Auto Transport Dispatcher Tips & Dispatching Process
Auto Transport Dispatcher – Classic Dilemma
“Help, I’m having a Dispatching Dilemma!” Do you work in auto transport dispatch and you’re saying that, too? Are you feeling dispatching stress about not having cars booked and concerned about booking loads fast? Or are you a car hauling business owner operator simply searching for better dispatching strategies? If any of these questions applies to you, then you’re the reason I made this video called: “Auto Transport Dispatch Tips Dispatching Advice For Booking Loads Fast”.
Hi, I’m Jay – the Car Hauling Dispatcher at Auto Transport Intel. I’ve been dispatching cars for years and I’ve got a lot of great dispatch tips and dispatching advice that I’m sharing for free. Since I totally understand what needing instant dispatching help feels like, I made this video to help you learn how to dispatch better paying loads for the car hauling business you work with. So let’s get started.
6 Steps of Auto Transporter Dispatcher Tips
Step 1: Analyze The Situation
Take stock of your current dispatching situation, including: full capacity of the car hauling trailer, how many cars you already have booked, where your driver is planning to go, how many miles this leg of the trip will be, how many days it should take, and how much money you were trying to make. If you’re going to solve a problem, you must take an inventory and identify your biggest issue first.
Step 2: Get Prepared To Work
First of all, whether you drink coffee, soda or energy drinks, get a big cup of yours ready and have a seat at your dispatching workstation. Energy is vital to completing a difficult task on time. Booking cars is your primary objective and #1 source of revenue. Therefore, you aren’t leaving your dispatch desk until this dispatching job is done.
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Step 3: Search Everything That Makes Sense
Assuming you are using Central Dispatch as your main dispatch load board, use a good map to choose multiple states for pick up and select every state possible for delivery. Widen your load board search filter settings to see as many loads as possible. Most likely, sift through every load that would make sense and then begin to weed out what would make no sense at all to book. And “STAY POSITIVE!”
Step 4: Look For Better Paying Connection Loads
What if booking one car that goes all the way pays less than two connecting cars? Most noteworthy, the cents per mile to your final destination could be lower overall. If it’s going to pay much less than booking two cars that require a connection city in the middle, then clearly you should consider taking the time to make the connection. Be sure to get all the vehicle and location details! Most importantly, take care not to load up your driver with too many connection loads to where the time lost continually picking up and dropping will not improve your overall economic picture. Remember: time is money, too!
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Step 5: Keep Your Eyes Open & Make Phone Calls
Keep multiple search windows open and start calling anything that makes sense. No need planning around a dispatched load that you know nothing about! Get details about the dispatch by talking with the brokers and shippers. Learn new information not listed on the load board screen. Keep refreshing your load board searches while you are on the phone. Certainly, the perfect connection load will suddenly pop up and change your whole perspective about the trip you are booking! I cannot stress enough how important it is to PICK UP THE PHONE. Staring at a screen and watching other get loaded is depressing. Make the call and get some information!
Step 6: Update The Driver With A Plan and Progress
It’s time to call the driver and tell them what you’ve been working on. Be brief, yet specific. Adapt and changes if they don’t like your new dispatching plan. Do not force your driver to make your plan work. This is a team effort. Take notice if either side of the team begins to be a real problem. Take it as a sign to have a heart-to-heart discussion about the future. Consequently, this is when we find out what’s really going to work (or not work) in the future. Also, talking to the driver about facts can help put everyone at ease as well as encourage new ideas. Above all, if you have to start over, at least now everyone has the most up-to-date information.
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