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Practice Safe Shipping

June 2009, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

by Scott Naz - Also by this author

Every person in the car industry, at one time or another, has had the need to transport a vehicle from point A to point B. The scary fact facing many dealers is that they have absolutely no idea if their so-called reputable transport provider is operating legally with an active operating authority and with adequate insurance covering the transported load. With a national network consisting of 5000 individual vehicle carriers, and many dealers using a mix of these different providers, it’s next to impossible for a dealer to fully understand this crucial piece that is vital to the safety and well-being of each vehicle shipped.

The worst case scenario is all too familiar within the industry:  a vehicle is damaged during the transport process, or worse yet the transporter is involved in an accident and proper protocol wasn’t followed, turning a bad situation into an extremely painful one for the dealer.

Very few transport companies give customers this peace of mind before the transport process starts, unless the customer specifically asks. When is the last time you asked your transport company this critical piece of information? When selecting your transport provider, remember to ask these crucial questions. Ask specifically how much damage coverage the carrier has, and if they can provide proof that both their insurance coverage and operating authority are active and sufficient for the requirements of the load being shipped.

No matter who your transport company is, make sure to take the time and do your homework. Remember, times are tough for the transport industry as well, and insurance is a huge cost. Not renewing insurance is a dangerous roll of the dice, but a chance some companies are willing to take to make ends meet. Checking these critical items is critical to safe shipping.
 
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  1. 1. David Kahana [ May 03, 2013 @ 06:50AM ]

    www.upbeatexpress.com

    We at Upbeat Express Inc. have geared our services toward the auto dealer's time sensitive transportation needs, specializing in dealer trades, internet sales, auction purchases and full inventory overhauls. We provide you the ability to transport your vehicles with out having to worry about the most important part of your deal, getting the right car to the customer, in the most expedient manner. The auto industry is heavily dependent on timely auto transport, yet this can often be the most unreliable and stressful part of putting a deal together. We pride ourselves in delivering! We are committed to providing your management team the understanding and delivery of great customer service, reliability, and cost effectiveness. We have developed a successful communication pathway within the auto hauling community giving us the ability to let you spend your valuable time with the most import person, your customer. You can now simply make one phone call to us and have confidence that you'll get the car you need, when you need it. Don't let another deal slip away because you don't have the right car on the lot.
    Our Upbeat Express Team has over 50 years of combined experience in the auto industry. We know first hand the importance you and your sales team place on customer satisfaction. While impeccable customer service and reliability is certainly a priority, we know that in today's marketplace, cost effectiveness and the bottom line are just as critical to your dealership's success. With our experience in streamlining dealership costs and our network of transportation specialists, Upbeat Express can offer you the peace of mind and competitive edge in knowing that the right car will be delivered in the most expedient manner and at the best price...Guaranteed.

    We have many references from highly credible dealers throughout the country.

 

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