Your Auto Transport Load Board Search Ends Here
Somewhere…each day, thousands of auto transport company owners, fleet managers, drivers, dispatchers (and sometimes family members) are searching the internet for new loads to book. Car hauling businesses feel the pain of having empty spaces on their trailers – because they cannot afford to haul cheap freight! With a long list of expenses swirling around in their minds as they drive, it’s the car haulers that end up losing sleep at the end of a very long work day – still searching for a better auto transport load board.
There is a balance. You can’t physically watch ten load boards at the same time.
Central Dispatch: Still The #1 Auto Transport Load Board
Like it or not, Central Dispatch is not only the most expensive auto transport load board, but it remains to be the biggest and most comprehensive load board for car haulers in the United States. There are trends in the industry, that hint this is slowly changing. I truly wish it wasn’t so expensive (plus I prefer the ‘Old Look’) but it’s clearly the largest auto transport marketplace to be found anywhere; and therefore, it’s the best place to meet all the other auto brokers and car carriers, to book new loads for transport, and to learn how to fine tune your search for better-paying loads in the future. [For tips and best practices (and car hauler feedback), please read my recent article: “How To Use Central Dispatch: Tips From A Load Sniper.”] Central Dispatch (centraldispatch.com) is much like an enormous convention center, containing everyone from mom-and-pop shops to nationwide trucking behemoths, allowing you to find hundreds of loads at any given time. Remember: this is where you can learn to navigate and negotiate and make mistakes without critically injuring your car hauling business. Since brokers and carriers on Central Dispatch come and go year after year, this is the auto transport load board where you can meet nearly every other car shipper and auto transport broker operating today. Once you have graduated from a steep learning curve, only then are you really ready for the next level of load board/broker-carrier relationship.
Car hauling businesses feel the pain of having empty spaces on their trailers – because they cannot afford to haul cheap freight!
Stop Missing Loads: Ready Auto Transport (RAT) and CarsArrive Network
Ready Auto Transport (ratloads.com) and CarsArrive Network (carsarrive.com) are easily the second and third largest auto transport load boards in existence today. Their car shipping load boards not only allow car haulers to book cars online without ever having to make a phone call, but their loads are quite reliable when it comes to being ready, and usually, the carrier pay is at a reasonable market value. These two companies are also very respected within the industry and that’s why all carriers are required to complete a lengthy packet in order to qualify and meet their business requirements. Once approved, simply log in with your new username and password. Note: It is highly advised that a transporter checks these load boards frequently to avoid missing the best paying loads.
Find Loads At United Road: The Nation’s Largest Broker/Carrier
United Road (URautoloads.com) also posts many of its brokered loads online. Since they are a carrier and a broker, they have their own drivers on the road – who may or may not be in competition with your car hauling business. However, since they are the largest broker/carrier in the nation, you should become a member of theirs and consider them as an additional source to fill empty spots on your trailer. [Please read my recent post (and auto industry feedback): CarMax, United Road: Car Haulers Are Talking (And It’s Not Good)]
Always say, “Yes!” Even though you may get inundated with emails, there will be times you’ll be glad you did.
Auto Broker Load Boards You Should Know About
After the top three or four, there are unfortunately only about a handful of other load boards worth actually checking. This is because the volume of inventory of nearly everyone else is either too small to watch all day or the effort required to find an occasional good load is often greater than the reward of discovery (which is why nearly all brokers post on Central Dispatch – in addition to their own website). However, some of these specialize in regions and/or clients – while others specialize in a type of pickup location, such as rail head, port, and/or manufacturing plant. Overall, based on your carrier size and physical location, it may well be worth searching regularly if you have a specific route. Here is that list, along with a few takeaways:
MetroLoads.com – rail yards, ports, dealers, and more
Carrier.ReindeerAuto.com – corporate relocation at a premium
uShip.com – residential moves requiring weeks of planning ahead
AutoTransmart.com – includes JMN Logistics loads
FDSdispatch.com – smaller, but user-friendly
Note: It is highly advised that a transporter checks these load boards frequently to avoid missing the best paying loads.
Car Shipping Email Lists Help Keep You Loaded
As you develop personal relationships and network your business, you will meet various brokers and dealer contacts that offer to add you to their email distribution lists. Always say, “Yes!” Even though you may get inundated with their emails, there will be times you’ll be glad you did. Some of those companies include:
Montway.com – a large database of VIP and residential moves
RPMvehiclesystems.com – several reps nationwide with long lists ready to move
Relotrans.com – bid daily on premium corporate relocation moves
PoseyTrans.com – great paying loads that oftentimes require specific timing
PRAlogistics.com – nationwide broker with volume contracts
RiteWayAutoTransport.com – offering you loads on your route
LogisticDynamics.com – working hard to move cluster loads now
How Many Load Boards Is Too Many?
Even if you are a full-time dispatcher, you can only watch so many load boards at one time and still feel efficient without missing new loads. There is a balance. You can’t physically watch ten load boards at the same time. But to succeed, you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket, either. My ultimate advice is this: To grow your car hauling business into a long-term success, secure a regular customer as your base, and use load boards to fill in the rest of your empty spaces. And to do that, I have just told you about every Auto Transport Load Board I ever used when I used to dispatch. Good luck out there.
If you have a comment, or a suggestion, or maybe you just fell out of your chair laughing, please tell me. And if you have another load board, email list, or a great auto broker to share, the auto transport industry is dying to hear more about it. And please share this post with other car haulers. Thanks for your time, and keep on trucking.
— Super Jay