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#2448263 - 02/07/18 08:33 PM Car Transport - Any dough in it
Faust Offline
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Recently, I have run into a few seemingly retired couples with "Muscle" on a car trailer. They tell me they are "delivering" the car. Is there any money in this, or are they just getting "gas money" for their trip to Florida?

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#2448266 - 02/07/18 08:37 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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laugh2 Money in transporting, laugh2 laugh2 Only if you are the road 24/7 and never dead head... runaway
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#2448270 - 02/07/18 08:51 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Rhinodart]
Faust Offline
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So, it's what I figured. You're retired and have a house in Florida. You tow a car and you get gas money for the trip down?

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#2448275 - 02/07/18 09:06 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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Buddy of mine did pretty well at it years ago, but had high-end clients and a good reputation. Worked for him for awhile; we'd do cross country and a lot of local Calif stuff - Pebble Beach was non-stop all day & night for a week - and if I remember correctly, he was on the road about 180 days a year, made 100K - 130K, did most all his own maintenance, worked holidays or whenever needed, and ran one in the truck & one in enclosed trailer. Avoided hauling empty like the plague, which takes a fair amount of scheduling and juggling.
Fun but often hard work, met some great people, handled some amazing cars, saw places like the Blackhawk Museum, B-J, etc from the inside out. Had to be careful about certain areas of the country. Then it seemed like everyone with a Dually and open trailer got out there, and undercut prices. He eventually sold the truck & trailer and retired to his other interests at age 70.

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#2448337 - 02/08/18 12:22 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
Morty426 Offline
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Originally Posted By Faust
So, it's what I figured. You're retired and have a house in Florida. You tow a car and you get gas money for the trip down?


Yes some motorhomers do this to get some gas money

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#2448394 - 02/08/18 08:08 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Morty426]
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Originally Posted By Morty426
Originally Posted By Faust
So, it's what I figured. You're retired and have a house in Florida. You tow a car and you get gas money for the trip down?


Yes some motorhomers do this to get some gas money


Not sure I would trust some geriatrics to haul my car around behind a big RV......
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#2448397 - 02/08/18 08:13 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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I've done just a LITTLE of this for a friend who has been sending cars to France. No, I don't do the ocean-going part of the trip, just deliver the cars to the nearest port. grin

If I charge enough to cover my expenses and wear and tear on my truck then I end up working for free. If I pay myself I don't cover the wear and tear on my equipment. And STILL they have people who do it for a good bit less than I can.

It would seem the only way to come out is to have a multi-car moving set up, and even then I'm not sure how they do it.

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#2448408 - 02/08/18 08:24 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: rrbrucea]
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and keep a supply of TRANSMISSIONS on hand. ........... biggrin
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#2448468 - 02/08/18 10:16 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Originally Posted By NewbombTurkk
Not sure I would trust some geriatrics to haul my car around behind a big RV......



What could possibly go wrong?



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#2448471 - 02/08/18 10:20 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
340Cuda Offline
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Unless you can get a back haul, you have to charge so much its hard to get any business.

My truck and enclosed trailer gets about the same mileage empty as it does full.

My daughter is a horse trainer. She transports horses occasionally. The going rate around here is $1 a mile BOTH WAYS empty or full. Cars are less trouble than horses but you are still talking about an expensive enclosed trailer and a diesel pickup. Right now the average diesel price nationwide is $2.90.

From what I can see the commercial haulers can charge around that but only one way, and it can be a while before they can get you on their schedule.

Bottom line, its not an easy business.

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#2448474 - 02/08/18 10:26 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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Feets---i love that picture----makes me think of a similarly damaged horse trailer that came into my sons shop-------the horses were still inside-----the damaged wheel and tire stood for years next to his shop kind of like those abused rotors that sometimes show up....


Edited by savoy64 (02/10/18 05:19 PM)

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#2448553 - 02/08/18 12:42 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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People buy cars 2-3K miles away from them and think a magic carpet is going to deliver it to them for free was my take on transporting cars.

When diesel fuel was $1-2.50/gallon you could barely get away with $1/mile, now, no way especially with a single car trailer. Only way to make money is to have a 2 or 3 car and have it full and possibly transport smaller stuff that can't go FedEx, etc.

I used to ask, how much would it cost you to take a week off work, food, lodging, incidentals for a trip to grab that vehicle? Would you take .50 per mile? LMAO NO they wouldn't!


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#2448558 - 02/08/18 12:49 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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I would only have my cars hauled by a legit business with the proper credentials and insurance.
I drove from New Jersey to Idaho and back to pick up a car. Went off without a hitch. Tried for 3 weeks before I made the trip to pick up a load to deliver on the way, with no responses.
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#2448561 - 02/08/18 12:56 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: crackedback]
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Originally Posted By crackedback
now, no way especially with a single car trailer.



This was definitely my experience!

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#2448565 - 02/08/18 01:05 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Dartforforty]
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I once bought an absolutely rust-free VW Beetle that had been towed from Hemet California to Ohio behind a motorhome...flat-towed...in gear.
I don't know how far it was towed in gear but it was a little rough on the mechanicals. Oops.

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#2448690 - 02/08/18 05:43 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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It was a tough gig years ago, but now, with higher expenses and the new DOT rules concerning truck drivers, I don't see how a guy could do it 100% legal and still make money. Gene

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#2449680 - 02/10/18 03:54 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Dartforforty]
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Originally Posted By Dartforforty
I would only have my cars hauled by a legit business with the proper credentials and insurance.
I drove from New Jersey to Idaho and back to pick up a car. Went off without a hitch. Tried for 3 weeks before I made the trip to pick up a load to deliver on the way, with no responses.
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I had RELIABLE CARRIERS pickup/deliver my Duster last summer, after
I bought it in NW Pennsylvania. They were great to deal with, and the car was safe and sound the whole time in their hands! up
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#2449710 - 02/10/18 04:45 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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I had a car hauled fron Vegas to sw PA a few years back when gas/diesel prices were higher than now. I paid right around 900. I would have spent that easily on fuel to haul it myself... not to mention how many days.

There's money in most thing if you do it right. However hauling cars is not something I would even consider!
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#2449837 - 02/10/18 08:02 PM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Silver70]
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Originally Posted By Silver70
I had a car hauled fron Vegas to sw PA a few years back when gas/diesel prices were higher than now. I paid right around 900. I would have spent that easily on fuel to haul it myself... not to mention how many days.

There's money in most thing if you do it right. However hauling cars is not something I would even consider!


THAT was a very good fare. Sold my 2012 Challenger to a guy in Florida several years ago & I delivered it to Pilot Transport in Brighton. Pilot is a good enclosed carrier, so is Reliable. Chrysler, GM, Ford, etc. ship most of their high profile & road test/magazine test vehicles with Reliable.


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#2450546 - 02/12/18 04:23 AM Re: Car Transport - Any dough in it [Re: Faust]
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I always thought there would be some money in it way back when I had my first Super Bee delivered from Texas to Ohio in like '97 or '98. He had a 3 or 4 car rig that you pulled out of the trailer and loaded a car underneath, then pulled the others on top once he was hooked to the car again. My bill was probably $900, he picked it up on a Thursday and dropped it on a Monday. Had two stops prior to me and had two cars on when he dropped mine off. Had one or two to pick up after the ones he still had on the trailer. So from Thursday to Monday he conservatively made $2700 if he had nothing before mine went on. Another $3600 if he made it back home by Thursday without any more back hauls, which was unlikely. Single cab Ford dually. I didn't do all the math, or spend a lot of time figuring it all out, but at the time $6300 for a week of driving seemed pretty good to me. I know hotel bills, fuel, insurance, upkeep, food, and the fact that he had just gotten his truck back after someone took the nose off of it after running a red light would cut into that greatly. But I've always thought it would be a good retirement venture. Not so much anymore.
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