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How Can I Become a Car Transporter?

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 become a car transporter. Sound interesting? Well, in this article, we’ll answer the question, "How Can I become a car transporter". Are you ready? Let’s begin.

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+ per year which equates to $350 - $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 well organized.

Ensure you have the right background. Although a high school diploma or G.E.D. is not required, most companies prefer that car transporters have this minimum requirement. In addition, you will also need a good driving record, take specialized training, and pass a drug and alcohol exam. In addition, 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 in your area which will help you get your CDL (commercial driving license). One site that lists truck driving schools is the Truck Driving School Directory at
When choosing school, evaluate prospects carefully. Ask about training course costs, available course schedules, and job placement rates. In addition, any course 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. Once course if completed, you’ll need to move on to the next step.

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. After passing the exam you are well on your way to becoming a car transporter.

Obtain a position or start your own company. Next, you’ll need to find a job with a trucking company or purchase your own car transporter vehicle and start your own firm. If you decide to get hired by a company, you'll need to apply for available positions with car transport firms. 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 Auto Hauler Shopper (Resources).


With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, MiShaun Taylor specializes in legal- and wedding-related articles. Her work has appeared in "Pediatrics for Parents," "ISBA News" and Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.