Is it picking back up?

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  1. KevinTT

    KevinTT Bobtail Member

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    Saw a couple ads looking for drivers in my area from a car hauling company, it's a union job. So, I was just wondering if it's picking back up? Also, is this job harder or just as hard as food service? I have food service experience working for Sysco in the past. Thanks.
     
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  3. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Not hard at all , load cars and enjoy the scenery on the way!
     
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  4. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Probably not as demanding as ramping a dolly, but plenty of climbing and walking.

    Every new car dealer in my part of the world is setting sales records the last 2 months.
     
  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Car sales are down, mainly due to rental company’s cutting back, or closing down. Dealers are booming, prices are holding. Pent up demand. I don’t haul cars, but living in Mi. the health of Automotive is a daily news item. New vehicles are selling.
     
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  6. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    If you can unload groceries you will likely handle the physical aspect of hauling cars. One of my better friends and I hired in together at Jack Cooper. He was a Sysco driver for many years and he would tell you Carhauling is much better than Sysco. Anyone that tells you there is nothing physical about hauling cars is full of it. Not as hard as digging ditches, but harder than holding a steering wheel.
     
  7. KevinTT

    KevinTT Bobtail Member

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    Thank you sir, I sent you a private message.
     
  8. Nobroker

    Nobroker Light Load Member

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    Some pent up demand and low borrowing rates, as the brokers and large carriers come back the rates go down. As the virus runs rampant I dont see any spikes on sales lasting. The federal government is paying for half of the car sales in one form or another.
    If something doesnt change quick states will be shutting down weather they like it or not.
     
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    Nobroker Light Load Member

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  10. mobileparkinglot

    mobileparkinglot Bobtail Member

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    I worked for Sysco food service in Southern CA after a few years of delivery work for McLane in Denver. Now I load cars onto a high-mount 8-car Cottrell 5309, which I think is one of the most difficult trailers to fully load.

    Early30s. Not fat.

    In my experience, food service was much more challenging, both on my body and on my patience. The hub I was at was undermanned and poorly managed. Every driver hated the job, but stuck around for the money. It was the best money a local driver could make, even if "home nightly" meant be back in ten hours for your next 12-16 hr day.

    I think Sysco could have been a good experience if my hub was managed differently, and if adequate time was afforded to drivers who are new to their routes and unfamiliar with their stops. But that was not my experience.

    Now I work for an owner with three trucks. We fight the fight, looking for loads on Central and oftentimes taking ####ty deals to help offset our costs. Sometimes we get lucky. Most times we're just lucky to make a run with zero incidents, no mechanical issues, and on-time paying customers. He took me on with no car hauling experience, and treats me like family, so while there's no benefits and the pay averages out to make a grand a week, I'm grateful for the two years I've now been doing this.

    Most car haulers have chains or integrated soft straps. We have individual ratchets, so I have to place, position, and individually strap each car and each tire. In the Texas summer humidity, that's a workout. But again, this is on a 5309 detachable trailer; not an EZ load stinger. I have to squeeze cars and trucks into a much smaller space than most haulers. On the plus side, I have more bunk space.

    Suffice to say, if you can run ramps, you'll probably be fine loading cars.

    Suggestions:
    Leave room for suspension bounce. Get a running start in the rain and maintain momentum. Check your straps regularly, and take pictures of pre-existing damages.
     
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  11. Tropsnart

    Tropsnart Heavy Load Member

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    A grand a week hauling cars?
     
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