Reliable Carriers – Delivering Dreams

Steve Pollock
September 2021

CANTON, MI… “We believe we have the best drivers in the business and recognize the true value of Professional Truck Drivers and we are looking to hire and lease more,” stated Bob Sellers, Vice President and COO of Reliable Carriers.

With an incredibly low turnover rate of only 18% (most of whom are retirees), there are a lot of reasons why Professional Truck Drivers spend their trucking career working for Reliable Carriers.  “People come here and are treated properly, many of our drivers have been with Reliable Carriers for 25-35 years.  It is hard work with a lot of responsibility, but the rewards are great.  How many owner-operators can afford to buy a new truck every two years,” said Sellers.

With 360 units, Reliable Carriers is the nation’s largest enclosed auto transporter.  While Enclosed Auto Transport is the primary business at Reliable Carriers, the company has 40 units dedicated to Open Car Carrier Transport, which serves just about every car manufacturer on the planet.  Additionally, Reliable Carriers offers Fifth Wheel Transport (single car enclosed), Custom Roll Back Transport and Lowboy Heavy Equipment Transport for oversize vehicles.  The company owns all the trailers, which are specially built for all types of auto transport, and they take care of all maintenance as well.  There is no charge, however, to pull a company trailer.

Reliable Carriers provides service to auto manufacturers, high end collectors, auto auctions, antique auto auctions, relocations, corporate trade shows and events, and OEM and individual moves.  The company carries 5 million dollars worth of insurance on every load with an umbrella policy of up to 50 million.  Reliable Carriers is large enough to meet any customer demands but capable of transporting an individual’s car.  The company has terminals in Canton, MI; Orlando, FL; Fairfield, NJ; Chandler, AZ; and Sun Valley, CA.  Each terminal has temperature-controlled warehouses.  Reliable Carriers provides service to all 48 states and Canada and can hire/lease anywhere in the US.

Reliable Carriers was founded over 60 years ago with a single tractor trailer and began as a moving and storage company and is still owned and operated by the Abram family with Tom Abrams (the third generation) as President and CEO. In 1986, Reliable Carriers converted to 100% auto transport.  The company has doubled in size in just the past 5 years and has plenty of business creating the need to hire/lease additional drivers, as well as some teams.  The Reliable Carriers fleet is made up of about 60% independent contractors and 40% company drivers.  Contractors are paid on percentage while company drivers are paid by the mile or hourly, dependent on which fleet they operate in.   Reliable Carriers’ contractors and drivers are among the highest paid in the trucking industry.

Line Haul OTR drivers are out 3-4 weeks with a week at home.  Regional Hauls are home ever 2-3 nights and Local Hauls are home every night.  Reliable Carriers has 25 trucks dedicated to running the Detroit area daily.  There is no forced dispatch for Company Drivers or Owner-Operators.  The Company Fleet is comprised of late model Peterbilt and Kenworth tractors, all are big bunks and some even have showers and restrooms.  The trucks are loaded with driver amenities, and with their polished aluminum wheels and colorful paint schemes, they are show truck quality.  Power units are 4 years or newer, as are the special built trailers that are often worth $250,000 each.

Bob Sellers commented, “At Reliable Carriers, you can feel good about your job.  People treat you with respect and shippers and receivers are glad to see you.  No bumping docks here, every day is a new challenge.  We are blessed to be able to offer our drivers flexibility with their home time.  We have a job you will like!  Our drivers are the most important part of our company and the backbone of our business, which is why we have some of the highest compensation in the industry, as well as a very comprehensive benefit plan that all employees enjoy, including management.  Our drivers are promise keepers to our customers and custom service agents who happen to drive truck.  They are “Reliable Carriers” and that is why our drivers take a lot of personal satisfaction with the job.”

If you are interested in the challenges and rewards of Enclosed Auto Transport, give Reliable Carriers a call at 833-464-1472. You must be at least 25 years of age with at least 3 years of OTR experience and a good driving record.  Drivers must have good communication skills and experience in auto transport, household goods or high value loads is preferred but not required.