We get the opportunity to meet and talk with all types of drivers interested in starting a Hotshot trucking operation. We've partnered with Class-A CDL guys with 20 years of OTR experience and guys with zero commercial driving experience, and have helped both types become successful automobile haulers. One thing we have noticed is that sustainable success or failure in the business is not always determined by the experience of the driver. Even though the Class A guys we have trained have an absolute edge starting out, the most accurate predictor of a drivers success is his level of commitment to the business and his work ethic. Guys starting out by "hiring a driver" instead of hitting the road themselves... will likely fail. While part-timers on the other hand, will always fail.
We have seen every type of driver, and have dealt with everything. When drivers say: "My wife and I want to buy a truck and trailer, then drive part time and see the country." We suggest you save your money and be a greeter at Walmart, give tours for your local historical society, staff the “ask me” booth at your community hospital or get a part-time job at Home Depot. Basically do anything else than run a part-time Hotshot rig. You will lose money, and you personally will be a liability to your customers and a concern to everyone around you on the road.
Not only are he insurance rates high enough prevent a profitable "part-time" operation, but also the job is also more physically demanding than many assume. It is not about sitting in your truck all day and driving "into the sunset.", rather it requires maintaining a schedule and unloading and loading vehicles frequently. Matchpoint Auto Transport has yet to see a "part-timer" succeed more than a couple trips. When the "reality" of the demands of the work are realized, the retirement part-time couple quickly exits the business. In short, automobile transport is no easy job, and like any successful career it requires hard work and dedication in order to succeed.