Chances are you have seen the big rigs carrying the pretty new vehicles to their new home on the interstate. In fact, with over 20 million vehicles sold in the U.S. annually, you have likely seen these big trucks quite a bit. No matter if the vehicles originate in the U.S., or from overseas, they have to be delivered to the over 14,000 car dealerships across the nation by qualified and professional truck drivers. These vehicles also have to be moved individually in some cases in order to fulfill a customer’s order.
Have you ever thought about being the person delivering these vehicles?
Whether or not you are looking for part time work, or seeking a new career, there are a number of ways that you can acquire a job as a car transport driver. Based on your goals, there are two basic options for you to consider. You can obtain your commercial driver’s license, or CDL, and earn the position of a certified truck driver who will haul several different vehicles all at once; or you can get paid to drive a single vehicle at a time from dealership to dealership.
What types of jobs interest you?
An auto transport driver, who will typically haul a larger trailer that contains between six and 10 vehicles, will have to acquire a CDL, in addition to certain certifications and training. The CDL is the first step in qualifying to drive the big-rig. If you do not have this type of license, then you will never be able to haul several cars at once. You will also need to acquire a USDOT Authorization and MC Number. The Motor Carrier number and the U.S. Department of Transportation authorization is required to become a carrier. You will also have to have proof of insurance, as well as general liability coverage.
However, if you want a part-time position where you can start earning now, without excessive training and an investment of time, then you should consider driving one car from dealership to dealership. No matter if you are moving them across town or to another state, you need nothing more than a clean driving record and a regular, state issued license.
Looking for a transportation driver position
After you have decided the type car transport position that you would like to pursue, then you need to begin looking for stable employment. If you have decided that you want to drive the individual vehicles, you should contact your local dealerships in order to find out if they need any help. In many cases they will hire part-time employees or retirees to swap the vehicles with other dealerships. This is generally done when a customer requests a certain option or color that is not currently contained on the lot. While the pay for these jobs varies, it will generally pay a few hundred dollars and be based on how far you have to go.
If you would rather acquire a full-time position that offers better pay, then you will need to begin the process of gathering the proper certifications to drive a truck that carries several vehicles at the same time. You should start the process by contacting various companies that specialize in hauling automobiles. There are a number of options out there and a quick search online will likely help you uncover quite a few.
The majority of these companies will require some type of previous experience; however, they also typically offer certification and classes so that you can be trained properly for the position. You need to just be sure that you are dealing with a legitimate company prior to traveling to their location or paying a fee for training. If you have any doubts about a company, then you should check with various consumer reporting agencies, including the Better Business Bureau.
Receiving payment for your transport services
Another important factor to consider is how much you will be paid and how this pay is determined. There are some companies that pay their drivers based on the miles on their truck odometer. This means that you receive a certain amount of money for every mile that your truck travels. No matter when you drive, how full your truck is or how far away you may be going.
If you opt to drive individual vehicles, you will likely be paid a flat rate, based on the length of the journey. This option is better for individuals who are just looking for part-time work.
The fact is that there are a number of opportunities to consider if you would like to be a car transport driver. Understanding the options, and how to get started, can help you begin earning money – for driving – now. This job field is growing and one you should carefully consider.