What Is An Independent Car Hauler?

Independent car haulers have a unique and important role in the car hauling industry. These car carriers know their trucks and routes inside and out, so they provide the best service and run successful businesses. 

Carvaygo uses the very best independent car haulers across the country to ensure fast, reliable delivery of your vehicle.

What Is an Independent Car Hauler?

An independent car hauler owns and operates its own trucks to haul loads independently. They can use things like load boards to find cars to haul.

Most car haulers are looking to maximize their load with multiple cars at any given time so that they can make as much profit as possible.

Why Use a Car Hauler?

Using a car hauler makes your life a lot easier. Instead of transporting cars on your own, you can outsource this task to experienced professionals who can get it done quickly and safely — and at a good cost.

Car Shipping Is a Safe Way to Ship a Car

It’s difficult to imagine life without car haulers. If you had to relocate, the only choice would be to drive your car thousands of miles on your own.

Not only would this put thousands of miles on your car, but it’s incredibly time-consuming and expensive when you factor in all the stops and gas required along the way. Furthermore, not everyone is capable or comfortable with driving long distances on highways that can be quite dangerous.

Thankfully, car haulers exist for this very reason — to safely transport vehicles from one point to another. A car shipping company is a safe method of transport because not just anyone can become a car hauler. Instead, drivers have to be qualified and experienced in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

To obtain a CDL, you have to be over 21 years of age from the Department of Transportation (DOT). You must submit a Medical Examination Report Form and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form to show that you do not have any medical conditions that would prevent or inhibit you from safely driving a large vehicle. After registration, you then must pass a vision test and a knowledge exam. From there, you are granted a Commercial Learner’s Permit or a CLP. You can schedule a road skills examination after 14-days. You then must pass the exam using your own vehicle, after which you pay the fees required for a CDL.

Clearly, this is not an easy process that everyone completes. Instead, it requires time, patience, and practice. As a result, you can rest assured that your car is in the best hands when you use a shipping service.

Car Hauling Is Not the Same as Auto Transport

Many people tend to conflate the terms “car hauling” and “auto transport.” Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t the same thing.

What Is Auto Shipping?

Car shipments involve shipping a single automobile or a certain type of vehicle (SUV, motorcycles, ATV) from one location to another. In most cases, these vehicles are privately owned.

For example, say that you currently live on the East Coast but recently got a new job on the West Coast. You need to get your car out there but don’t want to drive thousands of miles to do so. You would utilize auto shipping to get your car from your current location to your new location.

Auto Shipping vs. Auto Haulers

The big difference is related to volume. Auto-shipping involves shipping a single car from one place to another. This car is then put on a truck with other cars that need to go to other locations along the way. On the other hand, car hauling involves shipping larger quantities of vehicles that may or may not be going to the same place.

Another key difference between auto shipping and car hauling relates to ownership. In auto shipping, cars are privately owned by individuals that are moving, selling their car, etc. However, with car hauling, cars are owned by corporations who are looking to move a larger number of vehicles all at once.

Both auto shipping and car hauling also come with unique sets of challenges. Auto-shipping is difficult as it involves multiple different vehicles with various origins and destinations. Handling the logistics of all of this is difficult.

Car hauling is challenging as it involves high volumes of vehicles that all need to be transported in a timely manner. Simply dealing with the volume of car hauling is difficult for independent car haulers that lack the capacity to do so.

Why You Should Use an Independent Auto Transport Company

Advantages of Using an Independent Auto Transport Company

Using an independent auto transport company to transport your vehicle or vehicles is extremely beneficial because using an independent auto transport company allows you to cut out the middleman. This middleman is who you would otherwise pay if you were to use a broker. Cutting this service out means, you pay less than you would for the transport.

Using an independent auto transport company is also direct and convenient in terms of communication. Instead of having to communicate with the broker, who then communicates to the company, who then communicates to the driver, you work directly with the driver who is transporting your car. The benefits are clear and easy communication for both sides.

Disadvantages of Using an Independent Auto Transport Company

While there are advantages to using an independent auto transport company, you should be aware of drawbacks. For starters, since you’re dealing with an actual driver rather than a dedicated customer service representative, you might not get the level of customer service you would usually expect.

You also need to find a carrier who works with your vehicle, your pickup and drop-off locations, and your schedule. This is easier said than done because drivers are constantly dealing with different vehicles that need to be delivered to different places on different schedules.

As a result, it can be quite difficult to actually find an independent auto transport company since they work independently from carriers and brokers.

How to Find an Independent Auto Transport Company

You can find an independent auto transport company that meets your needs if you know where to look. The first place you should look is online. However, it’s important to remember that these independent companies likely won’t have a very strong online presence with a ton of marketing material. As a result, you need to be prepared to sort through the results to find the right fit.

If you’re willing to take an old-school approach, you could use the phone book to find independent auto transport companies. Again, keep in mind that you may not receive instant responses from them since they are drivers first and foremost.

What to Look for in an Independent Auto Transport Company

Once you have found a few independent auto transport companies you’re interested in, learn more about them. Check to see if they have any reviews posted online. If not, reach out to them directly for references.

Second of all, get a quote from them to make sure that they can work with your vehicle, locations, timeframe, and budget. Be prepared to provide them with the make and model of your vehicle as well as the exact pickup and drop-off locations. That way, they determine whether or not they can make it work with their truck and their schedule.

Finally, you need to check their qualifications and records. The best place to do this is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. On this website, you can find information related to operating authority status, safety records, and any disciplinary actions.

From there, you should have all the information you need to make your final decision.


Carvaygo has a network of 40,000+ independent car haulers across the country who provide fast, safe and effective transport of personally owned vehicles. A wholly-owned subsidiary of RPM, an award-winning vehicle logistics provider trusted by some of the world's largest automotive manufacturers around the world, Carvaygo was designed to be a technologically advanced vehicle shipping operation. Carvaygo's relationship with RPM lets our customers benefit from RPM's strength and experience.

Carvaygo was built from the ground up using the latest technology to make your experience fast and frictionless. Carvaygo is an easy and reliable way to have your vehicle shipped affordably anywhere in the continental U.S.

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