Has Anyone Ever Done Car Hauling?

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Miguel R.'s Comment
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I got a job offer to haul cars for united road but I know nothing of the car hauling industry. Does anyone have any insight

Ynkedad's Comment
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Wow, really?

I just finished School for my CDL at NTI here in Florida. While I was there, they started a new program for teaching car hauling and you have to have 2 years minimum cdl experience, to even qualify to attend their program. I will say this about car hauling ...From what I've seen your head has to be in the right place, cuz there's no room for errors!!

Good Luck!


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.
Heavy C's Comment
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I was looking into car hauling a while back. It's certainly a good racket to get into if you can handle it. You can certainly make good money doing it but generally you're responsible for damages on the cars that weren't reported before loading. Companies will handle this differently. Some will require you to be bonded to provide insurance to cover costs of any repairs. One company I looked into put so many cpm into a separate account for you to use to cover damages. Anything that was extremely expensive the company would pick up.

It is fairly dangerous work while working in winter. Climbing up on the upper deck when its covered in snow or ice isn't exactly safe and I've heard some nasty stories from A couple guys that did it for a while.

Then there's the height/weight thing. You better be darn sure of your heights on the cars and of where you'll be going. Last thing you need is to think your cars are 13'6" when they are 13'10 and try to clear a bridge that isn't quite that high. Then weights. Imagine having your trailer fully loaded with eight or nine cars only to get pulled into a weigh station because you're over on your steers. Then you have to pull all your cars off and reorganize then again. And from what I've heard it takes the pros like an hour and a half to load a trailer. So if your new and have to unload then reload, you basically blow your whole day at the weight station. Which in turn will make you late to the dealership and could cause problems.

Like any other trucking jobs it's certainly got its ups and downs but if you can handle it and you've got the opportunity in front of you then I say go for it. Good luck sir


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Miguel R.'s Comment
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Really 2 years? I got it offered to me n i only have 4 months experience

Miguel R.'s Comment
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They pay 25% of the load and it's one month of the car hauling school up in Michigan I'm in the food distribution business n it's back breaking so I'm trying to get into something else and this landed in my lap

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