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.
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.
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.
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.