Living the life of transporting cars has its pros and cons just like any job or career. Being away from your family, not having too many people to talk with, nothing much to do during down time, etc. are all the cons. Yet others may see opportunity like traveling the United States and getting to go site seeing on someone else dime, Bringing family with you from time to time so you all can experience the country together, can work at your own pace and as much or a little as you’d like; these are the pros of the business. We are going to talk about one companies experience being an auto hauling company and what their life was like.
The company we talked with was BMW Auto Haulers, I chose them because they are my family and it was easy and they would give me the honest truth. I was the one that got them into the business a few years ago because they both hated their job and they wanted to do something different. BMW Auto Haulers is a 2-car enclosed hauler company based in Roscommon, Michigan which is about two and half hours north of Detroit. The route they would normally travel was Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio down to Georgia and Florida. Periodically they would also head to Texas as well to see my brother Mitchell. Having a 2 car enclosed hauler was awesome for them because they didn’t have to spend much time looking for cars and they had cars delivered within 48 hours so they were paid pretty good money. Beth Wojtalik, one of the owners of BMW Auto Haulers, liked the career change because they were able to spend time in Michigan when they wanted, time in Florida when they wanted a mini-vacation and time in Texas when they wanted a different mini-vacation.
After taking two cars from Michigan to Florida they would normally take 2-3 days off and relax and spend time at the beach. They would then get back to work and spend the two days to deliver two more vehicles back to Michigan. Once back in Michigan they would take another 2-3 days off. Normally they would work 15-20 days out of the month and have the other 10-15 days off. It was really awesome because Beth did the dispatching and finding the cars and her husband, Mike Wojtalik, did all the driving and loading/unloading the vehicles. It was a really good they had going. Splitting the work between them and they both made the trips so they could still be together.
During the off times when they were stopped because of DOT regulation on hours per day they could drive they would eat, shower, watch movies and just relax. The biggest complaint Beth and Mike would ever have it the lack of quality healthy food when they were on the road. Most of the time they would have to get fast food or some crap they would have at truck stops. If they were lucky (maybe once a trip) they would be able to find some ripe fruit and good veggies. If they did get fast food they would try and mix burgers one trip and salads the next. After two and a half years neither of them has actually gained weight, which is good because many haulers do. They made sure they stayed as healthy as they could while being out on the open road.
Money, as mentioned above, was pretty decent. Normally they would get anywhere from $800 – $1200 per vehicle they would transport, so it definitely wasn’t cheap. That is about $2000 for two days work. Obviously they paid for gas, food, insurance, hauler payment and truck payment, but they made better money doing the hauling then the did working their job they had before.
When speaking with Mike, he liked the driving. He said it was easy for the most part and they would schedule as best as they could to not be in major metropolitan areas during rush hour traffic. There is always stories about some people cutting them off, and normal idiots on the road, but nothing too serious or insane. He would always say, “I drive… that’s all I need to do so I love what I do. It is easy.”
Being a hauler has its perks and its drawbacks, but it truly is what you make of it. If you are not taking time off to enjoy your life or going to places you like to enjoy you’ll hate being in the business. If you are bringing the family along from time to time and heading to places you want to go, this job can be great. It is not too difficult and you can make pretty decent money. The best part is, you are your own boss. No one gets to tell you what to do.
If you are in need of a job, check out the auto transport industry. We could always use more quality haulers. That is, if you’re up for the good time.