What is Coloading?

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There are many different methods which auto transporters utilize in order to ensure that vehicles are shipped as fast and safely as possible, while also taking into account the economic aspects that are associated with the process. One such method is coloading. Though it’s not done by every carrier, it is quite commonly used. So what exactly is coloading? Here’s an explanation:

The Definition of Coloading

Coloading is an auto transport shipping process in which the carrier that a transport broker contracts with will schedule multiple pickups at a single location. This, of course, means that multiple customers will all have their vehicles picked up at the same location.

In order to accomplish this, you will have to arrange a location with the carrier in which your vehicle will be picked up. It will be at a very specific time and place. In many instances, you will not be told that other customers will also be dropping off their vehicles for pickup, but you’ll find out when you arrive.

While you may have to drop off your vehicle, in some instances, you can still have your vehicle picked up at your home with door-to-door delivery. This just means that the auto transport truck will stop at multiple locations in the same area before beginning its journey. However, when we say “area,” we mean an area only within a few miles of each other. Otherwise, the purpose of coloading is defeated.

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Why Do Auto Transport Carriers Practice Coloading?

The reason why coloading is so popular is that it allows auto transport carriers to cut on their expenses. That’s because they will not have to spend money on gas and time by driving to different locations to pickup vehicles from different customers. By picking everything up from just a single location, it’s a more efficient and cost-effective process for them.

They’re not the only ones that benefit. You will also benefit since you will see some cost savings as a direct result. It also will mean a faster shipping time for you, since you don’t have to wait for a full load to be picked up before the carrier can start its transport route. It’s a fast process that is win-win for everyone, assuming that dropping off your vehicle at its pickup location is not too much of an inconvenience for you.

Where is Coloading Common?

Coloading is mostly common in major cities. It’s rare when it’s present in suburban or rural areas, or even in smaller cities. The auto transport industry is highly competitive, so even if there is enough demand that would warrant coloading in smaller regions, too many carriers may be present.

In a major city, there is generally enough customers available that, even in the face of competition with other carriers, the possibility of coloading still exists.

Any practice that results in cost savings to you and faster shipping times should be embraced! Coloading is a practice that many might be weary of, but there’s no reason to be at all.

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Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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