What is a hotshot automobile transporter? An individual who transports automobiles for hire using a one ton dually pickup truck and a 3 or 4 car trailer.
Why do hotshot automobile transporters work with Matchpoint? The number one reason we hear from people around the country who work with Matchpoint is they want to put their income in their own control. They want to always have automobiles to transport and work when they want. Matchpoint partners with them to make this happen through our training, dispatch, and invoicing services.
Do I have to speak good English to become a Owner Operator- Yes, The nature of hotshot auto hauling is "communication intensive" You must be able to speak with auctions, dealers and individuals effectively to execute pick ups and deliveries. You will fail without good command of English both written and verbal.
How much money can I make running a Hotshot Auto Hauler- This is a tough question to answer because we don't know what kind of equipment you will have and how hard you will work. In the financial planning section of our training we help new owners build a budget, which will help to guide the income expectations for a start-up operation.
What equipment do I need to become a hotshot automobile carrier? You need a 1 Ton Dually turbo-diesel pickup truck and a 3 or 4 car wedge or low-pro trailer.
What type of truck do I need? This is one of the most common questions we receive. A 1-Ton turbo diesel dually is a must. A full crew cab is preferrable, with either an automatic or standard transmission. Two wheel drive trucks are much better than 4WD, because 4WD adds weight has less fuel economy, and takes away towing capacity. Our most successfull operators are running Dodge RAM 3500, 4500 or 5500 and Ford F350/450's. We do not recommend Chevy trucks under any circumstances, the design and weight of Chevy dually's are better suited for a landscape business and pulling out stumps than over the road auto hauling. Chevy truck are heavier, and run with significanlty lower fuel economy. Despite their advertising, thousands of miles of actual OTR road operations have proven that YOU WILL MAKE LESS $$ WITH A CHEVY TRUCK,
What type of trailer do I need? Kaufman Trailers, Lexington, NC is the largest manufacturer of 3 car wedge trailers in the country. Our Matchpoint representative at Kaufman is Buddy Rigard. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.790.6800. Choose your truck first, then your trailer. Kaufman will assist you with the right set-up. We prefer the Kaufman 3/4 car low-pro trailer, a low-pro requires the truck bed be removed, so its not right for everyone, but we think its a safer, more versatile set up.
How much will I pay for commercial automobile insurance? The cost of your insurance is determined by the insurance amounts you choose on your truck and trailer, your age, your driving record, We pass insurance cost through to our owner operators "at cost" The average insurance cost runs between 8% and 12% of gross sales.
How much money do I need to get started? After purchasing a truck and trailer, you should have working capital of $5,000 to $6,000.
What is a typical week on the road like? Typical weeks vary from person to person, however our average hotshot automobile transporter leaves home Monday morning and returns Friday evening. Each day is spent picking up and dropping off vehicles while earning significant income.
Where can I obtain a truck and trailer? Most of our Independent Owner Operators purchase a truck from a local dealer either new or used. If purchasing a trailer new we recommend a Kaufman trailer. Kaufman is the largest manufacturer of 3 and 4 car wedge trailers in the country. Our Matchpoint representative at Kaufman is Buddy Rigard. You may contact him at email@example.com or 336.790.6800. Remember to tell him you learned about him through Matchpoint and ask him to give you the Matchpoint Package.
What is the most common hitch setup? Most hotshot automobile transporters use 5th wheel hitches.
Can I use a truck larger than a 1 Ton Dually? Yes.
Can I choose when I drive? Yes. As an owner operator your set your own hours and times that you work.
Will there always be work for me? Yes. Every day thousands of cars and trucks are being transported across the US. The current climate in the market has never been better.
Do I need a Class A Commercial Driver’s License? Yes
Do I need a smartphone? Yes. All dispatch communication and bill of lading submissions are sent electronically while on the road necessitating the use of a smartphone.
Can I be home every night? Yes, but you will make less $$