Open Car Transport

open car transportAre you needing to have your vehicle transported, but are not sure if you should ship it open or enclosed? There are some very significant differences between the open car transport and enclosed car transport and a number of factors to consider. The most common way to transport a vehicle is on an open-air carrier. These carriers are typically between 70 and 80 feet in length and carry 8 to 10 vehicles with two tiers one on top of the other. Each tier carries 4-5 cars. They have no side or roof panels and are open to the elements. An open carrier has $100,000 insurance policy per vehicle. So, unless the value of your vehicle is over $100,000 your vehicle will be covered 100% during its trip. If your vehicle is worth over $100,000.00, an enclosed car transport would likely be the best option for you.

Advantages vs. Disadvantages of Open Car Transport:

A major advantage of shipping your vehicle in an open carrier is the price. This is simply due to the fact that an open carrier is able to hold far more vehicles than an enclosed one. The main disadvantage of open car transport is that the vehicle is exposed to wind, weather, and road debris, but still not as exposed as if the car was being driven on the road. The cars are safely secured on the trailer with thick chains that are wrapped around the vehicles tires. Although the trailer is open to the elements, it is still a very secure way to transport. In fact, an advantage of the carrier being open is that it provides visibility to the driver so that they are able to inspect your vehicle periodically during the trip. Another advantage of open car transport is less fuel usage, which is environmentally beneficial.

The Other Type of “Open Car Transport”

One might also use the term to describe when giving the driver / transporter a large time frame to pick up the vehicle, as opposed to setting a very specific date for pick up. If you’re not in a hurry to ship your vehicle, then this can be a decent way to save even more money on your transport. Just be sure that you’re not in a hurry, and it’s imperative that you call the transport company well in advance to coordinate with them. If you are open to this method of transport, then we suggest that you call up to a month in advance to setup a time frame.

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