Considering Jumping In ... Need Advice

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by Tuckster, Dec 20, 2020.

  1. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    I've been reading the threads and have gathered some good info but I need advice. I'm an older guy in Virginia (Richmond), have 10 years CDL A experience (not much in last 3 years tho), had my own authority (which I can reinstate). Should I go the 2/3 car hauler route or think bigger ?? It looks to me the price of a used semi is similar to the price of these trucks pulling cars. The semi has a sleeper and the motor will last me a lot longer. I know there are advantages/disadvantages like ease of maneuvering with a smaller setup but I'm mainly interested in availabilty of loads and which pay the best. I don't mind long distance runs so the sleeper would be nice but is the smaller/local operation more attractive ?? All suggestions/advice appreciated.
     
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  3. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    Do yourself a favor and try this industry before you buy. Get hired on with a large company that trains carhaulers and also has owner ops. Then when you know what you are doing and if you still like hauling cars buy you a carhauler. Do not buy any size carhauler without experience hauling cars. The people I know that have done the 3 car don’t do it anymore. I don’t personally know if it’s profitable or not, but it wouldn’t suit me.
     
  4. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    Appreciate the reply. My insurance lady just told me it would be higher hauling cars than a dry van ??? I can't sign on with a company because I don't want to run hard. If I could net $30/40,000/year, I would be OK. That's why I'm reactivating my MC (authority). Staying independent lets me run when I want to. No company I know will put up with that.
    Again, thanks for the help
     
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  5. frankdtank

    frankdtank Light Load Member

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    Everything the other guy said... and some :)
     
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  6. Michael 247

    Michael 247 Medium Load Member

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    I dont know anything about Hotshot ..if You lease your Truck to a company as an owner operator you should be able to run the way you want to ..I would seriously consider a single axel truck with a sleeper and Small Diesel ..
     
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