Open Auto Carrier
Enclosed Auto Carrier
Open Transport is what most people think of when they see the long transport Carriers on interstate highways, sometimes double-deckers with 7-10 cars. But Open Transport may also be done with smaller trucks, capable of carrying just 3-4 vehicles. This means that the vehicle is open to the elements, and a car may arrive at its destination dirtier than when it started out. Think of “open transport” as flying coach-class. It is the most economical way to go, and 75% of customers choose open transport
Enclosed car transport is more akin to flying 1st class or business-class: and in the cases of transporting a Bentley or Lamborghini, it’s a “white-glove-level” service. Not only is your vehicle protected on all sides, it’s typically shipped on a smaller transporter -- usually a 6-car lift-gate trailer, or occasionally a 1 or 2 car carrier. Enclosed auto shipping costs 40-60% more than an open carrier and is recommended for a vehicle >$70,000.
So, although those types of vehicle haulers often carry more cars than one cars and you would think this makes them slower, the scheduling is easier which often makes them faster. Open auto transport is more affordable and still very secure mode of transporting a vehicle from and to any point in the US.
There are many reasons why Open transport might be the smarter option for you:
Open trailers are made to transport very versatile vehicles. If you have a modified SUV that is lifted or very big in general, it might take longer because enclosed trailers are very limited when it comes down to loading bigger vehicles.
Transporting your vehicle via open transport will help you save money, while shipping your vehicle in a safe and quick manner.
Enclosed transport comes with an extra degree in surety and safety. If you want your vehicle to hit nothing else but the air inside the trailer, this is the option for you.
Enclosed transport requires a little bit more time as enclosed carriers are more rare then open car carriers. Shipping with an enclosed trailer is usually double the cost that of of an open transport. Insurance coverages are higher with enclosed which is why we usually employ our enclosed fleet for high end vehicles such as Super Cars or very Vintage Vehicles which require extra care.
The insurance requirements which we have for our enclosed transporters are unmatched. Enclosed transport ensures protection against weather, road debris and other road related things that can get on your vehicle when using open transport. Enclosed transporters use advanced trailers which have either a soft/hard shield that encloses your vehicle completely. Enclosed car trailers usually carry 3-6 vehicles for normal paced shipping.
The majorioty of vehicles are transported open, meaning on an open trailer. Vehicles that are transported in enclosed carriers are typically worth 75k or more. Other factors may be if the vehicle is restored or family owned/sentimental. There are many more open carriers than enclosed and they can only carry up to 3 cars at a time and pay much more for their insurance. So considering all of that, transported cars going enclosed are almost double the price.
Open carrier leaves vehicle exposed to the weather conditions
Enclosed carrier moves vehicle in an enclosed trailer.
Sheilds the vehicle from weather conditions.
Open auto transport is exposed to the elements and transported in a 7-9 car carrier truck called a stinger. Enclosed is NOT exposed to the elements or weather and you usually only get shipped with 3 other vehicles