Becoming a Car Transport Carrier
If you love long drives, stopping at motels, catching a few hours of naps, and getting meals from different diners during your rides, you can become an excellent car transport carrier. The best part of this is that you can earn good money while enjoying the peace, calm, and adventure that comes with long drives. Here are a few key things you need to know if you are getting into this field:
Legal Requirements for Becoming Auto Transport Driver:
Just like every career or business, you need to meet some legal requirements if you want to be a car transport carrier. There isn’t much, and you certainly won’t have to go through heaps of paperwork, but five things are needed to get started on the right track, no pun intended.
- CDL or commercial driver’s license is the most basic and crucial requirement
- USDOT or US Department of Transportation number is needed as well
- You will also have to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, aka FMCSA, and get the Motor Carrier number. You can find all details
- You will need to provide insurance proof to brokers that you will work with
- General liability coverage is also needed in case the cargo gets damaged on your watch
Personal Requirements for Becoming Car Shipping Carrier:
We discussed the legal requirements, but now, you need to overcome some personal obstacles to be on your merry way to being a professional vehicle transport carrier. Here they are:
- On The Road Experience: Once you receive your CDL, you need to get at least 2 years of on-road experience. This means you can, at first, work as a freelancer on a smaller scale, and once you have 2 years of OTR, you will be able to get insurance for hauling cars, and bigger car brokers will be happy to work with you, which means more money.
- Car Hauler Training: Getting this training will not only make your CV look fuller and attractive; it will also help you get a lot of knowledge. You will learn things that will help you have a clean car hauling record, and that’s what all auto transport brokers are looking for. Typically, the car hauler training takes 4 weeks, and you will learn things like proper loading/unloading of cars, spacing cars on the hauler, configure decks before transport, and proper strapping of cars.
Remember, you need to have a clean background and DOT check to be able to pass this training and make a good career in the auto transport business.
Finding a Car Transport Driver Job:
Once you have the licenses and training, you will step into the practical life of moving cars. Assuming you have bought or leased a truck and equipment, you will need to find work. There are two routes you can take; move multiple cars or individual vehicles. The first one is where you work full time by joining a car shipping broker. This will be much better in a financial way, and you will get more consistent work. But you may need to put on a year or two on your work experience as these jobs are mostly assigned to professionals.
The second route is freelancing, where you will contact dealerships that will hire you whenever they need to move a car to their customer’s location. Pay is fine, but work consistency is not guaranteed unless you work with multiple dealers. Whichever route you want to take, you can do a quick Google search to find the auto shipping brokers or car dealerships to contact and work with.