Are car shipping companies’ essential businesses? As a matter of fact, they most certainly are essential when it comes to keeping our economy going. People are still moving and buying cars online which means the need for car transport companies is just as strong as ever. There is however a slightly smaller supply of cars to be shipped and different car transport safety precautions are being taken when it comes to pick up and delivery of vehicles. Transit time of car shipping has also been extended due to drivers having to build slightly more of a zig zag route to keep their trucks full.
Typically, a driver would rather load up a full truck load in one major city and delivery that full truck load to the next major city when possible. But due to the supply of cars being shipped is down right now drivers are having to take loads of in between spots to keep their truck full and maximum pay load. For example, a driver that would normally run Chicago to Miami with a full truck load from A to B. He now may have to take some cars from Chicago to Atlanta then drop those off and fill those empty spots with cars from Atlanta to Miami. This is driving up transit times as well. For example, shipping a car from Chicago to Miami before the covid 19 pandemic would take 3-4 days but now it can take 4-6 days with the trips involving more zig zagging. Shipping a car from Los Angles to New York would normally take 6-8 days and now the avg transit time is 8-10 days.
Car shipping is not an exact science and can be tricky keeping your truck at full capacity all the time. This is also why many car transport companies hire a dispatching service to help keep their trucks full. Most single owner operators don’t have the time to be searching all the different car shipping load boards as they are focused on driving and loading and unloading the cars they are shipping. A dispatch service can take anywhere from 5-10% of the total loads they book for the car carrier. But when you think about the time spent doing all that its usually well worth it and a great service the driver. A dispatch service can also do the billing for the owner operator.
Most dispatch services are also forcing the carriers they work with to upgrade to digital BOL’s and move away from paper BOL’s. This prevent damage claims the carrier may otherwise be slide through the cracks with paper BOL’s. Super Dispatch is very popular digital BOL service many carriers are using. Truckify is also a very good digital BOL that’s coming on the car shipping scene pretty strong. The truckify app features digital BOL’s, Geo fencing GPS tracking, and GPS time stamped pictures on pick up and drop off. There are so many changes going on with the car transport industry special with this covid 19 pandemic going on which is forcing a lot of change but ultimately these changes are for the good. More touchless car deliveries are going on with these digital BOL’s. Here at Easy Auto Ship we have been focusing on explaining to our clients that pricing is up a bit right now due to the pandemic and fewer car carriers running at full capacity. We have also been dispatching our vehicles through the Dispatch Center load board and Truckify app, so our clients have as little contact with the car carrier by eliminating the paper BOL’s and signature.