Job Facts about Car Hauling Jobs

Car hauling is generally an in-demand and lucrative segment of the freight transportation industry. After all, there's no shortage of companies and individuals needing to securely transport vehicles from one location to another--either locally, nationally or in some instances internationally.

Why Use a Car Hauling Service?

There are many reasons to ship vehicles: from individuals relocating for a new job opportunity, auto dealers moving cars from one dealership to another or from the port to the dealership, auto auctions who have a constant need for car hauling, auto shows (including classic car shows) where owners desire to limit the mileage on these vehicles, and more. Car hauling can range in distance from a few miles within the same city to intra-state hauls to nationwide hauls to any of the 48 contiguous states. Loading wrecked vehicles also requires the use of additional equipment and takes more time, but generally receives greater financial compensation.

Requirements

Car hauling requires a Class A Commercial Driver's License (which can be obtained from a private technical school, a local community college or the employing freight company). Be aware that companies who train often impose contractual obligations specifying the amount of time you must remain employed with their company (usually not less than one year). Leaving the company before that may constitute repayment of some (or all) your training expenses. Private technical schools are usually the most expensive avenue to start, plus they do not guarantee job placement at the end of your training (though placement sources are often readily available). Local community colleges are a less expensive option, but the time frame for program completion is usually longer, so plan accordingly if you choose this option. Car haulers must learn how to load and secure a vehicle to limit property damage and risk of accidents during transport. Loading wrecked vehicles usually requires more time and the use of additional equipment, but it pays better than traditional hauling.

Industry Earnings and Projections

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2008, heavy truck drivers earn a median income of $17.92 per hour, with long haul carriers earning more. In the same report, industry projections are about 4% growth over the decade. Advantages to becoming a car hauler include job stability, flexibility, ability to earn while you travel and the terrific earnings potential. But keep in mind that hauling jobs are sensitive to economic swings. Fewer cars are purchased in a slow economy. There are other downsides to car hauling as a career. First, there’s significant time away from your family and friends. For some, the time away causes family problems; this can create a sense of loneliness which can lead to anti-social behavior or depression. Second, time away and distances traveled poses difficulty in planning ahead for special events or for unplanned returns home for emergencies. 

As with all careers, you must weigh the pros and cons against your personal values and financial goals. To your success!