Copart - A Possible Option For Some . .

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So first I want to apologize if this post runs long. And second I want to say that I have been here a while, and I understand this is a resource/recruitment tool for CDL-A drivers. I am offering this information because I think it might be a good alternative driving career for some of the folks who wander through here, and I personally always like options. Copart is the largest vehicle reseller/liquidation company in the U.S. They have hundreds of yards here and in Canada, as well as operations overseas. They primarily auction insurance vehicles, but will also handle donated vehicles, direct buys, and non-vehicle insurance loss items. I was hired by them in January to run a 4 car rollback/carrier. This is a class B CDL truck, their newer trucks are twin screw Kenworths. They also run 2 car rollbacks (under CDL) and hotshots - heavy pickups with 4 and 5 car trailers, a CDL-A rig. They train, and will even help you get a CDL in some cases. The job consists of picking up vehicles from body shops, impounds, and private residences. The pay is both hourly and commission, and for the position I had would do $90-$100k a year, from your home yard. Home yard? Yep - in addition to working from your home yard, you are also expected to be available for “deployment”, or being sent wherever they need additional resources. They pay for travel time, room, rental car, and per dining for food. Oh - and double rate on commission . . During my training my trainer was deployed for 30 days (2 hours from home so he was home weekends) and he earned something just over $23,000. You do the math. I know it’s not for everyone, and many simply won’t have a Copart facility near enough, or one that hiring. But if you have any interest at all Google them and check out their website, especially the Careers pages and the Catastrophic Response stuff.

And if you post questions here I’ll be happy to share what I know.

Gregg

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Is that a 1099 job?

G-Town's Comment
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Sounds like you are recruiting.

Banks's Comment
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I like when someone says "do the math", but doesn't provide any numbers.... It makes me laugh.

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1 - Not a 1099 job. Full benefits including all the bells and whistles, as well as employee stock purchase plan. 2 - No, not recruiting. This is a company/job that I encountered through my job searches in the towing field - a place most readers here won’t be looking. I feel it’s a great opportunity for the right people, and given that many here are unsure where to go career-wise I felt sharing was appropriate. 3 - Really? I thought $23,000 in 30 days was pretty clear. If your calculator isn’t working, that’s on target for a $200,000 plus W2. Yes, lots of time away from home, but sleeping in hotels, day time hours, and weekends off. So there’s the math.

Gregg

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Banks's Comment
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That's not "the math". The math is pay rate per hour, commission percentage, what the company gets paid to base that commission etc.

If you can make 200k a year, why did you only make 100k? Let me try to do the math.... Carry the one.... Borrow from the 3...... The square root.... You left a 100k on the table. Why?

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Actually, it is “The math”. If you bothered to actually read my op instead of scanning it looking for points to make infantile objections to you would have seen the part where I said very clearly that $100k working in your home yard is easily obtainable, and when deployed they pay rate is doubled - 2 X $100k = $200k. Only thing left on the table is your pointless comments. The hourly rate varies based on experience and location, my starting hourly rate was $26 I believe. This rate is how you are paid when doing pre/post trip, transport to/from deployment, and when assisting in the yard or other non-commission work. The bulk of the pay is commission per vehicle hauled, and is based on a zone system which is essentially a distance factor and is different for each yard and the insurance company/account the vehicle belongs too. When hired I was told to expect an average of $50 per car, and an anticipated 8 cars per day. In the yard I trained at and on the schedule we worked my trainer and I did 12 cars most days, his average was between $700-$800 a day. Add to that his hourly work. Honestly you don’t have to like the job, or the fact that I posted it here. I figure if one person who comes here decides to look into it and finds it to be the perfect job for them it was worth my time.

Gregg

G-Town's Comment
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Infantile? I know Banks...that’s not who he is.

Stop with the insulting comments.

G-Town's Comment
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I find it laughable when someone comes into this forum touting huge income numbers, etc., when just starting out with a new employer. As a rookie driver no less. Potential and possibility is not actual.

The only math that matters is a paycheck. A consistent one. Show us that after you’ve been there a while. Talk about your driving experience with them. No interest in hearing what others say... show us what you do. Share your experience after you’ve worked for them for at least a full quarter. Otherwise there is an overall lack of credibility when quoting what others say and various anecdotal statements.

Yes...I still think you are recruiting, indirectly. As in “referral fee”.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Banks's Comment
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Actually, it is “The math”. If you bothered to actually read my op instead of scanning it looking for points to make infantile objections to you would have seen the part where I said very clearly that $100k working in your home yard is easily obtainable, and when deployed they pay rate is doubled - 2 X $100k = $200k. Only thing left on the table is your pointless comments. The hourly rate varies based on experience and location, my starting hourly rate was $26 I believe. This rate is how you are paid when doing pre/post trip, transport to/from deployment, and when assisting in the yard or other non-commission work. The bulk of the pay is commission per vehicle hauled, and is based on a zone system which is essentially a distance factor and is different for each yard and the insurance company/account the vehicle belongs too. When hired I was told to expect an average of $50 per car, and an anticipated 8 cars per day. In the yard I trained at and on the schedule we worked my trainer and I did 12 cars most days, his average was between $700-$800 a day. Add to that his hourly work. Honestly you don’t have to like the job, or the fact that I posted it here. I figure if one person who comes here decides to look into it and finds it to be the perfect job for them it was worth my time.

Gregg

Again, saying how much somebody else made isn't helpful. If you want people to be interested in doing this, you need to post actual information. What's the commission percentage, how much is the commission pay and what it's based on. Notice how I keep asking the same questions? It's because you keep saying "100k a year". Unless the position is salary, that's not helpful. The info you posted in the last post is a little more helpful and you should've started with that.

I'm not making infantile objections, I'm asking questions that anybody inquiring about this would ask.

Maybe if you stop being defensive, you can post some useful information. Fyi "Google them" isn't helpful.

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