driving

People’s vehicles are often some of their most prized possessions, so protecting them is essential. Need to move your car across states? It can be a logistical hassle. When deciding whether to drive yourself or have your car shipped, consider some of the major benefits when you ship a car below. 

Less Stress

For one, road trips are never easy. You’ll need to prepare your car for a trek, plan out rest and gas stops, potentially book hotel stays in between if you’re driving long distance, and stop for meals. On top of that, there are external factors like dealing with other drivers, road work, and traffic congestion that can slow you down and lead to an unpleasant trip. 

Choosing to ship your car with a company or service can eliminate all those pesky issues. An auto transport service will take the stress of planning off of your hands and get your car to its destination safely and with ease. You can even request extra precautionary accommodations like enclosed transport to shield your car from road debris and the elements. 

If you have more than one car, you may even be able to get a discount for shipping two at once to the same destination.   

Saves Time

Perhaps the biggest lure of car shipping is the time-saving aspect. You may have a hectic schedule with little time off of work or may simply want to avoid eight-plus hours behind the wheel. Either way, car shipping is the way to go. When scheduling a vehicle transport with a shipping company, you can select a convenient window of time for you, during which your car will be delivered. 

Often Saves Money

Contrary to popular belief, shipping cars can be super affordable. It can even save you money when compared to driving yourself, especially when it comes to longer, cross-country trips. Think about it. When you factor in the costs of driving like gas, food stops on the way, and hotel stays, you may find you would save money by shipping. 

Another way you may save money is when it comes to insurance costs. Car insurance rates are partially affected by the distance you drive and long-distance road trips can hike up your premium. If you choose to ship your vehicle, you eliminate the risk of your insurance rates going up.

No Mileage Buildup

A huge additional advantage of shipping a car that some people may not consider is that no miles will be added to your car on the trip. You’ll be sparing your car the added miles that can decrease its resale value in the long-run. On top of that, you will be saving your car from general wear and tear, especially to its tires.

Reliability and Peace of Mind

One of the positive aspects of handing your car over to a professional transport service is that you know your vehicle is in capable hands. The transporter has likely completed countless vehicle transports prior and is an expert driver with the appropriate equipment to secure and protect your vehicle. 

Think you’re ready to ship your vehicle or vehicles? Give us a call at 1-877-728-8675, email us at support@autosled.com or download our app for Apple or Android

5 Major Benefits of Autosled for Car Dealers

5 Reasons Why Dealers Should Use Autosled

Shipping a car the traditional way, as car dealers know is a tedious process. From making countless calls to transporter contacts to wading through paperwork, significant dealership employee time is expended in the process of moving a vehicle. With the free Autosled dashboard, getting a car shipped is effortless and quick on the dealer side. 

Our marketplace of transporters can easily accept dealer loads that are inputted into our system. From there, once the shipment is assigned to a transporter, dealers can track their car to its destination. Read more below about all the amazing benefits of Autosled for dealers. 

Precise GPS Tracking

A huge advantage of our dashboard is its ability to track vehicles via GPS from their start points to their endpoints in real-time. Gone are the days where dealers have to chase down their cars, are unable to locate vehicles, or can’t give specific arrival time estimates. With Autosled, your dealership knows where its vehicles are at all times.

Real-Time Pricing Quotes

Autosled can also save dealerships time figuring out pricing for their vehicle shipments. We will do the work for you by giving quick and accurate pricing quotes to dealers. We also strive to make our prices as competitive as possible in the market.

Seamless Payment Accounting

Another huge plus to our dashboard is its ability to help users stay organized, all while going paperless. Dealers easily can reference their previous payments for vehicle shipments, so there is no need to hunt through stacks of paper. Autosled enables dealers to clearly keep track of the money they have spent on shipments, all in one centralized space.

Video BOL and Condition Reports

One of our dashboard’s most innovative features is its video bill of lading (BOL), the first of its kind. Dealers can view this interactive condition report submitted by transporters. The video BOL gives a detailed and interactive view of the vehicle before and after transport, so any signs of damage during transport are easy to detect. 

Quick Communication with Transporters via Instant Chat

Finally, the Autosled dashboard keeps dealers in close contact with transporters hauling their vehicles. Our instant chat allows for rapid and easy communication between transporters and dealers. 

Using Autosled makes shipping cars simple and digital. Register with Autosled at and download our app in for iPhone or for Android.