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How to Become an Auto Transport Driver

What's in this article?
  1. Meet The Requirements
  2. Finding A Job
  3. Compensation
Auto Transport Carriers

The auto transport industry is thriving, as every day, thousands upon thousands of people need their vehicles transported domestically. This doesn't even the count the number of dealerships that are in need of auto transport services. While auto transport brokers are the ones that arrange everything, the auto transport carriers are the ones who do the actual driving.

Auto transport drivers have plenty of work opportunities, but if someone is looking to become one and either work for an auto transport carrier or run their own operation as an owner-operator, they have to be aware of a few different things.

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Meet the Requirements

There are a variety of requirements present in order to become a licensed auto transport driver. You will need:

  • A commercial driver's license (CDL);
  • Obtaining a US Department of Transportation (USDOT) number;
  • Being registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and obtaining a Motor Carrier (MC) number;
  • Proof of insurance;
  • General liability coverage.

You can visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website at //www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration for all of the necessary information and forms.

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Finding a Job

Obtaining all of the necessary licenses and certifications is the hard part. Now comes finding a job. Assuming that you have the right truck and equipment, which you can either buy or lease, you will need to find consistent work.

There are two main routes that you can take, no pun intended. If you want to transport individual vehicles, as opposed to multiple vehicles, you can start by contacting car dealerships. Many of them are in constant need of assistance and will hire you, at least part-time. The problem with these jobs are that they don't provide frequent work and the pay rates are not the best. However, they are a great way to gain experience and references.

The second route is to get a full-time position in which you transport multiple vehicles at once. This will offer not only more in the way of financial compensation, but you'll be able to work much more consistently. In this case, you should get in contact with local auto transport carriers, or you can even contact auto transport brokers. Doing a simple Google search will help you out with this. Just make sure to have all of the proper certifications ready.

While most auto transport companies will require a bit of experience in order to hire you, some will also offer training programs for a fee. Visit the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org to make sure that they're legitimate before you commit to anything.

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Compensation

The way in which your pay will be determined depends on the agreement that you reach with the client or company. Sometimes you will be paid per mile, especially if you work with auto transport companies. In other instances, you will be paid a flat fee, which is common if you're only transporting one vehicle.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Testimonial
Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
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2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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435 Division Street
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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