Watch Dave at Adesa Auto Auction sharing New Car Hauler Auto Transport Tips
Dave at Adesa Auto Auction
You know Dave Williams of Clarksville Trucking, right? He’s a working Car Hauler with a 4-car Wally-Mo trailer. Today he’s dropping off one car (Kia Forte) and picking up one other (Chevy Silverado). He’s already unloaded the Kia from his auto transport trailer. Now he’s ready to go check it into the Adesa auto auction. First, he’ll need to drive the car to the Adesa check-in lane. Then they will scan the car into their auto transport inventory system. Finally, he will find the Chevrolet truck, drive it back to his car hauling trailer, load the vehicle and then strap it down tight.
Auto Transport Tips for Hauling Cars
While doing this, he will be pointing out best auto transport tips for hauling cars to and from an auto auction. For new car haulers, this information is extremely helpful. (If you are a new transporter and you are new to car hauling, you may want to watch this auto transport advice video twice).
Adesa Auto Auction: Providing Vehicle Remarketing Services
Dave is delivering a Kia he picked up and loaded at a repossession lot in Tennessee. Repossessed cars like this one are constantly being brought to auto auctions for weekly sale. All across the country, thousands of repo cars and lease turn-ins are transported by car haulers regularly so that they may be added to the inventory and sold at the next auction block. The same is true for dealerships, but those are cars that get sold at the auto auction and transported to the car dealership so that it may be sold to a customer. So if you think about it, car haulers and auto transporters are vital to the logistics and eco-system of auto auctions receiving and distributing their inventory – namely: vehicles. That’s why the organization of the check-in and pick up is so important to the transporter, the shipper, and the auction.
Auto Transport Advice: Working Auto Brokers and Car Shipping customers while Loading and Transporting Vehicles
Shippers and brokers regularly call transporters for status updates about the cars they are having transported. Sometimes these phones calls can come at inopportune times. Drivers and dispatchers do understand the need for communication – so it can be a real juggling act to get it all done accurately. The best practice is to daily update a customer about when and where to meet a driver for pick up or delivery. That’s why this industry really needs a mutual understanding of flexibility and patience. Try to be part of the solution rather than the problem.
Auto Transport Tips: Adesa Auto Auction Vehicle Delivery Check-in and Pick Up Process
Upon delivering a vehicle to the auto auction, new car haulers need to know that the security guard shack is the place to go. This is where obtaining gate passes and being ready to supply copies of dispatch sheets and VINs helps keep the process moving smooth and organized. As we continue moving into the digital age, photocopies and faxes are fast becoming emails and electronic bills of lading. Whether using paperwork or digital documents, obtaining signatures from shippers and locations can be defining moments in auto transport.
Free Auto Transport Advice: Conduct A Proper Vehicle Inspection BEFORE loading
Always check the VIN first! Skipping this step can be costly later. Immediately start taking pictures and begin your inspection. Always do this before touching or moving the vehicle (if possible). Be sure to take pictures of every side of the vehicle. For example, taking a picture at each corner of the vehicle can help ensure coverage. And for noting damages, taking clear and well-lit close up shots of damage is well worth the extra effort. Remember: types of damage can vary so being specific and noting every type of damage on the bill of lading is necessary to protect against damage claims. Using special care in car hauling is an investment into saving time and money!
Take Special Care to Secure any Vehicle after Loading onto the Car Hauling Trailer
You may be traveling hundreds of miles at a time. Think about each tire you are strapping down. Always make sure the vehicle and equipment are secure. FMCSA and DOT regulations require proper securement of cargo and at least two straps when securing a vehicle to a car hauling trailer. Over-the-wheel straps are preferred by most auto transport brokers and vehicle shippers (whereas a lasso strap can leave marks on tires and chains can scratch axles and undercarriages). Your hands are your main tools, so you’ll also want to be sure to wear gloves to keep your hands protected and uninjured. You definitely don’t want anything losing moving around during your transport so be sure to check your work. And always be careful walking around on the upper decks during loading and unloading. Serious injury can be a serious problem for a busy car hauler.
THANK YOU DAVE WILLIAMS of CLARKSVILLE TRUCKING! You Make Car Hauling Awesome!
– Jay, The Car Hauling Dispatcher