How Can I Become a Car Transporter?

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Are you fascinated with eighteen wheelers? Do you have a strong desire to travel? Would you mind driving an eighteen wheeler across country delivering cars to dealers or private owners? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should seriously consider becoming a car transporter. Here's some more information on this career choice.

  • Decide if this is the career for you. As transporter, you'll transport a variety of automobiles, RVs and even military vehicles for your clients or employer. Car transporters are typically paid $25,000 and upward per year, which equates to $350 to $450 per car transported, $150 for RV transport and $2,100 per month for military transports. In some instances, you may also be reimbursed for expenses (including room and board). As a car transporter, you'll be expected to travel excessively and be extremely flexible, responsible and organized.

  • Ensure you have the right background. Although a high school diploma or GED is not required, most companies prefer that car transporters have this minimum requirement. In addition, you will also need a good driving record, have specialized training, and pass a drug and alcohol exam. You should not have a criminal record. Lastly, some states require that you have 20/40 vision with or without glasses or contacts.

  • Enroll in a certified truck driving school in your state. There are many truck driving schools that will help you get your CDL, or commercial driver's license (see Resources below).
    When choosing school, evaluate prospects carefully. Ask about training course costs, available course schedules and job placement rates. In addition, any program you choose should be reputable and established in the field. In addition, they should provide you with car transport driving instructions and should pair you with an experienced car transporter that can teach you the ropes.

  • Study and pass the test. Study for and pass the FMCSR (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation) exam. Car transporters must pass a written, physical, hearing and vision exam.

  • Obtain a position or start your own company. Two websites that list car transporter positions are MySpace Jobs and Simply Hired (see Resources). If you decide to purchase your own transport truck, you should check out publications that sell auto haulers (see Resources).

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