Auto transport dispatcher

Need help finding loads for the backhaul?  Check out Carla's new website
Carla has been an auto transport broker for quite a few years, and it looks like she is taking on drivers to help with dispatch.  If you're spending too much time filling spots on the trailer, you might want to give her a call.

Allied goes out in a blaze of glory?

Car hauler catches fire on I-94

Two things that are amazing to me.  #1:  The age of Allied's trailers.  #2:  The fact that the F-150  at $40-$45,000! is still the best-selling vehicle in the US with gas up around $4 per gallon. 

Expect summer shortages for Japanese automobiles

AutoNews Now (4/4/11)

Click link for today's broadcast from AutoNews. I was reading in another publication that one of the biggest bottlenecks to vehicle assembly right now are control modules that are manufactured at Japanese tech plants. They need constant, clean electricity... and the "rolling blackouts" happening in Japan right now make it difficult, if not impossible for them to get up and running. There may be problems spreading wider beyond assembly plants of Japanese automobiles, as some domestic cars rely on components sourced from Japan.

The biggest repo job in history.

GM recovers 1,700 vehicles after dispute with hauler | | The Detroit News
GM recovers 1,700 vehicles after dispute with hauler
Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit— General Motors Co. has recovered more than 1,700 vehicles that were allegedly being held hostage by a car hauler, the automaker said today.
I know this is serious business, but some of these shenanigans are so outrageous it just makes me smile.

GM finished recovering the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks and Camaro coupes, worth almost $47 million, earlier this week, company spokesman Dan Flores said.


The "rescue" was disclosed 10 days after GM sued Georgia-based Allied Ltd. in federal court in Detroit. GM wanted immediate possession, arguing the vehicles could depreciate in value and dealers would be deprived of valuable inventory.

Ford outsells GM; Hyundai and Kia sales waaaaaay up.

Auto sales up with economy, but buyers downsize | AP Business News - The News Tribune
The trends lifted U.S. sales of new vehicles by 17 percent from a year earlier to 1.25 million, a healthy rate that shows the auto industry's slow and steady recovery remains on track. The monthly sales pace, adjusted for seasonal differences and projected out for the year, came in at 13.1 million. That's higher than last year, but still far below recent boom years when car sales hit 16 million a year.

The March 11 earthquake in Japan had little impact on sales, although automakers said supplies of some cars could be tighter as spring progresses.

Hope industry execs are paying attention-- the companies that have invested resources in developing high quality, affordable  fuel-efficient cars are reaping the benefits.  (Ford's plant that produces the Focus used to build trucks.)  Sales of expensive gas guzzlers loaded with options are slowing... in some places anyway.  I was talking with a driver the other day who said almost all the vehicles he delivers in West Virginia are trucks worth $40,000 or more.