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Auto Transport Load Board List for Car Haulers

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

Central Dispatch 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!

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Stop Missing Loads: Ready Auto Transport (RAT) and CarsArrive Network

Ready Auto Transport Load Board

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

Reindeer Auto Relocation

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.

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Car Shipping Email Lists Help Keep You Loaded

Relotrans Vehicle Relocation

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

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How To Use Central Dispatch: Tips From A Load Sniper

Central Dispatch: Why Do Car Haulers Pay For It?

Over-the-road car haulers and independent owner-operators must turn a profit if they plan to keep on running. It is financially imperative to the transport company that dispatched loads fill every empty spot on the trailer during every leg of a trip. Load boards like Central Dispatch, Ready Auto Transport, and CarsArrive Network offer nationwide car carriers the best chance of achieving this objective of staying fully loaded. However, occasionally combing through long lists of loads is simply not enough to compete in such a highly competitive market as auto transport. With intense demand and limited supply, it is the hair-trigger tools of the experienced “load sniper” that provide a company with a fighting chance of staying in business. This is the advice of a long-time veteran auto transport dispatcher.

You must be patient, you should know what you’re looking for, and you need to be willing to wait all day long.

Central Dispatch (www.centraldispatch.com) is widely regarded as the most popular auto transport load board offering the highest volume of cars to choose from; and to many, Central Dispatch is much more than a car shipping load board. It is the single most important marketplace where brokers can connect with vehicle transporters, and therefore, it is on the verge of being a community. But given its enormous size with thousands of loads listed daily, the coveted need for time and experience of being able to sift through pages of cars is a treasured skill worth having in your toolbox. So, let’s begin by searching for vehicles.

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Central Dispatch: “Search Vehicles”

Central Dispatch Search Vehicles menu

From the “Home” screen, under “Find Shipments,” you must choose “Search Vehicles.” First, select “City Search” within 100 miles around your “Pickup” city; and then for “Delivery,” press the CTRL key and click with the mouse to select every state or region that you might consider delivering to (remember: there is a maximum limit of 15 at a time.) Keep in mind, for the most comprehensive search, select “Find all dispatches along my route.” Okay, that’s the easy part.

I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to be watching all the time.

The most important tip right off is that you must select “1 Hour or Newer” under “Highlight Listings,” with “Highlighted on Top” checked. In addition, enter “.4” into the “Min pay per vehicle/mi” field if you plan to make any money this week. And if you’ve been in business (and plan to keep it that way), you must accept “All” under “Payment Type” because there are not enough “COD” loads out there to keep everyone fully loaded at the same time. For most carriers, be sure to choose “Open” for “Trailer Type” because trying to book an “Enclosed” vehicle is not worth the frustration. “Non-Running” vehicles are an unfortunate fact of life so choose “All” under “Running?” and being open to “All Vehicle Types” is definitely worth its learning curve. And by the way, if your transport equipment is in good working condition, selecting “Ready to Ship Within 30 Days” can present you with lucrative future load options. There, you are now ready to hit the “Search Vehicles” button.

Central Dispatch Search Results

Ideally, your search “Results” number somewhere between 100 and 200 (but not as high as 500 because that is too many). Furthermore, you can always hit the back arrow on the browser to change up the mix as needed. Most importantly, if you are searching during regular business hours, there should be several blue highlighted loads at the top of the list. Those are the fresh loads, and this is where you will usually find your anchor load. That’s the good stuff, and sometimes it’s literally gone in sixty seconds.

Finding Your Anchor Load

The best load you can hope for is a trailer full of small cars that run and drive, paying cash on delivery, and that need to be transported about 1000-2000 miles. But even if you can find just find one or two of those, you have found your anchor load. And usually, those kinds of cars pop up in blue and are only there for a mere few minutes. I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to be watching all the time. That’s why the #1 secret top ingredient to being a load sniper is the same as being an expert fisherman: You must be patient, you should know what you’re looking for, and you need to be willing to wait all day long. Sitting at a computer workstation with multiple monitors and a proven method of constantly refreshing the screen can be a full-time time job, and can also make the difference between $3,000 a week and $5,000 a week.

…occasionally combing through long lists of loads is simply not enough to compete in such a highly competitive market as auto transport.

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Following Through Is Key

Central Dispatch

Once you have the broker on the phone and load could be yours, be swift about getting through the rest of the obstacle course. Have your insurance company ready to send certificates of insurance, keep your “My Ratings” at 100%, make sure that everyone is able to answer their phones, receive emails, sign, scan or print, and know the limitations of the trailer plus the status and relative location of your company’s equipment. Also, the person booking loads should not be nervous or easily rattled, because getting a big fish on the line requires experience to reel in. A great paying shipper knows the difference between a carrier that can finish the job and one that is not up to snuff. Make sure “My Documents” and “My Profile” are fully completed and professional, along with a good night’s sleep to put in a full day of dispatching phone calls. If you can manage to live up to these 900 words, you and your company stand a much better chance of being fully and profitably loaded for a better tomorrow.

Until recently, I had been dispatching for several owner operators and doing it for many years. It was an incredibly challenging chapter in my life, and the stories and experience I collected are probably enough for a movie. Please feel free to share your story and experience with Central Dispatch. Happy hunting out there, and keep on trucking.

— Super Jay

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