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uShip, NIADA Give Independent Dealers Competitive Edge

Small, midsize auto dealers benefiting from lower car shipping costs to improve out-of-area sales and inventory  AUSTIN, Texas – August 2, 2010 – In the current economic environment, many independent dealers must expand beyond their local markets to remain competitive. However, auto transport costs often make out-of-area acquiring and selling of inventory quite expensive.  To address this dealer concern, online transport marketplace uShip has joined the NIADA National Member Benefits Program to save independent auto dealers thousands of dollars in shipping costs so they can compete with larger dealerships and online auto sales.

NIADA members now have customized access to finding specialized auto transporters on uShip, a web-based shipping marketplace where dealers list cars they need shipped and carriers compete to win business.  The competitive bidding process drives down delivery costs by an average of 30-40 percent, a hard-dollar cost savings dealers do not have to pass along to customers.  NIADA member dealers will also receive free “featured listing” upgrades on all vehicle shipments.

Like consumers, auto dealerships can realize significant savings when using uShip. For example, one car buyer, after receiving $1200 quotes to ship a 2008 Nissan Altima from New Orleans to Salt Lake City, saved $250 by using uShip.  Another customer used uShip to transport a 2008 Ford Super Duty F-550 from Texas to Mississippi for $1100, saving $270 compared to quotes received from national providers.

“Clearly, car buying is not just happening locally anymore,” said Matt Chasen, CEO and founder of uShip.  “With online auto sales leveling the playing field, it’s critical for small and medium-sized dealers to compete by keeping shipping costs down on both sides of the transaction.”

Scott Lilja, VP of Member Services for NIADA states, “We are pleased to offer the members of NIADA the opportunity to source high quality vehicle transportation resources at significant discounts via our new national partner This provides our members additional profit potential via online wholesale channels, and increased inventory turn.”



The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), founded in 1946, has represented quality independent automobile dealers for over 60 years. NIADA provides valuable resources to member dealers, allowing them to become more successful within the used motor vehicle industry. NIADA members join a network of over 20,000 professional auto dealers who share a dream of financial prosperity for their businesses. NIADA is also a legislative advocate — protecting business interests of independent auto dealers. The association is dedicated to providing industry education, information, services and benefits designed to prepare members for an ever-changing marketplace.

About uShip
uShip helps relieve the stress and high cost of moving hard-to-ship items, such as cars, furniture, pianos, boats, freight/haulage, heavy equipment, and more. As the first and largest online transport marketplace, uShip connects people and businesses with feedback-rated transporters. Carriers place competitive bids to win business, often filling extra space in their trucks and saving customers an average of 50 percent. The uShip marketplace has attracted $150 million in business transactions, one million listings and 170,000 service providers. Launched in 2004, uShip operates globally with localized functionality in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, European Union and Australia. 

See the press release on PitchEngine.