Car Haul Update

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RealDiehl's Comment
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RD, don't do it! Don't change jobs again! Lol.

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No worries. Not looking for another job, just looking to satisfy my curiosity.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Great to hear that you are doing so well, Juice Box. Keep up the great work. Please keep us posted. What happens if a car is damaged in transport?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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RD, me too. I'd like to know more about car hauling. I'll never haul cars, but it is interesting. I like all my cargo to be hidden by an enclosed trailer with a good roof. That way even satellites can't see what I'm hauling. Although, I did get an offer from a big carrier to haul boats. With all the flooding going on, that might be a good gig.

JuiceBox's Comment
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How does a driver get into the car hauling business? Did you have a lengthy training process? Do you actually have to drive the cars on and off the trailer yourself?

You really have to want to do this job but you just apply like anywhere else. There are companies that train fresh CDL holders but most companies will want 2-3 years experience.

Orientation and training is the usual but that will vary company to company. I did one week orientation. Two weeks hands on training. Two weeks on the road with a trainer.

Yes I drive every car on and off the trailer. There are some circumstances where your truck will be loaded for you but I have no experience with that.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Great to hear that you are doing so well, Juice Box. Keep up the great work. Please keep us posted. What happens if a car is damaged in transport?

We have two classifications of damage. One being minor, which means the car can be repaired and sold as new. Think scuff, scratch or something along those lines. The second being major, which means the car can be repaired but not sold as new. Those cars usually end up at auction due to roof damage or ripped of bumpers or something along those lines.

Retraining is a possibility for damage as well as termination, it really just depends. If you are brand new to car hauling you will tear some stuff up. Any company that hires new car haulers understands this and is in a position to absorb some of those costs. Depending on the type of damage, the drivers attitude, and a slew of other things will determine the result.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Thanks everybody for the replies and well wishes. I'd be happy to answer anymore questions when I finish up tomorrow! Be safe out there.

Marc Lee's Comment
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That's AWESOME JuiceBox!

Thanks for the update. Truly AMAZING!

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