Backlotcars pros and cons? Have you dealth with them?

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  1. Black River Transport

    Black River Transport Bobtail Member

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    New to the hotshot/auto hauling world. About to sign up with super dispatch and a lot of loads from backlot are more so up my alley. Do any of you deal with them and hat are the good and bad?
     
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  3. Doealex

    Doealex Medium Load Member

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    Their rates are lower than average so I don't deal with them; but if you're just starting you can use them to get your feet wet, I guess.
     
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    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

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    Very cheap rates, I think we have only hauled for them once or twice, I usually just skip right over them.
     
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  5. Doealex

    Doealex Medium Load Member

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    My observation regarding brokers' rates is that any broker with a name that includes words backlot, bargain, cheap, etc., etc. are not worth my time. I guess I wouldn't be saying this if I was a shipper; what you see is what you get!
    P.S. I know customer comes first in any business, but trucking and especially car-hauling should be an exception.:):D;)
     
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  6. jeffman164

    jeffman164 Medium Load Member

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    Surprised. I actually get pretty decent rates from Backlot. Process has been pretty seamless.
     
  7. Black River Transport

    Black River Transport Bobtail Member

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    I realize the pickups will be at dealers, but are the majority of the drop offs residential or dealer?
     
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    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

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    Some of the short stuff I have seen is ok, but I don't look at anything under .80cpm for longer stuff, with fuel creeping up it just isnt worth it, don't sell yourself short.
     
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  9. Doealex

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    Same here with the minimum CPM; for pickup trucks or larger SUVs though. It's hard for newbies to calculate their costs; especially with fuel and tolls rising lately.:dontknow::dontknow::dontknow:
     
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  10. Black River Transport

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    Yeah I seen some crazy low rates of .60 and under even for no ops. There’s no way. Being smaller I have to build a load there and back and come in where I need to be for the trip on an average of the two loads to get to around my rate. I’m doing the cardinal sin. I’m doing this part time to get my business built while working full time at job A and this is Plan B. Trying to build up to have my business and equipment where it needs to be when I make the jump to full time.
     
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    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

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    Obviously you are already committed and have spent the money, but this business is not as easy as some would make you believe, even the guys that "think" they are doing good will wake up one day and realize their truck and or trailer is worn out, and they simply don't have the money saved to replace it because they ran cheap freight for a number of years. This WHOLE industry needs a wakeup call, and the only way it changes is if Transporters start setting pricing and stick with it.
     
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