The successful guys understand that they are in a complex, physically demanding logistics business and NOT just a truck driver. With all due respect to our big truck brothers on the road, most of them could not successfully run a Hotshot Auto Hauler. One reason is evident just through a casual observation at any truck stop. Take a moment to look at the drivers climbing out of a big truck cargo hauler, then look at the “flat bed” drivers, then find a car hauler. The car haulers and flat bed guys will be in much better physical condition than the guys pulling a box. The big box drivers drive from terminal to terminal then jump into the sleeper for a couple hours while a team of warehouse guys load or unload the box. Flatbed and car haulers spend a lot of time climbing on and off their trailers and securing of their loads.
Matchpoint drivers spend a good bit of time getting cars on and off the trailer. Loading a 300 horsepower Mustang with a manual shift tranny up wet ramps with 2-other cars already on the trailer is not for everyone. Or how about loading a $110,000 Mercedes S550, a heavy sedan, at the dealership with the General Manager and 3 sales guys watching. We should have sold tickets for that stop! Then, consider the navigation issues, to find 4-5 locations a day, AND the decision making it takes to slide a 50 foot trailer down a skinny driveway lined with cars on both sides to get in position for a pick up.
We point out these things not to discourage anyone, but rather to help you assess if the stress involved with the Hotshot auto hauling business is right for you. We believe the worst day on the road is still better than the best day working for a pinheaded foreman, or in a cubicle farm. Just understand it’s far more complex than a truck driving career.