Technological advancements have facilitated the emergence and growth of many industries. The auto transport sector is not an exception. This is an industry that involves a substantial amount of risk for both the auto shipping companies and their clients. By leveraging on technology, such companies can offer better services for their clients. The following are some common applications of modern technology in the auto shipping industry.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
The Global Positioning System is a method of identifying the precise location of an object on the ground via satellite technology. This innovation that was first used by the US military is now an instrumental feature in the transport industry.
Advantages of GPS
- Ease of navigation –With the ability to pinpoint destinations, drivers are able to navigate with ease. This enables them to traverse routes they are unfamiliar with.
- Lowers the risk of theft – The auto shipping industry involves the transport of high-value assets such as vehicles, truck and even boats. In the event a truck ferrying such a consignment is stolen, the auto transport company would be liable and thus incur significant costs. GPS trackers enable remote monitoring of shipments and also allow transmission of alerts in the event such an incident occurs. With safer transit of vehicles, people will be more open to the idea of seeking auto transport services.
- Boosts driver performance and safety – Drivers are an integral part of any transport and logistics company. It is important that they are safe and conduct themselves in a proper manner while on the road. Tracking systems are able to monitor their speed and their behavior en route. This reduces the risk of drivers taking unsanctioned stops or making alterations to their designated route.
If ever there was a tool that has revolutionized marketing, it would be social media. These platforms allow auto transport companies to interact with their clients easily and in a more personable manner.
Advantages of Social Media Marketing
- Enhanced brand awareness - There will be an estimated 2.77 billion social media users in 2019. These statistics make social media marketing one the best ways to advertise and access a bigger audience for businesses. With a good marketing strategy and use of relatable content, auto shipping companies can increase the awareness of their brand and strengthen their grip on the market.
- It is affordable – Compared to other modes of advertising such as billboards, or TV and radio ads, social media is very cheap. To begin with, setting up pages on such platforms is free. The only time costs may be incurred for social media marketing is when companies pay for ads on the platform.
There are applications that are designed to ease logistical challenges. These are instrumental in improving efficiency for auto shipping companies. By using software, it is easier to plan routes and schedules for the drivers. They can also be integrated with the GPS systems to allow for real-time communication between the front office and the driver.
By embracing technology, auto shipping companies have a lot to gain. They are able to enhance security, improve the performance and efficiency of drivers and systems as well as access clients and build brand awareness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.