The Car Haul Damage Thread:

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by Pullin2, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper Medium Load Member

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    *knocks on Wood* never hit a bridge but seen a guy jam his breaks then the f150 on the hood landed in front of him before he tboned it
     
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  3. Pullin2

    Pullin2 Crusty Canuck

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    Anything over $500 on the roof of a Ford (or any other part of a Ford), it gets a salvage title now, and goes to auction or the crusher ...... really. So like a deep, repairable gouge, like a 37-07-4 or 5 that costs $525 to fix, they write it off. We've had 2 x F-150's (a nice King Ranch and a nice FX4) go back thru our system as write offs because of minor roof damages.
     
  4. SLANT6

    SLANT6 Road Train Member

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    I was being facetious. I know exactly how the Ford claims system works. The responsible party pays for the repair the unit goes to auction, then you pay the loss of sale difference between the auction selling price and what the unit would hve sold for. Plenty of damaged vehicles became yard vans, shop trucks, and company cars

    I'll tell you what a very expensive damage is that appears minor when called at the dealer. A small dent on a p/u bed rear below the taillight and above the bumper. Seen em all go to auction for being over the 500 disclosable

    CARHAULING IS SO MUCH FUN. HAHAHAHA
     
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  5. Pullin2

    Pullin2 Crusty Canuck

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    I knew that, but I felt obligated to educate the un-enlightened masses reading our threads !! :biggrin_25525: ...... Anyway, be careful with those big words ..... most car haulers I know will get head aches from trying to use words like facetious !!! Next time say: I was being a sarcastic, hairy, pot bellied, professional freight relocation engineer .....

    Oh, and know what else ? The $ value of missing F-250 or F-350 (large size) Harley Davidson Special Edition Floor mats is also enough to write off that unit. Ridiculous isn't it.
     
  6. SLANT6

    SLANT6 Road Train Member

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    Let me re-phrase.

    I was being a wise ##### :biggrin_2559:

    I remember a few years ago. The Mustang Bullitt edition had a fancy shift knob that was being stolen by the time it reached the railhead. They started shipping the Mustang without the knob and shipping them direct to the dealer.

    Now you got me thinking...When the Expedition first came out, E & L brought a load out to PHX (off rail traffic to get the owners car to Scottsdale). I was looking at one since it was the first ones at the ramp. I shut the door and the rear cargo area glass just fell out and to the ground. We ate the claim, it was an $1800 piece of glass.
     
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  7. Colorato

    Colorato Road Train Member

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    Sounds like the dealers, rail yards and etc are constantly trying to stick ya. How long does it take to load or unload a 9 car set up while doing a very extensive inspection?
     
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    SLANT6 Road Train Member

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    Every company that has handled the vehicle is trying to push a claim off on someone else. The haulaway carrier that delivers to the dealer is the last set of hands to touch the unit, so you know who is getting stuck with a claim should it not be noted and signed off wherever the unit was loaded. At most railheads that I am aware of, if you move a unit out of bay, they will not sign off on damage. So don't think you can walk around a unit and then drive it up to the rail office for them to sign off...unless you already know of an agreement where this is OK. I know UPRR is not like that.

    How long does it take? That is very subective. I know guys that take too long to load 9 w/o looking at the units. I know guy that can load (correctly) in 1/2 and never get tagged with an uncovered exception.
    Develop a routine and speed will come. The trick is to eliminate all wasted motion.
     
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  9. Thumper

    Thumper Medium Load Member

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    Everyone tries to pass the buck the rails know about 90% of it but there not going to tell you.
    And so on.
    Loading as stated above varies from guy to guy some are slower then new guys. i mean like 2hrs + lol
    and also even if you been hauling years if you change trucks and trailer type you will slow down alot the first few loads.
    The sterling and cottrell setup ive been in now about 2yrs and I have loaded started to finish with no damage in 25 minutes but on avg 45m
    I am getting older and dont try to kill myself like i use to, just stay at a steady pace and once you learn the truck and car types like a jig saw puzzle everything will come inluding speed.

    Like with chevy ford chy etc you will know what units fit where and not even think about how to load it most of the time
     
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  10. Pullin2

    Pullin2 Crusty Canuck

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    Locally, here, it's not to bad. The checkers know that if we find something during a survey, we'll tell them, so it's in their best interest to be nice to us. There is always the exception to the rule, and those are the checkers we give NOTHING to. Anything they find, they had to look for it. AND even if it's something we found, and had verified at the rail head, we won't tell them about it. Eventually they learn. Be nice or else.

    Tomorrow I have a 9 car load of Mitso RVR's. So I'm banking 15 min to survey the load, 45 min to load (chains-no straps), 25 min to deliver, 20 min to unload, 25 min back to rail head .... so a 2 hour approx. round trip (city load).
     
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  11. Colorato

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    Thanks. I like reading this type of thread. I'm really interested in this area of trucking. Just biding my time.
     
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