Why Shipping Your Car is Not the Same as Shipping a Package

Why Shipping Your Car is Not the Same as Shipping a Package

When it comes to shipping, most of us are familiar with the process of sending a small parcel or ordering items online. It’s quick, relatively simple, and has become a part of our daily lives. However, when the item to be shipped is as large and valuable as an automobile, the process is far from what we’re accustomed to. 

Unlike the straightforward delivery of an item of clothing or miscellaneous home goods, shipping a vehicle presents a unique set of challenges. At Autosled, we understand these differences and strive to bridge the gap, in order to make vehicle pickup and deliveries as seamless as possible.

The Difference in Scale

It may be obvious, but the most significant contrast lies in the size difference involved. A standard box truck can carry upwards of a hundred packages, not to mention the thousands that can fit into a semi-truck. Conversely when transporting vehicles, each individual piece of cargo is massive in both size and weight. This requires specialized training and trailers specifically for automotive vehicles- regardless of whether it’s cars, trucks, or motorcycles that are being hauled. The most common trailers on the road can only hold up to three cars, with larger semi-truck haulers holding up to nine. This highlights a stark contrast in the complexity of transport logistics in the United States.

Varied Journeys

Consider the typical journey of an item or package ordered online. It’s picked up by a mail truck, travels to a local hub, then on to another, and another, until it’s placed on a truck to drive the last few miles needed to reach its destination. This multi-step process involves numerous trucks and transfer points, offering flexibility to reroute or adjust schedules, if needed, to minimize delays.

Vehicle transport on the other hand, operates on a more linear path. The truck that picks up your vehicle is generally the same one that will deliver it. This direct route means that any delays – which can stem from delays at pickup or drop-off locations, mechanical problems, unforeseen weather, and even traffic conditions – have a ripple effect, impacting the entire delivery schedule. Such challenges underscore the difficulty in providing exact ETAs, particularly for long-distance hauls.

Navigating the Challenges Well

This is where Autosled comes into play. Understanding the intricacies and potential complications of vehicle shipping, Autosled’s services offer as much ease, speed, and transparency as possible. While the weather can’t be changed, and flat tires happen from time to time, the team is here to support vehicle shipments every step of the way.

Real-Time Updates: With Autosled, shippers are not left in the dark. The platform’s shipment viewer allows customers to monitor the status and ETA of vehicle deliveries in real-time. This provides both automotive dealers and individuals shipping vehicles with a constant peace of mind throughout the transport process.

Dedicated Support: Beyond the digital tools, Autosled’s dedicated support team ensures that every shipper always has a real person to speak to, and that concerns are addressed. By offering this personal phone support along with digital solutions, customers receive the updates they need when they need them.

Fair Pricing: Autosled believes in transparency not just in shipping, but also in pricing. Autosled guarantees fair-market pricing without any hidden fees, making sure that every shipper gets the best service at an honest price.

Experience the difference with Autosled – where shipping your car is as easy as it should be.  Get a quote today at www.autosled.com/individuals

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For anyone looking to ship a personal vehicle between towns or between states, get started here: https://autosled.com/individuals/

For dealers who are interested in talking about how Autosled can handle your logistics at any level, set up a chat with one of our professionals. No strings attached: https://autosled.com/dealers/

Autosled Launches Autosled Direct Vehicle Transport Service

Autosled Launches Autosled Direct Vehicle Transport Service

ROCKVILLE, MD – January 29, 2024– Autosled,  leading provider of digital technology solutions for vehicle transport logistics, announced today the launch of Autosled Direct, a direct to customer vehicle transport service. This extension of the company’s existing B2B vehicle shipment service is rolling out initially to retail automotive dealers who no longer wish to be involved in the transport logistics processes of their customers before being offered to the general public. 

“In an era where online convenience is growing more pertinent, consumers continue to buy vehicles from farther away.  This is why we’ve taken our dealer-facing platform and created a more streamlined, transparent way for anyone to ship a car”, said David Sperau, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Autosled. “Our Autosled Direct program is perfect for retail automotive dealerships that want fast shipping and exceptional customer service, without the hassle of managing logistics details.  Our tech keeps customers updated, while our support team is available to help consumers with each move.  This way, dealerships can focus on what they do best – selling cars, while Autosled makes sure that every vehicle is handled with excellence and customers are satisfied”. 

Autosled Direct enables retail dealerships nationwide to turn over their customers’ individual vehicle transport requests to the nation’s trusted expedited carrier with 24/7 dealer support. Created by former third-generation dealers as an answer to their own vehicle logistics problems, Autosled continues to maintain no subscription fees or monthly contracts for either dealers or consumers. In addition to a vetted transporter network of over 11,000 nationwide transporters, Autosled also holds its own $5 million umbrella insurance policy- protecting shippers from coast to coast.    

“I used Autosled Direct to transport my new car purchase from South Carolina to Colorado”, said Jennifer Suzuki, Founder and CEO of eDealer Solutions. “Autosled’s team took away all of the stress of moving my car. I didn’t have to make calls, get quotes or worry about a single thing! It was quick, easy and awesome! Painless transportation!” 

As a special during NADA 2024 only, Autosled is offering first-time shippers that complete a demo at Booth# 4213 a free vehicle move up to 500 miles in the month of February. Any dealers wishing to complete a demo or begin transitioning their customer vehicle transport process over to Autosled, can register at: https://autosled.com/nada-2024/

About Autosled

Autosled provides seamless digital vehicle shipment options for dealers, transporters, auctioneers, brokers, and individuals. As a tech-first company, Autosled’s web and phone platforms create a marketplace between shippers and transporters that are faster, cheaper, and more reliable. Services include custom price quotes, secure online payments, electronic accounting and invoicing, online vehicle shipment scheduling, verified transporter insurance and a vetted network. Vehicles delivered through Autosled are trackable, with real-time GPS and communication with transporters throughout the process. For more information, visit: www.autosled.com.


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