Get Paid to Deliver Cars
By Eric Hammer
Here's something you probably didn't know: right now, all
across the country, thousands of people are getting paid to deliver
cars to the far reaches of the United States and Canada. And
we're not talking about people who drive giant trucks with ten
cars loaded on them. We're talking about individual people's
cars being driven across the country and specialty cars being
driven cross country as well. In both cases, people make good
money doing this work and very people even know that the job
Basically, there are two kinds of jobs where you can get paid
to deliver cars. The first is for private people. This usually
involves people who are moving to another state. They will often
fly or ride in a U-Haul truck with their personal belongings
to get to their new home. But what about their personal car?
Who drives that to their new home? The answer of course is that
you do. While it is also possible to hire a company that will
load your personal car onto a car transport truck, many people
prefer to simply have their cars driven. They usually get there
faster and the car often arrives in better condition.
In addition to this, specialty cars such as ambulances, limousines,
delivery trucks and even school buses are all driven from the
manufacturer (or port where they arrive if manufactured overseas)
to the local place where they will ultimately be delivered. In
general, those who have a regular driver's license can take a
job delivering these vehicles as well.
How Much Can You Make?
According to one site, Roadrat, which sells a kind of kit
for those interested in pursuing a career like this, people who
do this on a full time basis typically take home around $50,000
per year or about $200 per day. CNN by contrast, did a short
article on the subject (you can see both articles below) and
mentions that the average pay is around 35 cents per mile plus
airfare to fly home.
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Keep one thing in mind when considering taking a job delivering
cars: like trucking it is a very lonely life. You will spend
long hours on the road, going through endless stretches of highway.
And while you can indeed see many of the wonders of our nation
as you pass through different towns, remember that you'll have
a schedule you are expect to keep.
That schedule typically allows you enough time to stop off
for a night to sleep along with bathroom breaks and time to gas
up the vehicle you are driving, but not a whole lot more unless
you are speeding (in which case, you could have trouble landing
these kinds of jobs because your driving record needs to be reasonably
That said, you do have the freedom of the open road and you
can often take downtime in between jobs to go and see whatever
it is you'd like to see in your final destination.
Qualifications / Requirements
Generally, you need to really enjoy driving and traveling
from place to place. If you think the local greasy spoon is a
great place to grab a bite to eat, then you have one of the most
important qualifications for this job (on the other hand, if
you like fine dining and bedding down in your own home each night,
Beyond that, you'll need a regular driver's license (some
states require you to have chauffer's license, though these generally
are not too difficult to get) and a reasonably clean driving
record (one speeding ticket likely won't sink your chances, but
if you've had a series of bad accidents, you'd best look elsewhere
for work. And check your eyesight before you drive again).
Start by taking the test at Roadrat. While they are trying
to sell you something, taking the test in an honest way will
help you gauge if this job is one you really want to take. If
you find that this does seem to fit with your needs, check the
local classifieds to see if someone is moving and would like
their car driven cross country. This would make a good first
job to get your feet wet. Then, look into additional work for
companies that manufacture and sell specialty vehicles or companies
that hire people to transport vehicles.
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about delivering
cars for a living:
Car Monkey: Auto Driveaway - This is a good
introduction to the idea of delivering private cars for a living.
It gives you lots of good information about the business.
CNN Money: Five Fun Ways to Make Quick Cash
- This article actually turned us on to Roadrat, however it has
some good information not included on that site.