Getting into car hauling

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by Torin, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Torin

    Torin Bobtail Member

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    I want to get into car hauling but I think I may have shot myself in the foot. I had been at melton for about a year and nine-ish months, switched companies, and found out the grass wasn't greener. Now I want to be back to being home more/making decent money. So on to car hauling I guess. Problem is I've only been at my current company for four weeks or something, and I think that makes these car hauling companies not want to take me. United Road declined me, USAL refuses to call me back, and I have an application with Hansen & Adkins in but I'm not optimistic (I'm generally pessimistic though).

    Are there other companies I should be looking into(I'm in DFW btw)?

    How bad of an idea would it be to just buy a truck and run my own authority? The only car hauling specific thing I'm worried about is loading the truck (which I know is most of the job), but everything else seems manageable.

    Idk what do y'all think?
     
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  3. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    The insurance companies make it tough to hire someone with less than 2 years experience. Could be the issue.
     
  4. Torin

    Torin Bobtail Member

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    Idk both usal and united road say they hire after six months to a year otr, and I'm only three weeks short of two years. Seems like to me if that was the issue they could train me and by the time I'm ready to go I'd be at two years.
     
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  5. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    I am not a car hauler, however I will try to help. Being at home is a good thing, the competition for local jobs is greater. Getting a truck and your own numbers without knowing where and how to get your freight is not a good idea. Information is power. Continue to seek out opportunities in the field you want to pursue. Loading and unloading can be learned.
     
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    How bad of an idea would it be to just buy a truck and run my own authority? The only car hauling specific thing I'm worried about is loading the truck (which I know is most of the job), but everything else seems manageable.

    Idk what do y'all think?[/QUOTE]
    Absolutely terrible idea. Get you a carhaul job eventually with some company and tear their freight up. Then do your own thing one day. You may not realize how true my statement is now, but if you haul cars long enough you will. Better to learn on someone else’s dime.
     
  7. Torin

    Torin Bobtail Member

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    >Absolutely terrible idea. Get you a carhaul job eventually with some company and tear their freight up. Then do your own thing one day. You may not realize how true my statement is now, but if you haul cars long enough you will. Better to learn on someone else’s dime.

    I don't disagree, but I don't know what other options I have. If hansen doesn't take me I'd probably have to work a job for a minimum of six months to get a long enough job history to be considered again. It's looking like it'd be at least a year and a half before I'd be able to get into my own truck "the right way" best case scenario.
     
  8. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    At a year and a half as a carhauler, most carhaulers don’t need their own truck. You don’t usually become a good carhauler until you have been doing it 5 years. Damages in this job usually start at $700. The sky is the limit. Experience can not be rushed.
     
  9. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    Spoken through the lens of experience.
     
  10. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    Experience does not come cheap when you own the truck. I still pay for experience on occasion!
     
  11. Capacity

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    You could try Countryside Auto Transport , Menasha Wi , not sure of there hiring radius.
    Good Luck
     
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