Last year, American Auto Move first opened its doors for business. By the end of 2012, we had already exceeded our own expectations of where we would be. And while 2012 was a pretty good year all and all, 2013 is going to be even better. Here’s how:
The Fiscal Cliff Was Averted
While taxes did go up for nearly everyone, the depth of the raises were shallow for those Americans that make less than $400,000 (or $450,000 for families) a year. And while it doesn’t solve the obvious problems that we have with the economy, it does keep the prospect of recession at bay for now.
For American Auto Move, this means that we’re going to be able to invest into better content and services, so that we can continue to offer you the very best auto transport information on the planet. You can check out our full accounting of the Fiscal Cliff and how it affects our business here
Higher Barriers to Entry for Auto Transport Brokers
If you’ve ever tried getting your car shipped, then you know that the competition is fierce. And while competition isn’t a bad thing per se
, it certainly can be in some contexts. Case in point is the auto transport industry. There are over 1,000 active auto transport brokers in the US, and the vast majority of them are less than a year old. The reason why there are so many brokers is because the barriers to entry in this field (namely a $10,00 surety bond) are relatively low.
But changes in the regulation of freight brokeraging now require brokers to hold a substantially higher bond, which should have the effect of pushing out some of the smaller, less experienced, and, dare I say, less professional brokers. Other costs of operation will increase as well, putting the squeeze on the smaller guys. So as a customer, you can expect a more friendly and professional sales experience, which is certainly a welcome change.
The Economy is Picking Up
Signs everywhere are pointing a rebounding US economy in 2013, and a rising tide lifts all boats. If more people are finding jobs (or keeping the jobs that they already have,) then more money will be floating around in the economy. More money in your pocket means you’ll be more likely to spend it, and that in turns puts a little bit of money into someone else’s pocket, and so on.
Although the New Year has just started, there is plenty of good new already. We’ll see how things pan out, but American Auto Move is optimistic.