Commercial truck drivers seeking to get into a niche market in the trucking industry might take a look at becoming car haulers. Car haulers are specialty truck drivers who transport vehicles nationwide. This can be across town or across the country. Car haulers are also called car carriers which refer to the type of trailers used to haul vehicles. The terms are often used interchangeably. Car carriers are a sort of garage on wheels. Car hauler services are always needed by manufacturers that need to ship their vehicles and by people moving long distances that don’t want to drive their vehicles. An investment in a car hauler can be a good investment for owner/operators and small fleet owners seeking to diversify and increase their business.
Tow truck drivers are considered to be car haulers. Tow truck drivers are a welcome sight to stranded motorists whose vehicles have broken down on the road. Tow truck drivers generally tow one vehicle at a time. A single vehicle can be hauled by a van or pick-up truck using a car hauler trailer.
Car carriers which are able to carry several vehicles at a time are used by drivers who transport multiple vehicles simultaneously. They can choose to use open car carriers or enclosed car carriers. Open car carriers typically hold eight to ten vehicles. Many people have seen these types of carriers which are often used to deliver new cars to car dealerships. Enclosed car carriers are designed to carry two to four vehicles at a time. Enclosed car shipping is typically used for classic and luxury cars.
Drivers will need to decide whether they intend to operate an open car carrier or an enclosed car carrier. Drivers can choose to lease or purchase a carrier for their business. They should do their homework before actually leasing or buying. If purchasing one be sure to compare features, prices, performance ratings, etc. Drivers should also compare financing options if they will not be paying cash to cover the purchase price. If leasing or buying be sure to thoroughly review the contract to make sure the terms are satisfactory.
To become a car hauler requires drivers to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Drivers must also have specialized training to learn how to safely load the cars onto the car carriers as well as how to transport them safely and securely across the road. The easiest way for a driver to become a car hauler and become familiar with the business is to work for a trucking company. This will enable them to gain experience to learn the benefits and drawbacks of this specialty area of trucking. They will then be able them to make an informed decision to determine if they want to own and operate their own car hauling business or continue working for a trucking company.
Drivers who choose to operate their own car hauling business or work as owner/operators for another trucking company will need to make sure they have sufficient insurance to cover potential damages to vehicles they haul. They will also need to know how to properly inspect cars they pick up for existing damages and make sure that all damages including minor damage is noted on the bill of lading. Also, if you choose to operate your own car hauling business be sure to provide excellent customer service which is a very important part of having a successful