How OEMs are Moving Cars | Autosled on DealerRefresh

How OEMs are Moving Cars | Autosled on DealerRefresh

Listen in on this episode of DealerRefresh to learn about how OEMs get their cars to dealerships. Autosled’s SVP of Government and OEM Relations, Bart Schuster, gives some insight.

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Autosled Launches Dealer Exchange Network For Retail Auto Dealers

Autosled Launches Dealer Exchange Network For Retail Auto Dealers

Technology Streamlines Increasing Dealer-to-Dealer Vehicle Exchanges

ROCKVILLE, MD – December 18, 2023– Autosled, a leading provider of digital technology solutions for automotive vehicle transport logistics, announced today the launch of its new Dealer Exchange Network. This technology allows dealers to order both outbound and inbound vehicle exchanges simultaneously, ideally enabling both exchanges to be handled by the same transporter. This creates a seamless round-trip experience in the instance where one vehicle must be transported before the other, as well as a round-trip transport experience with fewer restrictions. As always, dealers can view each shipment’s status directly in the Autosled platform. 

“This makes it even easier for our customers to get their vehicles where they need them to be, and faster,” noted David Darden, chief information officer for Autosled. “This also translates into less time and miles on the road for the drivers in our transporter network.”

An industry-wide misappropriation of vehicle inventory post-COVID has caused a dramatic increase in dealer exchanges. As Autosled continues to expand its nationwide network of over 11,000 transporters, simplifying the vehicle transport process has become a primary focus for the company. Enabling haulers to view whether or not a vehicle is part of a round-trip exchange order provides an added layer of transparency and accountability for all involved. With Autosled’s average days to deliver steady at around three days for vehicles shipped 500 miles, its new Dealer Exchange Network provides increased efficiency in that process.

“We’re currently seeing an uptick in the amount of vehicles that dealers are transferring internally between their own respective groups and franchises, in large part due to OEM misallocation from the factory,” said David Sperau, co-founder and chief revenue officer for Autosled. “We’re also witnessing the trend of specific equipment preferences in retail increase recently. Dealers are more willing to swap units in order to maximize their ROI. We’ve built out processes specifically with this in mind.  Our Dealer Exchange tool is focused on making it as easy, quick and cost-effective as possible for dealers to trade these units amongst themselves.” 

To learn more about Autosled’s Dealer Exchange Network, stop by Booth #4213 in the West Hall at NADA 2024 or visit

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 is 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


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DOT Hauler Regulations Every Auto Dealer Should Know

DOT Hauler Regulations Every Auto Dealer Should Know

Think your dealership doesn’t need to know the basics about DOT car hauler regulations? Think it only impacts vehicle transport companies and not your retail automotive store? Think again. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have set forth a series of regulations that car haulers must adhere to. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of both the drivers and the general public, as well as the vehicles that are being transported. 

It’s easy to just assume that the driver picking up your vehicle for transport is abiding by all of the rules, but if you don’t know what the rules are, you won’t know what to ask. To help, Autosled has put together a quick overview of the most important DOT regulations for car haulers that every dealer should be aware of.

Insurance Requirements

According to the DOT, all car haulers are required to carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance coverage. Autosled requires its transporter network to carry cargo insurance to go along with a comprehensive umbrella policy to ensure that any damages can be adequately covered in the event of an accident. This requirement provides Autosled’s dealer customers with an extra degree of legitimacy during the carrier’s vetting process and far supersedes the DOT’s basic coverage requirements. 

Even with the basics met, car haulers need various additional types of insurance policies including: commercial vehicle liability, non-trucking liability, and physical damage insurance for both the trailer and truck.

Licensing Requirements

Every vehicle operator driving either open or enclosed transports must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) issued by the state’s DMV. Drivers are also required to pass annual medical exams to maintain this license status. Depending on the type of car hauling, a Class A CDL may be necessary, which is specifically designed for drivers of heavy, oblong commercial vehicles.

Hours of Service

The DOT mandates that haulers cannot exceed 11 hours behind the wheel in a single day. During the workweek, the total drive time cannot exceed 60 hours. These regulations are in place to ensure that drivers get adequate rest and are not fatigued while operating heavy machinery. 

Given that unforeseen traffic delays do happen, this may impact pickup and delivery schedules for your vehicles. If a driver is delayed in transit and reaches the eleven hour maximum before he or she gets to your dealership, the pickup date and time for any vehicles on your lot would then shift to the next morning. 

Vehicle Specifications

The DOT has strict height and weight regulations for all car haulers. The maximum width limit is 8.5 feet, and the total gross load cannot exceed 80,000 pounds. No single wheel axle should carry more than 20,000 pounds. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of drivers and other motorists on the road.

This is why it’s important to know, up front, the exact make and model detail of every vehicle that requests shipment through Autosled. Transporters can pick up additional loads on their routes, and are encouraged to do so to prevent deadheading. That said, they must always know the total weight that they are carrying so as to not be in violation of DOT regulations.

Compliance and Penalties

Drivers are required to stop at designated weigh stations along their route to ensure compliance with weight regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties, which could potentially be passed on to the customer. 

While complying with DOT regulations is the job of the car haulers, understanding these regulations is crucial for the safety and efficiency of everyone involved in the vehicle transport process. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in severe penalties, some of which can be passed on to the dealership, not to mention possibly jeopardizing the safety of both drivers and the public. For more information, you can visit the FMCSA website and DOT Regulations for Car Haulers.

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